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.


Archaeology at Old Mobile

February 2017


I recently posted a short item and some photos featuring Dr. Greg Waselkov of the University of South Alabama on my Facebook site.

If interested, please follow the link above.

April 18: “So You Want to be Published” Workshop

February 2017

I am delighted that the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia asked me to team up with best-selling author Sarah Sawler to give a series of workshops entitled “So You Want to be Published”. We will be giving the workshop at various locations around Nova Scotia in April and May 2017. Here is a link to the registration information on the first of those workshops, which will be in Halifax. Details on the others will soon be available.