Category Archives: Writing

Yearend review: just who the heck reads blog posts anyway, and what do they really like?!

Here we are in that strangest of weeks, when even the news slows down … well sort of.  COVID doesn’t seem to know about the traditional slowdown between Christmas and New Year’s, but we’ll ignore that for the moment.  It’s … Continue reading

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So many ways to spread the joy of reading

Yesterday a fellow blogger introduced her readers to I Read Canadian Day.  Thanks, Debra.  I was a bit taken aback that I hadn’t heard of this special day before, but in looking it up I see that this is only … Continue reading

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Playing 20 questions … or just 11

Last week I was surprised and pleased to be nominated for a blogging award by a fellow blogger, Joyce Hopewell, in the UK. I very much enjoy her blog posts at Eyes in the Back of my Head, in which … Continue reading

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Pity the Nation: the handwriting was on the wall

In 1933, writer Kahlil Gibran’s poem “Pity the Nation” was published posthumously in the book The Garden of the Prophet. In 1933. This poem has inspired several important writers over the years, including American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 2006 Ferlinghetti … Continue reading

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Top posts of 2018 – and top countries for readership

The last day of 2018. People are writing about the top news stories of 2018. About the top sports stories of 2018. The biggest tragedies of 2018. The most devastating weather events of 2018. And on it goes. This morning … Continue reading

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The world needs more, many more, politicians who encourage the better side of human nature. The kind, compassionate, caring side as opposed to the greedy, self-serving, cynical side. And Lilie’s poem at Tea and Toast with Kindness expresses our thirst … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Toys, and conundrums in writing for children

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to write a new children’s story, maybe even a series.  I’ve had an idea for a new story line in mind for some time; it includes at least two children who are recent immigrants … Continue reading

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Running, blogging, and the spirit of recognition

Running is notorious for embracing everyone, regardless of shape, size, colour, or age. OK, maybe not the really competitive runners, but I’m talking about that vast army of recreational runners who get off on seeing how well they can perform … Continue reading

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