Books for Children Starting School for the First Time.

If you have a little one who will be starting school soon or have a child in junior kindergarten, here are a few picture books you might want to read:   The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn Going to school can be scary, but Momma Raccoon knows a special trick… See the book being read…

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Meet Wendy the Worrier.

  Meet Wendy the Worrier. Wendy has the same haircut that she’s had for years.  She would like to try something different but she’s worried that she won’t like it.  On her feet, she wears a classic shoe – something considered stylish but practical and safe.  Wendy owns at least three pairs of jeans that…

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the height chart at Ross & Marilyn’s.

  I wondered if she still had it. There was a wall in Ross and Marilyn’s cabin where we used to mark our heights as kids.  I don’t think I’ve been inside their place since Ross passed away (more about that here…)  Sometimes when you lose someone, you get rid of reminders of the past…

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Finland, Ontario.

Buildings disappear.  Entire communities can vanish. Growing up in the Rainy River District, my parents talked about Finland, Ontario.  It sounded more like a rural area with a few scattered houses, rather than an actual town.  I had no idea. Finland, Ontario was once a community filled with Finnish immigrants who came to Canada to own…

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Our Cabin on Clearwater Lake

  In a previous post, Great Grandpa Johnson Built Log Cabins, I mentioned that it would be kind of cool if he had built our cabin (not likely, but neat to think about). If he did, pieces of the original cabin are still there.  Mom and Dad incorporated some of the logs from the old…

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10 Interesting Facts about Falu Red

Falu Rödfärg is an iconic red paint in Sweden and the West coast of Finland. I just recently learned about it after realizing that many of the log cabins back home are painted red and were made by my Finnish family members (in Northwestern Ontario).  You can read more about that here (Great Grandpa Johnson…

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Great Grandpa Johnson built log cabins.

I had no idea that my Great Grandpa Johnson built log cabins.   From Siiri Juhala Gallinger’s book, I learned that at the start of the tourist trade*, my Great Grandpa (Johannes Juhala) and his brother William, had contracts to build cabins for a Mr. George Hughes and several others on Clearwater Lake and Pipestone…

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