Category Archives: Writing

What Did Lucy Read?

What literary works have had an effect on you? Who are your favorite writers, and how have they influenced your perspectives or improved your life? Have you ever wondered what literary works influenced your favorite writers? I recently read The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1899, about the woman considered Canada’s most …

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Just As I Am – words of hope and life

My thanksgiving that I am accepted above, just the way I am, prompted by the beloved hymn… J ust as I am, without one plea but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidd’st me come to Thee E ternal Lord, everlasting Father, O Lamb of God, I come S inful, powerless, …

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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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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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Favorite posts from some great blogs

For a long time, I have wanted to introduce you to some great blogs and bloggers, by way of listing some of my favorite posts.  A few of these have a similar focus to my own blog–books, writing, reviews–but some are completely different!   To start with, here are two posts from Susan Bailey’s blog on Louisa …

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Little Grain’s Big Adventure by Jacqueline Price

How very exciting! An adorable children’s book, with quality writing, unique and exotic locales and wildlife, gorgeous artwork and beautiful lyrical language! Little Grain is bored with his hum-drum life tumbling in the surf among all the other grains of sand, and asks his friend Little Bird to take him to see the sights of Hawaii.  He ventures …

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A Story a Day in May 2016

I am writing a story everyday! …and more importantly, I’m FINISHING each story.  As in, they each have an ENDING, which is one of my biggest struggles. I often go hog wild with an idea and write a few pages or even a chapter, and then take a break. But then I don’t know how …

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Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

I don`t normally forward a link to a news article, but I just found this and can`t resist. I just adore Beverly Cleary. On April 12, 2016 she turned 100 years old–can you believe it! Whenever someone learns my name is Ramona, they ask if I read the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. I tell …

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With Appreciation to the Writers of Hymns

Easter is such a joyful time, and the words and music of the old hymns help me to fully express the joy inside me. Here are a few of my favorite Easter hymns. I must sing these every Easter or I don’t feel like I have sufficiently celebrated! So for the past few years I’ve …

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