Susan – Citizen Extraordinaire by Deb Joelle

Three years ago, my husband and I bought a house on a tiny island in western British Columbia. Well, actually, I came up here on a “viewing” trip with my mum, and bought the house myself. SURPRISE! Anyway, a few months later, Victor and I came up here to stay in our empty house for about ten days (we planned to rent it out for a while since we weren’t…

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wishing you all the best Mrs. C …wherever you are!

Ok,  call  me  crazy,  but  as  I  read  all the entries from my fellow debs this week (love you all ladies!) I don’t seem to recall many fluffy oh-so-sweet encounters with the librarians who have come through my life.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate the tough work they do (those paper-cuts must be quite painful) but the librarians I’ve dealt with in my 37 years of…

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thank you, Mr. Moran

Librarians are gatekeepers of books and words. My fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Moran, played a similar role. Every school day after recess, Mr. Moran walked on our desks. He stepped from desktop to desktop, reading aloud from A Wrinkle In Time or Little Women or James and the Giant Peach. After fifteen minutes or so, he would pause on a desk in the middle of the room, stop reading mid-sentence, gaze…

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

When a library is under attack… by Deb Sarah

A suburban Chicago newspaper, The Daily Herald, recently reported a story I found appalling. Author Tess Gerritsen mentioned it on her blog, and I’m also sharing it here, because I know a lot of you will be equally outraged. Think back to when you were 11 years old: Was there a librarian who helped you with a school research project, or who took the time to guide you to the…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

People + Books, by Deb Emily

Our central library has been closed for renovation for TWO YEARS. They did a great job providing services in the meantime. First of all, there are many, MANY branch libraries swirling around the city. So most people had a “local branch” they could use. We, however, live *in* the city, making the central library the local branch for us. I don’t have my UK license yet (roundabouts freak me out),…

Monday, November 16, 2009

News Flash, November 15

Deb Sarah’s The Opposite of Me receives an endorsement from bestselling author Beth Harbison: “Pekkanen’s debut is heartfelt and richly drawn. With a delicate touch, she had me believing and sharing every laugh and every tear – it was a completely satisfying read.”

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Guest Author Irene Zutell’s Perfect Picture

Irene Zutell is a New York transplant living, writing and raising two young daughters in Los Angeles. She is the author of two novels. She also wrote–along with her husband–a collection of funny labor and delivery room stories, I’ll Never Have Sex with You Again! Irene’s work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The New York Times, the NY Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Glamour, Reuters and the Associated Press. She…

Saturday, November 14, 2009

“Do I even HAVE a “good” side???”

“Man, they’ve definitely got a face for radio.” It’s a saying we constantly hear in the brutally honest world of broadcasting, and its one of the major reasons I went into radio.  I was looking forward to just being heard and never seen.  I couldn’t have been more mistaken.  The internet has ruined the delightful anonymity my broadcasting predecessors enjoyed.  It turns out people like seeing what their favorite on-air…

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Important Chance Encounters

In 2004 I attended a yoga workshop led by Megan McDonough, who was promoting her book, Infinity In A Box. Megan and I hit it off. We kept in touch via email after the workshop, and she eventually hired me to write for her e-newsletter, Mindful Marketing, geared toward yoga teachers seeking to expand their classes. Megan was glad to shift some of her workload to me, while I was…

Wednesday, November 11, 2009