I Am Thankful For…

thanksThis year, I am thankful for a supportive family that welcomed me back into their home despite being too old to live with them.

I am thankful that I have fantastic coworkers at work that remind me what compassion means everyday.

I am thankful for my health which lets me work towards my 40 day yoga challenge.

I am thankful for my boyfriend who spoils me to pieces.

I am thankful for the readers of Broken Penguins — both old and new.

I am also thankful for all the amazing people I’ve met through Broken Penguins.

denisechongThis morning, I awoke to amazing email from Louise Chong — sister of Denise Chong, the author of The Girl In the Picture. As I mentioned in a previous post, the book inspired the title of this blog and is one of most memorable books I’ve ever read.

Louise invited me to an upcoming event to promote Denise’s new book, Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance. I was over the moon to be invited — and guess what, there’s space for more!

You too can meet Denise in person and hear more about her new book in Toronto:

LIVES_ofthefamilyOctober 15, 2013 @ 7pm – Joy Bistro Bar (884 Queen Street East in Leslieville)

October 16, 2013 @ 7:30pm – Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue, 1st flr boardroom). RSVP to executivedirector[at]ccnctoronto.ca.

Here’s an excerpt from Denise commenting on her latest book in the Globe and Mail:

“I’d envisaged that I’d write of lone Chinese families who ran cafes in small town Canada as a way of exploring the emotional terrain of immigrant life. I set the stories in the 1950s when the tumult of war and politics in China and the appeal of a Canadian law barring Chinese entry brought wives, sons and daughters, and “cash on delivery” brides  among the newest immigrants to this country. As I expected, lives could be upended by the unpredictable, both joyful and tragic: a boy whose grandmother sold his baby sister for a sack of rice finds out decades later, that like him, she is now living in Canada; a driverless, rolling car crosses a sidewalk and crushes the leg of a man, and soon, his widow is left to run the cafe. What surprised were memories of longing that surfaced: for the caress of a father’s hand on a daughter’s head; for any chance to wear high-heeled shoes brought from Hong Kong—regretfully, ill-suited to a young bride’s new rural life.”

Hope you can make it out!

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4 thoughts on “I Am Thankful For…

  1. Hi Farah – and thanks to you, too! You were one of the very first followers of my (then) infant blog about the wildlife of a small underpopulated island in the Bahamas. I never knew how you had stumbled on it, or why you chose to follow it, but it was heartening to begin to get people who wanted to glance at it… All the best from Rolling Harbour

    • You are too sweet! I found your blog by looking up “birds” on WordPress. And I think everyone should know about Rolling Harbour!! I love looking thru your blog on a cold, dreary winter night and knowing that parrots are singing somewhere 😉 Keep up the great work and I hope to visit some day.

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