I like the slow build-up of warmth, he said, the creeping anticipation of the lengthening days and strengthening sun and—
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Oh, the apple fritter. It’s a quintessential Canadian treat. Those pillowy hunks of fried dough, spiced with cinnamon and dotted with soft bites of apple, dipped in a honey glaze that crackles into flakes of sugar that melt instantly on the tongue.
Give me a hammock in the woods
A book or two
And let me pretend the world has stopped for now
Through the boredom in the quiet
He’d start to softly sing.
It’s about priorities. Make a conscious decision to spend your time on what is important to you.
Like vocabulary crack for a linguistic junkie, I defy you to read this book and not learn a new word or several, not to mention the delicious challenge of trying to best Nollop’s own pangram along with the cast of characters.
Squeaks and screeches and haunting calls of “who-hoo-oooo” spoke amongst themselves in the language of the night, exclusive food chain negotiations I had no desire to be party to.
You enjoy your shortbread any way you like, ’cause life’s too short to make rules about cookies.
Perhaps knowing that someone you love has made them makes a cookie taste better than one you made yourself.