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Last words

Last words By Jennifer Graham “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on,” says Robert Frost. Like the beaters on the Mixmaster that woke me up Saturday mornings The sound of mom making chocolate chip cookies. She always made a double batch One to bake. One for my brother and I to eat raw at the kitchen table before breakfast. Mom had a rule about cookies: you need two; One for each hand. It kept our little hands busy and her head peaceful. There was only one other rule my mother insisted upon…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Experiential Learning

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Experiential Learning By Melanie Priesnitz After a summer filled with hard work and a great deal of learning, the students who worked on our team at the K.C. Irving Environment Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens are heading back to the classroom. We had the pleasure of having Acadia student Ted Morris and Nova Scotia Community College student April Mason work with us as student native plant conservationists and interpreters. Ted is studying environmental and sustainability studies in the community development department at Acadia and April is a student of horticulture…
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2019

2019 Spring, that year, was late to the game, The smelt-snow a blizzard and then freezing rain. The full moon in May was no day for planting, Wet fields in June and farmers were ranting. But through the good valley swam gaspereaux, The fiddleheads green, the fish fat with roe. Summer, that year, flew in fast and high, Hot as Jamaica, new moon in July. Hay fields checkered with great golden bales, Larks in the meadow, frogs in the swale. And down the good river tubes waltzed along, Sunburnt bellies and bop-a-long songs. …to be continued –Bernard Irvin

Songs of Bread, Wine and Salt: Composer Explores Poems of Alden Nowlan

Songs of Bread, Wine and Salt: Composer Explores Poems of Alden Nowlan By Kim Barlow Composer Pete Johnston has brought his two worlds together in the album Songs of Bread, Wine and Salt. Johnston spends summers in the Valley, but his work is in Toronto, where he and many colleagues converge to create innovative jazz and improvised music, and where Johnston is a bassist, composer, and educator. Last year he assembled a group called Stranger Still, with vocalists Mim Adams and Randi Helmers, Johnston on guitar, and Rob Clutton on bass, to perform Johnston’s musical settings of the poetry of…
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Mike Butler Recommends: Summer Reading 2019

Mike Butler Recommends: Summer Reading 2019 By Mike Butler It’s the summer (finally)! I look forward to my seasonal reading articles and here is the summer 2019 edition of literature that I recommend you sit back and absorb. We’ve all heard of binge-watching right? When you sit back and take in LOTS of TV at one time, usually polishing off a season of your favourite show or a bunch of shows. Well, there’s also binge-reading! I love binge-reading: when you pick an author and read through a chunk of their books. Two authors I am loving right now are an…
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Hitching Post: Zakary Miller and Franny Rutchinski

Hitching Post: Zakary Miller and Franny Rutchinski Both born and raised in Toronto, Zakary Miller and Franny Rutchinski have made their home in Kentville, NS. Franny is a vintage and handmade seller, in the midst of launching a general store in Wolfville, and Zakary is a musician who plays Western and Canadiana swing. Zakary and Franny were married on June 8, at a friend’s property in Blomidon, which they consider a sacred and special place. The ceremony was officiated by Sarah Anderson. The bouquet was bursting with peonies, lilacs, and poppies in peachy pink and purple tones. The bouquet, as…
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Featurepreneur: Christy Ann Conlin on the Business Side of the Literary Arts

Featurepreneur: Christy Ann Conlin on the Business Side of the Literary Arts By Genevieve Allen Hearn Christy Ann Conlin, known for her novels Heave and The Memento, is about to launch a new collection of short stories entitled Watermark. Christy Ann can be seen spinning many plates, including as an author, mother, teacher, and motivational speaker. On top of this, she takes the business side of being an author very seriously. The Grapevine* grabbed a moment of her time to discuss how she finds balance between her myriad roles. The Grapevine (GV): How do you achieve a balance between the…
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Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids

Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids By Laura Churchill Duke As the author Beverly Cleary says, children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something teachers make us do at school. In the Valley we are blessed with so many great local authors who write books specifically for kids. The best ways to find these books are by asking a librarian at your local library, or by stopping by one of our bookstores. Box of Delights in Wolfville and RD Chisholm in Kentville always carry a great selection of local reads. Here are some of our favourites for…
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A Telling in Pictures

A Telling in Pictures By Anna Horsnell Doretta Groenendyk’s paintings elicit a smile. There is something familiar, something comfortable, that pulls the viewer into a world of colour and whimsy and storytelling. We recognize the landscape. We feel the playfulness. As an illustrator and author of 11 children’s books (and illustrator only on 4 more), the Canning artist has created an enviable career around her priorities of family and getting outside. She does not see her work as author and illustrator as separate. “I see things in pictures first,” she explains. “The stories or ideas that I want to communicate,…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading the Forest Around You

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading the Forest Around You By Riley Scanlan, B.Sc Honours, Environmental Science Stepping into an old growth forest can be a calming, inspiring, or even breathtaking experience, but what is it exactly that makes old growth forests so beautiful? So worthy of our attention? Just as you gain insight from reading a book, reading the forest around you can empower you to better connect with nature. Reading a forest is as simple as taking the time to acknowledge what is actually going on around you, thinking about how it all works together…
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