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17 Mar, 2018

Weekend reading : March 17 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

You know what is srsly awesome? We’re handing out our 100th grant of $1,000 dollars! Want to see what $100,000 of crazy, brilliant ideas looks like? Come celebrate with us on April 19th! Register here https://t.co/CLeaYxe22K #ottcity #awesome #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/QHzkb3r9cU — Awesome Ottawa (@AwesomeOttawa) March 15, 2018 When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home, newyorker.com […]

10 Mar, 2018

Weekend reading: March 10 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

WATCH: A brand new #HeritageMinute about Canadian literary icon L.M. Montgomery. Follow her journey to become one of Canada’s bestselling authors, as told in her own words #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/7qyiifssew — Historica Canada (@HistoricaCanada) March 8, 2018 The NME Bows Out of Print. We’ll Miss the Inky Fingers, nytimes.com When women journalists turn off their microphones, […]

03 Mar, 2018

Weekend reading: March 3 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Find calorie-counting cumbersome? Focus on diet quality instead https://t.co/nSLJuchu2Q From @Globe_Health — The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) March 3, 2018 160 years of Atlantic stories, theatlantic.com Women Are Overburdened With Their Families’ “Mental Loads”, slate.com ‘Looks good enough to eat’: inside the home of Japan’s fake food industry, theguardian.com You Get Thirsty and Drink. How […]

24 Feb, 2018

Weekend reading: February 24 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

I’ve never seen this presented so clearly before. Really wonderful. pic.twitter.com/Al1mS9EYwY — Mike Rundle (@flyosity) February 19, 2018 Canadian newspapers have a future — if publishers get support for the present, nationalpost.com How the Guardian’s Instagram strategy is winning new readers, digiday.com Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?, theguardian.com The […]

17 Feb, 2018

Weekend reading: February 17 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Here’s a comic about everything I’ve learnt about women’s fashion. pic.twitter.com/6FtFed6DcE — Joe Decie (@joedecie) February 16, 2018 Edmonton woman catches purse-snatcher, returns wallet, takes thief for coffee, cbc.ca One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings, rd.com Boston Globe front page on shootings: ‘We Know What Will Happen Next, thehill.com How to Break […]


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  • Liz Dick: Just came across this forum now. Funny after all these years I've never seen it. Rummoli has been a family favourite of ours for four generations.
  • Molly: A great read, Andrea! I have been to a few estate sales - they can be fascinating. I am far from a minimalist but I am always trimming the amount
  • Lynn: Perhaps this could inspire a series of posts about Special Things - the history and what makes them precious. Going to give this some thought! Thanks
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive The stories of our stuff - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] we commissioned Dave Allston, a local historian, to compile for us awhile back. (I wrote about it here, if you’re curious.) I was fair
  • andrea tomkins: I try not to look! ;) New nightstands would help the problem, for sure. They're just not in the cards right now. Unfortunately, everything I really li
  • Marianne: The bed not being centred would definitely bother me. I'd solve it by opting for nightstands on legs, or installing floating shelves. But Id probabl
  • andrea tomkins: We actually won it in a blog giveaway a few years ago. It's made by Phillips. I really like it! It has a few different alarm sounds too, all are gentl

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