Category Archives: Getting the Word Out

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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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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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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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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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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An easy way to marvel at the night sky

… or the early morning sky, in my case. For almost a week I have noticed a extra-bright light in the still-dark southeast sky before I go to work. At first I thought it was an airplane; it’s not uncommon for me to stand out on my balcony and see a brilliant light in the …

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Banff Bison – Sustainability in Canada’s Ecosystems

Ever since I learned about Canada’s ecosystems while researching my book Respect Our World-Sustainability, I have had the topic on my radar. I am very thrilled about Parks Canada’s announcement that after 140 years of absence, bison have been reintroduced to Banff National Park!  Right in my backyard! This is not only an ecological triumph, it is also …

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