Monthly Archives: July 2011

Dragons, Queries, and the Shards of Narsil

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. None of my plans for this year have come to fruition, yet I still feel as if I’ve handled a difficult illness with a modicum of grace and good humor. And that, and a double-loonie, will get you a cup of coffee at […]

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Susan Hudson at Peer Gallery

The quality of light in Nova Scotia can amaze and inspire. Somehow, colors are deeper, richer here. On some days, you wish you could drink them in. One of the best things about living in such a pristine area is that artists and artisans come to visit, and decide to stay. I believe that most […]

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I don’t often enter writing contests. But I took an hour on Monday morning to work on an idea that seemed to fit, and then entered Jason Evans’s Clarity of the Night contest. Several writing friends have already done so. In a nutshell, writers create 250 words of prose or poetry based on a prompt […]

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One of my favorite quotations. It is what I believe. To live content with small means. To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion. To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich. To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly. To listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with […]

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Beachcombing in Nova Scotia

The boardwalk protects the nests of the protected piping plover It was early evening, and overcast, so we had the beach to ourselves until we met a woman from the endocrinology clinic. Nova Scotia is such a small place! Another beach sits right around this bend We found this beach, quite by accident, on NY’s […]

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Did the Clinic, Bought the T-Shirt

I’m going to design a t-shirt, just as my friend Kate Inglis suggested: I’m moderately-famous in neuro-endocrine circles. And that’s because I am. Not by name, mind you, but by condition and treatment. My rare type of neuro-endocrine tumor can only be vanquished in one way: neurosurgery. So far, nothing else has been proven to […]

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I Would Like Some Cheese With My Whine

Funny what excites some men. A few weeks ago, when Kristina noticed that I have a modest two-pack, I felt flush with potential. Perhaps it wasn’t too late to become what I might have been. I’ve always been one of the fittest people I know. I was training for my sandan (third-degree black belt) in […]

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