Special Olympics World Games 2019 Inspirational #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-host will be:

Damyanti Biswas – https://www.damyantiwrites.com/
Lizbeth Hartz – https://authorlizbethhartz.com/blog
Shilpa Garg – http://shilpaagarg.com/
Mary Giese https://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/
and Sylvia Stein – https://ssteinwriting.wordpress.co

The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games were a special olympics multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. It was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019. ESPN offered international coverage of the games.
The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games was the first Special Olympics games to take place in the Middle Eastand the largest sports and humanitarian event recorded, featuring 200 nations, more than previously.

Now we are in 2020 and our thoughts turn to this years  Special Winter Olympics in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ January 29th., 2020

When We Were Vikings

by Andrew David MacDonald

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A heart-swelling debut for fans of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Sometimes life isn’t as simple as heroes and villains.

For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:

1. A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
5. Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists.

But when Zelda, a grown woman who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable—and dangerous—methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.

When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all…

We are all legends of our own making.
I have read quiet a few books this past year, this one was certainly one of the best, an eye-opening and heart warming story of a young woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who starts a journey on a quest to gain her independence and protect what is left of her family. This book really held my attention right to the end. it was a wonderful story, well written with great yet different characters. As a debut story written by Andrew David MacDonald, I am sure this won’t be his last great book. He is an author I will certainly follow in the future.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this great book and a wonderful read.

About the Author

Andrew David MacDonald grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Canadian National Magazine Award for Fiction, and his work has been anthologized in four volumes of The Journey Prize Stories, collecting the year’s best Canadian stories from emerging writers. He has an MFA from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 2020 Edition

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

TO ALL OF OUR READERS

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Welcome to the February 2020  Edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Health Promotion Dates ~ February 2020.

  •    Psychology Month
  •    Recreation Therapy Month
  •    World Cancer  (February 4th. *)
  •    International Child Hood (February 15th.)
  •    Pink Shirt Day (February 27th.*)
  •    Rare Disease Month.

          ” Days marked with * take place on the same day every year.”

      

Pink Shirt Day

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What is Pink Shirt Day?:

Pink Shirt Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in February ~ When people wear mainly a  pink shirt to symbolize a stand against bullying, an idea that originated in Nova Scotia in Canada.

United Nations declared the official day as May 4th.  However,  some countries prefer to prefer to celebrate it in February which is recognized by many different countries.

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Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day – Canada.ca 

~ February 27th.,2020

https://www.canada.ca/…/01/canada-celebrates-family-literacy-day.html

“Every year, thousands of Canadians participate in Family Literacy Day activities across the country. Family Literacy Day is a great way to rally Canadian communities and help raise awareness for the benefits of adults and children reading and learning together, said Margaret Eaton, President, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. “Only 15 minutes of family reading a day helps a parent and a child …

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The Woodlands (The Woodlands Series Book 1)

by Lauren Nicolle Taylor (Author)

The Woodland

The book of the month for February is not a new book, it has been out for a few years. I found it on an version of the desktop reader on my old laptop and found that I had not read it yet.

It was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a while, and I found it so captivating that it was hard to put down until I had reached the last page. I was pleased also to see that this book is part of a series which I am happy to say I will be reading in the near future, and will be sharing my reviews in later newsletters.

It is set in the last livable spot on Earth, yet it is the only home Rosa and Joseph have ever known and now they needed to escape, or Rosa will be stuck forever in a terrible government program.  “In a future of a society bereaved of reason” this book is a page-turner with over 750 five-star ratings on Goodreads. The Woodlands Series is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, and The Jewel Series by Amy Ewing.

Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.

