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Susan Juby Wins 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

Susan Juby, an award-winning author of both adult and young adult literature from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, has won the 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for her novel, THE REPUBLIC OF DIRT. The medal has been won by many … Continue reading

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Dear Canada Books Abroad

I’m posting, with permission of course, a letter that I received last summer. It is always gratifying to know that our Dear Canada books are being read and enjoyed in countries other than our own. Here it is: My name … Continue reading

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Is it too late to learn to play the piano?

  I’m taking a break from writing for a while and have embarked on a new venture. I’ve always wanted to play the piano. I’ve tried a couple of times, but gave up for one reason or another. Took too … Continue reading

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An Osprey with Attitude

My fashionista Osprey is back. I wrote about her in my very first blog last May. Despite the destruction of her nest the winter before, she had rebuilt it–with panache. No ordinary sticks and twigs for her. Her nest was … Continue reading

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Memories of Germany III

The year we left, my best friend, Dianne Hentschel, and I decided that before our two oldest teens went back to Canada to University they must see Berlin. This was before the wall came down, before it was even conceivable … Continue reading

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Memories of Germany II

My husband travelled a lot, but there was always something to do. I remember one slushy, grubby day in particular. It was raining in Bonn, but snow on the hilltops across the river beckoned. The Siebengebirge, the Seven Mountains. Siegfried … Continue reading

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Memories of Germany I

I began to learn about Germany by walking my dog along the Rhine on damp, misty mornings, when the fresh, earth smell of fields by the path mingled with the tang of woods and fallen leaves. Barges rumbled up and … Continue reading

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