Still Reading Books….

So many books, too many to recall them all.  When we go to the Thrift stores, my partner checks for vintage pottery and I look at books.  What do I remember?  Which ones are still in my mind?

Elizabeth George – 3 mystery books, featuring Scotland Yard favourites

Russka, by Edward Rutherford

People of the Lakes, by Kathleen Oneil Gear & Richard Gear

The Lake House, by Kate Morton (my current escape)

Mindsight, by Daniel Siegel

The Brain’s Way of Healing, by Norman Doidge

Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

One Story, One Song, by Richard Wagamese

Energetic Boundaries, by Cyndi Dale

A Place Called Freedom, by Ken Follett

Ann’s House of Dreams, by L.M. Montgomery

I think there were more books between last February and now, as it’s only 12 books in 6 months.  I realize I am a slow reader, but there were others I’m sure.  Funny how the fictional books are forgettable, but not the non-fiction.





I spend time each day reading a book, whenever I can.  I don’t consider a day well-spent unless I have read about an hour.  Of course, on the occasional days when I have two or more activities out of the house, I don’t read at all.  However, this is what I’ve read since Christmas:

Grace Lee Boggs: The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty First Century

Nevada Barr: Flashback ( another mystery thriller with Anna Page, Park Ranger)

Ian McEwan: Enduring Love (fiction, a puzzling style, based on a true story, & made me think a lot about love, obsession, and religiosity)

Plus my favorite magazines, Alberta Views (this issue about Alberta’s finances), the United Church Observer (always good articles), and History (the latest issue about 25 great Canadian women).  So life is good when I can read!

In putting these last books away on the shelf (I haven’t decided where they go next!) I saw a book I forgot to list in 2015.   It’s by Miriam Toews, and is entitled All My Puny Sorrows. It’s one of my favourite books of all time! 


Happy Reading!



I have the opportunity to record the books I’ve read, and since I read much more than I record, this could be a long list.  While the house is being cleaned by a couple sent fromMango Maids, I’ll record what I can remember.  So many books … so little time.  However, I’ll start with the most recent, which I finished earlier today.

Amy Tan: The Bonesetter’s Daughter … a superb read!

Hilary Clinton: Hard Choices

Elizabeth Kohlbert: The Sixth Extinction

Dan Brown: Inferno

Kim Echlin: Under the Visible Life

Catherine Coulter: Eleventh Hour

Ruth Scalplock: My Name is Medicine Woman

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Justice Murray Sinclair: the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Carolyn Pogue & others: Sorry (Why the United Church Apologized)

This is what I recall so far, but there are more non-fiction books that I have forgotten the authors & titles.  My mind has grown immensely from reading these books.  I’ll add the others later.  ‘Gaia & God’ is one, but I can’t recall the author as I’ve already returned that book to Bill Phipps.

2015 in review

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i have been reading a book by Nevada Barr called High Country.  It is an Anna Pigeon mystery, the third one I have read.  However, she has a delightful paragraph on page 246 where she describes the merits of storytelling.  It goes like this:

The tragedy was being turned into a story.  Before much time passed the story would be worked and reworked by subsequent tellings until it became legend.  Storytelling was the way humans assimilated tragedy, made of it a thing that, instead of defeating, became strengthening: a cautionary tale, a teaching story, a rallying cry for the troops, a builder of pride and a sense of brotherhood.

I watched Theo Fleury being interviewed on Global’s Morning Show today, and he talked abut his new life purpose.  I read his earlier book describing his life as a hockey player and disclosing sexual abuse.  It was called Playing with Fire and was a huge wake-up call for readers – and the whole country.  Now he has written another one, which I didn’t get the name of, but one can find it easily by googling him.  However, in the interview he said that now he has a new life purpose: to tell his story.  He believes by telling his story that others will learn and be encouraged to share theirs.  I think he is right.  That is a purpose for each of us.  I think about my book Your Invisible Bodies: a reference for children and adults about human energy fields.  I am frustrated that the website for that book has a virus and I haven’t yet been able to remove it.  However, this website still works, so here are my thoughts about telling my story.

I wrote that book to explain to children how Healing Touch, and energy healing generally, works.  In it I incorporated everything I’ve learned in my 70 years, including child & adult development, school guidance theory, energy healing, feminism, and Christian theology.  It is a wide-eyed book, and after it was published, I felt that I had fulfilled my purpose.  I told my story.  Funnily enough, even though I attend Knox United Church in Calgary, AB, I don’t call myself a Christian.  Too loaded a term, I think.  However, it is a child-centered book, and I’m happy for that.  I tell children to trust themselves, and to learn from their experience, and to be open to learning new discoveries.  Learning goes on all our lifetimes!

I am grateful to Theo Fleury for telling his story, and encouraging other people to speak up about their own experiences. I think he speaks for all of us when he says his purpose now is to tell his story.  He has been a professional hockey player, an advocate for children, and now is a healer and author.  Thanks be to Theo.  Thanks be to truth.  Thanks be to the wondrous spirit of newness that comes with sharing with another our personal truths.



This summer has been hot days and lots of relaxation.  I haven’t even written my blog.  However, since no one reads it, who cares?  I have walked more, and walked my dog Sage, and I’ve eaten A LOT.  I am not losing weight.  However, I am not gaining weight either, so life is good.  When my friend Beryl visited, Deb used our new BBQ to cook veggies.  As Beryl is a vegetarian, we ate healthily and well, learning anew how good veggies that are sauteed on the BBQ taste.  Here’s our dinner: