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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ September 29th. 2018~ Select Few

Select Few

By Marit Weisenberg

This is Book #2 of The Select series. Readers should read Book #1, SELECT, first.

After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend, John–and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own in her presence. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak, as he’s wanted for questioning in his former assistant’s death.

With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, a fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way,  Julia will learn the Puri perhaps aren’t the only humans evolving into something different. . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.

This is a fun fantasy read and I would recommend it. The story is unique and interesting. It is well written in a style that is easy to read and keeps you interested. Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.

About Author

Marit Weisenberg
Ten Things about Marit Weisenberg.

1. I live in Austin, TX with my husband and two daughters where we love to hike across the greenbelt for breakfast tacos.
2. My first name is Norwegian, pronounced maa-RIHT. I’m only a quarter Norwegian but my parents really decided to commit. My sister’s name is Kjersti.
3. I’ve retold a PG-13 version of Game of Thrones for my kids, roughly covering all seven seasons. It took a couple of weeks and I’m realizing there are still subplots left.
4. I love nice clothing but spend most of my days wearing workout gear and never bothering to change.
5. I’m a native Northern Californian and I grew up in Silicon Valley before it became the Silicon Valley it is today.

6. From California, I went to Bowdoin College in Maine and was stunned to experience a true winter for the first time.
7. I have a master’s degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked in development at production companies on the Warner Brothers, Disney and Universal lots. If you ask me which my favorite was, I think I would say Warner Brothers–I’ll never forget seeing all six of the ‘Friends’ on one golf cart. But the Disney Commissary had the best food.
8. We are on the waitlist for a golden doodle puppy and I know my life is about to change.
9. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer–from making up stories with my toys, to secretly writing a romance novel with my friend during high school Latin class.
10. I love to read–especially YA. I love powerful girls and anything having to do with first love.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores

Professor Owls Book Corner~October 2018

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Welcome to the October 2018 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.

 

With Halloween coming up at the end of this month, Professor Owl’s Book Corner would love to share with you some great costumes ideas for those who are confined to a wheelchair.

The Magic Wheelchair

Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that makes epic costumes for children in wheelchairs. Kids, with their parents’ permission, submit a 1-3-minute video telling us what they want to be for Halloween, a parade, or another big day and why.
Ryan and Lana Weimer, the founders of Magic Wheelchair, have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs for the entirety of their lives. Each Halloween, Ryan made the biggest, “baddest” costumes he could for his sons, Keaton and Bryce.

For more information ~ https://www.magicwheelchair.org/contact/

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail toprofessorowl@outlook.com

literacy

http://www.laubach-on.ca/teach/resources/read

How to Teach Yourself How to Read ASAP – Part 11

With YouTube and Professor Owl

Quintos Academy: Self-Education for Real Life Success This Lesson builds on Part I and then Proceeds to the sounds of N: NA, NE, NI, NO, NU M: MA, ME, MI, MO, MU R: RA, RE, RI, RO, RU L: LA, LE, LI, LO

book-of-the-month

The Lantern’s Ember

by Colleen Houck

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern–one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal–or not-so-mortal–soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire–and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.
Colleen Houck, the New York Times bestselling author of the Tigers Curse series and Reawakened series, breathes new life into classic folklore in this wild, twisting adventure propelled by the spirit of Halloween.
“[Houck] offers a fresh spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow**…with some genuine surprises in store.”–**Kirkus
If you’re in the mood for something that’s just dripping with that Halloween atmosphere, look no further, because The Lantern’s Ember absolutely DELIVERS. It’s got witches, werewolves, vampires, the Headless Horseman, pumpkins, spells, the Loch Ness Monster, and still MORE because that’s how Halloween it is. Plus, that cover? Absolutely gorgeous and completely perfect for the book. Those were easily my two favorite things about this book.

About the author

Colleen Houck

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, p New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.aranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers. Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

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!

“Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.” – Laura Miller

You’re at a garage sale when you are drawn to an old journal and the price is too good to pass up. When you get home, you decide to go on the internet and do a little research on the author.  What you discover frightens yet intrigues you at the same time.  The writer of your masterpiece is known to have dabbled in the occult until they went missing over a decade ago.  It is rumoured that by reading the journal you can open a portal to another dimension.

Write about your adventure with this journal.  Are you brave enough to read it? What do you find inside? Does this portal exist and if it does, where does it lead?  Is it a dream come true or your worst nightmare?

Get creative, write and have fun! 🙂


Writing Prompt…A picture is worth a thousand words…

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~ Cassandra Clare

Write about what happens when someone is so influenced by a fictional book that their life is turned inside out. Describe what book they read. How did they change internally? What changes did their friends and family witness?

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It’s that time again!!!!

ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS!

NaNoWriMoYWP

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?

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/

Things to do to prepare for NaNoWriMo…

Find the Time!  Figure out what your word count will be and divide this by 30 to get your daily word count goal. Once you know how many words you need to write to finish on by the end of the month you’ll need to organize your time. This might be tricky for some but if you create a schedule it might be easier to commit to writing every day. Try to figure out when you are going to be able to work on NaNoWriMo. Do you have time after school? Could you get up a bit earlier in the morning? Do you have extracurricular activities that might get in the way, how can you work around these? Can you right on your lunch break at school? Create a calendar and try to find where you think you’ll have free time each day and try to commit to writing during that set time. DVR your favourite TV shows, perhaps save movie nights for when NaNoWriMo is over, remember it’s only 30 days.

