Book 1 of smile series Raina Telgemeier 2009           Raina is a regular pre-teen with regular boy troubles. However, her life changes when she falls on her face and knocks out her two front teeth. She’s forced to get multiple painful surgeries and braces to fix her teeth. The story follows through almost five yearsContinue reading “Smile”

We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2014 We should all be feminists can be seen by some as a bold statement. This book is the embodiment of what feminism is today : gender equality. Something that will benefit both men and women by rethinking gender roles, relaxing social norms and providing an equal ground to all. AContinue reading “We Should All Be Feminists”

Forest bathing: how trees can help you find health and happiness

When writing about and sharing scientific information, it can be difficult to strike the right balance between the concrete, and sometimes dry facts related to one’s field of study, and the casual language that will not scare away the general populace towards which your book is dedicated. When you are immersed in a specific discipline,Continue reading “Forest bathing: how trees can help you find health and happiness”

Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

Poetry, more than any genre, is a very personal thing. I could read a poem that absolutely moves me, which could leave you completely cold. In the same way, cultural issues in any country are equally very intimate affairs, strongly influenced by one’s youth, one’s community, one’s reading habits and entourage. Those who know me,Continue reading “Live from the Afrikan Resistance!”

Language of the Spirit: an introduction to classical music

In 2019, the boyfriend and I acquired two tickets to watch Jeunesses Musicales concerts in Dalhousie. We missed one of them (I’m ashamed to say that I forgot…), but the other one we went to I… enjoyed. I give this judgment carefully. There were pieces from composers I knew that I loved, there were modernContinue reading “Language of the Spirit: an introduction to classical music”

The Lost Words: a spell book

Words have power, and many believe that speaking them aloud brings that power into the world. And just as using words summons their power, letting them fall into silence diminished them into impotence. But silence need not be forever. The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris explores 20 words that were removed fromContinue reading “The Lost Words: a spell book”

Flirting with Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece

I think it’s fair to say that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is among the top 5 love stories ever written. I say this without having, to my shame, ever read the actual novel. But I did enjoy immensely the BBC mini-series from 1995 with Colin Firth and the 2005 movie with Matthew Macfadyen.Continue reading “Flirting with Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece”