L.M. Montgomery: Provincial Anthem Writer

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It’s taken over 100 years to become official, but now Lucy Maud Montgomery can truly be called a songwriter, in addition to author and poet.  The lyrics she penned in 1908 for a piece called “The Island Hymn”, which was put to music by Lawrence W. Watson, has just officially become Prince Edward’s Island’s provincial anthem.  For more details, please see the National Post article here.

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Bullying: It Happens

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It’s not something you hear a lot about, but it does happen – bullying.  From the time we are children, to even the time we are adults, bullying happens throughout our lives. It can be an absolute nightmare in some cases and for the most part, many people who do get bullied never talk about it.

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Anne’s New Home: Animated

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One of the episodes of the Anne: Animated Series is Anne’s New Home.  It show’s Anne’s determination to feel loved, welcomed and cared for. She’s like any child in any home – they look for happiness and want to be loved. For many children these days, living with separated parents is a very common thing. For the most part, it takes more of a toll on the children than anyone else in the family.

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What Makes a True Friend?

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One of the biggest lessons that Anne has to learn is what it really means to be a true friend.  Though she loves Diana and would never do anything to hurt her bosom friend, in the Animated Series episode, “One True Friend”, Anne soon learns that actions speak louder than words when it comes to proving your loyalty to the people you care about.

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Anne Shirley

How Anne Got Her Smarts

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Anne Shirley was always at the top of her class, constantly had her head in a book, and as Marilla told her, “could talk the hind leg off a mule.” But before Anne had the chance to go to school with students of her own age, she seemed to already possess these scholastic qualities, as well as her unusual vocabulary.  So what made her so smart?

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L.M. Montgomery’s Imagination Runs Wild

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“I had, in my vivid imagination, a passport to the geography of Fairyland.  In a twinkling I could – and did – whisk myself into regions of wonderful adventures, unhampered by any restrictions of time or place.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery, “The Alpine Path”

Ever since Lucy Maud Montgomery was a young girl, she had a keen imagination, just like her famous heroine Anne.  The impressions that objects in the natural world made on her were so deep and lasting that Lucy Maud couldn’t help but write about them in whatever outlet she could- whether it was her novels, essays or letters to friends.

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Anne and Marilla

What Makes a Mother?

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One of the most appealing threads in the Road to Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables series is the relationship between the older and younger female residents of Avonlea.  Janet King’s relationship with her children is symbolic of the traditional roles and origin of motherhood.  However, Sara Stanley and Anne Shirley represent a different approach to family life.

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Jane Austen and Lucy Maud: Building Family Through Letters

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“I wonder if, a hundred years or so after you and I are dead someone will dig up our old letters and if so will they create any furore.” – L.M. Montgomery to G. B. MacMillan, 1926

Though she was born nearly one hundred years after Jane Austen, in another country and era, Lucy Maud Montgomery had a lot more in common with the famous Victorian author than you might think.

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Tea Time Recipes with Anne

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“There’s no scope of the imagination in cooking. You simply have to go by the rules. Last time I made a cake, I forgot to put the flour in it. I was thinking about the lovely joy about us, Diana. I imagined you were desperately ill with small pox, and when everyone deserted you, I went over to your bedside and nursed you back to life.

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The Women Who Inspired Anne

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There is no shortage to the number of inspiring moments in Anne’s world. But what about the people who made them happen? Here is a look at some of the most influential women in Anne’s life. Let us know if you agree with my choices and feel free to add your own suggestions.

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Top Ten Most Moving Scenes in Anne of Green Gables

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If you’ve ever had a conversation with a friend about which scene of the Anne of Green Gables films moves them the most, it’s almost impossible to pick just one. Not too much time lapses between one emotional scene and the next – alternately heartbreaking and inspiring – but we’ve managed to compile a list of the top ten moments. Let us know if we got it right!

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Imaginative and Romantic Anne

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Any female fan of Anne of Green Gables has, at some point, wished for her very own Gilbert Blythe: a strong, loyal young man who will stay with her through thick and thin. Strangely enough, Gilbert’s love affair with Anne started when he called her “Carrots” and got a slate smashed over his head in return. From that moment on, Gilbert was smitten with the feisty, red – haired orphan but his affections were not easily… or quickly… returned.

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