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Abuse victim to published author: the woman who rewrote her destiny

Author Sandy Maeck's new husband hugs her from behind while they stand under a giant willow tree; black and white photo
Author Sandy Maeck and her new husband

Your wedding day is meant to be where the fairy tale begins. For some, it is the beginning of a nightmare. For too many forced into arranged marriages, the nightmare has already begun.

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas to crush on

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Our Valentine’s Day gift ideas are unique, inspiring, adventurous, in-the-moment, straight from the heart experiences that are perfect for him or her, for all budgets and will make you look like the loveable genius that you are. If you need a last-minute gift idea, we’ve got you covered there too. Click on the images for special offers.

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Top 10 most popular books in 2021

I did a summary of the 10 most popular ebooks that were trending on Kobo during the holiday break. This list will give you an idea of the titles people were clicking on during the Christmas and Kwanzaa break.

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Breakdown of ‘Stay’ by Zedd, Alessia Cara

Four years after the song was released I found myself writing an out-of-this-world comment on the video for Zedd’s track Stay featuring singer Alessia Cara on YouTube and it got so wordy that I decided to turn it into a post for Core.

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The Difference Between the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

  • New statutory holiday in Canada – September 30, 2021

Orange Shirt Day is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who was sent to St. Joseph Mission Residential School when she turned six. The shiny new orange shirt she was wearing when she arrived at The Mission was taken away from her and she was forced to wear a uniform. Webstad introduces each video on the Orange Shirt Day website and she tells her own story.

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Events to commemorate NDTR

These are some events and things to do on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) including the special lighting on federal buildings, Indigenous films, radio and TV programming, art exhibitions and connecting with authors online.

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Atwood film gives us a glimpse of the ‘Handmaid’ author’s monumental life

Directors Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont spent two years jetting around the world trying to keep pace with the award-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale, to capture memorable moments of her monumental life for their documentary Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power.

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Life in Shadow: A Eulogy for my Brother

by Angélique Davies

Reconstructing Jonathan Davies has been illuminating for me. Collecting stories about my brother has caused a cascade of memories that seem to creep into my waking state, and it is like my brother’s voice is in my head, asking me to remember him well.

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