Arlene Somerton Smith

Laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

I began my career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. As a videographer for Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting I laughed a lot and slept little as I gave people a memory of themselves crashing through towering sprays of whitewater.

For twelve years I worked as a producer for Rogers Television in Ottawa with some of the brightest and most talented people I have ever met.

I am now a freelance writer and a certified copy editor. I write original video and television scripts, speeches, and promotional materials. (Find links to completed scripts at the bottom of the page.)

I also write short stories. I have been published in DESCANT magazine and a Writer’s Digest short story collection. I won the Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition.

Kristen D. Godsey, editor of Writer’s Digest, wrote: “This year’s contest attracted close to 19,000 entries. Your success in the face of such formidable competition speaks highly of your writing talent, and should be a source of great pride as you continue in your writing career.”

I have been married to my always entertaining husband, Don, since 1989. I am the mother of two teenagers who are so amazing I wonder how it is that I happened to create them. I love sports, and my favourite time of year is when I give my television remote a good workout by watching baseball, hockey, tennis, and curling all at the same time.

I have been a member of Trinity United Church in Ottawa for eighteen years. It is my home for inspiration and goosebump moments.


Creative. Competitive. Canada - video script written for use during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

Industry Perspectives Campaign - Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Lofty Ideas - scripts for seventeen television episodes

Me, My House and I – scripts for five episodes as well as website “how-to” instructions


Aspiring to poet


wings and things

The Byronic Man

We can rebuild him. We have the technology... Drier. Hilariouser. More satirical than before.


Photographs from my world.

Waiting for the Karma Truck

Thoughts on work and life and everything in between

Peak Perspective

Trying to climb out of the fog.


If sarcasm and self deprecating humour were an Olympic event I'd definitely qualify.

The Mirror Obscura

Poetry, Musings and Sightings from the other side of the mirror's surface

Tuesdays with Laurie

"Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing." — Laurie Buchanan

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Recipes for Creativity, Soul Growth, Writing and Life...

Listful Thinking

Listless: Lacking zest or vivacity

CanWrite! Conference

Writers helping writers since 1921


Only Occasionally Talking About Poop

Welcome to our MindMedicine blog!

Helping people to awaken into the fullness of who we really are- in love and peace...

Reverend Erin

Thoughts on Ministry from a First-Time Minister

Fly With Nate

Create A Tailor-Made Lifestyle

Our Camino

October 2013

The Matt Walsh Blog

Absolute Truths (and alpaca grooming tips) **


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