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Lisa Helm

Books as Convenient Company

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book”. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden I’ve always relied on books for company. In fact I can remember the titles of specific books that have kept me company during some of the loneliest times in […]

Potluck and Prose

My AP Engish class wanted to have a potluck.  So we did.  And while we were eating our delectable meal we discussed… what else our favourite books EVER. Favourite books from our childhood. Favourite books from middle school. Favourite books from present day. And what a lovely discussion it was.  […]

A Place For Bibliophilia

I am a book geek. Not only do I always bring home a book from the bookstore EVERY time I visit (even though my intent was just a scouting trip) I also make finding the nearest bookstore a priority every place I visit…San Diego, Honolulu, New York, even visited the […]

When Young People Read

We started an independent novel study in my 10th grade English class today!  And although some of my students were a little less than enthusiastic about reading “a whoooooole book!!???” they seem to have taken to the challenge with gusto and determination.  I’ve asked them to share some their understanding […]

“Go To” Books

“When I am attacked by gloomy thought, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They banish the clouds from my mind.” Michel de Montaigne So true. I cycle a few favourite “go to” books that will always lift my spirit and take my mind off the muckage […]

A Ritual Called Reading

I’ve been chastised and persecuted and ridiculed in public to the point where I have to go underground in order to practice a ritual that is so frowned upon by society I dare not reveal it to anyone… …ok, maybe to you. Here it goes… I don’t read novels the […]

The Added Layer of Conversation

Books are love letters (or apologies) passed between us, adding a layer of conversation beyond our spoken words.”  ― Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child I started a book club over ten years ago and although members have come and gone over the years there has […]

Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief”

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. […]

For the Love of Tomes

Today I bought two books. Tomes actually. Any day a book is purchased is a good day. I was a farm kid. The farm was a wonderful place for a child to cultivate an imagination, no matter how peculiar. My sisters and I defended tree forts from imaginary marauders. Cooked […]


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