Start working on a story idea! Keep a notepad and spend time just brainstorming and jotting down story ideas.  What works for me is asking “What if?” “What if my favourite mythological character decides to live among us mere mortals?”  Do they hide their abilities or powers? Do they fit in or are they ostracized by society for being different? What if Ares gets a job as a clown? What if Hades becomes the lead singer in a boy band? These are a bit goofy but sometimes you’ve got to write down both the good and bad ideas, don’t censor yourself. Sometimes something will spark another idea that’s worth keeping!

Get to know your characters!  Spending a little time with your characters will make it easier for you to write about them. You’ll need to know more than how old they are or what they look like. Create a character bible on Pinterest. Go through images and create a board that shows you what your characters look like, who are they? Where do they live? How do they dress? What are there hobbies? Also, know that through most stories the characters grow and change. Does your character go from weak to strong, or from poor to rich?  You’ll need to know who they will become throughout the story. I’ve created a Storyboard divided into sections on Pinterest for my upcoming Urban Fantasy Trilogy Moon of Morrigan. My character board is here: Moon of Morrigan Character Board

Take some time to organize your thoughts. Whether you outline or not having a rough idea of where you are going will save you time when it comes to writing. The same goes for research, if you need specific information to help with your story, now is the time to make notes and prepare all the information you need beforehand. If you want to write an outline now would be the perfect time to do that. There are so many ways to outline from J.K. Rowling’s scribbled handwritten outline to using index cards to outline scenes but if you prefer using your computer you can also create spreadsheets or if you’re lucky enough use a software such as Scrivener.  If you scour Pinterest you will also find so many resources to help you find a way to outline that works for you.

I hope you join in the fun! Drop Professor Owl a note by commenting below if you have any tips to help with NaNoWriMo! Good luck and happy writing! 🙂

 

 

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Variety Village

Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.

 

Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education for more than 60 years, Variety Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. We are a world-recognized authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:

Integrated sports and life skills programs:

Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.

Applied research:

Reflecting our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.

Learning programs:

Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.

Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.

Various positions are available from working with children in programs to administrative work and special events.

 

“There are no planned events for the month of October, 2018”

 

To Plan an event  or find out information on future ones

Please contact Zoe Middleton at zmiddleton@varietyvillage.on.ca

Contact Information:

3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2

For more information on these Variety Village Events and  Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Giveaway
March of Dimes Canada is here for you!

Tell us your story and win a customized accessible tablet package that includes a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps to improve your community access and participation.

March of Dimes Canada will help residents in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia and Montreal with physical disabilities to enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative. We are looking for local residents with a disability which impacts their ability to communicate, be independent or to enjoy other aspects of a full life.

Share your story with us for a chance to win a customized tablet package. Smart tablet packages may include a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps. The Tablet package has a maximum value of $1875.00 per winner.

The project will help successful applicants achieve one or more of the following:

•Increase access to services

Explore or control the environment  contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
•Contribute to improving their education
•Assist in their employment objectives
•Assist in communication, verbal and written

Applications must be received by the following dates:
Nova Scotia – October 9, 2018
Montreal – October 30, 2018

La Marche des dix sous du Canada est là pour vous!

Parlez-nous de vous et courez la chance de gagner une tablette personnalisée assortie d’accessoires (étui, stylet) et d’applis spécialisées) pour améliorer votre accès et votre participation à la communauté.

La Marche des dix sous du Canada aidera les résidents et résidentes à Edmonton, à Winnipeg, en Nouvelle-Écosse et à Montréal qui ont des handicaps physiques à améliorer leur accès et participation communautaires par l’entremise de l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile. Nous recherchons des résidents locaux et des résidentes locales qui ont un handicap qui affecte leur capacité de communiquer, d’être autonome ou de jouir d’autres aspects d’une vie pleine.

Partagez votre histoire avec nous pour courir une chance de gagner une trousse d’une tablette personnalisée. Les trousses d’une tablette intelligente peuvent inclure une tablette, un étui, un stylet et des applications spécialisées. La trousse de tablette a une valeur maximale de 1,875 $ par gagnant ou gagnante.

Le projet aidera les demandeurs dont la demande est acceptée à réaliser un ou plusieurs des objectifs suivants :

•Avoir un accès accru à des services

•Explorer ou contrôler leur milieu de vie

•S’adonner à de nouvelles activités récréatives

•Poursuivre des études

•Atteindre leurs objectifs d’emploi

•Communiquer verbalement ou par écrit

* Les demandes doivent être reçues avant les dates suivantes :
Nouvelle-Écosse – 9 Octobre 2018
Montréal – 30 Octobre 2018

Eligibility Criteria /Critères d’admissibilité :

To be eligible for the tablet package giveaway in your city, contestants must:

1.Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in Edmonton (for Edmonton AMTI), in Winnipeg (for Winnipeg AMTI ), in Nova Scotia (for Nova Scotia AMTI) and in Montreal (for Montreal AMTI);
2.Be the age of majority for the province they reside in;
3.Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
4.Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
5.Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $45,000, after allowable deductions are considered;
6.Be working with an Occupational Therapist and/or Speech Language Pathologist who can provide a current assessment of the applicant’s needs and support them in installing required software applications; and
7.Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to be held in their city. Please visit http://www.rockfordimes.ca for dates and locations.

