Monthly Archives: June 2012

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Canada Day: strawberry shortcake and a view from the south

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My Canada Day includes strawberry shortcake. Is there anything that announces summer’s arrival across this country as splendidly as strawberry shortcake? I make my shortcake in the Irish tradition – a bit like a scone – but it’s every bit as Canadian as this daughter of Irish immigrants. Loads of whipped cream – none of the canned stuff – and mounds of wonderfully fragrant Ontario strawberries. Yum!

Vicky Smith, of Kirkus Reviews, recommended Yesterday’s Dead in her recent blog post “O Canada!: 9 Books for Canada Day,” an exploration of recent children’s fiction set in Canada. Read all 9 of Vicky’s recommendations at http://www.kirkusreviews.com/blog/childrens/o-canada/.

 

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The perils of technology

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Part of this new world of authorship is learning to maximize the benefits of technology, while simultaneously trying to learn how the technology actually works. Blogging, for me, has presented a huge learning curve, but thanks to expert coaching by author Karen Krossing (www.karenkrossing.com) I think I’m getting the hang of it.

Which all goes to say that I’m sorry recent visitors to this site haven’t been able to leave comments. Not a very social thing to have happening in this age of mass, easy communication. Needless to say,  I’d love to hear from you – about Yesterday’s Dead, about your family stories of Spanish Influenza, about how technology trips you up.