PEI Ferry Service “Announcement”

This past Friday, an anticipated announcement was to be made regarding the state of the ferry service connecting Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. What resulted was an announcement, that said in future, we hope to make another announcement based on an announcement of set criteria that needs to be met in order for a future announcement to be […]

Jaw Surgery – Part 1

Olive  was watching a video of a Ricky Gervais stand-up routine when this pic was snapped. Many people have suggested that I should be writing about the experience leading up to my pending orthognathic (jaw) surgery. As I write this, the surgery is a couple of days away. I’ve contemplated this for some time. If […]

The Old Road

Photo: Green Hill Provincial Park, from Tourism Nova Scotia website. In February 2011, I wrote a note reflecting on the drive between New Glasgow and my Mom’s place in Salt Springs. It is now known as the “old highway”. The newer twinned highway is where most of the traffic now flows. It leaves the old […]

Moving to Canada – A Guide

Several months ago, I wrote and pitched an article idea to many publications. The point was to provide a somewhat satirical guide to anyone in America wanting to move to Canada, regardless of who might win the election. The article was not picked up. After some consideration, I am posting it here. It was edited after Hillary […]

9th Grade Coffee Mornings

My mother began to make regular stops at a downtown Tim Hortons location on the way to work in the mornings. As a youth on my way to school with a penchant for junk food, this was great. If I didn’t feel like eating toast and cereal I went with coffee and donuts from the […]

September Solitudes and Labour Day

Here again September Even writing the name of the month on paper or screen brings a smile to my face. The very thought of the approaching fall is refreshing. I’ve written about it on these pages and elsewhere. As a subject it never gets tiring. The changing weather. The changing season. Life really beginning as […]

The Grand Mother of Grand Central

This picture speaks more than a thousand words. It could represent the book cover of an entire collection of conversations and general memories I’ve had with my Dad’s parents. The long side yard that took up the majority of their property was many things. It was a yard to run and play in. It was […]

A Scaled Back PEI Ferry Service

How exactly did anyone not see the possibility of this happening?  The much-depended on ferry service connecting Caribou Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island is going to be somewhat scaled back for the remainder of the 2016 sailing season. During the busy tourism season, the service is dependent on two ships being completely […]

Stanfest at Twenty

Canada Day long weekend marks many celebrations across the country. In a small Nova Scotia fishing town, another kind of celebration happens. The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, known simply as Stanfest, honours the life and work of a cultural icon.  While born in Ontario, Stan Rogers is most identified with music inspired by the Chedabucto […]

Pictou County Pizza

Photo by Hannah J. Bennett (Twitter: @hannahbennettNS) The home county has some reputations with food. Many people who have never even been to Pictou County, Nova Scotia have heard of Pictou County’s reputation for almost-perfect pizza. When I worked and lived in Western Canada and tell tales to people about where I was from, some would […]