Cynthia Reyes's Blog

June 6, 2021

The Freshness of June

May is the month of planting, transplanting and maintaining. And anticipating the month of June. June brings a lush beauty. The green of ferns and hosta. Buds on hydrangea shrubs. Flowers on various kinds of dogwood trees and perennials. The tree peonies, first of the peonies to bloom in my garden. The Canadian anemone which… Continue reading The Freshness of June
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Published on June 06, 2021 07:17

April 29, 2021

Back to School

Hello Everyone: I have been enormously busy in recent weeks and this is one of several reasons why: multiple school visits (virtual). We had a wonderful time visiting with the students and staff of an elementary school recently. We read the Myrtle the Purple Turtle books to the students, answered their questions and posed some… Continue reading Back to School
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Published on April 29, 2021 18:06

April 5, 2021

Miss Marnie Reads Myrtle

What a delight to stumble across a reading of Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Teacher Marnie in Idaho.   She does a great job of the reading!  (I’ve just discovered that some people can access the link and some can’t – not sure why. You may need to click it twice.) We know there are other… Continue reading Miss Marnie Reads Myrtle
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Published on April 05, 2021 05:50

March 30, 2021

There are some things a poet cannot accept

Originally posted on Tallis Steelyard:
There are times when a poet must make a stand and say, “This has happened without my cognisance and I will not accept it!” Today has not been the best of days. Today I got a note from a patron. Common enough, especially from her, as she was always quick…
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Published on March 30, 2021 09:36

March 14, 2021

Sharing a Smile

Inside the house, I rarely use a cane, as there’s furniture and walls to hold on to if my right leg acts up. But I always use a cane on the outside deck as the furniture  and railings are farther away. So guess who has decided to copy her grandmother? Made me laugh.  Hope it… Continue reading Sharing a Smile
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Published on March 14, 2021 13:18

February 19, 2021

Three Things

THING 1:  A play will be staged this spring in Toronto and surprise, surprise: there’s a character based on me and my true-life involvement in the hiring of Toronto’s first female firefighter. I’ve been told from someone who saw a reading that the actor playing the role is very strong. To which I said: I… Continue reading Three Things
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Published on February 19, 2021 13:02

February 3, 2021

Change What You Can

Timmy Fletcher was five years old. He lived with his family in a small town in Ontario. He was bright. Charming too, in that confident way of young children who are loved by those around them. He zipped around in his wheelchair, beaming. Timmy had one big wish: to go to school, like the other… Continue reading Change What You Can
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Published on February 03, 2021 08:26

January 21, 2021

What to Send My 84 Year-Old Uncle?

Even the funny birthday song I normally inflict on loved ones didn’t seem to cheer my uncle when I called him in London, England last week.  He usually laughs loudly as I croak and warble my way through it in a fake British accent. Because of the COVID lockdown, Uncle G. was spending his 84th… Continue reading What to Send My 84 Year-Old Uncle?
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Published on January 21, 2021 08:38

January 12, 2021

Myrtle and The Big Mistake – It’s not political!

Recently, interviewers have asked us whether the main themes of the new Myrtle the Purple book were taken from the ongoing headline stories about political misinformation and fake news in the United States. The quick answer is “No!” The longer answer is: “At least, not intentionally!” Co-author Lauren and I created Myrtle and the Big… Continue reading Myrtle and The Big Mistake – It’s not political!
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Published on January 12, 2021 10:59

December 28, 2020

On the 4th day of Christmas…

Although my family focuses most on Christmas Day itself, Christmas, the season, starts on December 25.  It continues for 12 days till  sunset on January 5th. So, in the spirit of celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, I share my harrowing search for the perfect Christmas tree. It’s the first in a series of Christmas… Continue reading On the 4th day of Christmas…
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Published on December 28, 2020 09:20