The Old Ways

I went to the bookstore to buy Robert Macfarlane’s new book, Underland, and ended up with an older one instead — The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. One of the surprises of my recovery from a concussion has been the rediscovery of walking or rather, of following paths, especially paths through trees. There is […]

The Goddess Chronicle

“You should read this,” she said as she handed me the Goddess Chronicle by Matsuo Kirino, translated by Rebecca Copeland (2013). My friend was down-sizing her library with a book give-away event and I was trying to avoid acquiring too many more books, but my curiosity was pricked by the recommendation of an author I […]

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Fictional Lillian Boxfish is a re-imagining of the real life of Margaret Fishback. The main events on which the story hangs are real — Lillian’s career and her light verse are lifted out of Ms. Fishback’s papers, which author Kathleen Rooney studied, but the author’s skill in bringing […]

The New “R”, Educating for Respect

The New “R” What do we need to know about Canadian citizenship? More than we might think, according to Judge David Arnot, Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. To the traditional two R’s of Canadian citizenship, rights and responsibilities, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is adding a third R: respect. Respect for human […]