Poetry & Literature

Our Porcelain Lady

By Grace McCoag in Poems on November 13, 2017

I must tell you of our “Lady” Well proportioned and so shapely, Sits upon our china cabinet shelf of glass Smiling out at all who see her. Stunning, winsome, graceful, pretty, Showing us she’s proud and proper in her class In our china desk so lovely Sits our Lillie, dressed so comely Holding court o’re […]


Asleep on the Farm

By Connie Cook in Poems on November 4, 2017

In the midnight sky there’s a thirsty moon And it drinks up the darkness and lights up the room In the little old farmhouse of Farmer McNeish Where he and his Missus lie resting in sleep. But how do they sleep? Well God only knows For he snorts and he snores and she whistles and […]


Gudao, Lone Islet – The War Years of Shanghai

By Valerie Diefenbaker in Book Reviews on November 3, 2017

This is a first-person account of life as the child of a British officer in Shanghai in the early 1940s.  It is a Shanghai which can never be revisited, because it is no more. There, reminiscent of the Old South, the families of the British power class tumbled through an endless kaleidoscope of plays, races, […]


Option B

By Lucy Kraemer in Book Reviews on October 20, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg and her husband David Goldberg left their young children with her parents for the weekend while they headed away to a private villa in Mexico. They were planning on celebrating the milestone birthday of one of their closest friends. There are times that things tragically don’t go according to plans. The last time […]


Good Grief People

By Lynne Turner in Book Reviews on June 23, 2017

A book launch for “Good Grief People,” an anthology by several area writers and one from British Columbia designed to  “ease the sting of death by recognizing and respecting the individuality of grief and the reality of hope,” was held at Aboyne this spring with all of the authors in attendance. Alan Anderson flew in […]


Book Review: Butch Martin

By Kyle Gerber in Book Reviews on May 1, 2017

Del Gingrich’s Butch Martin is an illuminating history of the life of Floyd “Butch” Martin (b. 1929), a young Mennonite boy who started by playing shinny on the frozen Floradale Dam and became one of Waterloo Region’s most accomplished athletes. In the process, he turned down an offer to play in the NHL, represented Canada […]



By Janet Martin in Poems, Poetry & Literature on May 1, 2017

He whistles as he works; his voice is filled with fiery pep He seems much younger than his years with keenness in each step His day begins in early morn, machinery starts to sing For weary farmers seem reborn when winter turns to spring Prelude to wheat fields gleaming like gold oceans at high noon […]


Book Review: The Joys of Love by Madeleine L’Engle

By Elizabeth Contos in Poetry & Literature on October 18, 2016

Think back to all of your summers. Think, was there a delicious summer, one when the world was young? A summer where every choice before you was the beginning of your entire life? Now imagine you are a writer, a writer in love with the theatre. And imagine that the only way to remember that […]


Autumn Leaves

By Grace McCoag in Poetry & Literature on October 14, 2016

Autumn days are here again. What more is there to say? Except, old knees are locked in pain And rheumatizm’s here to stay. Look out towards the hills of trees Aglow with autumn colours. The golds, the reds dance in the breeze Glorious now, beyond all others. The orange sumac brightens the day Tho’ clouds […]


Book Review- The Boat who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat

By Kaylin Steckly in Poetry & Literature on September 12, 2016

“Having eschewed the purely factual approach, I was not willing to go to the other extreme and take the easy way out by writing fiction. My métier lay somewhere in between what was then a grey void between fact and fiction.” -Farley Mowat, 1974 Farley Mowat was born in Belleville, ON, in May 1921 and […]

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