tall tales tuesday – Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt via amazon

tight plot, good development of characters, intriguing story line.  i admire a well-crafted short novel, they’re very hard to carry off successfully (even more do i appreciate a well-crafted short story).  i can see why it’s a classic.  we both really enjoyed it.

shmoop – Tuck Everlasting

good reads – Tuck Everlasting

Google Books preview – Tuck Everlasting

VIRL catalogue – Tuck Everlasting

worldcat.org – Tuck Everlasting


music monday – pino forastiere

i had the great pleasure of seeing pino forastiere perform live in Duncan last year with the international guitar night concert.  i couldn’t believe what he was able to do with his guitar.  such incredible, unique music.  i’d love to be able to see him perform at a small, intimate venue.






thoughtful thursday – sealfie

tagaq’s daughter

before sealfie was a movement, tagaq, her daughter & her mother celebrated the success of the hunt, the nourishment of her community, the continuity of tradition with this memory photo, and got a sh!tstorm in response when she joined the #sealfies

My Mother took the picture, and I [Tagaq] put my baby next to the seal, and everybody just thought it was the cutest thing in the world. Like it was a really sweet endearment because I honour my children immensely and I would never, ever, do anything to compromise that honour towards them. It was just showing how much I appreciated the seal for giving its life so we could be happy and eat.

“I wanted to it to be a tongue-in-cheek protest to all these very serious animal rights activists,” Laakukuk told me via Facebook message. “Many of us Inuit use humour to make a strong point instead of anger. I also wanted the sealfie to focus on cultural celebration and positive self-esteem.”

Tanya Tagaq’s Cute Sealfie Pissed Off A Lot of Idiots | VICE | Canada

We Spoke to the Inuit Women Behind ‘Sealfies’ | VICE | Canada

Tanya Tagaq #sealfie provokes anti-sealing activists – North – CBC News

Tanya Tagaq: Anti-Sealing Activists Have Been ‘Vilifying Inuit People For Generations’

Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Prize, the seal hunt and the “sealfie” – The National – CBC

tall tales tuesday – Mog and Bunny – Judith Kerr

new routine for the year includes signing out a book each day from class.  this was our first.  my favourite line:

He was her best thing.


we read this book 10 times between after lunch yesterday and before school this morning.

apparently there’s a whole series.  must find more!

Good Reads – Mog Series

spoiler – The Guardian – Why Mog Had to Die

music monday – tanya tagaq

artist and traditionally trained in Inuit throat singing from Nunavut

completely outside my comfort zone. incredible sounds, rhythms.  recently released “animism” is raw, powerful, energetic, ragged, emotional – i find that it resonates on a deeply instinctual level. interview on “q“. improv performance at the Gould.


soundcloud #tanya tagaq


YouTube – via SixShooterRecords #tanya tagaq


tall tales tuesday – A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge

so good that i kept the flashlight on and read until well past midnight to finish, while camping in our forest with K (trying to keep the flashlight subtly out of her face).  plot twists & turns, fascinating characters.  a girl who’s every thought and feeling shows on her face in a society whose members have to be taught “Faces”, whose thoughts and feelings are never what are on display.  magical and amazing, gripping and rollicking, what a great tale.

Frances Hardinge – A Face Like Glass

goodreads – A Face Like Glass

VIRL catalogue – A Face Like Glass

worldcat.org – A Face Like Glass