Monthly Archives: April 2012

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr.Seuss

Today, I went to visit a dear friend of mine and her one-year-old daughter, who LOVES her books. So, I thought, I’d say a few words about one of her favourites…

The full title of this little book is: “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Ridiculous Rhymes” and that about describes the book as well as provides an example of the types of rhymes it contains.

My personal favourite rhymes is: “But that Nooth Grush on my toothbrush … well, some are nice, but he is not.”

And so the rhymes go until (and beyond) the exciting climax towards the end of the book concerning who all is in the cellar.

It’s a delightful book for pre-schoolers that you won’t mind reading over and over and over.


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I have a follower! Thank you, Rosamond Bain. Wooohoo!

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The Dalai Lama will be in Ottawa on April 28

…which is why I thought it may be a good time to look at “Emotional Awareness: Overcoming The Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion”, a book that I’ve been keeping in my pile of books to read.

The book is an account of conversations between Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Paul Ekman, PhD., who discuss emotions, from various perspectives, such as philosophy, science, spirituality and ethics. Focus is given to topics that address issues such as managing emotions, anger and forgiveness and, most of all, compassion. Here’s an audio excerpt  from those conversations.

The book has a certain level of organization based on polarities such as East vs. West, biology vs. spirituality, destruction vs. construction and anger vs. compassion. And although I have a philosophical bend to my mind and respect the level of knowledge of both of these men, I found that you need to be really interested in the nitty-gritty of the topics discussed and that, often, points that were being made were left wide open, questions were raised and not quite answered.

This book has much to offer, but will not likely be enjoyed by the layman.

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Speaking of Meeting Writers…or “The Writer’s Festival”

The Writer’s Festival has been taking place, in Ottawa, since 1997; twice per year since 2004. It has welcomed writers, from Canada and abroad, who write about a range of topics and in a range of formats: science, history, poetry, politics, drama, fiction, non- fiction, biography, music, spirituality, TV and film scripts….in short, it’s a dream for the lover of the written (and spoken) word.

And the Festival doesn’t present just anybody. During it’s time, it has “featured more than 50 Governor General Award winners, two dozen Trillium Award winners, eight Giller Prize winners, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, five Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates Naguib Mahfouz and José Saramago, along with bestsellers and wonderful emerging voices.”

But don’t think that what we’re dealing with here are snooty intellectuals. The Festival has worked with writers and other organizations to support the development of literacy within the community; specifically within schools, with the homeless, First Nations, new Canadians and parolees.

The Writer’s Festival runs from April 26 to April 30 at various locations around the city.

P.S. It seems that Nick Cave was at the Festival in 2009. I wasn’t, but someone, who took this cool video of Nick reading, was.

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Local Author Sightings

Although I’ve written in a number of formats, I’ve never written a book. And, in my mind, that’s what separates the wheat from the chaff. So, I get pretty wide-eyed when I get an opportunity to meet an author. And, there are opportunities coming up right here in Ottawa.

Saturday, April 21, local author Cathryn Morgan will be signing copies of her book GrrrOUCH! Pain is like a grouchy bear, starting at 2:00 p.m. at Chapters in Kanata.

Saturday, May 5, another local author, Linda Poitevin, will be at Coles Bookstore in Carlingwood Mall from noon until 2:00 p.m. to sign copies of the first two books in her fantasy series, SINS OF THE ANGELS and SINS OF THE SON.

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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

It seems to me that death is the new sex. That is, we handle the topic of death much like the Victorians handled the topic of sex. We deny it, don’t want to talk about it and, as a result, we are unprepared when it comes.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing‏ gives us an opportunity to look (albeit in a hands-off kind of way) at the harsh physical and emotional realities of a fast approaching death from the perspective of the patients of a palliative care worker.

Bronnie is a free spirit, travelling around, moving from job to job as she enjoys different places that her heart tells her to see. Eventually, she is drawn back home to her native Australia, where she takes a job caring for a terminally ill woman. One such job leads to another and Bronnie finds herself in the thick of profound lessons that are found during the time that precedes death.

The number one regret of the dying? “The regret of not having lived a life true to themselves.”

(Anyone besides me worried that they may have the same regret when their time comes?)

The book’s strength lies in the list of regrets of the dying and discussions of life altering epiphanies. It is written in a very straightforward, simple way with a view to inspire thought and, possibly, change in the lives of those who still have lots of time left.

The kindle version of this book is available for $O.99 USD until this Friday.

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Free Books!

This may not be news to anyone in the 21st century, but….FREE ebooks! 🙂 Yes, it is true that I could go on and on about the wonderfulness of the (hard) printed word, but as someone who also enjoys the content of a book and free stuff, I find the concept revolutionary and the, occasional, e-printed word quite acceptable.

I have also found that there are e-books that are temporarily free and there are e-books that are permanently free. So, please, if you do have the technology, but like me, you’ve been using your computer predominantly as a typewriter, check it out.

( I do realize that there are loads of other “permanently free” books hanging around the internet, but I have yet to check them all out.)

And now back to my musings on the topic of “what exactly is a blog” and “how exactly does it work”….


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