Monthly Archives: September 2014

Is your dinosaur eating you out of house and home? You can train the big lug to split the chores with the kids

When the town aches, the Swinster Pharmacy aches with it. – #11 of 29 Myths On The Swinster Pharmacy The late Jorge Luis Borges was a lying rat. At the beginning of his career, back in the 1930s, he wrote … Continue reading

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Things that blow up real good: Spies, soldiers, and a whole lot of guns

It is the summer’s great last heat, It is the fall’s first chill: They meet. –Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt The very last moment of summer, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, is at 10:28 p.m. on Monday, September 22. The … Continue reading

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The beauty and bounty of the harvest season: A neurotic apple grower trims the fingernails of his pickers

Tis the season for apples. Red, yellow or green, tart or sweet, crunch into one you’ve plucked right off the branch, or cook them into sauce or pies. Delicious! Although, if you ever needed an excuse, apples are really good … Continue reading

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Chocolate Charlie

Here’s another bit of news from the UK Guardian: It’s published a chapter of the iconic children’s tale, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, that was cut from the original manuscript back in 1964. The section was considered “too wild, subversive … Continue reading

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Pooh Bear

The story of Winnie The Pooh began 100 years ago last month. And that’s all anyone needs as an excuse to go and read, or reread!, the stories and poems of A.A. Milne and glory in the gorgeous drawings of … Continue reading

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Quilts!

The Lennoxville Quilters’ annual show is on this weekend. Get into the mood with a lovely children’s book, The Quilt Maker’s Gift. It’s written by Jeff Brumbeau, with lush watercolour illustrations by Gail de Marcken (2000). Once upon a time … Continue reading

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She’s known as Sheila the Great: But ew, he calls her the Queen of the Cooties

American author Judy Bloom claims she never expected her books to be banned. “When I started, in the ‘70s, it was a good time for children’s book writers,” she said in a recent interview with the UK Guardian. “Children’s reading … Continue reading

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