Posted on 14-Sep-16 10:25
“Why do governments torture their enemies and own citizens? asked Kia. It was too big a question, too complicated to ask now, but he asked it anyway. Torture has a long and involved history. I will say this: torture is used by governments and regimes when they become afraid of losing power, when they have lost their moral compass.”
Posted on 13-Aug-16 11:48
“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” - Mare Barrow Mare Barrow lives in a world, where people are categorized by the colour of their blood. You either have a magical talent and bleed silver blood, or a misfortunate, cursed life because of the red blood that pumps through your veins. Silver bloods are the gods: the kings and queens, the princes and princesses, the royalty, elites and nobles. From the moment they were born they lived a luxurious life in the clouds. They are the gods and because of their blood they rule Mare Barrow’s world. Mare was born to red-blooded family; she lives in a poverty stricken village with all the other Reds. She is soon turning 18, and with the celebration of entering adulthood also comes conscription. The Silvers are at war with the Lakelanders; the Silvers use the red blood of innocent fallen soldiers to fuel this never ending war. As her birthday gets closer and her plans for escape fail, Mare loses hope and becomes miserable, accepting the fact that she will be taken from her family and forced to fight in the war like her three brothers.
Posted on 03-Aug-16 09:36
“Eating food out of a dumpster is repulsive to most people, but there is a certain beauty seeing garbage transformed to a meal with friends, and even better than meals that we could afford to buy.” - Jeremy Seifert Dive: Living off America’s Waste is an hour-long documentary by Jeremy Seifert that reveals the shocking secret that lies in the dumpsters of big corporations and the constantly growing food industry. Focused on educating our generation on food waste and how it really impacts our world, director/producer Jeremy Seifert shares the story of his radical but astounding lifestyle in hopes of inspiring a more food aware/concerned nation in the future. Before watching this documentary I had watched a couple of documentaries and read a couple book concerning the topic of food waste but Dive! took a different, inviting and engaging approach to presenting the information. Watching Dive! I did not have high hopes for the film since I had not heard many things about the director/filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, but it had won a couple of awards: when it premiered in October 2009 at the Gig Harbour Film Festival, it won the Audience Choice Award, and through the years it has gone on to win awards at many other film festivals, including Best Documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival and Best Film at the Dutch Environmental Film Festival.
Posted on 04-May-16 16:46
It's amazing how much we waste food everyday without even knowing about it. 33 million tons of food makes its way into landfills each year and about 20% of Canada's methane emissions come from landfills (see http://www.endfoodwastenow.org/index.php/resources/facts and http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/help-end-food-waste/). According to the Value Chain Management Center, we waste approximately $27-billion worth of food every year (see: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/how-much-in-food-do-canadians-waste-a-year-think-billions/article4580509/). Keep in mind that this is the value of perfectly edible food that is simply just thrown out rather than the fungus-infected disgusting food that deserves to be thrown out. Most of you probably read that line and did not care because after all it's just a number with no significant meaning to you. But that's probably enough money to feed almost all of the people who die of hunger (according to http://www.poverty.com/, one person dies of hunger every 4 seconds). As much as I want to rant about how evil society is for wasting all of this food, that's unfortunately not going to change much or be effective. So if you’re a person who cares about the well-being of this earth, below are so some super easy things you can do at home to prevent food waste:
Posted on 26-Jan-16 11:26
A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn is one of the 7 books from the Secrets series. I have to say it was hard picking which book to read first. They all seemed to appeal to me, but at last I guess A Big Dose of Lucky appealed to me more. After the devastating fire that burned the orphanage to the ground, Malou and all the older girls were told that there was no place for them and they were on their own. They were each given a clue and sent on their way to find their biological family. Malou is at first very hesitant about going on the journey. With nowhere else to go she heads for the small town of Parry Sound, Ontario following the clue that she was given. As she arrives in Parry Sound, she soon discovers more shocking clues that drive her closer to solving the mystery of her biological parents.
Posted on 15-Jan-16 10:23
Imagine your whole world rising in flames, burning everything that you had ever known, loved, touched and cared for. Waking up in a foreign bed wondering how one day you're surrounded with loving people who took you in when nobody else wanted you, and another day the remains of your beloved home lie in front of you, nothing but burnt garbage, and you're forced to go on an adventure discovering your unwanted past . While it would be unlucky for the person living it, reading about how somebody’s life blew up in flames would make an entertaining novel. Not to sound inhuman at all but I think we all have to admit that the more sad and dramatic the content of the story, the more fun it is to read. Ever read a book about a little girl that had no problems and was happy 24/7? There is a reason why most of us haven’t. Luckily, seven award-winning authors decided to gang up and each write a book contributing to the Secrets series.
Posted on 22-Dec-15 15:17
Every year around 50,000 books printed in the United States are fiction. I can't help but notice that the majority of those novels are similar in one way or another. In my opinion they are written about something of no importance (e.g. mystery, murders, female and soldier romance ending with the soldier death, magic, aliens invasion, etc.). I have read quite a number of books in my short lifetime, but I would be lying if I said many really made a difference or had any useful meaning/value. That was the main reason why I was jumping head over heels to be reading Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson. It is truly a unique book...
Posted on 12-Nov-15 12:02
American Sniper is the story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who did four tours in Iraq. This book describes Kyle’s training and upbringing to become a Navy SEAL, but the heart of the text deals with Kyle’s experience in combat. Though he was America’s most prolific sniper, Kyle’s wartime experience went well beyond shooting. Kyle was a much unpolished writer, but he told his story clearly and genuinely. At times politically incorrect or even crude, Kyle’s writing seems restlessly honest. This is the kind of the book that could not be put down...
Posted on 13-Oct-15 12:18
“[The Secret Sky is] a tale of the indomitable Afghan spirit of hope and love. Among the many novels set in Afghanistan for young people or for adults, The Secret Sky stands alone. Unputdownable. Unforgettable.” –Trent Reedy, author of Words in the Dust The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi is a story of love, beliefs, culture and betrayal. First thing I want to make clear is that this book is not a happily ever after swoony romantic story with no significant purpose. It explores in-depth the corrupt society of Afghanistan at that time.
Posted on 18-Sep-15 08:22
“It is 4:00 PM. The game host has welcomed everyone and explained the rules. The four students from the two teams are clustered, on opposite sides of the room, hunched over, leaning in towards each other, knees touching, possibly stroking a team mascot. Anxious and proud teachers and parents are watching from chairs, placed around the walls... A hush falls over the room as the first question is read aloud... "In what book is there a spider who can spell?" The stop watch clicks on. A Battle of the Books game has begun.”...