The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop

About the Author

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Lauren Nicolle Taylor is the bestselling author of THE WOODLANDS SERIES and the award-winning YA novel NORA & KETTLE (Gold medal Winner for Multicultural fiction, Independent Publishers Book Awards 2017). NORA & KETTLE received a starred review from Booklist magazine. She has a Health Science degree and an honors degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She is, A full-time writer, hapa and artist, Lauren lives in the tucked away, Adelaide hills with her husband and three children. She mostly posts updates on Instagram @laurennicolletaylor:
Books are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com, and other fine book stores and your local Libraries

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Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way to respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Let’s just say that if these scientists had been using their brilliance for good instead of evil, cars would run off water vapor and leave fresh compost behind them; no one would be hungry; no one would be ill; all buildings would be earthquake-, bomb-, and flood-proof; and the world’s entire economy would have collapsed and been replaced by one based on the value of chocolate. ” ~ James Patterson

As writers, we get to create characters and build little worlds for them to live in.  Sometimes we are kind and other times we create a cruel, often unpredictable world to help add a dimension to our story.  What if you could create your OWN world to live in? Would you create a perfect paradise or a world created with a balance of both good and bad? Describe it in detail. What would you do differently in your world? What would the currency be; money, time, kind deeds or like Mr. Patterson, my personal favorite chocolate?  Get creative, reflect, write and most of all, have fun!

Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! 

 Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

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I love taking walks in the woods and often I find things that seem a little out of place. Write about what happens when you stumble across a magical stone in the woods.

Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂

 


A Young Writer’s Guide to Worldbuilding 

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One thing I enjoy about writing fantasy or urban fantasy is you get to take your writing to a new level by breaking rules, creating your own rules and essentially adding new and unique settings that only enhance your protagonists’ journey. Worldbuilding is a valuable tool to have in any fantasy writer’s toolbox and it’s perhaps one of the things I love about the genre.

J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling are perhaps two perfect examples of the importance of detailed and intriguing settings for our characters.  What comes to mind when you hear the term “Worldbuilding”? Worldbuilding, as an author, gives you another opportunity to take your stories to the next level. When creating a world for your story you have the power to shape the world any way you want it. What will your world look like? In what way is your world different is it from the one we live in now? What bizarre and magical creatures will inhabit it? What will its civilization be like? What do they value? Do they breathe oxygen or another substance?  What is the native language? Are they peaceful or built for battle? What is the currency? There is so much to consider before assembling your new world…but the caveat is whatever characteristics you choose for your world have to be believable, engaging and help the reader paint a mental image that they can easily immerse themselves in.  If done well the world you build will often become a character in itself.

Here are a few tips to get you started…

Create a brief list of what your world will need. Here are a few things to consider…

    • Where will the key action in your story happen? A castle, an underground city, another dimension?
    • What is outside your main setting? What does your world consist of? Are there other cities, countries, continents or even planets where your story might visit?
    • Who inhabits your world?  What about those that live there, were they all born there or have they migrated from another world?  Are there clashes between cultures or classes? What communities would one find? Are there creative arts in the cultures, I.e. music, art, books, etc. ?
    • What are the physical features of your world? Does your world have vegetation or is it made of rock? Does your world support all life forms or are certain characters required to consider atmospheric conditions?
    • What will you call your world?  Is the name believable? Does the “Machaerophorus Clan” sound more intimidating and mysterious than the “Purple People Eaters”?

Create a believable yet vibrant and contrasting world… 

Every country and city I’ve visited, don’t always have a uniform dynamic.  There are rich areas, poor areas, high crime areas, and family-friendly areas. Try to figure out what different contrasts you might want to create in your world. How could these contrasts best benefit your story? Make sure your world serves its purpose in your story. Think long and hard whether you need pages to describe what a building looks like if it’s not a main feature in your story.  Could conflict in an area bring by a conflict with your characters?

Create a world that evokes an atmosphere to enhance your story… Does the setting suit the scene by accentuating a mood?  Does a young child walking down a flower-lined walkway on a sunny afternoon provoke the same reaction as a young child walking through a dark forest on a stormy night?  Amp up your reader’s experience by creating details that create an atmosphere that will enhance your scenes giving them another layer.

