Author Archive: skyblueseagreen

Snail-mailing kindness and hope

Although I love being able to text and email, there is really nothing like a card or letter to hold in your hand and a handwritten message inside. (I guess the only thing better is being there in person, but it isn’t always possible, right?) I have been greatly inspired and encouraged to revive my …

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Fall Book Sale in Calgary – November 2nd to 4th, 2017

Specializing in used children’s books, a big selection of quality books, including children’s books, classics, Christmas and Christian books, are available at this sale! Prices start at ONLY $2 PER BOOK Last fall, I happened upon this sale sponsored by Used Book Treasures, and loved it. I bought 3 gems, including two unique Christmas books written …

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Book review of The Sojourner by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

If you had offered me a book with a rather off-putting cover drawing about a family who endured the hardships of trying to make a living on a farm in the late 1800’s, I’d have probably declined. That’s been done in various scenarios, and sounds depressing. I’d have preferred something with more pizzazz and originality. …

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Sustainability Alberta Style

Alberta was formally declared a province of Canada on September 1, 1905. To celebrate the 112th birthday tomorrow of my province, and to celebrate the publication this month of my book, Respect Our World: Sustainability, I thought I’d share some of the ways that Albertans work toward sustainability. I admire the leadership Alberta has taken …

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Goodnight Poems of Eugene Field

A while back I was browsing the shelves of antiquarian books at Fair’s Fair on 9th Avenue, and ran across a beautiful set of books, The Works of Eugene Field. Two volumes particularly caught my eye, A Little Book of Profitable Tales and A Little Book of Western Verse, and I perused wonderful pieces such …

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August 1st publishing date for my book Respect Our World: Sustainabililty!

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. What a surprise I had yesterday, when I noticed stores are posting my children’s educational book for pre-order! It all started last summer… I received my usual copy of the Children’s Writer newsletter, produced by the Institute of Children’s Literature (see my post about ICL here) The newsletter …

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Oceanside Poetry

Art begets art. I usually try to escape the long, cold Calgary winter when I have time off for spring break, and if I’m not exploring I like to write. The warm relaxing climate and the inspiration of the ocean brings out the creativity in me, and judging from the freely-offered art and writing that I …

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2 Huge Used Book Sales in Calgary – May 2017 – CBC Calgary READS

Here is my second favorite Calgary event, and it is “second” only by calendar date. Its impact on Calgary’s children is enormous, as it provides help for increasing literacy through proceeds raised by selling huge quantities of joy: reading books! Calgary Reads is committed to working with parents, educators, corporate partners and the community at large …

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2 Huge Used Book Sales in Calgary – May 2017 – SAS Crossroads Market

Yay! It’s that time of year: spring, when the severe cold goes away and two of my favorite events of the whole year happen.  Two huge book sales are held, both of which offer participants the opportunity to support worthwhile causes.   Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary SAS of Calgary is having its 15th Anniversary Book …

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Positive, uplifting, and humorous reads

I’ve just realized how much time I spend looking for good, upbeat, contemporary fiction. My friend said she doesn’t want to read depressing books and did I have any to recommend, so I browsed my yearly lists of books read for happy fiction. I was surprised at how many serious titles were on there and …

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