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Spring

Spring

Columnist Doug Larson once said, “Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” As I look outside, I see parts of the ground covered in that white, wet stuff. Yeah. Slush. And it’s almost April. But I still feel like whistling! I’ve actually been practicing my whistle. Sounds corny, […]

What a year!

What a year!

Well, I’ll start of with seasons greetings from my home to yours! I’m not sure where time has gone ……….. swoosh! I’m embarrassed to see I’ve only had two posts the entire year. OIE! Life has been full. As you know by now, Melanie Chambers and I launched HeartSong Travel in the spring. Sadly, for […]

HeartSong Travel now live!

HeartSong Travel now live!

Oh my beating heart! We let HeartSong Travel loose on the world! As some of you know, colleague Melanie Chambers and I have been working on this concept for a year. In a nutshell: we’re challenging Canadians to: GO somewhere in your own backyard DO something that makes your heart sing TELL us about it! […]

Tsk Tsk …

Tsk Tsk …

Well now, this is embarrassing. It’s been almost five months since I’ve posted anything … and well over a year since I added any new stories that have been published to “My Work” samples, or any new photo galleries. And I can’t blame it on that elusive time thief any more; as that old cliche […]

Wilderness lodges—two of the best (yet oh-so-different!)

Less than an hour’s drive from where I live in Southwest Nova Scotia, there are two wilderness lodges: Trout Point Lodge, located east of the village of Kemptville, Yarmouth County, and Birchdale, located north of the same village. Think: opulence versus bare bones. Oddly enough, as the crow flies, they are less than 10 km […]

HEARTSONG!

HEARTSONG!

As my travel memoir–Waking Up In My Own Backyard–seems to have struck a cord with readers,  Melanie (to whom I dedicated the book) and I decided to roll out the concept across Canada. We recently held a FB contest for a name and received 187 suggestions! We selected “The Heartsong Project,” submitted by Anna Mallin. […]

WORKSHOPS!

WORKSHOPS!

I have a series of memoir writing workshops on the docket this spring! (And one travel writing workshop.) Saturday, April 7, Moncton, NB, at the Moncton Public Library 1-5 pm Saturday, April 28, Shelburne, NS, at the McKay Memorial Library 9;30-4:30 Thursday May 3 and Saturday May 5 in ON (places to be determined this […]

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 […]

R.I.P. John Prout

When I was six, a guide by the name of John at Birchdale (a hunting and fishing lodge in Southwest Nova Scotia) taught me how to paddle. There were two guides there around that time: John Jeffrey (deceased) and John Prout. I had the good pleasure of meeting John Prout just over a year ago. […]

Voyageur Trip Ho!

Voyageur Trip Ho!

I’m giving an overview (and backstory) via slide show and talk about the Voyageur trip from Florenceville-Bristol NB to Saint John NB this past summer. It’s a free and fun program at Yarmouth Regional Library on Main Street next to Rodd Grand Hotel … Wed. Nov. 29 at 12 noon. Tea and coffee provided. Bring a […]

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