Keep all of your reader’s senses engaged…  Don’t just give your reader the visual details, what does your world smell like? Does it smell like the sea or a field of lavender? What does the air feel like? Is it dry and dusty or is the fog thicker than pea soup? Do they hear deep roars from the forest or the wind rustling the leaves? What creates a taste for your character, does the smell of food cooking make their mouth water? Make sure to give your reader the full experience engaging all of their senses and bringing your setting to life.

Worldbuilding takes time, but in my opinion, it can help make or break your story.  Look for inspiration in other books, such as those from J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Seanan McGuire, and Leigh Bardugo. Don’t just look to books, think of movies such as Star Wars, Avatar or even video games like World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda or Halo. Take a look at the worlds that have been created to get ideas, inspiration, and tips on how to build your own worlds.  There are so many sites that feature fantasy art You can create your own boards on Pinterest made up of images of buildings and creatures you want in your story. I also love to create my own maps so I can keep track of my characters moving around town.  I use a site called Inkarnate that allows you to create maps for free or more evolved ones through their paid site.

My best advice would be to have fun with the process, but whatever you do remember that although worldbuilding can be addictive you still need to have a strong story that is enhanced by the setting and not replaced by it.

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http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering/events

Variety Village is a family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto.
There are programs for all ages and skill levels, join today!

No events schedule for February 2020.

One event for the end of January 2020. ~ *Annual General Meeting. Annual General Meeting Please join us on January 29th for Variety Village and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting.
Variety Village in Toronto – www.varietyvillage.ca

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Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.
Restrictions & Closures ·

http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering
We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important info.
Events · Restrictions & Closures · Variety Village in Toronto
Local Events | Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario
https://varietyontario.ca/local-events

*Annual General Meeting. Annual General Meeting Please join us on January 29th for Variety Village and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting.
Variety Village in Toronto
http://www.varietyvillage.ca

Access Expo – Variety Ontario
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo
Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.

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Home | Variety Ontario

https://varietyontario.ca

How we help. Variety programming empowers children with disabilities to be seen, participate, and feel included. We bring accessible facilities to life with sports, fitness, activities, summer camps, skills training, and coaching for competitive and Paralympic

Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village.

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference

Join us at Variety for the 24rd annual Active Living Conference. (Date for this event will be given at a later date. This exciting one-day event is popular with college and university students, educators, coaches, community organizations and families interested in increasing their awareness of inclusive and healthy active living opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities.

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March of Dimes Events for the month of February 2020

Rock for Dimes

Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

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Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $1,800,000 to support our Conductive Education®, Stroke Recovery Canada® and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.
Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.
Rock for Dimes is currently held in 13 cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Sarnia, Windsor, London, Sherkston Shores, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Halifax.
Visit www.RockForDimes.ca  to find out more information and to see when it is coming to your community! – and for sponsorship opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students Give AMAZING Gift to boy who was bullied.#WATWB

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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-host will be:

Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena and Simon Falk

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a great advocate against bulling ~ which happens world wide.
This is a story how other students showed support with wonderful ACTS of Kindness.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ December 2019.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner

Wishes Everyone

A Very Happy Holiday Season

Welcome to the December 2019 Edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.
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Autism Canada

Autism is the most common neurological disorder affecting children; and, is one of the
most common developmental disability affecting American and Canadian Children.
ASD changes the way the brain processes information which affects all areas of a person’s development. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological disorder resulting in developmental disability; this affects a person’s communication, social understanding and behaviour including interests and activities.  Autism usually appears around the first three years of a child’s life and boys are more prone to autism than girls. No one person with ASD behave or responds the same way as others with the same diagnosis everyone is quite unique.

There are five different Autism Spectrum Disorders described under a diagnostic
category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders [PDD].

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder [CDD]:
This is a rare condition that affects 0.2 in 10,000, symptoms are significant losses in social
behaviour, language, and play. These symptoms usually appear after at least three years of a normal developmental period. This disorder results in severe defects in cognitive ability.
Rett Syndrome:
This too is a rare condition that affects 1 in 10,000 and affects girls inclusively. Again,
significant regression after a period of normal development. Severely impaired language and psychotic motor skills and difficulty cognitive ability.

