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Elinor Florence (Company name) Elinor Florence

I spent seven days crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the historic Queen Mary 2. Here are my top ten observations about sailing on the only passenger liner in the world.

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I have two slender connections with the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but both are very meaningful: my hometown library, and my new book.

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Homesteaders were hoodwinked by an unscrupulous Canadian government that lied about the life awaiting them in the so-called land of promise, resulting in untold hardship and heartbreak.

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Homesteaders survived that first ghastly winter in shacks made of lumber, logs or even earth. Flora, the heroine in my new historical novel, was one of them.

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We recently spent two weeks in the beating heart of Mexico City, where thousands of people were once sacrificed to the Aztec gods and blood gushed down the streets very close to the location of our hotel. It was both gruesome and fascinating.

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Our New York Christmas in early December was a magical, seven-day experience filled with fun and surprises.

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Life on the Home Front in wartime wasn't just hard, it was crushing. While gathering on Remembrance Day to honour the men who fought for freedom, we tend to overlook the painful sacrifices made by the women and children left behind.

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My blog is ten years old, and in honour of the occasion I’m hosting a $100 gift card giveaway! One lucky subscriber will receive $100 (in Canadian dollars or the equivalent in your country) to spend at any independent bookstore. New subscribers must sign up before midnight November 11, 2023 to qualify.

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Glimmers is a new term, referring to those brief moments in your day that spark a sense of joy, but often pass by without notice. I'm making a conscious effort to recognize the glimmers that light up my life, beginning with the sunrise.

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Greetings from the fire zone in British Columbia, where we are now almost surrounded on three sides by out-of-control forest fires.

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