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    • 80 pages
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  • Keywords
    • short stories,
    • Canadian fiction,
    • fantasy,
    • fairy tales,
    • watercolour,
    • folk tales,
    • allegory

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A Pocketful of Starlight
by Rubyha McKenzie

A Pocketful of Starlight is a collection of twenty-three vignettes of the human condition, beautifully supported by the magical water-colours of Denise Williams. Some are wrapped in the genre of fairy tale, and the trappings of times past; some border on the fringes of consciousness and the mundane, but in each is embedded a gem that gives us all nurturance, hope, and connection. They direct us to look to the simple, with eyes of wonder, ears that can hear silence, and hearts that are open. We are left to intuit what could happen, what will happen…if only we can Pocket some of that Starlight! It is a book to read, to browse, to read again and again. It is a book for the young at heart, to read, and to be read to…

“From Rubyha come these tales of surprise, fancy and celebration of light and life.” —Ramabai Espinet, Writer and Educator Author of The Swinging Bridge

Rubyha McKenzie photo

Introspective, observant, reflective as the fourth in a family of eight children and a dad who nurtured her love of silence, of words, and of nature; multicultural, funny and tolerant as only a Trinidadian can be; analytical, compassionate, and nurturing as a practitioner of “teach teaching, and not correcting” - a core principle of the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori: as a Primary teacher in 1971, London, England; and as an elementary level teacher in 2007, MD, USA, and going forward; experiencing the metamorphosis of parenting two beautiful young souls; respectful of protocols, of Grace and Courtesy, and the art of communication: gifts of twenty-seven years as a foreign service wife; privileged to volunteer service to young parents as an educator in Peel Region; to seniors as a creative writing facilitator, and as a community builder at the residential and parochial levels in Mississauga, ON Canada. This is Rubyha. Finally, the Circle of Life closes its gap as she now learns from her grandson Fionn, about the language, strategies, and skills of Minecraft Dungeons! This is the core of her life upon which she draws for inspiration in her daily writings.


Rubyha McKenzie
Denise Williams

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