Author Archive: skyblueseagreen

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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Unsung heroes in Canadian History

I grew up in the U.S. in a predominantly white neighborhood during the sixties and seventies. My city’s school system began forced busing when I was eleven years old, just as I was leaving elementary school and preparing to start junior high. It was a controversy that sparked violence and unrest. From a social media …

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Holiday Gems

One of the joys of the holiday is settling down after all the energetic activities to read inspired holiday fiction.   You are no doubt familiar with some of the well-known holiday books and short stories… Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…     The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson… Eugene Field’s The First Christmas Tree…          …

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Discovering Ralph Connor

In July of 2009, I went for a hike in our nearby Rockies. It was on Grotto Mountain, an expansive mountain that fills the landscape east of the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, one of my favorite towns in Alberta. Here is a photo I took from the trail on Grotto Mountain, looking south…. ….and …

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Fun and Frolic: Stories for the Young from the 1800s

Such a pleasant peek into the simple family life of the late 1800’s Ah, the simple innocence of that era. It makes one want to time-travel there for a day, or a year! Obviously, not everyone in 1888 had the leisure shown in this book, there were certainly just as many who had hard and …

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Imagine! The best quality books for free!

Well, you don’t need to imagine it, it’s true! As a fellow blogger said, “I rarely pay full price for books. Loving classics has its advantages, they are widely available and utterly cheap.” I couldn’t agree more! Ever since I figured out how to put them on my Kindle, I’ve had a blast finding vintage …

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A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

What a joy to know that this 1885 book is still current, and still bringing the same wonder and delight to new generations of children–and adults!   A Child’s Garden of Verses is my VERY favorite children’s book …as evidenced by the fact that I have 3 versions of it. It is the author’s imagination …

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Fellow vintage book readers

I just wanted to share some of my favorite websites for vintage books and reviews for all of you fellow vintage book afficionados! Leaves and Pages “Bibliovore. Botanist. Gardener. Armchair Traveller and Vintage Book Explorer”  And I would add: “Voracious Reader”! A feast! On this blog I find excellent reviews of books published in every …

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Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21

As part of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation work with its aboriginal peoples, we are celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day today! In my area of Calgary there are events well worth attending at Fort Calgary and Canmore to honor our First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. There are plenty of resources for teachers and children here: …

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Review of All In by Lisa Simonds

I have just finished one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, and am absolutely in awe of this new author’s writing talent. Lisa Simonds has the ability to write in a way that lets us experience all the action, dialogue, thoughts and scenes–without noticing that we’re reading a book.   The pace of …

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