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Reader’s Diary #1167- Mélanie Watt: Have I Got a Book for You!

Posted June 16, 2015 by John Mutford

I’ve only been out of full time teaching for about a year. Kept busy with other things, I haven’t really had the time consider if I’d missed it or not. But man, did Mélanie Watt’s Have I Got a Book for You! ever put me back in the headspace. 

The story of greasy salesman, Mr. Al Foxwood, who tries every marketing tactic in… the book, it reminded me of an old activity I used to do with my drama/improv class. I’d have a box of random objects, and small groups would have to pick blindly, then “pitch” the object to the class. It was typically a lot of fun and many approaches were similar– if not as perfected– as Foxwood’s spiels to get you to buy not one, not two, but 742 copies. What a great book this would have been to introduce the idea.

It’s also a great book to teach about media awareness and advertising (though, some of the methods are a bit “old school” now), or voice. But rest assured, it doesn’t have to have all the fun sucked out of it by over-eager teachers, the book would be fun completely on its own. 

The pictures too are delightful. Simple, but still clever. I especially loved how the book Foxwood is pushing is Have I Got a Book for You! which has that whole meta thing going on. I’m reminded of an old Smurfs record I used to have where a Smurf was holding up the album cover of a Smurf holding up an album of a Smurf holding up an album of a Smurf… and so on until it was too small to see. I thought it was the coolest.

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Reader’s Diary #1163- Michèle Thibeau: Metamorphosis Interrupted

Posted June 8, 2015 by John Mutford

I don’t think I’m the meditation type. I can relax, and I’m not an uptight person usually, but my brain runs. When I relax it’s still running, just on more trivial things. I also feel a little silly when I try meditation, like it’s a poor fit.

Thankfully, I and my wife accept this.

In Michèle Thibeau’s “Metamorphosis Interrupted” however, Craig comes to the realization that he is not cut out for meditation either and suspects that his girlfriend is not ready to accept this. He leaves.

Granted there’s still so much to discuss. Whether or not her true motive was to change him is unclear (even doubtful) and there’s something to be said for a meditation that brings one to a realization anyway (meaning, his experience wasn’t the complete bust he thought it was). One might say there wasn’t an interruption at all. Cue enlightenment gong.

Meditation by HckySo, on Flickr

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Allan's Perspective

The French are at it again!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]

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Quebec Moves Forward With Plan To Ban IVF For Women Over 42

Posted December 9, 2014 by Anonymous

A new Quebec bill is causing quite the stir with it’s plan to ban in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for women over 42. According to CTV, if Bill 20 passes, it would make it illegal for women over 42 to undergo IVF even […]

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