Author Archives: Deborah Carr

StoryCraft Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Exploring real life stories helps us to better understand the value of those lived experiences, leading to improved health and resiliency. Writing them down captures snapshots of our culture and preserves them for future generations. Sharing those stories is also vitally important, not only for our own well-being, but to strengthen our relationships with others &hellip Continue reading »

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Finding the Focus

One of the hardest parts about the non-fiction writing process is sifting through the tangle of information or memory for the core of the story, then deciding what is needed to tell it properly. To that end, I’m delivering a special full-day workshop for writers aged 50 and older in Saint John later this month. &hellip Continue reading »

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LifeWriting for Seniors

Exploring our life stories from the perspectives afforded by age helps us to better understand the value of those experiences, leading to improved health and resiliency. Sharing those stories is also vitally important, not only for our own well-being, but to strengthen our relationships with others and create ties of compassion between us. Writing them &hellip Continue reading »

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New Brunswick’s wild places: Mount Carleton

Blissful days of rest and lazy drifting at Mount Carleton Provincial Park have left me grateful for those who dream. In 1883, Edward Jack, a provincial surveyor, dreamed of preserving a piece of the Appalachian Mountain Range to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Loyalist landing in New Brunswick. His vision only became reality in &hellip Continue reading »

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Days of their Lives

Sixty years ago today ~ June 8, 1955 ~ my mom and dad stood together in a small, white clapboard church pledging they would love each other for better or worse, rich or poor. Don slipped a diamond ring on Erma’s finger, then lifted her veil to kiss her and everyone smiled, as they do &hellip Continue reading »

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A Retreat for the Wild Soul

“The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient. It knows how to survive in hard places. But it is also shy. Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is &hellip Continue reading »

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Understanding our Stories workshop series

Last Tuesday, I spoke to a room filled with Canadian veterans, sharing the story of my travels through the World War I battlefields of Belgium and how, while there, I unexpectedly discovered the value of my own heritage. I watched as some of the men and women present wiped their eyes. They waited quietly and &hellip Continue reading »

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Courage and Hope

I don’t get a chance to blog much anymore, but today, in the midst of my work, I happened upon this online video. (Strangely enough, it is a British supermarket ad – here is the story of the making of the ad). The story it tells took me back more than a decade and caused &hellip Continue reading »

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