Tag Archives: Everyday Joys

Fair’s Fair in Calgary

Fair’s Fair is my favorite used book store in Calgary, actually a “chain”, with 5 locations around the city. They are a joy to browse because they are organized, neat, well-lit, clean, well-labelled and full of near-new books (that is, except for their wonderful vintage books!). The staff at all locations are friendly and helpful. …

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One Story’s Path to Publication

Great news! Standard Publishing will be publishing one of my stories in their teen publication, ENCOUNTER—The Magazine! This is a special thrill because it is one of my favorites. This story grew out of a fun assignment for a writing course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. The instructions were to go to a public …

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Discovering Out of Town Book Stores

While on holiday visiting relatives in the Denver area, I decided to check the yellow pages for used bookstores, just in case I had some time to visit them. And I lucked out and got to go to three of them! The Bookworm in Boulder, Colorado This bookstore came highly recommended by a friend of …

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CBC/Calgary READS used book sale EXTRAVAGANZA May 22-23, 2015

Calgary READS is an organization close to my heart, because their mission is to make reading a priority for young children.  They have grown from offering one tutoring program to now having many programs and initiatives that work in schools and communities to support children and their families. With so many new and used book …

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You can make Homemade Christmas Cards with Classic Art

A couple of years ago I was having trouble finding the kind of Christmas cards that I wanted in the stores.  I was looking for a Biblical scene and Bible verse, and wanted some extraordinary art.  It was early in December, so I decided I’d try to make my own cards.  For anyone interested in …

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Update about Calgary READS used book sale: going bananas!

As posted last week, Calgary READS is holding their huge used booksale on Friday May 23th and Saturday the 24th.  I revisited their site, and they now have information about a contest and the activities of those days that go beyond simply shopping for books (as if you could ever top that!).   They will …

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Next up: the 2014 CBC – Calgary READS used book sale

With so many new and used book stores scaling down, or going out of business, especially the precious little mom-and-pop stores, it is a joy to see that charitable organizations still put in a lot of hard work into book sales, and can raise money from all the people still buying used books! Calgary READS …

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Homemade Traditional Christmas Cards

My family and friends will be receiving my Christmas cards a bit late this year because I was so engrossed in making homemade Christmas cards.  I remembered that last year my Mom and I were talking about not being able to find Nativity or Biblical scenes on Christmas cards in the stores, and I have …

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Book review of The Bedside Book of the Art of Living

How could anyone resist this little book with such an intriguing and comforting title?  This is one of those gems that I looked forward to reading each day, and it was responsible for much sleep deprivation, since I couldn’t stop reading the narratives until I found out what would happen at the end.   This …

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Calgary’s Biggest Used Book Sales of 2013!

The countdown has begun for my 2 favorite book sales, and both are for good causes. Tomorrow, May 10, 2013, is the first day of the Calgary READS book sale, an organization that promotes literacy. It is held at the Calgary Curling Club on Memorial Drive across the Bow River from downtown.  Information about location, …

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