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Archive for June, 2017

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

It is a story of womens’ strength when they pull together. Focusing on b4bba90666545ebfba8ee8af99b2f578-w204@1xCree traditions and spiritual life.

Birdie has had a rough life.  She is floating through her life on a spirit quest while her skin self lies on her bed. I found it a bit confusing at first as the timeline is fluid. I was not sure what was the past and what was the present. I know that the shifting verb tenses and short sentences are a device to show how messed up Birdie is, but I found it distracting from the actual story. It surprised me at how much changing tenses and grammar problems distracted me from the plot. Staying engaged was hard.

Parts of the story are hard to read. Issues of sexual abuse and power over the women were repulsive to me. I wished there had been more protection around the young girls. The overall theme of strength and supporting each other when crisis hits partially redeemed the trouble I had will difficult topics and our scattered protagonist.

Although we spend most of the book in Birdie’s head, my favorite character was Aunty Val. She has a depth to her. She gave up a child which meant facing and fighting her own demons. She is a big women comfortable in her own skin but not perfect. Val steps up to raise Birdie, when Maggie, her sister, cannot. She makes the most of her life, doing the best she can. Even arriving to help Birdie after Birdie has avoided family for year.

The characters felt very real. I loved that I could see my own aunts and cousins in these women. It showed the universality of life. The writing is difficult to follow and messy highlighting where Birdie is at, but this also makes for an annoying read. The story is not just a Cree story but a story about accepting and enjoying our lives as they are. How we all have to overcome our demons and fight through mental issues to become stronger on the other side.

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Celebrating Knit in Public (June 10)

Our knitting group knits in public all of the time so we decided to celebrate world-wide knit in public day – June 10 – by taking a road trip to some of our favourite yarn shops in neighbouring New Brunswick. I am excited to spend a day with my friends knitting and chatting. They are so fun to travel with. I am sure that my yarn diet will crash and burn but who cares.

How do you plan to celebrate June 10?

Left my knitting out in the rain

It was knitting night last night. We had a fun gathering with lots of laughs and so many great discussions. I loved it.

When we went to leave it was very dark and pouring rain. I gave my friend who walks a drive home and picked up my son at his friends’ house. It was a dark drive home with all the lights reflecting off the water. Not fun. I was glad to be home. I thought I took all my stuff in and went to bed.

This morning when I looked out my window, I saw my purple bag full of a bunch of project bags sitting by the car. The yarn is fine as it was mostly 100% wool and is drying nicely. My project bags are soaked through. I have them laid out to dry today. It is only water but what a start to the day. Maybe I need to slow down, or take fewer projects to knit night.

Who am I kidding. That is not going to happen.