Pour être admissibles à l’offre cadeau d’une tablette, les demandeurs doivent répondre aux critères suivants :
1.Être un résident canadien permanent et son domicile permanent et principal doit être dans Edmonton (pour l’ITAM à Edmonton), Winnipeg (pour l’ITAM à Winnipeg), Nouvelle-Écosse (pour l’ITAM en Nouvelle-Écosse) et dans Montreal (pour l’ITAM à Montreal); et
2. Avoir atteint l’âge de la majorité pour la province dans laquelle il ou elle vit; et
3.Avoir une invalidité permanente qui empêche de participer pleinement aux activités de la vie quotidienne; et
4.Expliquer en quoi le fait d’avoir une tablette aidera le demandeur à atteindre un objectif particulier; et
5.Avoir besoin d’une aide financière. Pour être admissible à une aide financière, les revenus bruts combinés du demandeur et de son conjoint (s’il y a lieu) ne doivent pas dépasser 45 000 $ après les déductions autorisées; et

6.Travailler avec un ergothérapeute et/ou un orthophoniste qui peut fournir une évaluation actuelle des besoins du candidat et les soutenir en installant les applications requises; et
7.Être disponible pour la présentation de la tablette à la collecte de fonds annuelle Rock for Dimes qui aura lieu dans sa ville. Veuillez visiter http://www.rockfordimes.ca pour les dates et les lieux.

Guidelines / Des lignes directrices :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines (PDF)MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019
Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019
MODC Aphasia-friendly Guidelines (PDF) MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019 (Aphasia-friendly)

Application Forms / Formulaires de demande :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

EDMONTON:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Edmonton Formulaire de demande (PDF)Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Edmonton
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (Aphasia-friendly)

Applications must be received by August 29, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 4, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 15, 2018 at on the Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

WINNIPEG:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Winnipeg Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Winnipeg
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg

Applications must be received by September 4, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 10, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Opening Doors for Accessibility Winnipeg fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 20, 2018 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave, Winnipeg.

Nova Scotia:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Nouvelle-Écosse Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour la Nouvelle-Écosse
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia

Applications must be received by October 9, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of October 15, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on October 26, 2018 at Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

MONTREAL:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Montreal Formulaire de demande Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Montreal
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal

applications must be received by October 30, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of November 5, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Montreal fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on November 16, 2018 at Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to:

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative
March of Dimes Canada
291 King Street, 3rd Floor
London ON N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca
Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632
Fax: 519-432-4923

* Please note that only complete Applications with all required documentation will be reviewed.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à
1-855-660-6632.

Special Thank You to our Sponsoring Partner /

Un merci tout spécial au partenaire commanditaire :

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Past Winners

March of Dimes Canada was there for residents in Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, presenting customized tablets with specialized software/apps to improve community access and participation!

March of Dimes Canada have already helped residents with physical disabilities in the Nova Scotia, Montreal,

March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4H1A4
CA

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ September 2018 ~ Community Boards Update.

 

Attention Members,

We will be completing some work throughout our facility over the next several weeks and as a result, some closures will take place. Please see below for details:
1. Thursday, September 6 – Monday, September 9: Aquatics Closure. We will be replacing a leaking pipe under the pool as well as completing a deep clean of the Aquatics wing.
2. Monday, August 27 – Thursday, August 30: Kiosk Closure. We will be moving the kiosk into the new cafe, completing electrical and water work as well as creating a new reception and entrance area in the front lobby.
All reopening dates will be pending approvals and will be posted on the website and social media once confirmed.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
VIEW CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS
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Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~September 2018 ~ Back To School Edition

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Welcome to the September 2018~Back to School 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.

Have a Good School Year!

• Planning in advance
• Being more organized this year
• Achieving in school
• Enjoying school
• Interacting with other people

Improve things for yourself at school this year by making changes to your approach, your organization and your interactions with others. By aiming to have the best school year ever, you are on the right path to good marks, happy friendships and enjoyable external activities.

~To read more on this subject ~

Please visit:

https://www.wikihow.com/Have-a-Good-School-Year#Enjoying_school_sub

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores.

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail toprofessorowl@outlook.com

literacy

http://www.laubach-on.ca/teach/resources/read

How to Teach Yourself How to Read ASAP – Part I  

With YouTube and Professor Owl

book-of-the-month

Me and Me

by Alice Kuipers (Author)

It’s a perfect day for Lark’s dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark’s birthday. Everything is just right … until they hear screams from the edge of the water. Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them. With that split-second decision, Lark’s world is torn in two, leaving her to cope with the consequences of both choices. She lives two lives, two selves. But which is the right life, and which is the real Lark? “Me and Me” is about how it feels to be torn in pieces, and how to make two halves whole again. This mind-bending novel by Alice Kuipers, expert chronicler of the teenage heart, explores loss and love, music and parkour, all while navigating the narrow space between fantasy and reality.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more stories by this author. I would recommend this book to teens and adults as well since it is fast-paced and keeps one reading until the end.

About Author

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is a British-born author living in Saskatchewan, Canada who is best known for her young adult novels. Life on the Refrigerator Door won the Grand Prix de Viarmes, the Livrentête Prize, the Redbridge Teenage Book Award in 2008 and the Saskatchewan First Book Award in 2007, was narrated as an audiobook by Amanda Seyfried and Dana Delany and has been adapted for theatre in England, France and Japan.
Website: www.alicekuipers.com/

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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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!

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.” ~ Oscar Wilde

It’s back to school time! Write a short story about what happens when a magic textbook is found at your school and its power is unleashed! Does the magic make things better or worse? Who falls victim to its power and do they use it for good or evil? Write about some of the strange occurrences that come out of the situation.
Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt…A picture is worth a thousand words…

If you could travel through time, what time period would you visit if you had a chance?

Visit to Royal Ontario Museum

Bullet Journaling for Students!

