the great 2014 book preview

next up on my list...

next up on my list…


I love watching movie trailers.  I am good at writing queries for publications and abstracts for conferences.  I guess that’s why Twitter intrigues me – edit, people and edit some more until you are at 140 characters.  I’ve always concluded that it is more challenging to write less than more.  That’s why getting paid by the word is kind of silly.

Book trailers!  This made my mouth go dry.  It is like porn for readers.  Enjoy.

getting to maybe


Every so often, I get a fire in my belly that I cannot extinguish.  My guide to to the Revolution is the book Getting to Maybe.

This book is for anyone who has ever thought:  THIS IS NOT OK.  I NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

I re-read my dog-eared version of this book when I lobbied (along with four other families) our local children’s hospital to create a Family Council.  (It worked.  Over four years later, it is going strong).  I referred to Getting to Maybe when the Nurse Coordinator at our Down syndrome clinic was slated to be laid off, and, along with a group of awesome, equally outraged families, we created an advocacy campaign called All Kids Deserve Health Services.  (It worked.  The government reinstated her position).

I’m currently outraged that families who have children with Down syndrome can’t access public speech and language services.  And about the sting of discrimination that people with disabilities experience from our society.

The question is:  what am I going to do about it?  

Getting to Maybe will show me the way.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you…and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. – Marianne Williamson

a wife’s tale

at the harbour in howth, north of dublin

at the harbour in howth, north of dublin

I was thrilled when my abstract for speaking at the World Down Syndrome Congress was accepted earlier this year.  So in mid-August, my husband and I packed up our youngest son, age 6, and travelled to Ireland for the Congress and a subsequent two weeks in Dublin and County Cork.

I’ve chronicled many of our adventures which revolved around food, on Foodie Suz.  I also had time to read an entire book (a rarity that I carve out for myself on holidays).  This time it was Lori Lansen’s A Wife’s Tale.  Lest you think it is like the Canadian version of The Biggest Loser, it is certainly not.  A Wife’s Tale is an engaging and compassionate read.It is a lovely book of transformation and post-divorce.

After my first marriage ended, I, too travelled far away – for me, it was to Norway with my two kids.  This is a common experience, I think – women searching for home in strange places.  Eat, Love, Pray is like that too.  Although both those protagonists weren’t travelling with two children under the age of seven.  I clearly wasn’t thinking straight.

Take a look at Lori Lansen’s bio page.  It is the best bio I have ever read – very warm and personable, and illustrates that our lives really are built around babies and where we live.  She provides inspiration for those of us who say about writing:  I can’t. I can’t find the time. Lori Lansen just sits down and writes.  Because that’s what writers do.

newly read

Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher – for those of us looking for social change.
Unexpected Blessings by Roxanne Black – finding hope and healing in the face of illness.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers – my 12 year old daughter made me read it.
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz – from my favourite food blog.

A strange mix of writing books, inspirational books, teenage girl angst books, and foodie books.  I guess that pretty much sums me up.