Monthly Archives: April 2011

Visiting Chinatown, Botswana and Cuba

Many of us here in the Townships are focussing on Christmas. But not so everywhere, nor for everyone. Buddhism is the most popular religion in China. According to Wikipedia, “the largest group of religious traditions is however that of Shenism … Continue reading

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It’s a holiday countdown

Have you had a tiring year? Donna VanLiere’s “The Christmas Shoes” (2001) will help you get through these last few days of 2010. It’s not mindless cheeriness; there is tragedy. But there’s something on the other side. “Some people go … Continue reading

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Have you been good this year?

Many kids (and critters, as you’ll see in a moment) just can’t get enough of Christmas. And so Merry Christmas in advance, and especially to you, Splat the Cat! The feline has written a letter to Santa, but there is … Continue reading

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Celebrating a wonderful wintery time of the year

Brr. Time to button up that coat and enjoy a brisk walk, then come home and cozy up with a cuppa. And just like us, the mice of Brambly Hedge love a warm fire and a bowl of steaming soup … Continue reading

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New collection features some big names; Authors try their hand at science fiction

Even big-name writers try sci-fi — Douglas Coupland, anyone? Great science fiction is hooked into the present, there’s always a solid anchor tethering brash flights into the ether. Darwin’s Bastards, edited by Zsuzsi Gartner (2010) is a short story collection … Continue reading

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Voulez-vous lire un livre avec moi?

La Bibliotheque de Lennoxville a aussi une belle collection de livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes en francais! Reviews of these books for kids and young adults will be in English, however. For many, getting used to reading in French … Continue reading

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A woman, a bicycle, a war

Through the night while you sleep undreaming we’ll fly Lonely and quiet souled Watching stars wheel true across the jet sky Growing wise before we grow old With the morning perhaps, my friends and I Will sing instead to see … Continue reading

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