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A Photo Collage Guide to the Comforts of Hygge

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Think back to the best holiday meal and day you’ve ever experienced. Remember the smell and taste of your favourite foods, the fun you had playing charades or cards, the glowing candles or roaring fire that added a delicious coziness to your home. Now imagine living so you feel that[…]

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Historical Fiction Review: The Heart Specialist

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I will read just about anything. My three exceptions are horror, anything by Danielle Steel (the woman can’t write), and historical fiction. The book doesn’t even have to be a work of historical fiction; just the mere reference to a multi-generational novel that includes a war or reference to the[…]

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The Google Effect: Are you Victor or Victim?

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The Google effect refers to our tendency to forget any information that can be easily found online. Another term for the Google effect is “digital amnesia.” For example, what’s the name of the actress who plays Shelby in the movie Steel Magnolias? If the answer doesn’t come immediately to mind, chances[…]

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Giovanni’s Room: A Book Review

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I love to follow breadcrumbs; to read, for example, one book, and have the author nudge me toward another. That’s what happened this week. I had reread Natalie Goldberg’s Old Friend from Far Away while writing a six-part series on how to write memoir. On page 31 she writes, “I couldn’t[…]

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Review of a Hybrid Memoir: The Bee Cottage Story

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Hybrid narratives are the latest publishing craze, and the hybrid memoir is a big part of that. Often combining self-help and personal narrative, the hybrid memoir fits the bill for people who want to make changes in their lives with the assistance of someone who has “been there, done that,[…]

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: A Book Review

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (2009) is a really unusual book. I didn’t love the writer’s style. There were moments when the detail felt excessive and I was a bit bored. But the premise of the book? The premise was brilliant and thought-provoking and inspiring. I don’t know if I’ll[…]

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4 Simple and Helpful Steps to Better Dream Interpretation

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I have long been fascinated by dreams, but suspicious of books and websites that purport to interpret them for me. I agreed with the argument that only the dreamer can interpret the dream, but knew my interpretations to be superficial, self-serving and almost always wrong. Then my editor, who knew[…]

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Getting to Normal: A Book Review

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I hadn’t anticipated using the #FridayBookShare template to write another book review so soon after the last one. But then I hadn’t anticipated that Sandra Campbell’s debut novel, Getting to Normal (2001, Stoddart) would affect me as it did. First Line of the Book Getting to Normal opens unusually, with a two[…]

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