5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day

Since we Canadians have a reputation for being more introverted than our American neighbours, I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than by spending some time enjoying a great Canadian book. There’s no shortage of titles to choose from, but here are a few that I’ve enjoyed, including some […]

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The Dresser

Scott and I were watching a movie last week – I think it was I’ll Follow You Down – when something caught my eye. I immediately asked Scott to rewind, and quickly snapped the above picture. You see that mirror? You can’t really see the details, but I am 100% certain that it’s the exact […]

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The Library of Mom

My mother loved to read. It wasn’t unusual for her to read an entire book in one day, but she preferred something really meaty. One time I was going to the library and she asked me to bring her some books. I protested that I didn’t know what she liked or what she’d already read, […]

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What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

George Eliot, Adam Bede

Springtime in Ontario

It’s taken its sweet time, but it seems like spring has finally arrived. It’s a good thing too, because summer’s just around the corner! I feel like I’ve been neglecting this poor little blog, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been spending so much time away from my desk that I haven’t had […]

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Six words

In my early days of blogging, I was challenged to take part in a meme where you summarized your memoirs in only six words. Here’s what I came up with: Her mother’s daughter; her own woman. I was very excited when someone from SMITH Magazine, who have since published a series of Six Word Memoir books, asked […]

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Cancer touches all of us

The daffodil is one of my favourite flowers. Its resemblance to the sun and its appearance in the early spring bring hope after a long dreary winter. Perhaps that’s why it was chosen to symbolize strength and courage in the fight against cancer. Speaking of cancer, I don’t think I need to explain what a terrible […]

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You can’t always control what life throws at you, but you can control your response.

Julie Morgenstern, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Going back in time

I was planning to go out of sequence on the Reading Challenge, jumping right to “a book that was originally written in a different language” with Nana by Émile Zola. I’d read Germinal and L’Assommoir when I was studying French in university, and enjoyed them thoroughly, and having read that Nana is the most popular of the series, I […]

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