Vanguard @ NS Museum

April 2017

Earlier this week I was at a meeting with Nova Scotia Museum staff. The much-anticipated exhibit on a selection of about three dozen women and men of Nova Scotia since Confederation — entitled “Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians” —will open to the public on June 28. It will run until mid-to-late October.

Martin Hubley has located some terrific objects that relate to the people being highlighted, and some wonderful images. The exhibit design looks great, and the Museum has engaged artist Miro Davis to come up with an installation that will be in the space adjacent to the exhibit itself. Her installation will feature poignant lighting effects, a soundtrack and other elements.

I am delighted to have contributed research and words to the exhibit, and am looking forward to seeing the display come together for everyone to enjoy.

Changing O’ Canada

April 2017

It seems to me there is a simple way to update the old lyrics and make them more inclusive and grammatically correct.

What I suggest is that we change “True patriot love in all thy sons command” to “True patriot love in all of thy commands.”

That would retain the original character of the original lyrics but still achieve the desired change to not exclude anyone who is not a “son.”.

NS Museum Vanguard Exhibit

April 2017

The voting in the Nova Scotia Museum contest for Remarkable Nova Scotians since 1867 ended last week. I have seen the winners, but I’m afraid I cannot share that information. I’m sorry.

Those winners, plus the other individuals already chosen for each decade since the 1860s through to the 2010s will be revealed when the exhibit opens at the Museum in Halifax in time for July 1, 2017. That’s not too long to wait. In fact, it means the design and fabrication process have a lot to do in a short span.

I have been busy shortening the bios down to a reasonable length for an exhibit text. Meanwhile, the idea of having a book with the longer biographies of all 50 or so people considered is gaining momentum. I’ll post more news here when I have some.

For a look at the 300 to 400-word biographies that were up for public voting, please go to:

Wolff Cottage Office

March 2017

The breakfast, lunch and dining room doubles nicely as an office, once I’m at my laptop.

It’s not about the size of the space, but how productive I can be. And my time in Fairhope has been very good, with lots of mileage made on my current project: the fourth and final Thomas Pichon Novel.

Wolff Cottage Typewriter

March 2017

I have been meaning to say something about this typewriter for some time.

I walk past it leaving or coming back to Wolff Cottage several times every day. Passers-by occasionally come close to inspect or take a photo. It certainly is intriguing to all who spot it. A vestige from the first three-quarters of the 20th century, when writers used a device like this. Some could see it as a symbol—a talisman—of a time gone by. Or a cautionary tale about the passage of time. Get writing before your time is up!

I have heard three different stories about the typewriter. First, it turned up mysteriously after the cottage became a writer’s residence. Second, legendary Southern writer Sonny Brewer, the founder of the Center for the Writing Arts, put it where it is as a poignant symbol. Third, it is the very typewriter of the Fairhope writer who was one of the authors of M.A.S.H. Not the film or TV series but the book that came before that.

In another post, I will definitely have to say something about Fairhope’s literary history, which is illustrious and ongoing.

Inspiring Nova Scotians

February 2017

Here is the link to the Nova Scotia Museum’s Canada 150 project on inspiring Nova Scotians since Confederation. The voting begins today and will last a month. At first, people can vote only for either of two people from the 1860s. Individuals from other decades will be added regularly. You can go back each day and cast fresh votes.