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Today young and old alike are hooked on bullet journaling.
Wondering what bullet journaling is? A simple explanation is it’s a journal where you keep point form lists of things to accomplish or dates to remember. It’s an easy, uncomplicated way to keep track of items that you just check off when you’re done.

You start with a dot or graph book and decorate it to make it your own. I have used fancy expensive journals and simple dollar store finds. Both work well. it really is a matter of what you like and can afford.

You can use stickers, coloured pens, highlighters, washi tapes and even watercolour pens/pencils to make your bullet journals gorgeous and unique. I use a ruler and black fine point pen to create both the main list and a general calendar on a single page then I create a weekly list on the next page and then use coloured markers to decorate the sections or the entire page. I write quotes on the pages, draw pictures to inspire me and use my creativity to make it work for me.

I also love to colour code things to make them easy to see at a glance. You might try colour coding try using blue for school work, red for exams or special projects, green for after-school activities, yellow for events with friends and family, pink for new books, movies or music coming out etc.

The one great thing about bullet journals is that YOU create them just the way you like them. They are a unique form of expression and help you stay organized so you can make this the best school year ever!

To get ideas just search for “bullet journals” on Instagram or Pinterest to get thousands of ideas to inspire you! 😊


 

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Variety Village

Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.

Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education for more than 60 years, Variety Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. We are a world-recognized authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:

Integrated sports and life skills programs:

Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.

Applied research:

Reflecting our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.

Learning programs:

Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.

Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.

Various positions are available from working with children in programs to administrative work and special events.

Contact Zoe Middleton at zmiddleton@varietyvillage.on.ca

Contact Information:

3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2

For more information on these Variety Village Events and  Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Giveaway
March of Dimes Canada is here for you!

Tell us your story and win a customized accessible tablet package that includes a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps to improve your community access and participation.

March of Dimes Canada will help residents in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia and Montreal with physical disabilities to enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative. We are looking for local residents with a disability which impacts their ability to communicate, be independent or to enjoy other aspects of a full life.

Share your story with us for a chance to win a customized tablet package. Smart tablet packages may include a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps. The Tablet package has a maximum value of $1875.00 per winner.

The project will help successful applicants achieve one or more of the following:

•Increase access to services

Explore or control the environment  contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
•Contribute to improving their education
•Assist in their employment objectives
•Assist in communication, verbal and written

Applications must be received by the following dates:
Edmonton – August 29, 2018
Winnipeg – September 4, 2018
Nova Scotia – October 9, 2018
Montreal – October 30, 2018

La Marche des dix sous du Canada est là pour vous!

Parlez-nous de vous et courez la chance de gagner une tablette personnalisée assortie d’accessoires (étui, stylet) et d’applis spécialisées) pour améliorer votre accès et votre participation à la communauté.

La Marche des dix sous du Canada aidera les résidents et résidentes à Edmonton, à Winnipeg, en Nouvelle-Écosse et à Montréal qui ont des handicaps physiques à améliorer leur accès et participation communautaires par l’entremise de l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile. Nous recherchons des résidents locaux et des résidentes locales qui ont un handicap qui affecte leur capacité de communiquer, d’être autonome ou de jouir d’autres aspects d’une vie pleine.

Partagez votre histoire avec nous pour courir une chance de gagner une trousse d’une tablette personnalisée. Les trousses d’une tablette intelligente peuvent inclure une tablette, un étui, un stylet et des applications spécialisées. La trousse de tablette a une valeur maximale de 1,875 $ par gagnant ou gagnante.

Le projet aidera les demandeurs dont la demande est acceptée à réaliser un ou plusieurs des objectifs suivants :

•Avoir un accès accru à des services

•Explorer ou contrôler leur milieu de vie

•S’adonner à de nouvelles activités récréatives

•Poursuivre des études

•Atteindre leurs objectifs d’emploi

•Communiquer verbalement ou par écrit

* Les demandes doivent être reçues avant les dates suivantes :
Edmonton – 29 Août 2018
Winnipeg – 4 Septembre 2018
Nouvelle-Écosse – 9 Octobre 2018
Montréal – 30 Octobre 2018

Eligibility Criteria /Critères d’admissibilité :

To be eligible for the tablet package giveaway in your city, contestants must:

1.Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in Edmonton (for Edmonton AMTI), in Winnipeg (for Winnipeg AMTI ), in Nova Scotia (for Nova Scotia AMTI) and in Montreal (for Montreal AMTI);
2.Be the age of majority for the province they reside in;
3.Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
4.Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
5.Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $45,000, after allowable deductions are considered;
6.Be working with an Occupational Therapist and/or Speech Language Pathologist who can provide a current assessment of the applicant’s needs and support them in installing required software applications; and
7.Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to be held in their city. Please visit http://www.rockfordimes.ca for dates and locations.

Pour être admissibles à l’offre cadeau d’une tablette, les demandeurs doivent répondre aux critères suivants :
1.Être un résident canadien permanent et son domicile permanent et principal doit être dans Edmonton (pour l’ITAM à Edmonton), Winnipeg (pour l’ITAM à Winnipeg), Nouvelle-Écosse (pour l’ITAM en Nouvelle-Écosse) et dans Montreal (pour l’ITAM à Montreal); et
2. Avoir atteint l’âge de la majorité pour la province dans laquelle il ou elle vit; et
3.Avoir une invalidité permanente qui empêche de participer pleinement aux activités de la vie quotidienne; et
4.Expliquer en quoi le fait d’avoir une tablette aidera le demandeur à atteindre un objectif particulier; et
5.Avoir besoin d’une aide financière. Pour être admissible à une aide financière, les revenus bruts combinés du demandeur et de son conjoint (s’il y a lieu) ne doivent pas dépasser 45 000 $ après les déductions autorisées; et

6.Travailler avec un ergothérapeute et/ou un orthophoniste qui peut fournir une évaluation actuelle des besoins du candidat et les soutenir en installant les applications requises; et
7.Être disponible pour la présentation de la tablette à la collecte de fonds annuelle Rock for Dimes qui aura lieu dans sa ville. Veuillez visiter http://www.rockfordimes.ca pour les dates et les lieux.

