Author Archives: rdavies

Halloween Memories in a Pandemic Year

Will Halloween Be a Go in Alberta and Elsewhere? Hard to say with cases significantly rising and Kenney and Hinshaw both in major Trumpian denial. How many parents want to risk their kids receiving potentially contaminated candy? How many seniors … Continue reading

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A Great Canadian Songwriter

Well, of course, there are Bruce, Joni, Buffy, and Ian, but–going back to the 1960s– Gordon Lightfoot has had a solo career spanning 7 decades. There are two large audio archives of his consistently strong and memorable material. For those … Continue reading

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Still the Basic Must-have Book for Writers and Poets

Roget’s College Thesaurus. I first acquired the one on the right in 1965-66 (grade 11) and still use it today as a basic, fast thesaurus when writing. The 2002 edition on the left is well-worth picking up as well: many … Continue reading

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The B & W Bona-Fide Halloween Classic

The Haunting, based on Shirley Jackson’s spooky novel The Haunting of Hill House. I taught it once in grade 10 in my first year of teaching (on the curriculum then)–1972. Kids loved it. The 1963 movie is faithful to the … Continue reading

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My Sherlock Holmes Mug

“You see but you do not observe” and many other Holmes quotations.

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The Old Games Are the Best

1950s game inherited from their great grandfather

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Exploring Math

Kids love working on big sheets of paper!

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Exploring Colored Lights

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Exploring Music Naturally When Left Alone

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Learning Drawing from Copying

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