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#8, 9, 10, 11: Professional Development Reads

The world needs more positivity these days!! As I hibernate, I have been enjoying these books with ideas for building relationships, enhancing conversations and collaborating for a world that supports people! If I were to prioritize one book, I would … Continue reading

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#7 The Strangers (Katherena Vermette)

After reading The Break (for Canada Reads 2017), I have looked forward to another book by Katherena Vermette. Her words are powerful as she weaves the story of the Stranger Family. My favourite character became Cedar-Sage as I got drawn … Continue reading

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#6 Yes to Life (Viktor Frankl)

The powerful words of Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl, have stayed with me as I think of suffering, resilience and hope, but honestly, I had trouble focusing on these lectures. They are newly published in English and maybe … Continue reading

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5. The Real Mystery of Tom Thomson ( Richard Weiser)

Although I found the content interesting, I struggled through parts of this book. Starting with his family’s immigration to Canada in 1832, it read like a who’s who of Canadian art. It provided a timeline and thoughts of the many … Continue reading

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4. good food, bad food (Abby Langer, RD)

Sadly, I have read a lot of diet and “healthy eating” books over the years. I was a teen in the 80s thinking about my weight, eating salads and got caught up in the sugar free era of diet Cokes … Continue reading

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3. Robert’s Rules of Order – Newly Revised, In Brief

Robert’s Rules of Order is not the most exciting book to read. It is dry and very specific but it is a helpful read for anyone that sits on a board. It helps provide structure and fairness to proceedings and … Continue reading

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2. State of Terror (Clinton, Hillary Rodham & Penny, Louise)

For some reason, I struggled to open State of Terror, the first book club read of 2022. Perhaps it was my lack of focus in the New Year, competing priorities or just that I am not usually drawn to political … Continue reading

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1: Unreconciled (Jesse Wente)

Unreconciled is the first book written by Jesse Wente. As a reformed commuter, I enjoyed listening to Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning and hearing the weekly movie reviews from Wente. At the time, I had no idea that the … Continue reading

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A Year of Books – 2022

I have taken a bit of a break from this blog… life has been busy BUT reading continues to be my source of pleasure, learning and source of reflection. My 2022 reviews may not be as comprehensive as past years … Continue reading

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Today, I will reflect…

Canada Day has been celebrated by my family for many years. As children, my brothers and I would pile into the back of the Thunderbird and we would head to Port Dover for a parade, waving our flags and eagerly … Continue reading

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