Guidelines / Des lignes directrices :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines (PDF)MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019
Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019
MODC Aphasia-friendly Guidelines (PDF) MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019 (Aphasia-friendly)

Application Forms / Formulaires de demande :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

EDMONTON:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Edmonton Formulaire de demande (PDF)Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Edmonton
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (Aphasia-friendly)

Applications must be received by August 29, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 4, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 15, 2018 at on the Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

WINNIPEG:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Winnipeg Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Winnipeg
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg

Applications must be received by September 4, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 10, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Opening Doors for Accessibility Winnipeg fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 20, 2018 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave, Winnipeg.

Nova Scotia:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Nouvelle-Écosse Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour la Nouvelle-Écosse
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia

Applications must be received by October 9, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of October 15, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on October 26, 2018 at Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

MONTREAL:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Montreal Formulaire de demande Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Montreal
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal

applications must be received by October 30, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of November 5, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Montreal fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on November 16, 2018 at Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to:

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative
March of Dimes Canada
291 King Street, 3rd Floor
London ON N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca
Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632
Fax: 519-432-4923

* Please note that only complete Applications with all required documentation will be reviewed.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à
1-855-660-6632.

Special Thank You to our Sponsoring Partner /

Un merci tout spécial au partenaire commanditaire :

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Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Past Winners

March of Dimes Canada was there for residents in Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, presenting customized tablets with specialized software/apps to improve community access and participation!

March of Dimes Canada have already helped residents with physical disabilities in the Nova Scotia, Montreal,

March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4H1A4
CA

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

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 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th. July, 2018 ~ Pretty Waiter Girls by Greg Alldredge

Pretty Waiter Girls

by Greg Alldredge

Some monsters are still human.

In a magical 1899 San Francisco, the new millennium is quickly approaching. Of course, new inventions happen every day, some wondrous, some mundane while the streets produce a new murder every night.

Set against this backdrop a debutante goes missing, and socialite Helena Brandywine takes it upon herself, along with her trusted manservant, to discover what happened.

Did the woman run afoul of the Tongs in Chinatown? What horrors might she have exposed? Discover this Gilded Age while Helena uncovers her family’s secrets. The good and evil, where danger lurks around every corner. Can Helena Brandywine be prepared for the monsters she will uncover? Come search for the Pretty Waiter Girls.

Pretty Waiter Girls is an excellent steampunk adventure, with some fantasy elements mixed into a mystery plot. I love the steampunk setting and I really enjoyed the delightful protagonist, Helena Brandywine. Hopefully, there will be more of her adventures.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you..

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

 

About Author

Greg Alldredge

I write books I would want to read. Normally short enough to read in a day or two, and exciting enough to make me want to finish. I want powerful women and men able to overcome adversity, stand up for what is right and willing to sacrifice for their beliefs. If these interests you check out one of my novels at most worldwide retailers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ June 2018 Edition

 

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Welcome to the June Edition of Professor Owl’s Newsletter! This month we’ll be highlighting some great books, offering some tips on how to get the most from your reading and…we would also like to encourage you to take Professor Owl’s Reading challenge, and if you would like to send us your reviews on the weekly books,  we would love to include them in our books of the week.  mail them to professorowl@outlook.com

Next month we are taking a break but check back with us throughout the summer for some awesome book reviews and events that will be happening with our favourite organizations every Saturday.

On August 20th we will be back with our back-to-school edition!

Hope everyone has a very happy and safe summer! 🙂

 

Water  Safety.

Make Family safety a priority: 9 Water Safety Suggestions..

Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun.  One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming.  No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy.  As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.

  1. First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch younger children when they are in or near the pool definitely no fooling around.
  2. As a precaution, get together with adults t0 setup the safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.
  3. Teach by your example to younger children the  safety rules around the pool.
  4. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
  5. Have a phone close by at all times.
  6. If child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.
  7. Ensure everyone in the family knows how to swim. Learn CPR
  8. Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.
  9. Update your skills regularly Understand basic life-saving skills

Teaching younger children basic water safety skills is essential.  These rules would apply if you are at a lake as well as a home pool ~ Remember Safety First!

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

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How to Teach Yourself How to Read

With YouTube and Professor Owl

 

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Wolf Spy

by Bruce H. Markuson (Author)

There are plans for a coup in the Russian Federation. The conspirators had obtained the Russian nuclear codes. The C.I.A. has stolen that information and dead dropped it inside a whiskey flask in the middle of Siberia.

They need someone who could “Go fetch” the item among hordes of Russian soldiers, mind fields, snipers, helicopters, hunters and attack dogs.

They need someone who could survive the harsh Russian wilderness.

They need someone who could traverse the vast expanse of Siberia faster than anyone.

Above all else, they need someone who could be so covert that they could not give away any evidence of American involvement.

They send a wolf.

I found this book had a great storyline  with terrific characters, one is drawn into the story on the very first page.  Many times I found the book  so interesting I could not put it down until it was finished.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s books.

