Hey everyone!

I have decided to return to blogging and will be resuming my usual posting schedule of once every two weeks…or so. In the interest of not burning out again, I am going to be less strict with posting and I have scaled back with regards to school, working, social media, and extra-curricular commitments. So I should be good. I think. There will be a brand new post tomorrow. Thanks for sticking around despite the radio silence!



I struggled with this decision over the past month. The truth is I am completely burnt out.

I underestimated how much time and effort summer courses at OISE would involve and overestimated my ability to balance two part-time jobs and other commitments at the same time. After back-to-back health issues brought on by stress, I know I need to make some changes now, not later.

I can’t cut out school or work (yet), but I can cut out unnecessary sources of stress which includes this blog. My current head-space and overall lack of time isn’t conducive to producing quality research. I refuse to publish shitty articles just for the sake of keeping this blog alive. You all deserve better.

So I’m going to take a break for now and will reassess in September. Until then, don’t be like me. Take care of yourselves. ❤

Is Anyone Actually Sad 2016 is Ending?

Usually I end off the year with a Christmas-related picture, but somehow this just seems so much more appropriate…

To all the people who read my blog regularly or came here looking for some research help, thank you! I hope you found this blog insightful in some way and had as much fun reading as I did writing.

I will be back January 10th will all new content and will be fulfilling a number of readers’ requests throughout 2017. 😀

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Carmen.



U of T, I Wish I Knew How to Quit You

In 1847, the Provincial Normal School (above) was created because Upper Canadians realized that it was high time their teachers were formally trained. (Normal schools are what teachers colleges used to be called). Several name changes plus a full-on relocation and merger later, it’s now called the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. It’s also where I’ll be earning a Master of Teaching over the next two years. Yup, I’m one of those crazy people who want to become a teacher in Ontario.

Unfortunately, due to the heavy course load, four practicums, and a major research project, after September 6th I will be switching to posting once every two weeks.

Aside from wanting to be a teacher for years, this blog is part of the reason why I finally said to hell with being practical and decided to go through with it. As much as I enjoy researching and writing about history, the most fulfilling thing about this blog is knowing that people actually learn stuff from it. (Shout out to all the Google Classrooms who come here, I see you!) Even if teaching doesn’t pan out I know that education is where I belong, so I’m looking forward to seeing where the next two years leads me!



100 Posts Later

I honestly don’t know where the time went. One minute I was thinking about how it would be fun to start a blog. Next thing you know, I’m sitting here scratching my head, trying to figure out how to mark reaching 100 posts. I was going to do a retrospective, but then I had a better idea…

It has been a while since I changed things up. Also, I have made things easier to find now by totally revamping my menu section. Readers can browse through old posts based on my various blog series or by chronology. I will be tinkering with the menu over the next while, but my goal is to make it super easy for new and old readers to find exactly what they’re looking for. Let me know what you think of the changes!

Finally, I want to thank all my readers, supporters, and those who keep coming back week after week. Thank you for sticking with me over the past two years. Think I can reach 200 posts? 😛



Busy Beaver

“Keep All Canadians Busy,” a 1918 victory bonds propaganda poster by the Wartime Information Board, Ottawa.

I work at a college in the continuing education department and this time of year marks the beginning of our spring/summer courses. Due to an unusually busy “Start-Up,” I will be taking a two break from this blog, but I will be back in the swing of things by mid-May.

See you then!

Merry Christmas!

“Santa Claus was spotted in Canada’s north preparing for his busiest day of the year.” [Source] (Saw this on Twitter and had to use it!)

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to visit and read my blog over the past year. I am both overwhelmed and very grateful to all of you who took an interest because I never thought many people would read this blog! I hope you all had as much fun reading as I did writing. I’m looking forward to bringing you all new content in 2016. 😀

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Carmen.

See You in a Week!

Pre-1965 Trans-Canada Air Lines Poster

Please note that there will be no new blog post this week. For my 25th birthday I decided to set my wallet on fire and spend a few days in New York City. I will be back in time for Remembrance Day though.
Have a great week! 🙂

See You in Three Weeks!

A Trans-Canada Air Lines stewardess sits inside the turbine of a new Douglas DC-8-43 jet on June 1, 1960. (This jet was revolutionary; establishing two world records: Ottawa to London in 5 hrs, 55 min and Montreal to London in 5 hrs, 44 min). Trans-Canada Air Lines was founded in 1937 and was renamed Air Canada in 1965.

Tonight I will be boarding a red-eye flight bound for Heathrow for a long-awaited trip to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Hence, I will be taking a mini break from this blog, but I’ll be back on September 15th with all new material.

See you in September!