Author Archives: vanva

About vanva

I am an educator, writer and mother.

Author Study

As some of you know, one of my favorite jobs is teaching a magical realism and writing class.  One of my professional goals is to delve more deeply into the genre itself, as well as some renowned authors of magical … Continue reading

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Beach Reads

I’m getting ready to do a little traveling, and to have some necessary beach time. I love to read on the beach, but hate to drag hard covers and library books out onto the sand. At this point, I usually … Continue reading

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What I am reading: The Buried Giant

Some of you will have fine monuments by which the living may remember the evil done to you. Some of you will have only crude wooden crosses or painted rocks, while yet others of you must remain hidden in the … Continue reading

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What I am Reading: The Marriage of Opposites

Alice Hoffman is one of my guilty pleasures; I fell in love with her writing when Practical Magic made the book lists. She has an easy story-telling style, and she makes it look effortless. Her stories range from light to … Continue reading

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Author Study

I have decided to embark on a new project with one of my favorite colleagues, and thought I would share the results with you. I am an avid reader, and I want to study certain authors more closely; I often … Continue reading

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Travel: Sights around Montreal

Here are some of the curious sights we saw in beautiful Montreal. Notre Dame Walking Around Old Montreal Chinatown The Shopping District What we ate:

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Travel: Quebec City

We took a charter bus from Montreal to Quebec City, and while efficient, I must say the three hour ride was one of the dullest I have ever seen. Nothing but plains and tiny little nondescript towns every hour or … Continue reading

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