Archive for September, 2021

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 17, 2021 at 11:04 am

Board blessings A reader sent along an interesting piece of correspondence received from the Sydney Downtown Development Association (SDDA) just prior to the provincial election. Signed by board chair Jennifer Griffin, it concerns the executive director of the association, Michelle Wilson, and her foray into provincial politics. Griffin writes: DueRead...

Housing By the Numbers

Housing By the Numbers

September 15, 2021 at 12:08 pm

There was a wonderfully wonky — yet important — item on the agenda of last night’s CBRM council meeting, and I am not talking about the CBRM declaring Paul’s Pizza Burgers the official food of the municipality for 2021. I am talking about an item that pleased me personally first,Read...

Right to Know: Brier Edition

Right to Know: Brier Edition

September 15, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Last week, I wrote CBRM Communications & Information Officer Christina Lamey asking to see details of the CBRM’s bid for the 2023 Brier. As you may recall, council discussed the bid in camera during its regular monthly meeting on August 24, but Mayor Amanda McDougall, as she kicked all media,Read...

Climate Code Red

Climate Code Red

September 15, 2021 at 12:04 pm

During this week’s federal leaders’ debates, all participants verified they had worked together in a non-partisan way to battle COVID-19. COVID and its variants do not discriminate — everyone is vulnerable to some degree. And Canadians, because we were all at risk, pulled together in a way that mirrored whatRead...

Old root cellar at Törnävä outdoor museum, Seinäjoki, Finland, March 2013. (Photo by Kotivalo CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips: Putting Food By

September 15, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Editor’s Note: We’re reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for still-timely gardening tips like these — first published on 19 September 2018.   What to do this week This week I want to talk about the best ways to store your veggies once you pick them, both long term and shortRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

Shore Road Sessions I wrote last year about The Shore Road Sessions, Shauna Walters’ summer series of mini-concerts in her Whitney Pier backyard. The sessions returned this year with a whole new lineup of performers, and I was lucky enough to catch the final show on Tuesday night. I amRead More

Let Me Say This About That

Let Me Say This About That

September 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Having been publishing bi-weekly — or, as I like to think of it, working at half-speed — all summer, I’ve been building up a store of opinions on a variety of subjects. In fact, my “two-cents’ worth” on such disparate issues as Annette Verschuren’s induction into the Business & PhilanthropyRead More

Literary map of world by Reddit User Backforward 24 (https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/5z1bau/literature_map_of_the_world_oc_57352913/)

Have Book, Will Travel

September 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm

I am certainly not a world traveler, more a visitor, but I’ve been lucky enough to see a few great cities in North America and Europe over the years and am grateful for it. I am often intrigued by what a novelist has had to say about a city whereRead More

Insane in Parenthesis (From 9/11 to COVID)

Insane in Parenthesis (From 9/11 to COVID)

September 8, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Souls pass through torrent and the whole situation is intolerable. David Jones, In Parenthesis   The Welsh author David Jones (1895-1974) titled his experimental Great War memoir In Parenthesis for three reasons: “because I have written it in a kind of space between – I don’t know between quite what;”Read More

Blackberries. (Photo by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Tidying Up

September 8, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Editor’s Note: We are reaching into Michelle Smith’s archives for gardening tips as timely now as when they were first published. Today’s offering first appeared on 5 September 2018.   What to do this week This week can be all about tidying up in the garden, especially around your fruitRead More