Autistic Disorder [AD]:
This condition is diagnosed more often and affects 20 in 10,000 cognitive impairments, deficits in non-verbal and verbal communications and social understanding, unusual behaviour and restrictive activities.
Pervasive Developmental Disorder – not already specified [PDD.NOS]:
This condition is often used in 15 in 10,000 diagnosed; this is also named a typical Autism. This condition is a severe and pervasive impairment that can be found in some interaction or restrictive activities and interests.
Asperger Disorder – also called Asperger’s Syndrome, and Asperger Syndrome, AS:
This is a common disorder and is diagnosed 5 in 10,000. This condition can have mild to
severe impairments along with social understanding, interactions, and repetitive, restricted interests and activates. Cognitive and language development is not delayed; however, there are deficits in communications.
Early Signs of Autism: (12 to 24 Months) – children may demonstrate only a few of these
symptoms
• May appear deaf because they respond unevenly or not at all to sounds.
• “Failure to Bond” (i.e. the child is indifferent to parents’ presence)
• Does not “Point and Look
• Chronic gastrointestinal problems
• Self restricted/selected diet
• repeated infections
• Reaction to vaccines
• Difficulty consoling during transitions (tantrums)
• Often begins to develop language then loses it or doesn’t acquire language.
• Difficulty sleeping/wakes at night.
• Limited imaginative play
• Not interested in playing with other children
Many paediatricians and other physicians are not experienced in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the physicians fear to make the diagnosis because they were trained to believe that ASD is incurable. Do not accept your doctor’s advice if he or she proposes a “wait and see” approach or promises that your child will “catch up”. If your child has normal development and then regresses, you should seek help immediately. As a child’s brain develops it is pliable and there is a window of opportunity for recovery at a young age that however, does diminish as the child gets older.

Links:
Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3067
U.S.A.
Telephone
Phone: 301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM (1.800.328.8476)
http://www.autism-society.org,
Autism Society Canada
Box 22017, 1670 Heron Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 0C2
Tel: (613) 789-8943
Toll-free: 1-866-476-8440
mailto:info@autismsocietycanada.ca
http://www.autismsocietycanada.ca
https://atreasurechestofresources.wordpress.com/author/professorowlsbookcorner2/

This article is part of the “Treasure Chest of Resources”   Written by Sylvia McGrath, 2008, updated November 2019.
**Please note: that this e-book is just to serve as an information resource, this is not to be used for diagnosis. If you have any medical concerns or questions, please see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

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The Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

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by Colin Butcher (Author)

This is an interesting book, that will certainly be very popular with both cat and dog lovers, it is a true story of a remarkable dog who rescues cats, an uplifting story of a how a man and dog team form a Detective Agency.

As a veteran of the Royal Navy and longtime police officer, Colin Butcher was no stranger to dangerous situations. But a career in uniform can wear anyone down, so, in 2003, Colin left the force to start his own private detective agency, specializing in helping reunite people with their missing pets. And yet, despite his hundreds of successes, there were still heartbreaking cases where Colin couldn’t find the missing on his own. He knew he needed a partner.
Molly was the perfect partner to Colin in his business. However, she has become more than a business partner, as the black cocker spaniel has wormed her way into his and his family’s lives and hearts. They are a wonderful team together, which is one good reason they have such success in their searches. I had not thought of a pet detective agency before reading this, but, with how important pets have become in our lives today, I can easily understand how the agency would be the resounding success it is.
I was really impressed by the thought, research, and training Colin put into this book. Of course, Molly and the lost cats stole my heart away. I think every person who has ever owned and loved a pet dog or cat will certainly love this book. It a definite must-read for them.

I have never heard whether such an organization exists in other countries, but, after reading this, I will be looking for more information. I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of being able to read and review this interesting book.

