I had the privilege of talking about cancer screening with a dozen women who have a history of child abuse. This is what I learned:
Filed under: Concerning, Uplifting Tagged: cancer screening, health care and child abuse
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I heard cardinals singing this morning. They know the days are getting longer.
One minute longer than yesterday.
Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: city birds
It’s very cold but I’m grateful for the sun.
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Sending warm thoughts to everyone still waiting for power and to all those working so hard to restore it.
Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: urban photography
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Car Rainbow (click to enlarge)
The day calls to you and you call back.
Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: urban photography
Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: moving stories
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I saw the day come into the sky this morning and waited for my family to awake. There was peace and there was joy, like the songs, like the face of the cloth bag monk. You can see him on the table to the right with the flowers and oranges, . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Buddha’s Flowers on Christmas
This is the sort of story I collect, the kind that inspired Web of Angels:
Det. Paul Krawczyk and D/Const. Janelle Blackadar of the Sex Crimes Unit Child Exploitation Section could not conceive the impact they would have on young lives across the world and the magnitude of the operation – Project Sanctuary — in . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Project Sanctuary: 27 Children Safe
Today I walked to the post office to mail a copy of my book to my dear friend J who is currently living in China. I’ve meant to do it for ages, but I was too busy and then I was recovering from being too busy.
So this afternoon I printed out the address . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: A Brief Encounter with Meaning
Amidst the war-mongering rhetoric of politicans, a quiet message is being passed back and forth on Facebook between ordinary people. Here’s the story:
Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: antidote to politics
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The Book Lovers’ Ball was fantastic. I met several of my favourite writer friends there and we had a great conversation before dinner. Great conversation continued during dinner at my table with the collections manager, planner, and other delightful librarians, as well as the couple who won the best first line for a book contest. . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: The Taxi Driver and the Book Lovers’ Ball
Sometimes I say to my kids, That’s a tool not a toy, treat it with respect. But what if I’m wrong about that? What if they’re all toys?
I’ve been thinking about this lately while preparing for questions about Web of Angels that may come up at readings. The intelligent questions are a pleasure to . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: What If
"I made a gift for you" (click to enlarge)
One of my children wrote this on my window yesterday. I will take it as my motto for 2012. Each day can I say, “I made a gift for you,” a gift of the day, a gift of my heart, of love, of my . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Looking to 2012
This is what we saw as the candles burnt low, reflected in the window, Christmas lights visible from across the street. We were all sitting in the living room, lights off, watching the candle flames. At least A and I were doing so. My kids played tug of war with a blanket accompanied by great . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Last Night Of Hanukah
I grew up in the golden ghetto, a neighbourhood surrounded on 3 sides by railroad tracks, an irony that I was aware of even as a kid, given that this neighbourhood was almost entirely Jewish with a significant sprinkling of holocaust survivors. Even so I missed Christmas.
None of my friends celebrated Christmas. There weren’t . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: TV Christmas
This week I’ve been very tired after a flurry of busy preparations for the release of Web of Angels as well as months of homework, swim lessons, hockey games and nagging about the multiplying swarms of mess. When the days get short, my need for rest makes itself known in despondency or in bad temper. . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: In Praise of Reality
This is a fabulous talk, worth the time to listen: funny and inspiring. I took notes.
Filed under: Uplifting Tagged: Ted Talk vulnerability
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This is one of those wonderful stories that give you faith. I won’t say anything about it but let you watch for yourself and provide a link to all the details. Via Wonderland. Filed under: Interesting, Uplifting Tagged: animal stories, prostheth… . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Happy Tears–the Horsie Runs
A novel that, less than a year ago, was without a Canadian publisher has won the country’s most prestigious literary prize. Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, about a jazz musician who disappears in Nazi-occupied France, was awarded the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize Tuesday evening, capping an unlikely run that has seen the Calgary-born novelist rise from […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Happy Publishing Story
[A]stonishing, shocking, loving…Step into this novel and you will find yourself submerged; wake from it, and you will find yourself transformed. Web of Angels is a rare gift, perfectly named; within this novel, Lilian Nattel has offered us the work, the weave, of angels. An important book. Groundbreaking, demanding, brave and beautiful. Unforgettable fiction. Brilliant. […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Advance Quotes!
Remembrance Day is a happy day for me because it’s A’s birthday and my life is immeasurably better for being shared with him. It is also our skating & cottage friend J’s birthday. Aside from that, though, it’s a day of laying wreaths, remembering battles and honouring those who fought in them. But today I […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Remembrance Day for Kids
I spent this weekend with half a dozen families that I know very little and at the same time very well. We meet every year, our bond based on the most important of commonalities: we received our babies together. Now these children are all 13 years old. Some have older siblings, bio and adopted, a […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Reunion
This falls into the never too late department. Fauja Singh ran his first marathon at age 89. He began running when he was 80 to cope with family losses. His background isn’t in athletics: he was a farmer. Coming here from England, this Sunday, he hopes to set a world record for the books in […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: More Inspiration
Jeff and Tara Miller. This photo was taken by Tara Miller (click to enlarge), a professional photographer who works with her husband Jeff, also a photographer. In itself that’s enough–the photo is gorgeous. But there’s an unusual twist to the story, which is what led to her work being featured on CTV in their Meeting […] . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Tara Miller: What is Sight?