What I’ve Been Listening To: aging, food, fairy tales, monkeys, comedians, and poets

If I Knew Then by Jann Arden "Being the age I am--that so many women are--is just the best time of my life." Jann Arden talks about aging, but she also talks about growing up, life with her parents, and her struggle with alcohol. She makes aging sound appealing, which is never a bad thing. … Continue reading What I’ve Been Listening To: aging, food, fairy tales, monkeys, comedians, and poets

An Opera Singer, A Coffee Franchise Contest, and OCD

These three books couldn't be more different. There is one thing they have in common, though - they are all written by Nova Scotians.   Portia White: A Portrait in Words by George Elliott Clarke I have written about George Elliott Clarke before - sometimes I love his words, sometimes I don't understand them, and … Continue reading An Opera Singer, A Coffee Franchise Contest, and OCD

Literature on the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia

This spring and summer I got reading about Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia, inspired mostly by reading Lawrence Hill's Black Berry, Sweet Juice and by the subsequent discussion I had with my sister. Around the same time I also read Steal Away Home by Karolyn Smardz Frost. All of this made me want to know … Continue reading Literature on the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia

George Elliott Clarke, George and Rue, and Execution Poems

Geroge Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1960.  He is a Canadian poet and playwright whose work largely explores the experience and history of the Black Communities of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, creating a cultural geography that Clarke refers to as "Africadia".  He believes that Africadians originated in 1783 and 1815, when … Continue reading George Elliott Clarke, George and Rue, and Execution Poems