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In Need of a Little Gentle Reading

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that I have an abiding love for gentle books. Stories which ultimately make me sigh and feel that, despite everything, all is right with the world. When I say …

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Armchair Travel: Two Wonderful Books About Faraway Lands

The weather today here is dreadful. Rainy, blowy, cold. Hubby is in the kitchen; the soup assembly-line is in full swing. He likes to “cook big,” as he says. Time to settle down for a good old natter about books, …

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Twiddling Our Thumbs… Between Planning & Leaving on a Big Trip

I love to be organized. But when it comes to trip planning, Hubby is even more organized than I am. He started reading and researching our South America trip last summer. Talking to friends who have travelled there, looking at …

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2016 Book Roundup… Looking Backward and Forward

Hellooooo. Happy New Year. Long time no see. I’ve been on a bit of an unscheduled blog break. I intended to take a week off, but it morphed into two. In the meantime we’ve been doing a lot of this. …

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Family Dynamics… Fictional or Otherwise

I come from a big family. Well, big enough. A brother, two sisters, and a step-brother, with whom I grew up. And a half brother with whom I didn’t. Three sets of grandparents. Lots of uncles and aunts. And cousins. …

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When Inspiration Fails To Strike

What do you do when inspiration fails to strike? I sigh. And mooch around the house as if I’m afflicted by bored-angsty-teen syndrome. Which of course I am. Then I read. Good fiction. Or non-fiction, mostly articles. Looking for ideas. …

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Rainy Day Books

It’s been a long hot summer here on the Rideau. Hot, humid, and with very little rain. Lots and lots of sun, and not many days like this. To be fair this shot was taken last spring when it’s supposed …

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Remember Me When This You See… Thoughts on Alzheimer’s

I think the first time I ever really contemplated the effects of Alzheimer’s, I mean really thought about the effects beyond the superficial understanding that it’s a disease that affects your memory and your mind, was when a girl named Melanie, a …

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Back Road Books

Hubby and I love back roads. Ditto dirt roads, paths, trails, chemins when we’re in Quebec. Twisting secondary roads with crumbling pavement, or narrow gravel roads make us feel right at home, no matter where we are. Like the one …

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Sisters in the Wilderness … and well … Sisters.

This is a reprise post from 2014: Canadian writer and biographer Charlotte Gray wrote a fabulous book a few years ago called Sisters in the Wilderness. Gray’s book is a double biography of iconic early Canadian writers and sisters Susanna Moodie …

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