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The Canadian Experience

by Jacqueline Valencia

As the fireworks lit up a celebratory sky on July 1, there was a great sense of pride for the place I was born and the place I’m privileged to live. However, Canada 150 left me a little uneasy. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and I am more awake than I have ever been that I find a giant disconnect with it all.


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Summer Updates on The Crier

by Town Crier

The Town Crier is proud to announce the start of its first writer-in-residence! It’s been a busy start to the summer, readers, but new things are always brewing on the blog and parent magazine The Puritan. This July, Jacqueline Valencia will be taking over every Monday with a four-week-long column.


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On Reading and Feeling

by Kathryn Stagg

The first book that I ever connected with was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I distinctly remember, at 14 years old, sitting on my bed and crying for what felt like hours. Over the days that followed, I walked around in a haze: that state between exhaustion and elation that follows an intensely emotional episode.