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Genealogical Books: Immigration Records

Genealogical Books: Immigration Records

My maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated from southern Italy to Canada during the period 1898 to 1916. I have verified that all four departed Italy and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on separate voyages. They landed at Ellis Island, an immigration inspection...

The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are approximately three hundred miles/four hundred and eighty-three kilometres east of South America and seven hundred and fifty miles/twelve hundred kilometres north of Antarctica. The Southern Atlantic archipelago includes seven hundred plus...

The Punta Arenas Cemetery

The Punta Arenas Cemetery

The Punta Arenas Cemetery is located in the Port of Punta Arenas, Chile. The Port is situated on Brunswick Peninsula, the southernmost region of this South American country. It is on the western side of the Strait of Magellan. Punta Arenas was founded in 1848 and has...

The Amalia Glacier

The Amalia Glacier

The Amalia Glacier is situated in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, a protected area of 8,000 plus acres in the South American country of Chile. It is on the Sarmiento Channel and an estimated 21 kilometres/13 miles in length. A glacier is generally defined as a large...

La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery is located in Recoleta neighbourhood in the city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Approximately fourteen acres in size, it opened in 1822 and is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Given my interest in...

Memorabilia

Memorabilia

What do you think constitute memorabilia? a). a piece of jewellery b). an ornament c). photographs d). cards and/or letters e). collectables such as coins, stamps, old books, etc. f). set of dishes g). an artifact Quite simply, memorabilia refers to objects cherished...

Peonies and Our Family

Peonies and Our Family

My father's parents were born in Calabria, a southern Italian region. They immigrated to Canada via Ellis Island, New York, USA in the 1900s and settled in Northern Ontario. My late Nonna and late father were avid gardeners. According to them, Peonies represented a...

The Showrunner by Kim Moritsugu

The Showrunner by Kim Moritsugu

The novel is a behind-the-scenes exploration of the twists and turns drama of those involved in the production of a Los Angeles television show entitled The Benjamins. The central characters include Ann Dalloni, the sixty-two year old head of production. Aging...

The Prince Township Library

The Prince Township Library

Prince Township is located in the Algoma District, northwest of the city of Sault Ste. Marie, in the province of Ontario, Canada. It has a population of approximately 1,000 residents. Gros Cap is a community within Prince Township. It is situated on the shores of Lake...

Book Musings: A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

Book Musings: A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

A Gathering of Secrets is a crime novel taking place during the current time in Painters Mill, an Amish community in Ohio. It begins with a grisly Prologue during which Emma Miller, a seventeen year old Amish girl, hangs herself in the family barn. Chapter One occurs...

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh, Scotland.

My husband and I travelled throughout Scotland to learn more about his ancestral roots. As part of our adventure, we spent time in the capital city of Edinburgh. Located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, it has a population of approximately 500,000. Our...

Blue Lighting by Ann Cleeves

Blue Lighting by Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves and The Shetland Islands, Scotland My husband and I explored Scotland to learn more about his ancestral roots. As part of our adventure, we travelled to the following Scottish islands: Isle of Iona, Isle of Mull, Isle of Lewis, Orkney Islands and The...

Greyfriars Graveyard, Scotland.

Greyfriars Graveyard, Scotland.

Greyfriars Graveyard Greyfriars Graveyard is located in the Old Town section of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. Established in 1601, I explored the burial site with my husband, Bud Carruthers on a recent trip. Given his Scottish heritage, he’d travelled to Scotland on...

Book Musings: The House of Kane by Barbara Casey

Book Musings: The House of Kane by Barbara Casey

  The House of Kane by Barbara Casey tells the story of Aislinn Marchant; an editor, teacher and author whom Kane Publishing hires to investigate rejected submissions subsequently published by other houses, most notably its competitor, Sheldon-Talbert. In chronicling...

Book Musings: Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Book Musings: Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Hiding the Past is about Morton Farrier, a forensic genealogist on the cusp of forty, and his investigation into his client’s death. Peter Coldrick lacks details about his deceased father, James Coldrick and he hires Farrier to research his father’s birth. Hours after...

Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

Travelling influences what I read and a recent trip through Japan made me keen to familiarize myself with Japanese writers. Yasunari Kawabata was the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature and, as a result, I selected his1959 published book,...

Falling In Love by Donna Leo

Falling In Love by Donna Leo

Would you like to visit Venice? Falling In Love is book number twenty-four in Donna Leon’s crime series set in Venice, Italy featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. It is about a mysterious stalker who threatens Flavia Petrelli, a fortyish opera singer performing the...

Book Musings: Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin

Book Musings: Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin

Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin Full Disclosure is a legal thriller written by Beverley McLachlin, the former Chief Justice of Canada. Set in Vancouver, Canada, it is about the murder of Laura St. John Trussardi. A forty year old woman of privilege, her husband,...