A Day in the Life: Stumps

It has been many months since I last posted anything on this blog and as always, the more time goes by without writing, the harder it is to actually get going again.So I used one of WordPress’s daily nudges to get myself started (the first time I’ve used them, but hey. Desperate times call forContinue reading “A Day in the Life: Stumps”

My Summer of Ceremony

Oh, it has been a while since I have last graced these pages with my inane commentary. But fear not oh 5 readers! I am back! At least until my coffee cup is drained, that is. At the beginning of summer, I spoke a little about ceremony in this post about my youngest’s graduation fromContinue reading “My Summer of Ceremony”

Grade Six Graduation: How it should be

For most of us living in secular North America, there are very few ceremonies that mean anything to us. If you are not religious you do not have a coming of age ritual. Weddings are fewer and far between and hopefully funerals are the same. So what do we have? We have the milestones setContinue reading “Grade Six Graduation: How it should be”

YA MUST-READ: A Fault in our Stars by John Green

 The Fault in our Stars by John Green Oh, John Green. What can I say? This time the Greenster, the Greenmeister the Greenonator , has penned a tome that deals with such heady topics as love in the midst of death. And when I say ” in the midst” I mean in the chomping downContinue reading “YA MUST-READ: A Fault in our Stars by John Green”

Two Great Canadian Youth Novels I think Should be Taught in the Classroom

I know. How Cancon of me. But I gotta say- it does get my knickers a bit knotted up to see how many American and British books are showcased in our English classes and how little Canadian content. So I have made it my informal, quasi-mission to find books from Canadian authors that could workContinue reading “Two Great Canadian Youth Novels I think Should be Taught in the Classroom”

Post-Book Completion Grieving: A Review of Grossman’s The Magician King

Does this ever happen to you? You’re reading a book and it is holding your interest, but nothing too mind shattering. Until you get deeper into it and you feel something in yourself slowly changing. Call it a metamorphosis. Or a door opening. Or a blooming in a hitherto unfruitful garden in the mind. ImagineContinue reading “Post-Book Completion Grieving: A Review of Grossman’s The Magician King”

The Perks of Being an Adult

…Or at least an older adult. I know, I know. My usual refrain is that adulthood sucks. Don’t get me wrong – it isn’t just paying the bills or having to work, or the general drudgery of having to do things you don’t really want to do for the better part of your day (likeContinue reading “The Perks of Being an Adult”

My First Love Was Holden Caulfield

I remember it as if it were yesterday. On my 13th birthday, our neighbour from across the street, a French, and in my mind, surly school teacher walked across the street with a package for me. It was odd; I didn’t know her very well and frankly I thought she was just a tad weird.Continue reading “My First Love Was Holden Caulfield”