The Three "R's"

Ramblings, Reflections, Reviews … From the "Pen" of William Land

Category Archives: People

Why I Need to be Six People!

Life is to be lived, embraced, experienced, enjoyed … but all that we, as human beings, must do, should do and want to do to enrich our lives must fit into 24 hours each day, seven days each week, 365 days each year (excepting for Leap Year – once every four years!). I don’t have …

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The Magic of Christmas: the Wish Book

The Magic of Christmas: the Wish Book by William Land When I was a child, the forthcoming excitement of the Christmas season was marked by a huge occasion. This event was the arrival of the Sears Canada (formerly Simpson’s Sears) Christmas catalogue known as the Wish Book in our home. My childhood and young adulthood …

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I Need More Spoons: Coping with Physical Challenges, Chronic Pain and Wanting to Die

Preface This essay discusses themes which may be disturbing to some readers: chronic pain, depression, suicide. I suggest one should stop reading it when he (or she) is becoming upset. I am not trying to upset anyone, but I offer an honest perspective of how difficult it is, at times, to live with physical challenges …

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An Nancy Drew Interview for a Newspaper Article

An Nancy Drew Interview for a Newspaper Article by William Land Introduction In June 2007, I was approached by Jennifer Fisher, founder of the Nancy Drew group, NancyDrewSeuths. Jenn had been approached by a newspaper reporter assigned to write a story about Nancy Drew in anticipation of the theatrical film release of the movie, Nancy …

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A Picture Quilt

A Picture Quilt by William Land Earlier this year (2014), a friend, prolific quilter, Julie Domenico, contacted me about another quilt she had made. Followers in my community may remember that Julie created an original quilt for me in 2013 using some of the fabric from the Moda Nancy Drew fabric line. Julie titled this …

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The Mystery of the Charmed Quilt

The Mystery of the Charmed Quilt by William Land From: March 2013 Last Tuesday, I received a Facebook message from my friend, the prolific quilter Julie Domenico, that I should stay home on Wednesday to await for a courier delivery. I responded by saying that it sounded like a mystery worthy of Nancy Drew. Her …

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Memories of Mom!

Memories of Mom! by William Land I was very lucky to have a wonderful mother! Mary Quigley Land was one of the best and strongest influences in my life. Mom always offered me unconditional love. She has been, among many roles, a parent, an advocate, a teacher, a nurse, a housekeeper, a cook, a Santa …

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Discovering Nancy Drew

Discovering Nancy Drew by William Land One summer (1970) my parents had returned home from a visit with family in Southern Ontario. I was eleven years-old. My mother had purchased two series books for me as a gift: one Bobbsey Twins title (a series I was currently reading) and a Hardy Boys book (an unfamiliar …

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My Grandmother and My Books

My Grandmother and My Books by William Land My grandmother, Mary Burns Land, introduced me to the love of reading at a young age. My fondest childhood memories are of the times we spent together – we were very close. Nana was one of the earliest influences in my life. I remember how she loved …

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The Truth about Whales

The Truth about Whales From: July, 2011 This book is A MUST READ: Memoirs about Child and Sexual Abuse, Rape, Suicides, Addiction, Obesity, Depression—One Woman’s Story “After everything we encounter as human beings, after every trial and joy, everything we have chosen this lifetime for — we eventually answer to the human being staring back …

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