“Don't let the bastards grind you down.” “When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.” "Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so I will have enough, when the time comes.” … Continue reading #MARM: Intro to The Handmaid’s Tale Read-Along – Spoiler Free!
This month, I have discovered that Margaret Atwood seems to have a wise word for just about everything. Let's have a look... Youth: "When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you … Continue reading Margaret Atwood Reading Month: Quotations #MARM
100 years ago, John McCrae, Brigade Surgeon and Major of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillary, wrote In Flanders Fields after the death of his friend Alexis Helmer. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce … Continue reading Canadian Poet, John McCrae
I went to our annual Canadian Federation of University Women Book Sale last weekend and came home with these. Last year, my pile looked like this. This weekend, I just happened by a used book sale at the local museum. This pile cost me $4.50. I almost felt guilty about it. “She had … Continue reading Quotes From Canada; Michael Ondaatje (+ new books!)
After reading Adult Onset, I was reminding myself of Ann-Marie MacDonald's first two books that I read so long ago, and I came across these two quotes about reading. Both are from The Way the Crow Flies. Afterwards, in bed with a book, the spell of television feels remote compared to the journey into the page. To … Continue reading Quotes From Canada; Ann-Marie MacDonald
When I was reading The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, I came across this thought-provoking quote by Lee Maracle. Where do you begin telling someone their world is not the only one?
Jennifer from Literal Life brought this article in The Globe and Mail to my attention about the difficulties of finding enough funds for Canadian non-fiction writers to write their books. Some of the big non-fiction books in Canada have only come about because they have received international funding. It saddens me to think about the … Continue reading Quotes From Canada – Canadian Non-fiction
We have three cats at our house, and have recently acquired a dog. The cats are not impressed. But, I am hopeful that they will someday all be friends. I feel like I have been living and breathing cats and dogs lately, which has put me in mind of this quote about cats from Anne: “I love … Continue reading Quotes From Canada; L.M. Montgomery
I recently read and reviewed Gillian Deacon's book Naked Imperfection. Here is one tiny, little quote from that book that made me nod my head emphatically. This is my kind of thinking. Busy is the modern epidemic. She goes on to say that "being busy is a competitive sport". If you ask someone how they are doing they … Continue reading Quotes From Canada; Gillian Deacon
“A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.” ― Michael J. Fox