About Author

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Colin Butcher
Goodreads Author

Born:
Fareham, The United Kingdom

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Nonfiction, Fiction, Crime

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Colin’s passion for writing started as a child in Singapore. When at the age of seven his school essay on fire ants received the award for best story and most improved handwriting. ”I strutted around my school as if I had won the Nobel Prize in Literature as opposed to a handwriting competition” he has said. ”It really was a pivotal moment for me, having my work recognised at such a young age had such a big impact, from then on I recorded field notes on all the interesting adventures I had with my brother and read every book I could get my hands on.”

He continued his writing in the Royal Navy and Police and as a Detective Sergeant in 1998 co-wrote the first police training manual for the investigation of criminal cases for Surre …more

Combine Editions
Colin Butcher’s books
Average rating: 4.3 · 128 ratings · 82 reviews · 2 distinct works

This book is available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.uk  and other fine bookstores.

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Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Write a modern-day fairy tale based on your life. Where will you turn to for inspiration? Is your fairy tale replete with evil warlocks, fair maidens, fairies, goblins, elves, trolls and heroic princes? Is it set in a faraway land or your local mall? Are you locked away in a tower or in a place without Wi-Fi?

Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! 

 Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

In Canada, we are experiencing extremely cold and stormy weather this time of year.  It’s also a time when electrical blackouts happen occasionally. Write about what happens on a stormy night during one of these blackouts.

Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂


A Young Writers Guide To Writer’s Block

Some people will tell you there is “no such thing as Writer’s Block” and to some degree they are right. But there will be days when writing just isn’t working for you. You know what I mean, those days when you sit in front of your computer and it feels like getting a cavity filled would be easier. Unfortunately, the only way to overcome this dreaded feeling is to write or refill your creative well… Here are six tips to help ignite your creativity…
Keep a journal. Set the timer on your phone, computer, whatever works for about 20minutes. Your goal is to just write continuously without stopping until your timer goes off.  Write down whatever comes into your head, however random, strange or unimportant it may seem. No censoring and no over-thinking.

Brainstorm. If you are stuck on a particular plotline grab a large piece of paper or a mind-mapping app and write down as many ideas no matter how unusual they may seem, they might trigger something that will work. It’s all about getting ideas down. A page full of ideas can jumpstart your creativity.

Talk with other writers. There are some moments when it’s easier to speak to others about ideas than to write them down. Try talking your story out with another trusted writer. If you are not yet ready to share ideas with another record your ideas on your phone or computer, talking things out can often help.

Writing Prompts. Sometimes all you need to get the creative juices flowing is to have some fun with silly or thought provoking writing prompts.

Create an Atmosphere or Ritual to get you in the writing mood.  I absolutely love my writing area. My original workspace is no longer available so I recently set up a new one in a corner of my bedroom and I love it! I have bookcases filled with inspiring books, vintage typewriters, inspirational pictures or quotes and a few kitsch items that are prominent in my story. I listen to music that helps evoke images in connection with my current WIP, light candles, grab a tea or coffee and snuggly blanket, something to stimulate each of my senses.

Get a change of scenery. Sometimes all you need is a change of pace. Use to writing at home try, a café, library or outdoor venue. People watching, background noise or a little sunshine might be all you need to fire up your creative engine.

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The World’s Greatest
Christmas Party

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On Sunday, December 8, Variety will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.

GAMES · FOOD · SANTA PHOTOS · VENDORS · CRAFTS · INFLATABLES & MORE!
ADMISSION: $8.00/at door
HOURS:
11:00am-2:00pm

TICKETS:

The World’s Greatest
Christmas Party
On Sunday, December 8, Variety will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.

