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Comic Books

January 9, 2018

26238834_745299565659458_4818167832574299407_nComics have been an important part of my life for almost 50 years.

I have a memory of reading them when very young and I was in the hospital for my eye surgery, using a flashlight under the covers.

I read lots of DC, some Marvel (westerns, Spiderman, Defenders, Avengers, Dr. Strange), Archie comics, Harvey comics and Gold Key.

Eventually, my uncle Carl passed along the Tarzan comics that he and his brother Clark had collected. I lived in those comics and taught myself the Ape language Mangani. I will do further post about it later.

Today I still read them. I was pleased to be able to take a course on Graphic Novels when I did my Masters in Library Science. I learned about the genre and gained an insight into the history and discovered many older and recent comics and graphic novels.

There is a graphic novel book club at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library. We currently meet on the second Tuesday at 7 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please let me know.

If you are looking for older comics online, there’s a cool site, the Digital Comic Museum at

Happy New Year – Reading 2017

January 1, 2017


Happy New Year! As usual, one of my resolutions is to blog more regularly.

I have been compiling a 2017 must read / reread list. I have placed the books in alphabetical order by the author. Some are books that I have been recommended by others, some are books that I have previously enjoyed, some are books that I need to read for work (The new Graphic Novel Book Club.) and some are ones that have called out to me.
My goal is to try to read 50 books in 2017. I will add to this list as the year progresses. Please feel free to offer suggestions.
1. Margaret Atwood – Angel Catbird
2. Martin Amis – Experience
3. Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4. Bill Bryson – A Short History of Nearly Everything
5. Kate Bird – Vancouver in the Seventies
6. Michael Chabon – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
7. Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
8. Neal Cassady – The First Third
9. Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking
10. Karl Fulves – Self-Working Number Magic
11. Karl Fulves – Self-Working Card Magic
12. David Gemmell – Lord of the Silver Bow
13. Ernesto Galarza – Barrio Boy
14. Lev Grossman – The Magicians
15. Diane Gabaldon- Dragonfly in Amber
16. Glen David Gold – Carter Beats the Devil
17. Ken Grimwood – Replay
18. Martin Gardner – Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles
19. Michael Godden – Ideas From Another Planet
20. James Gleick – Time Travel
21. Robert Heinlein – The Door into Summer
22. Stephen King – The Green Mile
23. Jan Kerouac – Baby driver
24. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
25. Bob Longe – World’s Best Card Tricks
26. Scott McCloud – Understanding Comics
27. Yukio Mishima – Spring Snow
28. David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas
29. Cormac McCarthy – The Road
30. Tim Powers – The Anubis Gates
31. Steven Pinker – How the Mind Works
32. Rob Ritchie – Orphans of Winter
33. Barrie Richardson – Act Two
34. John Scalz – Redshirts
35. Art Spiegelman – Maus
36. Jim Steinmeyer – Hiding the Elephant
37. Richard Thomas – The new D.B. Murphy
38. Krista Tippett – Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
39. Brian K. Vaughan – Papergirls
40. Jeannette Walls – The Glass Castle
41. Gene Luen Yang – The Shadow Hero

I have just signed up at Goodreads…

Guess Where I Am #3

July 15, 2016


Last night I attended the philosophy class and then many of the people in the group went out afterwards for a beer. Many of the people attending are not students at Douglas College, but members of the wider philosophy community that are interested in Bob’s teachings. It was interesting yesterday to see the many different ways that people create community.

Today I am at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library. I am in Heaven! 6 floors of books, magazines, information services, technology, etc. The inspiration lab is fabulous. There are hundreds of public computers in the building. It is truly a place of wonder. I roamed around the building taking pictures. Then I logged onto a computer and worked my way through over 150 emails on my work account. I have been checking it regularly, but I had not responded to any emails since Monday. I am now back on vacation. Off to roam the library some more. Cheers!

Guess Where I Am #2

July 12, 2016


After visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum. We drove back using a route that took us through Turner Valley which is where Elaine works for the Town of Turner Valley in Public Works / Parks and Recreation. Elaine gave me a tour of the town and its parks, flower beds, hanging flowers, trees and shrubs. It was really cool. Elaine is very knowledgeable about plants! I found it fascinating. As you can see from the picture, the tour included the local library which is called Sheep River Library.

Guess Where I Am #1

July 8, 2016


Last night on the way to dinner, Linda took me down to the library. What a beautiful location! Then we went to Boots and Saddles. I had fish and chips. The whitefish was great. After dinner we went back to Linda’s place. I wrote up last night’s blog post and did my postcards. I was tired from my day in the sun. I have a few haphazard sunburn splotches where I missed on my sunscreening efforts.

It is hard to add links when using the iPad. I will add them later.