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Medieval Europe: Power and Splendor

Those two words, ‘medieval Europe’, conjure up images of splendor and power, knights and castles, monasteries and missionaries, plague and privation. Recently, however, when we visited the Medieval Europe Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History, I came away with a completely different feeling.  Among the armour, jewellery, tapestry, and everyday utensils, many artifacts pointed […]

Review: Fundamentals II from Traditional Cooking School

For years we have been interested in traditional cooking.  It began, I think, with the repeated reading aloud of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, one of which we read aloud (and lost) on the plane as we moved to Europe two decades ago.  It went on to an interest in medieval cookery, and it is continuing […]

Review: Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

In 1877, deeply in love and more than a little apprehensive, Carrie married bestselling writer Robert Strahorn and moved to the Wild West.  The day before her wedding she wrote, I shall make light of trouble should there be any.  That shall be my motto, to remain in the happy lane of life…. A few […]

Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

The title of this book says it all:  I’d Rather Be Reading.  But, as any reader knows, it is not always wise, right, or possible to be reading, and I was curious to see what Anne Bogel considered to be The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.  At the back of my mind there […]

Review: The First Love by Beverly Lewis

Maggie Esh, sixteen, is ill and spends most of her days in pain and fatigue, wishing she could contribute more to the family and hoping that someday she will be well enough to become a wife and mother. Yet she is cheerful, diligently trying to understand how to be content and knowing that her sovereign […]

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