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Stephany Aulenback
Nova Scotia, Canada
writer and editor
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Inspired by the four-year-old and her mom who make fancy dresses from paper, I promised Sylvie a couple of weeks ago that we would try it. She called me on it today so off we went to Walmart to buy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at crooked house
Happy Spring, everyone! Did you check out the Google doodle? If not, go have a look. I'll wait. As I was walking up the hill after dropping Sylvie off at preschool this morning, I noticed it felt a little warmer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at crooked house
Have you noticed you can't look at Facebook or Twitter without seeing some Buzzfeed (or Upworthy or HuffPo) headline you just have to click on, even though every atom in your body is screaming not to? Yeah, and you probably... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at crooked house
We've been reading Harriet the Spy and Luke wrote this week's Reading Response to it, for school. In answer to the question, "If you were a character in your book, what would you do?" Luke wrote: If I were Harriet,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at crooked house
Ron Mueck's sculpture. Art imitating literature? In Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy , one of the families Harriet spies on is the Robinsons, a very boring couple who like to buy things and show them off. On this particular day,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at crooked house
Harriet the Spy is fifty this week! I wonder what she's writing in her notebook now? Here are some of her early observations: OLE GOLLY SAYS DESCRIPTION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL AND CLEARS THE BRAIN LIKE A LAXATIVE. MY... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at crooked house
I got this lovely portrait of our Crooked House in the mail yesterday from Emma Fitzgerald, the artist who illustrated "The Best Places to Live in Atlantic Canada" for the Chronicle Herald. (Bridgewater is apparently the best place for young... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at crooked house
After watching Lincoln on the weekend, I googled Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's good friend, a former slave who lived with the Lincolns in the White House. I was so struck by an anecdote about her early life I found... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at crooked house
On the way home from the library, in the car. Soft music is playing on the radio; sunlight is glinting off the snow. I glance into the rear view mirror and am struck by my daughter’s profile. Her delicate features,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at crooked house
This feels surreal. I just googled If I Wrote a Book About You and discovered that you can preorder it at any one of a number of places! It will be available on ,,, Chapters, Powells (my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at crooked house
Four-year-old Sylvie "reads" her current fave, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! I don't know why the colours are so wonky -- something's wrong with my camera. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at crooked house
Sylvie and I have been reading a lot of fairy tales at bedtime lately -- we're particularly fond of James Marshall's versions of them. Last night we read Cinderella. Sylvie sensibly pointed out to me that things could've been much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at crooked house
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Why, what is that, hanging above the mantle at legendary Milford House? Can it be? Why, yes, it is. It is the infamous, elusive, antlered hoof! A beast hitherto considered fanastical, like the unicorn. Those antlers must be as sensitive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at crooked house
The New York Review of Books has reissued the wonderful, whimsical Mud Pies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls by Marjorie Winslow. My three long-time readers may remember I bought a second-hand copy of this for Luke, way back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at crooked house
I am getting How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself for my kids. Everyone should have this skill and sadly, many people do not. I am proud to say that I am very good at this, perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at crooked house
This excerpt really should count as a both a post in the Babies in Literature series and the Parents in Literature series, as it provides perfect snapshots of a baby, a toddler, and their mother. Amy Shearn has written a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at crooked house
Beautiful tree house. "She wore raspberries and grapes." Maud on literary prizes. Do you think snaggle teeth will become this popular here? Watch this gorgeous moonrise in real time. If you were a character on Downton Abbey, who would you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at crooked house
UPDATE: I forgot to add these ones, which I just found scribbled on the magazine: A woman's work is hard. Good things come to those who are good. People who live in glass houses hurt. If you don't have anything... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at crooked house
Finished fixing up one of our ancient chairs yesterday. First I gave it a couple of coats of blue spray paint and then used canvas webbing to make a new seat, following these instructions. You can see the red one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at crooked house
Have you ever heard of glamping? I hadn't, until I stumbled across Canopy and Stars, a British site that hooks you up with gorgeous places to stay in the wild -- glamping means "glamourous camping." I love the idea of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at crooked house
Alliance Films has offered Crooked House readers in Nova Scotia a chance to win free tickets for a family of four to a pre-screening of the 3D animated film "ParaNorman" at 10am, August 11 at Empire Theatres in Bayer's Lake.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at crooked house