Category: Books

Book Giveaway: Remembrance of Things Present – Making Peace with Dementia

  This guest post by Peter Maeck will give you a taste of his wonderful book. He explores his father’s dementia through poetry, prose and photography. Dementia is achingly common. We need writers and artists like Peter Maeck to help us navigate the rough water. Below the post you will find an opportunity to win a copy of his moving… Read more →

Disappearing Pumpkin Cover

Small Scale Stories are only slightly off kilter

Though I’ve been invisible here, I’ve been producing like crazy. It’s time to share the goodies pouring out of this busy brain of mine. So this post is in celebration. Ta Da! Announcing…the third volume in the Small Scale Stories series is on Amazon in print form and as an interactive book for Kindle readers. Here’s the intro: Night falls.… Read more →

Book covers for Small Scale Stories

Small Scale Stories now available as books

One of my Instagram friends recently told me I see the whole world as stories. Guilty as charged. When I take my camera for a walk, I keep my ears, eyes and heart open. Stories are everywhere. One day I noticed a plastic bag caught in a tree. I thought some dog owner had scooped the poop and lost the… Read more →

Millie’s Farm Family book trailer

Millie’s Farm Family is growing. That sweet little Millefleur hen already hatched three books: Millie’s Feathered Farm Family, Turkey Baby and the Hungry Hawk, and Turkey Baby Finds Her Magic. She has a curriculum guide chock full of activities and insights for K-3 readers. And now…the newest member of the family is a short book trailer. Feel free to share… Read more →

Farewell to an extraordinary muse

Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese is gone. He has left on the journey whose destination is mysterious to those of us still plodding along in our earthly lives. When I heard the news on CBC this morning, I was devastated. He had fallen silent on Facebook. His last entry was November 26, 2016, when he wrote: Two men saw a pile… Read more →

Millie’s Farm Family: teacher’s guide for the series

Millie’s going to school. The first three picture books about Millie and Turkey Baby and their farm pals now have their own teacher’s guide, for students from Kindergarten through Grade 3. Packed with background, vocabulary, questions, ideas and activities, the guide will enhance students’ experience of the books. Each book – Millie’s Feathered Foster Family, Turkey Baby and the Hungry… Read more →

Be a fierce Millie: safeguarding children who are victims of hate

As Canadians reel with horror from the news of gunmen shooting worshippers at a Quebec City mosque, my thoughts turn to a Mille Fleur hen and the turkey chick she mothered. It may seem an odd juxtaposition, but the rise in senseless attacks on The Other brings home the lessons her life exemplified. Attacking The Other The scene still makes… Read more →

You’re a canny good-life liver

The planet is lucky to have you. You are one in 7.5 billion, unique and special. You know how to live the good life. You are very likely already doing all or most of ten things researchers have found lead to the best possible quality of life. If you’re curious to know what they are, here’s a little gift for… Read more →

Endless travel, without luggage or passport

If you were a kid who read by flashlight, covered in blankets you hoped would hide the light, this one’s for you. You danced with the Wild Things when your mother scolded you. You cheered when the spider, Charlotte, spun messages that saved her pal, Wilbur the pig. You ached for days when Travis had to shoot his beloved Old… Read more →

Millie’s about to get company

I’ll never forget the day we put a small, injured turkey chick into a cage with a broody Millefleur hen and held our breaths. Millie was the perfect foster mother for every stray chick. She had refused only one, a duckling. (Don’t tell my young Millie fans, but she pecked him, hard, on the head and pulled her foster chicks… Read more →

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