Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

So many books, so little time!

Earlier this year, Thought Catalog published 10 Things You Won’t Ever Hear a Book Lover Say. I pretty much agreed with all ten, but they missed a very obvious one: “I wish I hadn’t spent so much time reading!” I would have to put this one in place of #6: “Nah,  I don’t need to […]

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Away from my desk : the extended version

Scott and I don’t get away every summer, but this year we decided to rent a cottage, and it was fabulous to be truly away from my desk for an entire week. The cottage was equipped with wi-fi, so I I wasn’t totally unplugged, but doing a little networking on social media is as close […]

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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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