GAMES · FOOD · SANTA PHOTOS · VENDORS · CRAFTS · INFLATABLES & MORE!
ADMISSION: $8.00/at door
HOURS:
11:00am-2:00pm

TICKETS: https://beachdanforth.snapd.com/events/view/1286171

Kate Linder & Friends

High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends
from The Young and the Restless

Sunday, December 8, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto

*VIP Meet & Greet 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
*Autographs & Photos for all guests
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kate Linder
(Esther Valentine) BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
• High Tea & Show $100
• Patron Preferred Seating $125 – SOLD OUT
• VIP Circle of Friends $250 – SOLD OUT
• VIP Circle of Friend & attend Private Cast Dinner Sunday evening $1,200 – SOLD OUT

Our goal is to raise $80,000 at this event
Funds raised will benefit MODC’s
Conductive Education® program
For more information visit:
https://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/events/special/Pages/OpportuniTEAS-with-Kate-LindeOpportuniTea Toronto 2019 website

Unstoppable Tracy#WATWB

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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-host
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Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena and Simon Falk
 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ November 2019.

Welcome to the November 2019 Edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.
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At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Armistice of World War I was signed in 1918. As such, we observe two minutes of silence to remember. It’s important to remember those who fought and died and to understand it was because of those brave soldiers in that war and other since then that made this a better world for us today.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Written by Sylvia McGrath

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There are about 300,000 Canadians living with type “1 diabetes” (T1D) and Canada has the sixth highest rate of type “1 diabetes” in children 14 years of age or younger in the world.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the beta cells that produce insulin, a hormone enabling the body to convert blood glucose to energy. It is the most severe form of diabetes, striking at any age.

Warning signs include

• Extreme thirst,
• Frequent urination,
• Increased appetite,
• Drowsiness or lethargy,
• Sudden vision change,
• Sudden weight loss,
• A sweet breath odour is the difference between diabetes type 1 and 2 is:

Complications of T1D may include blindness, heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, and amputation. Managing T1D is challenging and demands constant vigilance to avoid complications.

In Type 1 Diabetes, the body stops producing insulin, therefore it must be given through injections or a pump. People with type one will be dependent on insulin for life.

Type 2 Diabetes the insulin is present; however, the body develops a resistance to it and is unable to use it. This type of diabetes can sometimes be controlled by medication and diet and the regular testing of glucose: See link below.

http://www.jdrf.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=1

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada’s – goal is to improve the lives of everyone who is affected by TID by increasing the progress on the promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing this disease. To learn more about the foundation, please visit the website below:-

http://www.jdrf.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=1

They invite you to connect with them in raising awareness of T1D. See how they are fighting it, and how you can join them.

Learn 1. Discover JDRF’s efforts toward improving lives. Visit us on Facebook and

Twitter. 2. Watch for Media Stories on JDRF’s research progress.

Act 1. Get involved in World Diabetes Day activities across Canada or online. 2. Give a

JDRF give and go Prepaid Visa® card this holiday season. 3. Contact your local JDRF about mentoring or becoming an Ambassador.

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“The Haunted High Series Book 1- The Wolf Within Me”

By Cheree Alsop (Author)

The Wolf Within Me

This is the First Book in an Exciting New Paranormal Series a story that is filled with great characters and paranormal creatures. The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life.
When a life-threatening accident reveals to Finn that he is a werewolf; the next morning, his Father enrolled him into a secluded high school.
When he arrives there, Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters that are far more dangerous and is so full of adventure, more than he ever expected.
The Haunted High has had a perilous history with werewolves. Can Finn survive monster politics, life-threatening pranks, and teachers more likely to kill him than help him in time to answer the real question: Who is the girl haunting the cemetery and why does he sleepwalk to her grave each night.
This turned out for me to be a great read, full of adventure and a story line that was so good that once I picked up this book it was very hard for me to put it down until I finished it. I look forward to more of these stories in the series. I highly recommend this book.
This book is available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca and other fine bookstores.
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Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” ~Erin Morgenstern

With Halloween around the corner, many of us partake in reading ghost and horror stories.  Imagine you close the book only to find its creepy creatures, ghouls and goblins have come to life.  Write about your ghoulish adventures.

Get creative, write and have fun! 

Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! 

 Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

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Some stones are said to hold mystical powers. Write about what happens when after you pick up a random stone while on an autumn stroll and magical things begin to happen.

