February 2009

Pink Shirt Day

Today is Pink Shirt Day in Canada. I became aware of this because my kids’ principal is asking the students to wear pink to school, and my kids are all eager to participate. Much easier for the girls than for my son, but I assured him that I have some not-too-girly pink shirts kicking around he can try out.

The story of the day’s origins is quite inspiring. A male student from a high school in Nova Scotia was harassed for wearing a pink shirt. A few days later hundreds of students were wearing pink shirts to school in a show of support and solidarity.

Now isn’t that an inspiring story! What’s your favourite published story or book about overcoming bullying?

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Freedom To Read Week

Freedom to Read Week 2009

It’s Freedom to Read Week in Canada! The official website www.freedomtoread.ca has a ton of resources for how to celebrate. Fascinating to read the list of challenged books and magazines. Pick one up in support of our freedom to choose our own boundaries.

I can’t say I have a specific experience with book banning, but I can recall the buzz surrounding one of Judy Blume’s books. I think it was Forever. And if memory serves (hey, grade six was a loooong time ago) Deenie was also considered pretty shady. Can’t recall who exactly raised the fuss, whether it was just casual disapproval or more formalized as in a complaint from a parent. I do know that I read both. Particularly Deenie. I loved it. We girls passed it around at school, lending it to each other to read. I still remember Deenie’s hatred of her scoliosis brace. At a time when body image was becoming something I was starting to be aware of, and not in a good way, it was an important book to me.

Were you ever forbidden to read a book you really wanted to read?

May we always have access to books that are important to us, whatever our definition of important may be.

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Flight of the Silver Dart

Big celebrations going on this weekend in the world of Canadian aviation. It’s the one hundredth anniversary of the flight of the Silver Dart.

Never heard of it?

First heavier-than-air flight in Canada. You know how those Americans have their Wright brothers and all that? We Canajuns have the Silver Dart.

Background on the Silver Dart here at the Canadian Encyclopedia.

And all the info on the celebrations in Baddeck, Nova Scotia from February 20 – 23 here:
www.flightofthesilverdart.ca.

Pretty daring to launch yourself up in the sky in one of those flimsy things, don’t you think? I mean, sure I have flown in an ultralight a few times when I was a lot younger, but at least I knew the thing worked!

Have a high flying weekend

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Babybug-Magazine-0805

I’ve Been Reprinted


Just got a small surprise in the mail! Apparently my poem was reprinted in Babybug’s May/June 08 issue. I’m a little behind the times, I know. I did actually know about the possibility of this but I have to admit I forgot all about it for awhile. It would be nice to get an author’s copy…but maybe it’s in the mail. ??

This whole issue may be the same inside as the original issue in which the poem appeared. The cover sure is the same. But I know if your readership grows up it makes sense to recycle some of your best content. And hey, I’m flattered to be recycle worthy! (And I did get a reprint fee.)

This magazine was much loved by my kids and I when they were small. My copies are all dog-eared and chewed, a few pages stuck together likely by drool, but they lasted very well. It was such a nice surprise to get a new issue in the mail. And I started reading to them as infants so the short pieces inside worked perfectly for their attention spans. As a writer, this extensive reading of the magazine meant I did do my “homework” into what they liked to publish before I had a piece accepted by them. Actually, two pieces eventually. (Details on my website www.lizannflatt.com if you’re interested)

All three of my kids now love to read, and for that I’m truly thankful. I can’t help but think that maybe Babybug played a real role in that.

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