Antonia Gets a Job Once there was a young girl named Antonia Gigglegoose. Antonia came from a very large family. There were Gigglegoose brothers in the first and second grade, and Gigglegoose sisters in the fourth and fifth grade, and there were even Gigglegoose triplets in kindergarten! Antonia herself had just finished the third grade. … Continue reading The Continuing Adventures of Antonia Gigglegoose….
In honour of Father’s Day I thought I’d share some little things my father used to do that made my sisters and I feel loved: 1. He would sharpen our pencil crayons with his jack-knife. 2. When my sisters and I would come home off the school bus he’d leave us a little note on … Continue reading It’s the Little Things. In Honour of Father’s Day
I have read hundreds if not thousands of books over my lifetime. Loved several and dismissed just as many. Rarely has there been a book that’s subject matter I have thought of time and time, haunting me, over the last decade as the novel Artemisia a Novel by Alexandra LaPierre. I’ve always been interested in … Continue reading Artemisia: A Novel
The sense of smell is a peculiar thing.The raspberry scent of a particular red rose sends me back to my childhood when my mother grew a beautiful rose-bush in a bucket painted white. It was SO beautiful she took pictures of her three daughters standing beside it. New plastic binders smell like the Barbie camper … Continue reading When Roses Smell as Raspberries and Foyers Smell as Boyfriends
Some days I believe I can be as articulate as the greatest of ancient Greek orators. Sitting, surrounded by youth. Using extended metaphor to enlighten. Persuasive and entertaining with my words. Arguing a point that possesses a foregone conclusion just to uproot it and shake it free of narrow-mindedness. Then transplant it elsewhere. Entertaining with … Continue reading To Frustratingly Flail About With My Words
Antonia Gigglegoose and her Bread Box Once there was a young girl whose name was Antonia Gigglegoose. Antonia lived in a breadbox. Actually, it wasn’t really the same as an ordinary breadbox that sits on your kitchen cupboard, it was really an old abandoned crate painted with the words “McGibbens Fresh Bread and other Baked … Continue reading The Adventures of Antonia Gigglegoose
I took this book (hardcover copy) to Japan with me on a school trip with students. It was so good I didn’t mind waiting for the slow pokes to get ready to board the bus to Kyoto. I was content to perch on my suitcase and read and read and read. It came out as … Continue reading 4 amazing novels by Black Canadian Authors and the one I want to read next.
The older I get, the more difficult it is to sleep in on weekends. I can understand that when you’re really young, the world is a new and astonishing place and you’re little neurons, and dendrites cry out to be developed and elongated (or whatever neurons and dendrites do when they’re being used). As babies, … Continue reading The Big Giant Hand
Memory is a funny thing.Multi-metaphorical. It’s like a tiny alligator. Lurking in shallow water leisurely swimming by moving its tail. You wade tentatively in life, feeling warmth and security. Going further out and away. When suddenly it grabs your ankle in its sharp pointy teeth reminding you it’s there. And then leaving little pointed pricks … Continue reading Memory as Metaphor
I went down the Google rabbit hole after I read this novel. I simply had to find out if there were, in fact, Sin Eaters that existed in history. And you know what? There was! “ A Sin Eater is a person who consumes a ritual meal in order to spiritually take on the sins … Continue reading Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
It Will Just Be Us By Jo Kaplan Well, this book has all the trappings of a good gothic horror story: a creepy house, unsettled spirits, the ability to prophesize, and a madwoman (or is it mad women? You decide). Besides being creepy and downright unsettling, it also is a story about nature vs. nurture … Continue reading “It Will Just Be Us” by Jo Kaplan
The Heart and Other Monsters by Rose Anderson In this non-fiction piece, Rose Anderson writes of the death of her younger sister due to a drug overdose. Her sister’s death serves as the focus of this memoir, and around it, Anderson shares her own personal history. The memoir seems to serve as a means of … Continue reading The Heart and Other Monsters
“The Transaction” By Guglielmo D’Izzia This novel makes me want to visit Italy. This novel also makes me NOT want to visit Italy. There are numerous dichotomous images and events in this novel that leave the reader unsettled. Our protagonist is a man by the name of De Angelis. De Angelis is tasked with visiting … Continue reading The Transaction
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings publication date July 28 2020 Thank you Netgalley for the free ARC of Flyaway. This is such a beautifully written book. The opening chapter vividly and poetically introduces us to the setting creating the atmosphere of a fairytale. For example “ Trees bled resin like rubies, sprouted goitrous nests, suspended cats-cradles … Continue reading Flyaway
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