Duck, Death and the Tulip

Wolf ErlbruchFor a long time he watched her.

When she was lost to sight, he was almost a little moved.

“But that’s life,” thought Death.

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Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017 is April 22nd; this year’s focus is Environmental & Climate Literacy. In Image result for earth daypreparation for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is launching a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy. They aim to make sure that “every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen, ready to take action and be a voice for change”.

Here are a few things you might find helpful to get you started to be more in tuned with this global movement on a smaller scale:

Activities in Canada

– See how city of Vaughan is celebrating

– Participate in Environmental Days

– Go for a swap event, instead of buying new: Drop, Swap & Shop @ Evergreen Brickwork

Plant a tree @ Downsview Park

– Check out some books to learn about the environment/nature:

The Hidden Life of TreesThe Hidden Life of Trees: what they feel, how they communicate

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network.


Earth DayEarth Day: An alphabet book

Children and adults will delight in Earth Day , a litany of gratitude that celebrates earth’s diverse species, from apricots to groundhogs to junebugs, from quahogs to zinnias, zucchini and zebras with bright and whimsical illustrations

Birds Art LifeBirds Art Life

A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life–a field guide to things small and significant.


Nature AnatomyNature Anatomy: the curious parts & pieces of the natural world

See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world.


The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters BrothersAs part of a personal and work related goal, I have been setting aside my typical chick lit and psychological thrillers and exploring genres I would likely never read. The Sisters Brothers, for example, is a Western! Since I would much rather watch a film instead, I did not know how I would feel about this genre in book format. As soon as I read the first chapter however, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Set in the Gold Rush era, Charlie and Eli Sisters are contract killers hired by a man known as the Commodore. Told from the perspective of the younger Sisters brother, Eli hopes that this job will be his last; as he would much rather retire from his life as a paid assassin. I really liked the tone of the novel, the writing style, and the insight into Eli as a character. This was my first Western, but it won’t be my last!