Monthly Archives March 2010

Sat On

“There are two literary maladies – writer’s cramp and swelled head.” - Coulson Kernaben I hope Dear Reader likes blue; there are lots of blue links in today’s post. Saturday’s fundraiser was a big success. Loads of people attended, and all fifty chairs found good homes. Symphony Nova Scotia’s Education/Outreach programswill reap the $$$ rewards, which means all sorts of young people will benefit from exposure to the music we can
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Art You Can Sit On

“I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.” - Jean-Michel Basquiat It’s school concert season, and today I was reminded of why I do what I do for a living. Symphony Nova Scotia played for an hour for about two hundred school children, ranging in ages from five to fourteen. Our program was varied,
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Spring Treasures

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” - Anton Chekhov It’s gratifying to perform mindless Spring tasks at a time when we can usually expect to be bundling up to go outside and shovel more snow. Over the weekend, the Resident Teenager and I spent a few hours raking up the leaves left by the neighbour’s oak tree
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Daffodils

“Such a peaceful, windless morning here for my seventieth birthday – the sea is pale blue, and although the field is still brown, it is dotted with daffodils at last.” - May Sarton (At Seventy) It’s impossible not to think of spring when the sun hangs around for days on end. Mornings are frosty and the grass still a dull brown covered in road-salt dust, but when
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A Reading

“A short story should be as long as a piece of string.” - Alistair MacLeod Who says people don’t care about short stories? I’m ahead of myself, already. Let me back up a bit. Following a recent concert, one of my writer friends found me in the lobby with some Big News.  None other than the great Alistair MacLeod would be giving a free public reading on Friday night,
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Five Fedoras

If it be your will If there is a choice Let the rivers fill Let the hills rejoice - Leonard Cohen The coolest gig of my life came out of the blue on a rainy Saturday of the cold, drizzly variety. It was in the spring of 2008, and I had a couple of days off work following a hectic month’s concert schedule. I’d had a slow start to
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March Things Noticed

“Sweet is the sound of my newborn wings…” - lyrics to Butterfly by Mia Makaroff 1. The way everything changes when the sun comes out. We’ve had six weeks of unrelenting leaden skies, the sort that forces your chin into your scarf and sends your eyes down to the pavement as you scurry along to escape the dull cold. We’ve now had three straight days of sunny, clear
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Shortlist

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” - E.B. White So there I was, knitting away in circles on The Blob, a great procrastinatory device that I’m drawn to when the words aren’t coming, when the telephone rang. It was just as well; I’d been in a knitting trance for awhile, and my hand was starting to cramp. With a gruelling weekend of rehearsals
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Short and List

“Obviously, we ask too much of a hyphen when we ask it to cast its spell over words that do not adjoin.” - E.B. White, The Elements of Style Short List Short list Short-list Shortlist Hmm. Has anyone out there a strong opinion on the proper setup of these two particular words? I ask because Harbour View has been selected for a list that’s short to do with anAtlantic Book Award. I’d
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