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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Write by the Sea Retreat

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” &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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Raspberry pickin’

One of my favourite summertime activities is a visit to Harper’s U-Pick in Hillsborough, NB when the raspberries are ripe. It’s not far from my home, so after my morning coffee, I may head down for a few bowls of berries before the sun rises too high.  The difficult part is to only pick enough &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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  I look; morning to night I am never done with looking. Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around as though with your arms open. And thinking: maybe something will come, some shining coil of wind, or a few leaves from any old tree– they are all in this too. And now &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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A season of peace

  “I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.” Isaiah 54:13 It is two days before Christmas and I’m watching flakes gently falling. Outside, all is quiet, limbs limp beneath a covering of snow, the pine tree a portrait of tatted lace. Gentle music flows wistful beneath the hot breath of &hellip Continue reading »

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