Canada Day 2019

Normally I would inundate you with photos of our town's annual Canada Day celebrations. However, this year I forgot my camera at home and took very few pictures. Not such a big deal since the parade is pretty similar every year and it's nice to just enjoy the moment, right? Except this year, Pearl was… Continue reading Canada Day 2019

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Book Review: Crow by Amy Spurway

Crow - Amy Spurway (Goose Lane, 2019) Stacey Fortune has returned home to die. She's crawling back to Cape Breton Island to move in with her mother, her brain riddled with tumours. Her life in Toronto has not turned out exactly how she hoped but she isn't eager to return to Cape Breton either. She's… Continue reading Book Review: Crow by Amy Spurway

Book Review: The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter (University of Regina Press, 2015) With the advent of the Truth and Reconciliation Project in Canada, there has been an increase in stories being told about residential schools. Some of these are oral, some have been written down. There… Continue reading Book Review: The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

Book Review: Our Homesick Songs

I can faintly recall, as a child, watching the national news, noticing a lot of talk about fishing out east. The lack of fish, the death of an industry and a lifestyle. It was my own country but very far away and very removed from my own city childhood on the opposite coast. In 1992,… Continue reading Book Review: Our Homesick Songs

Canadian Books for Canadian Kids

...or kids from other countries too. All are welcome! For Canada Day this year I thought I'd share some of our favourite Canadian kids books. The possibilities here are practically endless so I limited myself to the books that are on Pearl and Rose's shelves. Carson Crosses Canada - This is a new one. We… Continue reading Canadian Books for Canadian Kids

E.R. – Embarassed Reflections on an Emergency Room Visit

Yesterday was one of those days. You know what I mean, right? Things just...don't go right. The autumn rains of the Pacific Coast have most definitely arrived. Gumboots, rain jackets, umbrellas. As well as flashlights and candles kept close at hand, due to high winds and our somewhat-remote location. The rain poured down, the lights… Continue reading E.R. – Embarassed Reflections on an Emergency Room Visit