That’s the way the ball bounces, a chance encounter

I was sitting in the window seat at Rocket Bakery the other morning, drinking a very nice cup of coffee, revising a training programme, and generally getting into the day when a woman stopped, transfixed, in the beam of sunlight that poured through the bay window. “This window seat…. it’s just like one I found…

Bibliophile in the making

Katherine had today off school and while I had a tonne of work to do, it had always been my intention that we should get out and explore a bit today. (She has Monday off, too, but I’m trying not to think about that.) So I plugged away at things for the morning, but when…

“Not all those who wander are lost…”

‘Tis the season to read Tolkien’s works again, I believe. I read them at least once a year, from cover to cover, and every time I do, I find some new nuance or element that I had previously missed. Some books change with you and you are companions on this journey through life together. As…

Review: Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn

My love affair with books, both the written word and the bound tome, is  one that never seems to fade. In university, I was drawn to Medieval Studies and Religious Studies in part by the relationship of the written word to processes of thought; I was fascinated by the value attached to the meaning, structure,…

A Book

I finished the first of two (or possibly three) books I’m working on while reviewing Live & Learn: Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn and thus far I’m really enjoying the bookmaking process, the design process as laid out in Real Life Journals and the results! Here are a few photos of Book Number One….

Catching up

I’m a little behind in these blog posts, for which I humbly apologize. It seems that when I’m really and truly busy, I have little time for sitting at the computer. When I’m really and truly creating and churning ideas about, I’m more inclined towards pen and paper for working out kinks, sketching ideas and…

Pages

I had a conversation on Facebook with a friend recently, in which we extolled the virtues of stationary shopping. She’s a pen person and “plays in the pen aisle;” this is a fetish I can completely understand even when most of both her and my communication these days is digital. I have “a thing” for…

Small Book Splurge

We don’t usually have much money these days to spend on books (to our great collective chagrin), but very occasionally (usually in the gloom of winter) we treat ourselves. Last night’s trip to Chapters saw John pick up this: Which he got because he really enjoyed this (a Christmas or birthday present from last year):…

Literature Meme

Sarai just fished this neat meme out of the capacious chasm of the Internet, so I thought I’d play along. The rules are: Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you want to read. leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. Movies don’t count….

Guess where I’ll be July 21st?

The date has been set. Must book the two days following (one for reading, one for catching up on sleep) to finish the series! That is, if John doesn’t beat me to the copy we’ll buy! I truly wonder what J.K. Rowling will write next….

Tara Bryan's book art

I was cruising CBC today and saw fellow craft council member Tara Bryan’s name jump out at me from the from page of the website. Her work is amazing and she’s an incredibly talented, well-spoken and intriguing person with whom to chat. I had the pleasure of being in the booth next to her at…

Tara Bryan’s book art

I was cruising CBC today and saw fellow craft council member Tara Bryan’s name jump out at me from the from page of the website. Her work is amazing and she’s an incredibly talented, well-spoken and intriguing person with whom to chat. I had the pleasure of being in the booth next to her at…