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CAN ID

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
“Can ID” by Pauline Holdstock begins as a humourous reflection on what it means to be Canadian and ends with an allegory about the often futile process we put ourselves through in order to define our country.
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OTHERWISE THAN PLACE

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
“Otherwise Than Place” by Don McKay examines the relationship between humans and nature using examples from his memory to illustrate that though people seek to contain wildness or leave their mark through destruction, nature inevitably continues its slow cycle.
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Dire Consequences

Fawcett, Katherine Thistledown Press ePub

Dire Consequences

“EAT YOUR GREENS,” SAID THE MOTHER. “You’ve had nothing but junk all day.”

The girl frowned and pushed the vegetables around on her plate. They made creamy pathways in the cheese sauce.

“You are not leaving this table until they’re gone, young lady.”

The girl put down her fork and crossed her arms. “I will die if I eat this broccoli.”

The boy sat, swinging his legs, smiling with his mouth shut, watching the match. He’d eaten his. And he liked it when his sister got in trouble.

“Quit being overdramatic. You won’t die, honey. No one’s ever died from eating broccoli.”

“Oh, yeah?” The girl shut her eyes and ate the broccoli, piece by piece, lips pulled back so they touched neither food nor fork. Her face twisted in pain, and she dropped her ear to one shoulder as she chewed. She swallowed every piece, gagging slightly on the last one.

“See?” said the mother. “I told you. That wasn’t so bad now, was it?”

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SHIP OF FOOLS

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
“Ship of Fools” takes place on an Alaskan cruise as Pauline Holdstock accompanies her eighty-two-year-old mother on her trip of a lifetime. Despite the change of scene, however, the busy consumer-driven nature of life cannot be escaped, and the narrator struggles to absorb her mother’s sense of wonder.
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The Champion

Lloyd Ratzlaff Thistledown Press ePub

THE CHAMPION

First let me get the devilry out of the way. He was a formidable six-year-old obstacle, a runny-nosed waif with dark, suspicious eyes and something weasel-like in his face, who drove his first-grade teacher to distraction. He whined and snarled, he pestered and annoyed, he fought and he lied. Many times a day he flopped out of his desk and crawled on the floor among the legs of kids who were working obediently. He picked his nose and rolled the snot into a ball and flicked it at the teacher, then sat silently as she disintegrated, looking up through big eyes from under a growth of wiry unkempt hair. He fantasized excessively, or lied (often nobody knew which), he ate erasers, he threw things around the room and tantrums at the teacher. And once in awhile he worked a little.

There was more; but let’s just say he was an impedance to the flow of all educational currents. He was so exceptional at so young an age, that no official labels had yet been hung on him — TMH, ADHD, LD, BD, ED, and no DSM diagnosis either. He was Kent (an invented name), an exception to many rules, somewhere out near the first or ninety-ninth percentile of things, and something in me found that appealing.

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