A green cover with three flowers. A white flower in the top left hand corner, a yellow flower in the bottom left, and a red flower in the bottom right. The title is in the center of the image, and a blurb is on the top right.

Medicinal Perennials to Know and Grow

Some of my musings of late have been inspired by this rather practical little book which reminds us that flowers aren’t only there to be beautiful. Many of them offer health benefits and — best of all, as far as the lazy gardener in me insists — the flowers in these pages, perennials, keep coming up on their own, year after year.

Just Passing By Kamal Parmar

I started reading this collection of poetry by Kamal Parmar mid-morning, in the aftermath of a snowstorm. The snow was still falling gently outside, and I was seeking to delay my shovelling by tucking in with a slim collection of poetry. Enter Just Passing By, Parmar’s most recent collection of poetry, this time focused on …

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Hunger Moon: Poems by Deborah Banks

In Hunger Moon, Deborah Banks explores these themes on the quiet landscape of her rural life. Here her interactions in the wide hush of a slowed world bring her a sense of community with those around her and with the great healing quality of the land that sustains us.

The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson

Blending memoir and nature writing at its best, Svensson’s journey to understand the eel becomes an exploration of the human condition that delves into overarching issues about our roots and destiny, both as humans and as animals, and, ultimately, how to handle the biggest question of all: death. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.