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Two great books by Canadian authors

Fight Night by Miriam Toews Of all the books I’ve read by best-selling Giller Prize-nominated Canadian author Miriam Toews, her latest, Fight Night is probably my favourite. It is also her funniest. Through the skillful use of contemporary idiom, Toews tells the story in the voice of nine-year-old Swiv who lives with her mother and grandmother in downtown Toronto. Swiv has the perspective of a…

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Clear the track! Hubby has a two-day hall pass

I’m heading back to my hometown (Campbellford, Ontario) for a couple of days this week. It’s a chance to visit friends, revisit local sights, and load up on fresh curd from Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op. Anyone who is a true connoisseur of cheese curds knows they must be less than 24-hours old to be considered truly fresh—squeaky, rubbery, worm-like appendages with just the right…

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Three good books to check out: A memoir by Sinead O’Connor, Sex trafficking in the U.K., and some Norwegian wood

Rememberings by Sinéad O’Connor We all remember the career-destroying episode of SNL when Sinéad O’Connor tore up a picture of the Pope. Frankly, I didn’t find it shocking and could never understand the furor. After all, she was condemning the mistreatment and hypocrisy of the Catholic church in relation to its treatment and abuse of children. It was particularly ironic considering the fact O’Connor was…

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How has a year and a half of isolation changed you?

We’ve been living history in real-time since the start of the COVID pandemic in March 2020. From the beginning, we kept thinking the inconveniences we were experiencing and lifestyle changes imposed on us would soon come to an end and we could return to normal life. Obviously, we were wrong. Wave after wave has washed over us and although we’re doing better since the release…

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3 more good reads for the dog days of summer

Now that we’re into the dog days of summer, I’ve been taking full advantage of my backyard gazebo to put my feet up and tuck into one good book after another. I’ve just finished three books that I think are worth sharing in case you’re looking for titles. Animal by Lisa Taddeo When I started reading best-selling author Lisa Taddeo’s latest novel Animal, I wasn’t quite…

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10 of my most UN-favourite things

A recent post by Catherine Summers on her Not Dressed As Lamb blog, got me thinking about those things in life that I absolutely could live without. I shared Catherine’s antipathy toward Harry Potter, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas, tattoos, and a few other things, but there are a few of my own worth mentioning. Perhaps you share my intense dislike of: Non-signalers: Sometimes…

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