Author Archive: skyblueseagreen

Hedgerow Tales, Mrs. Gatty’s Parables of Nature

Of all the revived, republished classic books available, the 4 Hedgerow Tales are my favorites. These were ahead of their time, “retold” back in the 1980s, forerunners of the latest trend. The illustrations by Sandra Fernandez are exquisite and appear on almost every page. (Note that these Hedgerow Tales are not related to Enid Blyton’s …

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WordPress Discoveries

Are you a “Visual” blog post creator? or a “Text” creator? I’m not normally involved with the HTML text in my posts. I usually click on the “Visual” tab and just let WordPress take care of the rest. But I’ve been wanting to find an easy way to display all, or most, of my posts …

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Update on Calgary’s Used Book Sales (and two Used Book Stores)

This is an update on the CBC Calgary READS Big Book Sale. They had hoped to hold the sale in September, but will now have to postpone it until next year.  They are in great need of support, as their website says… We currently have multiple, no contact, volunteer opportunities such as Porch Pick Ups, …

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Writing to Senior Pen Pals

Ah, the joys of writing! And today I am referring to literally WRITING, handwriting, using pen or paper–not typing. I have found handwriting or printing one of the best ways for me to create and record my thoughts. But here I want to focus on sending snail-mail letters to people as a way to connect …

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Freedom with Writing

Are you, like me, dusting off some stories or manuscripts that have been filed away for a few years? If so, you probably want to find homes for them. Or, you might be looking for periodicals that are in need of exactly the kind of articles you write.     Let me tell you about …

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Notes of Encouragement while wandering in the Park

Two things happened recently, one good, and the other… also ultimately good. The first is that the winter weather finally left, and it’s spring! That is definitely a good thing. The second is that I was recently laid off from my teaching job. It felt bad at first. But if you believe as I do …

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Calgary spring used book sales – the 2020 version

UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020     At this time of year, I usually post information to help you plan for the Calgary’s biggest and best used book sales, but this year things are (obviously) a bit different…   RESET Calgary usually holds the first used book sale at the Crossroads Market. Here is the note …

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For your viewing pleasure: “First Novel”, a NFB film

I hope all of you authors and aspiring authors out there will get a chuckle from this 1958 film. I did, and as a writer I also found it encouraging. While researching video viewing options online, I ran across many sources of entertainment and education (see below), including the National Film Board of Canada. I …

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Happy Leap Day! Leap Year in Literature

Just for fun, since it only comes once every four years, I decided to look around for Leap Year-related literature. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found! The Pirates of Penzance Having a birthday on February 29th makes you a “leapling”, and sometimes one birthday every four years can get you in trouble! This …

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Valentine’s Day Toss-up: Something old, something new

With all the romance novels out there, it’s hard to know where the good quality reads are. So here are some recommendations of clean, well-written romance novels I’ve read over the past couple years. Some are set in past history, others are set in present day, and one is both!   Falling for June by Ryan …

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