connection to place

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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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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Protecting hearth and home

Something I love is being threatened. My ancestors were among the first to settle this land. I am at home here and when I walk these crisped leaf-laden paths, the souls of my feet grind the skins of these trees into soil that’s alive with my heritage. Strength and fortitude has nourished this soil, these &hellip Continue reading »

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Autumn in Albert County

I want to cling to fall; to hang, clasped tight, onto every blessed minute of it. My eyes have not yet opened wide enough to take in the kaleidoscope of colour bursting over the hills and valleys, cold waters rushing over granite, the mist drifting with the morning light, or the harvest and hunter’s moons &hellip Continue reading »

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The Shorebirds of Mary’s Point

Excerpt from Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka by Deborah Carr The tide is on its ebb flow. At water’s edge, a woman lies on her back, arms outstretched, palms skyward, feet pointed to the sea. Mud pillows her head and shoulders as the water swirls around her, lifting strands of her hair, tickling &hellip Continue reading »

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Patriotic love

It’s been a while. Between assimilating my Haiti trip, getting caught up on work, making presentations and workshops, and enjoying a stupendous vacation in the most beautiful province of Newfoundland, my hours have not been empty. But today is a day for relaxation and enjoyment. This morning, I have the house to myself, the sun &hellip Continue reading »

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After the wait…

Some days seem empty with the waiting. Hollow, like no one is home.   Something calls. A spring walk on the marsh looking not for what I can see, but what is waiting for me.   Just there… Waiting. So I sit and watch, my seat a twisted log by the river. A dog barks, &hellip Continue reading »

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Into the desert

“We do not go into the desert to escape people but to learn how to find them; we do not leave them in order to have nothing more to do with them, but to find out the way to do them the most good.” ~Thomas Merton A number of years ago, we made several trips &hellip Continue reading »

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