Matt (17 years old) ~ I can’t skip class.
Friend ~ Why not?
Matt ~ My mom said I can skip the review classes if I guarantee I’ll get 100% on my exams.
Friend ~ *laughs*
Matt ~ My mom’s not like your mom. My mom has expectations of me.
Posted by Suzanne Costigan
I have asked friend, fellow Anita Factor writng group member, and historical fiction author, Gabriele Goldstone, two questions:
You recently said these beautiful words — “I love my life since retirement.” What’s the best part?
Best part about retirement? Two things…time and energy. When I was working, time was measured, chopped up into little pieces, regimented. A day couldn’t happen without a clock.
Now I can focus on what I’m doing, not when I’m doing it. The other thing, probably more important, is energy. I was running low. And I’ve learned that if you don’t take care of yourself, there’s nothing left for you to give to others.
Mostly, what I love about retirement is the time to putter. Just to go slow and smell the roses.
I finished reading “A Second Coming: Canadian Migration Fiction” (ed by Donald F. Mulcahy and published by Guernica, 2016.) It’s a potpourri of immigrant stories. I hadn’t read short stories in a while and enjoyed them.
Gabe considers herself an explorer (reader), a gardener (writer), and a muller (as in mulling things over, preferably while walking). After years of rushing about madly, she’s embracing a slower, simpler life.
Gabriele has two books published in her Katya’s Stone series [Rebelight Publishing Inc.]. The series is middle grade (ages 9 to senior have enjoyed this series) historical fiction based on the true events that happened to her mother during WWII. Click book images for links to Amazon.ca:
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Shortlisted for the Manitoba Book Awards, McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People, older category, 2015
Listed in Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2015 edition.
“Not an easy story but an important one. Compelling, powerful and engaging.”
~ Eric Walters, author of Power Play.
“. . . Sure to prompt reflection and provocative discussions on important issues.”
~ Allan Stratton, author of Leslie’s Journal.
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