Scholastic Books

I grew up in a small town in Quebec. There were no English books in the library then, and there likely aren’t any now. The one bookstore in town did not stock English books so that the only way I ever received a book was from my relatives in Ontario, or from Scholastic Books. Last…

Remembrance Day

Tomorrow, it will snow, if the weather forecast is correct. This will make for an interesting Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where I live. I have been to the War Memorial in all weather, including snow, but I do not ever remember it snowing through the ceremony before, except for a…

Making: A Beautiful Periodical

There is nothing more exciting than getting mail! It is even better if the mail is a beautiful periodical – an example of masterful bookmaking. That is exactly what Making is. Making is published seasonally and contains “projects for knitters and makers”. As a knitter, I find that each issue contains very doable projects. I…

A Social Media Conversation

A common practice in the Monday group is to find out what people did on the weekend: what was fun, what was difficult, what helped you feel better, what made you feel worse. Also, most people can become engaged in this conversation and the topic lends itself to discussing behavioural activation which is one of…

Book Cures for Anxiety

In the last month since school started, I’ve asked the youth that I see in my practice which books they’d recommend reading to combat anxiety. They gave me such an interesting list that I thought I’d pass it along, instead of my usual weekly book review. To begin with, I was surprised at how many…