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  • Bottle critique
    Before reading texts this week, I glanced through Taste (Winter 2020) and noted my first impressions.  Generally, I found that the layouts of articles in Taste magazinewere comfortingly similar to the Ontario LCBO magazine Food & Wine, which I have more experience with. Yet the layout within the articles “More For Your Pour” (pp. 12-13) and “Wine & Bonbons” (pp. 58-61) use bottles of liquor on their side, which I found striking in their alignment.  In “More For Your Pour” (pp. 12 -13), the […]
  • Ode to Ozymandias – kitchen reno 2020
    I met a builder from a vapid land, Who said — “I can oust those pillars of wood, Convert your cupboards to something less bland, Give you a new artisanal range hood. My amber hands spin drywall into gold, The steel sink of your dreams is within sight I’ll replace your floors with burnished vinyl, Conjure elves to exalt this window height. And on his business card these words appear: My name is Mr. Xanadu Esquire and I can give […]
  • Changing the narrative
    My call to action: stop teaching chronologically.
  • Gutter Child by Jael Richardson
    This is the must-read book of the year and I can’t wait to teach with it.
  • Apocalypse Kitchen by Jen Mt. Pleasant
    Apocalypse Kitchen by Jen Mt. Pleasant My rating: 4 of 5 stars I can’t wait to try out the recipes! Jen has some whacky treasures of how to save and preserve food for an apocalypse. I particularly enjoyed the section on proteins. She also has a taste for spicier stuff than I usually go for. I’d like to see another section or two on fermented foods. I’ll have to report back after I give the recipes a go. Needs some […]
  • Crow Winter by Karen McBride
    I haven’t had such a big crying cathartic end to a book in a loooong time.
  • He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman
    He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Caution spoilers ahead! I realize that last year’s Danielle Younge-Ullman book Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined was stellar….like I gave it 10 out of 10 and it was in my top 3 of the year. So I had high hopes for He Must Like You….but this isn’t nearly as nuanced and insightful and intimate. It tries to be – searching for the parallels between how girls and […]
  • Avoid the Summer Slump: for Secondary Students
    If I were you and I had just come out of this semester feeling like a squeaky wheel, rather than a finely tuned speed racer, I would want to get back up to speed in time for the new semester or even for the next step in your post-secondary pathway.
  • Rescue Me by Anne Shillolo
    Rescue Me by Anne Shillolo My rating: 5 of 5 stars Shillolo manages to develop her 3 main characters really well in just 150 pages. Rescue Me is a great title for the ‘me’ refers to each of the narrating voices, and also the polar bears that they seek to save through their protest actions that serve as the plot and as the setting for this book. There are some crazy things that happen in this book and it is […]
  • Setting Up Communication with Students in Distance Learning
    I would like a secure Google Doc/Form way to communicate mark updates with students. I’m wondering if we can use something like DocAppender on a spreadsheet to mail merge a column to users with a specific email address …

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