Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

I can’t say that I’m sad about seeing 2017 end. Not that it’s been a bad year – I filled about 40 pages of my gratitude journal – but a new year always feels like a fresh start, a chance for something even better. Maybe I’m just tired of the cold weather already, and anxious for spring to arrive. Here…

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The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

Sometimes when I have a few minutes to kill, I enter giveaways on Goodreads. I win just often enough (about once a year) to keep trying. My most recent win was The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep: Discover How to Use Dreamwork, Meditation, and Journaling to Sleep Deeply and Wake Up Well by Tzivia Gover. It caught my…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Recap

My Canadian Reading Challenge started in January 2016, when I challenged myself to read a book that takes place in or was written by an author from each of the 13 Provinces and Territories within a year. Since I typically read 40 or more books a year, it seemed like something I could accomplish and still leave plenty of reading time…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Northwest Territories

After a running start at the beginning of the year, I’ve realized that I’m probably not going to reach my goal of reading a book that takes place in or was written by an author from each of the 13 Provinces and Territories within a year. However, I’d rather it take longer than planned than just give up, so I’m jumping back…

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How I’m spending my dash

Just over a year ago, I blogged about the passage of time and our perception of it. The older I get, the more I fear a day when I’ll look back and wish I’d done things differently. I don’t want to be like the character in one of the novels I read this summer: “He found himself infused with an almost overwhelming sense…

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Summer Vacation

When I was growing up, we spent two weeks at Orr Lake every summer. I have lots of great memories, but one of my earliest is of evening walks to the store for the daily newspaper for my Dad and treats for us kids. Here’s a photo of my mother and me from around that time: As an adult, going…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Newfoundland

After challenging myself to read one book representing each Canadian province and territory by the end of the year, I’d already covered four by the beginning of March. You might think I was rushing to get through the challenge, but only the books for Alberta and Saskatchewan were specifically chosen for this purpose. I decided to finally read some books…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Ontario

I’m getting together with my book group tonight. We always enjoy each others’ company and a good pot luck meal. I haven’t taken anything I made from scratch for a while, so I’m looking forward to bringing Artichoke Quinoa Salad. As mentioned in my last post, we’ll be discussing The Freedom Writers Diary. I enjoyed the book but I actually…

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