I hope all of you are having a fantastic Friday! Finally it seems like the weather is slowly becoming bearable and finally we have some sunshine! Also I believe March Break started today, so those who are on March Break I hope you a restful and relaxing week! It seems like this year is going to be a year where I will drop off the radar for quite a bit of time. I’ve also realized that I tend to get hit with bad news at the beginning of the year a lot. I’ve been absent from the blogosphere due to some personal circumstances involving my family and extended family recently. After hearing all that bad news I haven’t felt like blogging to be honest. Things are kind of starting to look up, which I’m grateful for because I really don’t think I can handle such an onslaught of bad news.
On a semi-happier note another reason I’ve been absent from the blogging world is because I’m leaving for Sri Lanka tomorrow! I haven’t finished packing yet, but I’m one of those people for better or for worse does better under pressure. Don’t worry I will pack my passport and ticket (actually that would be horrible if I forgot both of those things). I’m of course taking some books with me to read! There’s one book that I have to read for my publishing course before it starts in April. I’m really enjoying it so far, which is a good thing! I just hope I can finish it before school starts. I’m also planning on taking Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda and Three Day Road with me. The latter I’m hoping to take to read on the plane because my flight from Toronto to Abu-dhabi is 14 hours long (yeah not a fan of that flight at all) while the other one is only 4 hours from there to Colombo. So I have plenty of time to read :).
The other reason I’ve been absent (I know it seems like I’ve had many reasons, but this is a good one) is because I’ve been intensely following Canada Reads 2014. It’s a reality tv program focusing on books. This year the theme was “Which novel can inspire social change in Canada” and as to be expected it was an intense, emotional and powerful week of debating and discussions. The winner of course was Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda defended BRILLIANTLY by Wab Kinew! I don’t mean to sound like a fangirl, but he was phenomenal! The way he spoke about the book in October/November last year was the reason I picked up the book and listening to his arguments and speeches this week was both a pleasure and an education to Aboriginal history and social issues. I don’t know if you can watch the debates outside of Canada because of geographic restrictions or anything like that, but if you click the link I’ve given you maybe able to listen to the debates. I strongly recommend listening to them because they were all so eloquent and thoughtful. I loved this year’s panel and I’m so glad to have seen so many discussions online about gender, immigration, mental health and Aboriginal issues.
Once again Thank You for all the lovely comments left by everyone who reads this blog. I’m sorry that I haven’t responded to them yet, but I will once I get to Sri Lanka.
Have a Great Weekend and a Great March Break!