About Author

Bruce H. Markuson

Website: http://brucemarkuson.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  WolfSpyNovel

Genre: Young Adult, Crime, Ebooks

URL:    https://www.goodreads.com/Bruce_Markuson

Bruce H. Markuson lives with his wife and two children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has had a number short stories published. Markuson is also working on a new book series. He enjoys writing and often finds himself with writer’s obsession. He prefers to write the ending first, then work backwards.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores  and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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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!

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” ~ Ansel Adams

For many of us, summer is here and it’s time for adventure. What are you planning to do this summer? Are you going away or staying home? Do you have any places you plan to visit, books you want to read, friends you want to meet with? Write about all the adventures you’d like to have this summer.

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Sunny day by the lake

Write about your favourite summer getaway…

Keeping Summer Memories Alive

Travelling this summer or planning to have a staycation right in your hometown? The best way to keep your memories alive is to keep a travel journal.  There is no right or wrong way to keep one, just do what comes naturally to you.

Personally, I like to write about specific outings and create little sketches of the places I visit. I usually pack a pencil, small watercolour palette and a black pen.  The drawings are nowhere near perfect but just a quick impression of what I saw.  Not into sketching? How about using polaroids or printing off photos when you get home. The great thing about smartphones is that they are usually always on hand and ready to capture the perfect moment.  Write a note or two in your notebook, describe the place using your senses, what do you see, what sounds surround you, do you feel a cool breeze, did you try a new food, how did it taste? Once you get your photos, you can insert them into your journal alongside to reinforce your memories.

I also like to include little things like postcards, ticket stubs or pressed flowers, anything I can to keep that memory fresh when I look back in the colder months. All you need to start is a notebook of some sort, a pen, art supplies (if desired) a keen eye and a sense of adventure and you’re on your way!

 


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Variety Village

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Events for June 2018.
Join us PRIDE WEEKEND!

 

Also be sure to join us for at Family Pride Day for activities, demonstrations and showcases of the great work that Variety Village does! There will be wheelchair basketball, arts and crafts, and lots of outdoor family fun as we celebrate with the Pride community.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Church Street Junior Public School – 83 Alexander Street, Toronto

Join us at the 19th Annual Fitness Friends Celebration!

 

This fun and FREE one-day event welcomes all Fitness Friends participants to enjoy fun, inclusive games and activities.

This is a great opportunity to try new activities, connect with other students and educators, promote enthusiasm for your school’s commitment to inclusive participation and enjoy the benefits of being active! Students from across Durham, Peterborough, North Humberland and Courtice are welcome.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm
Iroquois Park Sports Complex, Whitby

Register today to coordinate your transportation needs by contacting us:

  • Michelle Meraw, Durham District Catholic School Board – michelle.meraw@dcdsb.ca
  • Randi-Lea Micklewright, Durham District School Board – randilea.micklewrith@ddsb.ca
  • Laura Carson, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board – lauracarson@pvnccdsb.on.ca
  • Vicki Caume, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board – vicki_caume@kprdsb.caArchie Allison, Director, Outreach & Educationaallison@varietyvillage.on.ca
  • Please include the following information:
  • 416-699-7167 ext. 236
  • Please RSVP to:
  • School name and contact;
  • Number of students attending;
  • Number of staff and support staff attending;
  • Number of wheelchair spaces required for transportation purposes (information will be shared with BOW representatives for booking requests). A PLAYWRITE BY THE VARIETY DRAMA CO.The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Brought to you by Variety’s very own adult day program participants.  June 15 & 16, 2018 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Variety VillageParticipate in seminars on a wide range of educational topics and learn more about accessible and inclusive options that are available for you. DANCE ABLEDance-Able 2018 is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated.DanceAble-2018 PosterCabana Pool Bar  11 Polson St. Toronto, ON  |  AGES 10+RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKETMAKE A DONATION!At the 2nd Annual Dance-Able, guests will experience an evening of music, inclusive dancing and some special surprise performances. “This is also a great opportunity to create awareness for Variety Village and highlight our important and vital programs, along with the great work of our staff.” says Karen Stintz, President and CEO, Variety Village.
  • “Our goal is to create an open event to celebrate people with disabilities in our community. It is our hope that this amazing event will make memories to last a lifetime,”
  • VIEW MORE PHOTOS!
  • Donate to empower people with a disability to dance like there’s no tomorrow!
  • FREE Admission, non-alcoholic beverages, Pizza Nova slices!

Variety Village and Help by Helping are excited to announce they are hosting the 2nd annual all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE. This will be an unparalleled night of entertainment in celebration of all those within the disabled community on June 26, 2018 at Cabana Pool Bar from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

  • Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony at 10am on Friday, June 15 in the main lobby of Variety Village!
  • Come out to this FREE exhibition featuring the top disability-related companies and organizations with products and information on services they provide. There will also be a one-day-only Career Fair on Friday, June 15 and include some of the biggest and best companies in Canada who want to hire YOU.
  • Canada’s largest disability exhibition is coming to Variety Village!
  • Form more information:
    Peter Smith
    Variety Village
    peterjsmith91@gmail.com
  • WHEN
    June 9, 2018
    WHERE
    Cafeteria, Variety Village
    SHOW TIMES
    AFTERNOON: 12:00 noon $10
    EVENING:  7:30pm $15/Dinner + Show
CAMP MEET & GREET

We offer the opportunity for parents and campers to meet the Head Instructor of their program before summer camp starts. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please mark this date down on your calendars:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6:00-7:00pm
The Barall room, Variety Village

Head instructors will be able to answer questions regarding programming, scheduling, what to expect, etc. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity to reschedule or make up this date.

WONKA’S GOLDEN TICKET

A PLAYWRITE BY THE VARIETY DRAMA CO.

