Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Shoe On The Roof

Today is a red letter day for book lovers as Will Ferguson’s latest novel, The Shoe on the Roof, hits the bookstores. Given that his last novel, 419, won Canada’s most lucrative literary award, the Giller Prize, it is safe to say this is a highly anticipated book. Ferguson’s reputation has established him as a […]

Cultural Differences – II

In North America time is money. We are always looking for ways to save it; it may be the most valuable thing we own. Europe runs at a different pace. That was obvious the first time I went to a gas station to fill up the car. We had borrowed a car to run some […]

Deadly Proof

A good story draws the reader in. From the outset you want to know more about the characters and the situations they find themselves in. From that perspective, Rachel Dylan has been successful with her latest novel, Deadly Proof. I wanted to know more about lawyer Kate Sullivan and her battle with a big pharmaceutical […]

Somebody Loves Me

As I was decluttering our house I came across a box of cards, birthday cards. They were for my birthday, but they had been sent to my mother. At the time I was too young to read them. There were a lot of them; I didn’t recognize many of the names. Not surprising really – […]

Two Years Ago Today

You may have seen this before, but I thought it was worth repeating. THE WAITING ROOM I’ve been in this room at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute before; at least I think it was the same one. Seven years ago. Waiting for the heart surgeon conducting my mother’s operation to come and tell me how it […]

Furniture In Hell

I have a theological conundrum that has been bothering me this week. Time to put it out for your consideration. I was wondering if all the furniture in Hell (assuming there is furniture in Hell) comes from IKEA. If you’ve ever struggled with putting together IKEA tables, dressers and other furniture based on their drawings, […]

A Driving Lesson

I knew that eventually I would have to get behind the wheel of a car and discover first-hand what it was like to drive in Germany. I just didn’t expect it to be this soon. The Autobahn is legendary, no speed limits, but I haven’t been on it. No, for me it is winding mountain […]