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Hiccups

When we start something new, a habit we want to form or a goal we’ve decided to go after, we usually come out of the gate strong. We’re full of momentum and energy. After a time, the momentum wanes. We lose focus and fall back into old patterns of behaviour.

It’s at this point that we’ve got a decision to make. Either we dig deep and regroup, or we give in.

It’s easy to quit when times are tough. In fact, that’s what most people do. The people who reach their goals recognize it as a hiccup. They take a deep breath and keep on going.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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