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WHEN
June 9, 2018
WHERE
Cafeteria, Variety Village
SHOW TIMES
AFTERNOON: 12:00 noon $10
EVENING:  7:30pm $15/Dinner + Show

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Brought to you by Variety’s very own adult day program participants.

Form more information:
Peter Smith
Variety Village
peterjsmith91@gmail.com

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~  June, 2018

Youth Week

Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29, 2018

YMCA Geneva Park, Orillia

Youth Leadership Development Retreat 2015

 

Introduced in 2012, the Youth Week Retreat is a one-week, co-ed program offered in partnership with Camp Awakening for young adults with physical disabilities 19-24 years of age.

The Youth Week Retreat is focused on supporting and encouraging young adults with physical disabilities to enjoy outdoor recreational activities; live healthy, active lifestyles; and improve social skill development. Each year the Youth Week schedule adapts to the interests of the participants and allows participants to create their own week long adventure!

The Youth Week Retreat currently operates out of the YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre in Orillia, ON.  Accommodation is in a 2-person shared hotel-style room where participants are paired with another participant of the same gender.  Support Staff are housed separately, but can be reached by phone at all times.

When:  Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29, 2018

Where:  YMCA Geneva Park, 6604 Rama Rd. Orillia, Ontario

Who:  Youth with Physical Disabilities and/or Acquired Brain Injuries

Ages:  19-24

Cost:  $900.00 (fee covers cost of accommodation, meals, attendant care and accessible bus transportation from Toronto)

Recreational Activities Include:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Bocce Ball
  • Special Arts & Crafts
  • Evening Programs (Campfires, Karaoke etc.)
  • mportant Dates:
  • Application Deadline: Friday February 16, 2018
  • ** Space is Limited – Register Early! Registration may close sooner when capacity is reached.
  • Download Youth Week Application Form
  • View the Youth Week Retreat Packing List
  • For more information please contact:
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • 10 Overlea Blvd Toronto, ON M4Y 1A4
  • Phone: 416-425-3463 Ext. 7288
  • Fax: 416-425-1920
  • recreation@marchofdimes.ca
Summer Recreation Program Geneva Park ON 
June 24 – August 17, 2018

 

Join the March of Dimes recreation department for our
week long recreation and holiday program at the
beautiful Geneva Park in Orillia Ontario

For: Adults (18 years +) living with a disability

Cost: $3,000 per person. Subsidies available based on eligibility criteria. Please inquire for more details.

Program Includes:

    • Meals and accommodation for six days and five nights, equipment/activities, and attendant services
  • Daily activities including archery, rock climbing, trail walks, bonfires, fishing, arts and crafts, various water sport activities and lots more.
  • Transportation is not included.

How to Apply:

Camp Geneva Park Summer Recreation Program 2018 Application (PDF)

Application deadline: February 16, 2018 

Many participants tell us that their holiday at Geneva Park is the highlight of their year!

“I had a blast. I sailed for the first time. I kayaked, canoed, fished, played botchy ball, enjoyed the beach and scavenger hunts and even met the guy from cash cab! I really think it increases mobility in people. It also allows people who do not necessarily socialize that often to be a part of the community.”

Brian Dawood

“My goal before the trip was to socialize more and participate in activities that I had previously perceived as being incapable of doing. I had a fantastic week at camp and achieved all my goals!” 

Linda Woodhams

Space is Limited – Register Now!

For more information please contact:

Rubby Nwaluka

rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca

416-425-3463 ext. 7212

Keith Rashid

krashid@marchofdimes.ca

1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213

March of Dimes Canada – Recreation Program

10 Overlea Boulevard

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

recreation@marchofdimes.ca

For more information on the March of Dimes events please contact http://www.marchofdimes.ca

 

NEW RELEASE #BookReview of The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (@CNHolmberg )#UrbanFantasy #NetGalley

 

Review

The Plastic Magician

(The Paper Magician Series #4)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release date: May 15th, 2018

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Plastic Magician by CN Holmberg Cover


I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4 Spin-Off) by Charlie N. Holmberg from NetGalley and 47th North

New to the world of Charlie N. Holmberg I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by The Plastic Magician. This book although a spin-off of the popular YA Paper Magician Series (which I have yet to read) this book definitely works as a stand-alone.

The Plastic Magician treats us to twenty-year-old Polymaker (Plastic Magician) Alvie Brechenmacher’s adventures apprenticing abroad.  Down to earth, intelligent and highly enthusiastic, Alvie leaves her German-American family in the states to apprentice for the world-renowned inventor and Polymaker, Magician Praff in London England.

Enroute she meets a rather rude gentleman who causes her to get off at the wrong train station and this is where her adventure begins. Along her journey, Alvie meets wonderful friends, a kind-hearted love interest and a mentor who respects and believes in her.  Magician Praff and Alvie work on a life-changing invention to not only help a friend but to present at a world-famous convention(contest) for Magicians.  Magician Praff has already won the elite contest and it helped establish him as one of the best Polymakers in the world.  When word gets out to rivals that they are presenting a groundbreaking device that will help many people,  their work and lives are put in peril.

Holmberg does a fantastic job crafting this fantastical cozy mystery. She creates a unique, fun magic system and her characters are interesting, quirky and downright loveable. Although the mystery is fairly predictable, I really didn’t mind because I liked the sweet story that unfolded along the way.  There is a bit of adventure, a bit of romance and a great story that keeps you interested in Alvie’s journey.  

All in all a fantastic, fun read that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ May, 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the May 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.