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  ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS: NANOWRIMO STARTS NOVEMBER 1ST! 

Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
In its 20th year, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality.  For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing.  With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, adult writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing or worrying. Young writers can choose a goal which is achievable to you. With school, homework and afterschool activities you can set a reasonable goal for you to reach.

NaNoWriMo hosts writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.

NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated to date the number reached 798,162 participants producing approximately 367,913 novels. NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts which eventually became published novels.  Books such as Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, Wool, by Hugh Howey, The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough and Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer were all born out of NaNoWriMo.

PREPARING FOR NANOWRIMO 

We are a mere week away to the start of this year’s NANOWRIMO and if you haven’t started making plans it’s not too late.

There is no set way on how to write a novel, everyone has their own way. You may have heard the phrase “Plotter or Pantser” which describes whether a person outlines their novel before writing it or whether they fly by the seat of their pants and go without making too many plans.  There are benefits of doing it both ways and it really is all about what works for you.  I, myself, am an outliner, I like having a rough map of where I’m going before I set out.  I plan out my chapters and create my characters in advance of sitting down to write.  While some feel this is way too stifling and can’t be quite as creative it helps give me a framework to keep the story moving forward and avoid getting stuck for ideas halfway through. If I’m struck by some paths or ideas that aren’t on my outline I still draft out the scenes and see if they’ll fit in down the road.  I recommend you follow the path that feels right for you.  If you are not sure where to start there are some great books out there. Two I recommend are  No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, the founder of NANOWRIMO and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland.  Both are incredibly good books that each offer a unique perspective on whether to plot or not. NaNoWriMo also has a great NaNo Prep handbook that’s free to download here.

Personally, I can’t wait until November first and I am putting the finishing touches to my story  notebook, have already set up my outline on my computer and I’ve been busy creating a mood board for my new story on Pinterest and my writing soundtrack on Spotify, all to help keep me inspired and motivated while I write. If you are thinking of joining the website please feel free to add me as a buddy here! Don’t forget to log-in, buddy up and get valuable tips and encouragement on the NaNoWriMo website please feel free to add me as a buddy here!

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Friday, November 1, 2019 | 6:30pm
Toronto Reference Library

COCKTAIL PARTY ENTERTAINMENT AUCTIONS & DRAWS

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For more information on March of Dimes ~ Please visit  http://www.marchofdimes.ca

Music is their passion in life.#WATWB


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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are-

Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese and Damyanti Biswas
For more information please click:
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This months story is about young people who have a disability and yet have still found

away to follow their passions in life which is music.

ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew

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ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew is an all-star team of differently-abled dancers whose goal is to inspire audiences across the world with its positive attitudes and unique dance moves! This international break dance crew is comprised of eight dancers from Brazil, Canada, Chile, South Korea, The Netherlands, and the United States.
In its show, No Excuses, No Limits, ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew shares the individual stories of its performers with motivational entertainment programs and theatrical dance moves.
Come and experience the profound wonder of No Excuses, No Limits by the ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew at the International Stage from August 16 to 25! For more information on the ILL-ABILITI Crew https://www.illabilities.com

Professor Owl’s Book Corner, October 2019 ~ Fall/Autumn Issue.

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Welcome to the October 19th, 2019. Fall /Autumn  Issue of Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy. We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be. We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Since it is back to school again ~ which could mean a new computer, tablet or phone, we are therefore publishing the Online Safety tips to keep you safe this coming year.

Gathering Leaves

by Robert Frost

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Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

Fall (Autumn) Facts for Kids:

Autumn is one of four seasons that occurs from roughly September 21 through December 21. It is more commonly known as “fall” because the leaves fall-off of deciduous trees during the season. Here are some more autumn facts for kids.

