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Review: Safe as Houses by Eric Walters

I often wonder, when I get a new library book by an author I do not know well, which of my kids can read it.  Miss 13 read this one—a quick skim showed me it was fine for her—but when I asked her if it was alright for her little sister, she was not sure. […]

Election Report Guidelines

You know how sometimes you just want your kids to learn and write about something without a lot of angst and procrastination? Well, we’re having an election in Ontario and that’s a golden opportunity for a report.  But this time I’m telling my teens exactly what I want to see in the report.  It’s almost […]

Defending Life: Let Us Not Become Weary in Doing Good

Two women named Lisa, both unmarried and unexpectantly pregnant, faced a choice.  These two brave women, who later became my friends, chose life for their unborn daughters.  One of them had the full support of her family, no matter what choice she made.  She was the lucky one. The other Lisa had no support whatsoever, […]

Review: Pure Love by George van Popta

One of the world’s greatest love poems, Solomon’s Song of Songs, celebrates the love between a man and a woman in moving, intimate terms.  It pictures longing, love, and absolute fascination with each other. In Pure Love:  Solomon’s Song of Songs, George van Popta has captured both the story and its emotions in sonnet form.  […]

Review: Cartier Finder of the St. Lawrence by Ronald Syme

Young Jacques Cartier, fishing the Grand Banks of Newfoundland with his father, was curious about the land he saw westward, but no one else was interested.  They just wanted to catch cod and go home. When Cartier grew up and became captain on his own ship, he no longer wanted to fish in the cold […]

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