Canadian Reading Challenge: Manitoba

You know how you get excited about a particular book, but are disappointed when you actually read it? But sometimes it’s the other way around – a book you’re lukewarm about reading turns out to be amazing! That’s what happened to me with The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. My book club had read it […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Alberta

Although my original selection for Alberta didn’t turn out as planned, there was no doubt that my next choice would fit the bill, since the front cover promises “A novel of strange adventure in the Alberta Badlands.” I don’t read many adventures, but the back cover description appealed to me, and I could envision the […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Saskatchewan

Happy belated New Year! How is 2016 going for you so far? I thought I’d start The Canadian Reading Challenge in Alberta and work my way alphabetically through the provinces and territories. I’ve had Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott on my shelf for about a year, and thought it would do nicely, since the back page stated that […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge

I enjoyed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2015 Reading Challenge so much that I’ve been eagerly watching her blog to see what her topics will be for next year. She posted her 2016 Reading Challenge today, but I couldn’t get excited about the categories. When I set out to find another challenge that would be more up my […]

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“Hang up the baby’s stocking,
Be sure and don’t forget.
The dear little dimpled darling
Has never seen Christmas yet.”

Annie Fellows Johnston, The Little Colonel’s Holidays

Fun with Photoshop Elements

I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for nearly nine years to edit photos to be used on client websites and for the last year or two, to make Pinterest-worthy blog images. Now that I’m getting back into photography, I’m eager to explore some of its other possibilities. This project began with the above photo of the sun shining through the fog […]

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Challenge completed!

At the beginning of the year, I was excited to learn about a Reading Challenge posted by Modern Mrs. Darcy and decided it was right up my alley. There have been a couple of times where I wished I hadn’t, but determined to see it through, I persevered and am pleased to announce that I’m done! […]

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The pieces are falling into place

Don’t you love it when you think about something, and everything starts to come together? The Intent On November 1, I received an email from someone I know who is studying to become a coach, asking if I would volunteer to be a “practice client.” One of the topics she suggested was what you want more of […]

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A botanical garden of literary delight

I’ve never read Eat, Pray, Love, but I’ve seen the movie, and was underwhelmed. So when one of my book club friends suggested we read Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, The Signature of All Things, I was not enthused. It was definitely not a book I’d have chosen to read myself. But, as often happens, I absolutely […]

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Let’s shoot some photos!

As I mentioned the other day, I’m getting back into photography, something I’ve been wanting to do since the beginning of the year. I’ve even treated myself to a new camera, a Canon PowerShot SX710 HS. I love that it has the capabilities of my old SLR, the portability of my Canon PowerShot SD1100IS, and the ability […]

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