Leaf Facts:

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Think you know everything there is to know about leaves? You may be surprised to learn the following facts:
Leaves require sunlight, water, chlorophyll and carbon dioxide to make food for themselves.
As winter approaches, leaves make a coating for themselves which blocks their water source; in the absence of water, the leaves no longer produce chlorophyll (chlorophyll is what makes leaves green).
When the leaves turn colors in the fall, they are returning to their normal colors. During the summer months, the chlorophyll present in the leaves causes the leaves to turn green, blocking the leaves’ actual colors.
Along with chlorophyll, leaves contain two other chemicals that cause coloring. The first is called xanthophyll, which is yellow in color. The other is carotene, which is orange in color.
Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.
Once the leaves have turned brown, they are dead and no longer receive any nutrient

Halloween is a big part of autumn. 

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Although last month we had our Halloween issue, here are some more fun facts about this celebration:
Halloween Facts
The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black come from two different sources. First, orange is the color of autumn leaves and pumpkins, which have come to symbolize Halloween. Black is the color of darkness and mystery, which matches the theme of ghosts and other spooky creatures at Halloween.
There is no scientific proof that ghosts exist; however, there is a field of study called parapsychology that is dedicated to studying spooky phenomena like ghosts and psychic powers. Parapsychologists use scientific method to explore strange phenomena and learn more about things like ghosts.
Halloween was originally a pagan holiday to honor the dead, and the holiday was known as All Hallows Eve. The date, October 31, is the last day of the Celtic calendar.
Wearing masks on Halloween is an ancient Celtic tradition. Ancient Celts believed that ghosts roamed on Halloween, and they wore masks to hide from the spirits.
Vampire folklore comes from Romania. Romanians in the 18th century believed that the dead could rise after death by suicide or other suspicious circumstances and feed on the blood of the living.

Another holiday associated with autumn is Thanksgiving.:

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In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
The first pilgrims arrived in North America in December of 1620.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth in the fall of 1621.
The Native American tribe invited to the first Thanksgiving dinner were the Wampanoag Indians.
The first Thanksgiving feast lasted for three full days.
Thanksgiving was not recognized as an official holiday until 1941, when Congress decided that the holiday should be observed officially on the fourth Thursday in November every single year. The date was chosen by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the Christmas shopping season longer to aid in the country’s financial recovery from the Great Depression. Prior to the date being set in 1941, it was up to the president to set the date for Thanksgiving each year.

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Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Book of the week. July 27 2019

Sali and the Five Kingdoms

Oumar Dieng

Sali and the five kingdoms

A civilization is threatened, and she may hold the key to the world’s survival…
As a child, Sali watched her mother vanish into thin air. Despite knowing what she saw, no one believed her—including her family and the police.

Years later, she receives an anonymous note, hinting at her mother’s whereabouts. Unexpectedly, Sali is pulled into a dying world where she meets Yakhar, a young man who is next in line to rule over Centaura, a world of five kingdoms. A world that seems strangely familiar to Sali.

But the looming death of the planet has unleashed a dormant threat. Together, Sali and Yakhar must convince the council of elders to change a centuries-old law to defeat a race of powerful beings, or Centaura, and Sali’s mom, may be lost forever.

A little bit jerky at the beginning, but on the whole a great read that I recommend for younger fans and any one older who enjoys an good book. It has a great ambience and characters, easy to get involved in the plot. Once into the storyline, it was hard to put the book down until it was finished.  Looking forward to reading any other books written by Oumar.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

About the Author

Oumar Dieng

Oumar Dieng

Oumar Dieng is an emerging American author. He writes young adult fiction as well as non-fiction. His books tell stories that evoke vivid imagery and stimulate the imagination. He is also the host of the Motivational Voice Podcast, a podcast that focuses on creating positive habits. Sali and the Five Kingdoms is his debut novel.

Oumar Dieng started out writing short fictional stories and poetry at the age of 11 to cope with his father’s sudden passing. Five years later, he was finalist at a national poetry award. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, kids, and cats.

Oumar’s Official Blog:  ~ http://oumardieng.com

This book is available at www.amazon.ca,   www.amazon.com,  www.kobo.com  and other fine book stores.