• The Pull of Retreat

      A few years ago, the place where I used to go for my solo writing retreats—the guesthouse of the Trappistine Monastery in Rogersville, New Brunswick—closed for good. I was devastated, but that’s a blog

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  • In Praise of Simplicity

    I am writing this from an old farmhouse (circa 1870’s) in Great Village, Nova Scotia. It is the former home of the wonderful and acclaimed poet Elizabeth Bishop. I am sitting on a well-worn chair

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