The first stop on our tour of every library branch in Edmonton was the Meadows branch. And it was stunning. Brand new, the Meadows is located in the southeast side of the city in the new Meadows Community Recreation Centre. Though it seems a bit small (sorry—I compare every library to my childhood “home” of the St. Albert Public Library), the high ceilings and bright windows give it an airy feel. This would be a great place to study or to sit and read for a bit since it’s rather quiet mid-week and midday. Also, because it’s attached to the rec centre, this is yourRead More →

I’m on mat leave right now, caring for my little guy, and let me tell you—it’s hard to write. If I can get him down for a two-hour nap, I’m golden but the trouble is whether he naps for 15 minutes or two hours, I can’t see into the future to know HOW LONG he’ll nap for. The unpredictability is harsh, and I miss the old working days of knowing I’d at least have 45 minutes over my lunch hour. So because “writers write always,” I have to find other ways of keeping up my writing skills, and if I can’t actually write, then IRead More →

*Not everyone shares the same sense of fun as we do, so you might scare some folks away or not get invited to the next party. On the other hand, you’ll find out who your true weirdo friends are! This is an easy game. 1. Ask the person their date of birth. 2 Google search for serial killers born on that day. 3. Read the Wikipedia entry about the killer that comes up. 4. Enjoy this unusual, but super fun icebreaker. Lemme share mine. I was born on February 29 (yes—the Leap Day). This is a very rare day, so you’d think the odds ofRead More →

This one’s a month old, but it’s stayed with me. Anyone looking for story ideas, READ THE NEWS! Reality is way scarier and stranger than anything we can imagine. Like how thousands of witches worldwide cast a binding spell on Donald Trump. Additional reading: Bustle wants to tell you “what witches can teach us about fighting back against Trump.”Read More →

I don’t know why I love the way European countries welcome new babies (and mothers) into the world, but I find baby boxes enchanting (yes, I said “enchanting”). Just look at this one in Scotland, and tell me you don’t want one yourself.Read More →