July Roundup

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What a busy month! I’ve been fortunate to start some projects for a couple of new clients, as well as do a whole bunch of writing on the side. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to…


I love writing articles and blogs, so when the chance comes to guest-write for other people, I jump at the chance! Somehow, I was lucky that every contributed article I wrote in July was about my great passion, sustainability. From writing about a ground-breaking net-positive workspace to turtle protection, I had a great time highlighting the important work our community is doing to ensure the safety of our natural world. I also provided some tips about reducing food waste in the kitchen for the University of Guelph Sustainability Office student blog. I don’t always get the chance to write about topics I love so much, so this month was an absolute pleasure.


As usual, I’ve been reading up a storm. (If you’re interested, you can find me on Goodreads.) This month, as an added bonus, I submitted my reading history to the new Idea Exchange Summer Reading Program for the chance to win a prize to some local businesses.

My reading choices this month included:

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, by Nadia Murad: The true story of a young woman who was swept into the ISIS slave trade in 2014 following a massacre by Islamic State militants in her home of Kocho, a small village in Iraq. She is held captive, abused, and raped before she manages to escape.

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice: A novel about a small Anishinaabe community following a long blackout. Without power or food supplies, tension begins to rise among community members – and then, people from the south begin to arrive, disrupting their lives even more.

I’m Afraid of Men, by Vivek Shraya: In this beautiful memoir, trans artist and professor Vivek Shraya describes her experience with misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.

The Matched Series, by Ally Condie: This series, which is faintly reminiscent of The Giver, tells the story of the Society, in which officials decide everything for the community members including their jobs, spouses, and even death dates. Suddenly, something goes wrong with the perfect system, and young Cassia and her friends are thrown into uncertainty.

1 Comment

  1. Wow it looked like you had a very productive July indeed, at least in the writing and reading front. I wish I wrote as much the past month, but I’ve fallen into a rut. Thanks for sharing, Valerie!


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