-I read one book for the Mount TBR challenge. Click here to read about it.
-I read one memoir this month.
“Rosalie Lightning” by Tom Hart
This is a memoir in graphic novel form about the unexpected loss of Hart’s daughter shortly before her second birthday. It was a challenging read for me, but then books about the death of a child always are.
For a preview, click here.
-I wrote well over 250 words five days a week.
-I limited my social media time.
-I read 5 creative nonfiction essays per week. Here are my favourites:
“Is it the end of travel as we know it? Should it be?” by David Gillett
Many people are musing about how travel will change after Covid-19. Gillett also addresses this issue.
“The potential for smaller and smarter crowds in the places I visit is welcome. But I need to look in the mirror and examine myself as well. What do I contribute when I travel? What do I take? Is there some balance to my explorations, something more meaningful than simply the online purchase of carbon offsets?”
Something we should all think about.
“I’m Black. I’m male. Give me the benefit of the doubt, please” by Daniel Reid Newall
Newell writes about the racism he has experienced.
“At the end of the day, when you see my Black face, all I ask is to be given the benefit of the doubt. Treat me with kindness, dignity and respect, in any order. I think they call it being inclusive.”
I can totally relate to Wood’s essay, as I break chain letters too, because I don’t like imposing on others:
‘Of the “thanks but no thanks” notes I received, one in particular resonated because it helped me clarify what I dislike about chains. “I hate to be a party pooper,” my friend wrote, “but I truly don’t do chain letters. … I hate imposing on others.”’
Leung writes about the experience of wearing masks in Asia vs. wearing masks in Canada.
“In truth, wearing a mask is a sign of solidarity; its strength comes from numbers, from the collective action, from the many willing to take a small sacrifice and inconvenience for the well-being of strangers in an unsung and unheroic fashion.
Wearing a mask is not just a proven tactic to fight the spread of disease, it’s also a symbol: it shows the world that you care, both about yourself and those around you. I am wearing a mask now so one day we won’t have to.”
“Am I a ‘Karen’?” by Chelsea O’Byrne
O’Byrne muses if she is a Karen, which is “an entitled white woman who wants what she wants.” O’Byrne feels like she’s a Karen, even if she is fighting injustice.
The concept of a “Karen” has been examined in the news lately, and it one that I ponder too.
“People watching from my mother’s park bench” by Tamara Levine
My dad liked to people watch, and so I enjoyed reading this essay.
Levine buys her mother her own park bench on her 80th birthday, as people watching on benches is her favourite thing to do.
“It went like this: 1. Choose a particular passerby, pair or group. 2. Notice their expressions, their posture, their gestures. Take note of gender, age and so on. If they are talking, you listen for snippets of conversations. Listen for tone. Notice who talks more, who interrupts. 3. Invent a story of what is going on. If you’re with a co-conspirator, invent as you go along, each of you adding tidbits as the story unfolds. Facts are not required, just some keen observational skills and imagination.”
As her mother lays dying of Covid-19, Giles reads her three children’s books over and over.
“I ended up choosing three books to take with me that second day: Todd Parr’s The Goodbye Book, and Kathryn Lasky’s Before I Was Your Mother. And of course, Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I figured those three books sort of ran the gamut for the day Momma and I were about to face, so I packed them along with my mask, my gown, my gloves, and my hand sanitizer, and tried to prepare myself.”
-I read 5 picture books per week. Here are my favourites:
“The Eagle Feather Story” written by Francois Prince and performed by Mark Barfoot; pictures from the community
I had the pleasure of being able to not only read but also listen to this interactive book in both English and the language of the Dakelh (Carrier) Peoples.
The eagle feather is sacred to the Dakelh Peoples, and those who have an eagle feather are to be respected. In this book, the eagle shows how feathers are earned, and gives feathers to several animals for their acts.
“Tanna’s Owl” by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley; illustrated by Yong Ling Kang
The book is based on Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley’s experience of raising an owl. Main character Tana raises Ukpik the owl after her father gives the owl to her. Owls are considered magical because they bring land and sea together.
“Encounter” by Brittany Luby; illustrated by Michaela Goade
Fisher and Sailor meet in 1534. Despite their differences, they are able to find common ground.
The book is a reminder that Jacques Cartier and his crew were visitors when they arrived in North America, and there is a focus on Stadaconan knowledge.
“The Little Book of Big What-Ifs” by Renata Liwska
The book explores many different what-if questions, often opposites, e.g., “What if you can’t think of anything?” vs. “What if your imagination runs wild?”
“Sterling the Best Dog Ever” by Aidan Cassie
Sterling the dog wants a home, so he disguises himself as a fork, but when he sees the family eating with hands, Sterling figures that he needs to be something besides a fork.
I laughed through the entire book!
Click here to access an article that has a list of Canadian children’s writers who have shared readings of their books—some picture books, some not—online.
-I attended several writer’s events online.
“Three Things to Consider When Writing a Memoir” with Alison Wearing
This workshop is part of Eden Mills Writers Festival series of mini workshops.
Access that workshop as well as others by clicking here.
“Music for Tigers” with Michelle Kadarusman
This webinar is available until October 16. The book is a fictional book about helping surviving Tasmanian tigers. in reality, Tasmanian tigers have been declared extinct, yet there is a belief that some still survive.
This year Hillside Festival was free online the weekend of July 24-26.
I watched Evelyn Lau read poems from “Pineapple Express”, Joy Kogawa read an excerpt from “Obasan”, Chelene Knight read from her hybrid memoir “Dear Current Occupant”, Madhur Anand read from her half biography half memoir “This Red Line Goes Straight to your Heart”, and Karen Solie read from her book of poetry “Caiplie Caves”.
All of them impressed me and made me want to read their books. So far I have secured a copy of “Dear Current Occupant”, which I will write about in August’s wrapup.
-I spent at least one hour a week working on one of my many guided journals.
-I blogged one time a week, and I even wrote an extra blog post yesterday.
-I wrote about 10 objects for my “Cabinet of Curiosities” object diary.
This month I focussed on my spoon collection.
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