Rising concerns over literacy rates in Canada

Most of us often take reading for granted as an everyday practice for most families but according to the latest statistics from First Book Canada a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book.

There are a number of reasons and barriers for kids that just don’t get that kind of day-to-day exposure to books.”

On Sept. 8, Canada marked International Literacy Day. The day highlights the need of getting children to read and the importance of getting them access to books inside the classroom and at home.

Recent statistics show:

  • 25 %, is a big number and it has nothing to do with the digital revolution. It has to the with the inability of parents to be able to afford books,” Tom Best from First Books Canada told Global News.
  • Figures also show around 30 % of Grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills.
  • According to Statistics Canada, 29 per cent of individuals with low literacy levels are from low-income households compared to eight per cent of individuals who are ranked in the highest two categories of literacy.
  • In May 2018, First Books Canada partnered up with McDonald’s Canada to distribute over two million books with Happy Meals across the country to help give kids access to books.
  • Little free library helps build a sense of community
  • “That’s a fantastic opportunity for parents to sit down, read at McDonald’s or back at home, and to sit down and read with kids because that is really what is missing,” Best said.

For those who follow Professor Owl will have noticed that we have tried to give the message that all children and young adults need to be encouraged to read and the best place to learn is at home while they are still young. Parents introduce them to books on the sports they play or crafts or activities they enjoy.

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores..

If you would like to see more on the interview between Angie Seth and Tom Best, follow the link below:

https://globalnews.ca/news/3748748/rising-concerns-over-literacy-rates-in-canada/

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

literacy

 

How to Teach Yourself How to Read

With YouTube and Professor Owl

 

 

book-of-the-month

True Storm

By L.E. Sterling

 

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

True Storm’ is the third and final book in the ‘True Born’ dystopian trilogy. ‘True Born’ does an excellent job introducing readers to the characters, their societal hierarchy and history, and the overarching plot of the series. Excellent storytelling, non-stop action, gripping conclusion which is full of plot twists and surprises for Lucy and for readers.

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores  and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

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!

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brainCheap paper is less perishable than grey matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

~Jack London

I love to journal and find when I have no idea what to write about I turn to quotes. Do you have a favourite quote or saying that resonates with you?  Take your quote, write about how it applies to your life and what it means to you.  Don’t have one? Check out websites such as http://www.brainyquote.com/ or http://www.thinkexist.com/ and find one that speaks to you!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Macro Tulip II

Spring is here and so are new beginnings! What new beginning do you want?

Creating A Creativity Corner!

Whether you journal with pen and paper or use a computer or tablet, journaling is an excellent way to express yourself. Journal about anything that matters to you, it can be anything from real-life, about your life, your hopes and dreams, drawings, doodles, collages or a fictional story you make up. But to do this often it helps to have a small little corner that you keep just for journaling, reading and being creative.

Make sure you try to make a time to journal every day. Perhaps after school before dinner or before you go to school in the morning so choose a place that won’t interfere with other family members and a place where can sit and just be creative. Turn on music if you like or keep it silent, whatever works for you and helps you make this time special.

Set up your workspace. Choose a space which feels comfortable and where you won’t have to move your stuff all the time. Using bright index cards or post-its and write different affirmations or inspirational sayings and post them in your workspace.  Place inspirational pictures, your favourite books, plants or objects to motivate you. Keep all of your supplies so that they are easily within reach. If you choose to use pen and paper, a trip to the local dollar store can help you find some nice journals, pens, markers, washi tape or scrapbooking materials to decorate it and make it unique.  Try to make this area yours!

May 2018


 

wise-picks

Variety Village

 Variety Village2

upcoming events

 for May,2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
11am-9:00pm
WALK-IN ONLY
While supplies last.
Limit 2 per customer.
Not valid with specials or coupons.

Tag us in your PIZZA SELFIES!

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KYRA , Age 6
Variety Member Since age 3. Loves to dance & read. Fave colour is red!

Pierce , Age 5
Variety Member for over a year. Fave sport: Hockey!

Pizza Nova’s association with Variety Village spans over 30 years.
This association has resulted in more than $1 million for our organization via the Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day which started in 1999.

The professionalism and passion that staff and volunteers display for children with physical and mental challenges sustains the ongoing partnership between Pizza Nova and Variety Village. It goes hand-in-hand with Pizza Nova’s passion for its product, its employees and its community.

36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

Join us for the 36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games here at Variety Village! Participants with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games.  This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams lead by Toronto Police volunteers.

EVENT SCHEDULE

9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse)
10:00am – Opening Ceremonies
10:30am-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm – Closing Ceremonies and Awards

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~  May, 2018

Don’t miss Opening Doors for Accessibility in Barrie!


If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHOWCASE.  

Opening Doors for Accessibility Barrie​

RSVP TODAY!

 

Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   Liberty North
100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, Ontario
Cost:  Free
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions Include :

  • Home Modifications​
  • Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
    Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorsed
    Author | International Keynote Speaker |
    Paralympic Trialist | Accessibility Advocate |
    Award Winning Humanitarian​
  • Caregiver Strategies
  • Adaptive Cooking
  • Inspirational Talk by Aaron Lillie
  • Aging in Place** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.     RSVP by May 11, 2018 at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca.RSVP** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 
  •  Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. ​
  •  * Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance.
 

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 21st. April, 2018

Sanctuary

by Caryn Lix
series A Sanctuary Novel

Synopsis:

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways, and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

This story was well written with a great storyline, the characters were also amazing. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down until it was finished. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book it was a great read.

Available at http://www.kobo.comhttp://www.amazon.ca, and http://www.amazon.com

 

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
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