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Visiting Sudbury


Today I met a great group of students and teachers at Cyril Varne Public School.  I always have fun presenting but it’s nice when it seems the students are excited too.  It’s wonderful to talk about a book set right in Sudbury (Slam Dunk Robot) to kids who live in Sudbury and have visited Science North.  The teachers also prepared a fabulous pot luck.  Apparently one box of Ritz crackers, with one can of condensed milk and a bag of square Skor bits baked up in a long pan for who knows how long transform in to the most delicious square ever.  And I’ve eaten at many a potluck and shower before.

I forgot to take out my camera and have a photo taken with the kids.  But I rushed over to Science North immediately where I was asked if I’d like to hold something.  I got to pat Rosie.  See the photo.

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Great character, wonderful read

Instead of working day and night, I’m enjoying some reading lately.  I loved Home Free, Sharon Jenning’s new book with Sumach.  It’s set in the 60’s and she’s able to capture snippets of the oddity of that era.  The way our parents talked to us or handled abuse or even how acceptable harsh discipline was in that era.  But I love the gutsy girl–which is how the whole series is named.  She wants a friend and becomes an even better one to the secondary character and to the reader.

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Mortie learns to drive


Because we were leaving our jackapoo Mortie with Jen and Adam and because William is crazy for cars, we succumbed to buying a silly carbed for Mortie.  We kind of knew he’d prefer his old chewed up one and we were right.

We found Hunter loved driving down the stairs in the car. William enjoyed sitting in it.  We even placed baby Jadzia in it to lure Mortie just to try.
Finally we stuffed his old bed inside and he sleeps in it just fine.
I notice he has removed the windshield though.

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