Book Review: Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton

Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton

Vancouver Island novelist Matthew Hooton writes a stunning, reflective novel about a few days of summer in a small community. Deloume Road (ISBN: 978-0-307-39813-0) is the story of Deloume Road, where a small community of families lives just outside of Mill Bay, Vancouver Island. The story is told through multiple narrators, each with a unique […]

Celebrate National Library Week

Inspire a love of reading

Teaching your children to love reading is one of the greatest life skills you can give them. And one way to build their love of reading is to introduce them to all the wonders that the library holds. Gone are the days of the physical card catalog – they are gorgeous, so gorgeous in fact, […]

Hot Apple Cider: Two Canadian Anthologies

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

In 2008, That’s Life! Communications partnered with The Word Guild to produce Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul, an anthology of Canadian short stories, nonfiction, and poetry.  Since then, the book has become a best-seller, with over 45,000 copies in print.  Hot Apple Cider brings a uniquely Canadian perspective […]

Author Lynn Dove talks about Devotions and Bullying

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives

Canadian author Lynn Dove has been turning her personal stories of hardship into encouragement for others through the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.  This year, she had three short stories in different books, with at least one more story due to appear in Chicken Soup book next year.  Recently, Lynn took a bit of […]

Prepare Your Electronics for Bad Weather

Get your electronics ready when bad weather approaches

Weather happens all year ’round. (I know, I have such a grasp for the obvious!) But with our society’s increased dependence on electronics for communication and entertainment, and even work, it is important that we take a few minutes to plan ahead for how ad weather impacts our electronic world. In all bad weather conditions, the […]

Grown-Up Girlfriends and Lessons in True Friendship


We’ve all experienced the ups and downs of friendship.  Beginning when we were little girls, we’ve bonded with others over shared interests and have been devastated when certain friendships didn’t work out, whether due to arguments or simply drifting apart over time.  We cherished the good and learned from the bad. Now that we’re adults […]

Make Your Own Valentine’s Love Poppet

Knitted love doll

Nope, not a typo — poppet is just the older spelling of puppet. As if that statement alone doesn’t make it obvious, I will openly admit that quirky is my thing. Quirky is also my husband’s thing, and our kids. We are a big ole nerd/geek/quirk family. So, when it comes to gifting things, we are […]

Knitted Valentine Treat Bag

Knitted treat bag

In creating a dice bag (geek thing ) for my husband, I was hit by the inspiration fairy. The original pattern for the Cthulu Dice bag that started all of this can be found at  From this, I made minor changes to create a home-knitted Valentine Treat bag that can be gifted to teachers, secretaries, […]