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Birthing “Backyard” … readings planned

Birthing “Backyard” … readings planned

Whoop! Book should be rolling off the press any day now. Here’s the schedule of launches and readings. Note: The book does not contain any photos. However, at all the readings I’ll be giving a short slide show with an overview of the 31 days, along with reading some excerpts from the book. Would love […]

BOOK!

BOOK!

Well, it’s not officially summer for another month, but the temperature where I live today hit 33 C. That’s HOT for Nova Scotia! Mercifully we are heading into the wilderness tomorrow for four glorious days of paddling and communing with nature. (Read: swatting black flies.) But the interesting thing is that when the temps go up […]

TJP … what’s it all about Alfie?

TJP … what’s it all about Alfie?

I saw this walking in the woods today. It stopped me in my tracks. A hunk of tree that’s clearly been lying around for awhile. I was struck by both its simplicity and its complexity. While on that walk, I thought back to The July Project and how it was both simple and complex. A […]

Day 31 … BLUE MOON Drumming

Day 31 … BLUE MOON Drumming

Couldn’t be a better way to bring closure to The July Project: grab a friend (Belle Hatfield), head up to Clare for dinner, then attend the BLUE MOON Drumming event at Colette Valotaire Thibodeau’s home on the Maxwellton Road in Meteghan River. Who knew that what seemed to be simple evening would turn out to […]

Day 30 … after midnight

Day 30 … after midnight

  It’s a few minutes after midnight. Less  than four hours ago I was in a church listening to a Boxwood concert. Right now I’m driving aimlessly around Yarmouth. I’m on the prowl to see what I can see between now and 6 a.m. Colleague Melanie Chambers is doing the same thing in Toronto. We’ve […]

Day 30 … Before Midnight

Day 30 … Before Midnight

  It’s a balmy Thursday night; we’re sitting in the Bay View Baptist Church in Port Maitland. The church, built in 1893, has simple yet understated Gothic features. I love how the seats are rounded in a semi-circular fashion. Feels “homey” rather that “churchy.” It looks like a full house has gathered to hear Boxwood. […]

Day 29 … A heroine in our midst

Day 29 … A heroine in our midst

  I didn’t head to distant shores or chase the roads today. Rather, I did some research on a local who’s captured my interest: Sarah Corning—born in Chegoggin (Yarmouth County) in 1872. She’s in the centre of this photo, looking at the camera. The photo was taken with orphans in Greece. Sarah saved thousands of […]

Addendum to Addendum

Addendum to Addendum

Really. One should not let two months go by without writing the day’s experience.  Things fade into foggy brain. Just want to add that when Carol, Alex and I went to Barrington for the AXEperience, we first went to the Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage (3723 Highway 3) for pre-axe throwing dinner. We ordered seafood […]

Addendum … AXEperience!

Addendum … AXEperience!

It was bound to happen. There was so much stuff going on every day that I missed writing up an entire event. AXETHROWING! So, backing up to July 27th  … that evening, Carol Jacquard and Alex Doyle travelled with me to Darren Hudson’s Lumberjack AXEperience in Barrington where his partner, Susie Atwood, runs a women’s […]

Day 28 … Sailing to Paradise

Day 28 … Sailing to Paradise

  Another day of pure pleasure.  In part, due to spending time with Jennie Morrow—a  friend I’ve not had solo time with since God was young, and, in part, by meeting artist Helen Opie in Granville Ferry. Helen has always dreamed of cruising to paradise. And she’s going to do just that next summer. But this […]

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