Reading Binges and Busts

Winters mean moving indoors, on my couch, my nose in a book. (There's only so much Netflix to binge at this point.) It's no different from summer with me laid out on my new reclining chair, outdoors, letting out the occasional laugh then checking to see if my neighbours heard it. Between audiobooks, e-books, and traditional … Continue reading Reading Binges and Busts

Music Monday: Two for Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Why would a Canadian woman post something about an American holiday? Let me tell you a story. In another life, as a teacher, I taught To Kill a Mockingbird both as a student teacher and as a substitute. One of the many things I remember while looking at student essays, especially one about comparing and contrasting … Continue reading Music Monday: Two for Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Music Monday: Song For A Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan

This Gordon Lightfoot remake originally appeared on Sarah's earlier album Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff Vol. 1, a CD played nearly to death in my twenties. It's not the first Sarah track featured on the blog but appropriate for the time of year. January is not an easy month. Little by little, the days get … Continue reading Music Monday: Song For A Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan

I Resolve To Not Make New Year’s Resolutions

Like blowing snow around Winnipeg, the internet has articles about New Year's resolutions flying around. I remember typing out mine, back in the days of my beloved Brother AX-15 typewriter. They did not seem impossible, more like a set of goals but I did have 'lose weight' quite often, and I did try to exercise. That … Continue reading I Resolve To Not Make New Year’s Resolutions

Music Monday: Final Song by MØ

I said good-bye to 2016 with V, her parent's dog, nibbles, and cans of Sumol, a Portuguese soda. After a post bordering on the morose on the 31st, I figured the Music Monday selection needed some pep. Enter MØ, a singer out of Denmark, found courtesy of a Spotify playlist with happy songs. The song can compliment … Continue reading Music Monday: Final Song by MØ

Pass The Baton: A Reflection on 2016

When news broke about Carrie Fisher passing away, I found myself back in a memory not surfacing for some years. I am back on the hill near Bertrum E. Glavin Elementary school at recess time. On the hill we, two guys and myself, are the only ones playing on that hill, running around dodging imaginary … Continue reading Pass The Baton: A Reflection on 2016

Music Monday: RIP George Michael 

​My nephew announced the news, eyes still glued to his phone, while I had a partially dried dish in my hands. "Check two more sources, The Telegraph or The Guardian," I instructed. Those two newspapers had authority, at least I stayed in denial for a little while longer.  I pulled out my own phone, opening … Continue reading Music Monday: RIP George Michael