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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 […]

Creative Nonfiction Writing Award

Creative Nonfiction Writing Award

If anyone out there has a non-fiction manuscript looking for a home (or if you want to write a non-fiction book!) check this out. I’m posting here what I received today.  I’m also lifting a few covers from the publisher’s website. Here you go.     *     *     * Pottersfield Press […]

Feelin’ six feet tall …

Feelin’ six feet tall …

  For most of my adult life I’e been 5 ft. 2 in. — until I reached the age of fifty. Since then I seem to have lost a half inch every five year or so. I’ve especially noticed it when I hug my grown kids. They’ve seemed like giants of late, so I actually […]

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 […]

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