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The rhythm of a heartbeat

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Textile artist Megan Samms on weaving and the reciprocity of the natural world Megan Samms married her partner in a sheltered cove yellow with daffodils. The textile artist returns often to that field planted by her great-great-great grandmother, on occasion tenderly retrieving bulbs for her own garden.  “Yesterday, I moved three bulbs,” the Indigenous artist,… Read More»

Breaking down barriers

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Meet the women building the East Coast When it comes to careers with a hammer, voltmeter, and other tools of the construction industry, women are woefully underrepresented.  But their success and mentorship is key as Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country face a looming labour shortage, with tens of thousands of Baby Boomers… Read More»

Hand-picked

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Favourite finds from summer with a purpose It was finally time to hit the road this summer. Time to go back to the places that make summer feel like summer. Favourite places like the pages in my favourite book, dog-eared and so good you just have to go back again. There was also a mission… Read More»

Family, foraging, and food

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The things that keep me connected to my true self I grew up in Sturgeon Falls, a small francophone community in Northern Ontario. Food was never on my radar. We were a busy sports family, whether that was hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer, and lots of basketball in high school. Meals were… Read More»

Impulsively perfect

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How to transform a spur of the moment decision into the best idea ever So, don’t be mad. But I bought a cottage today in Chester.” “You, did what?”  “I fell in love with this place, and I think you’ll love it too, but I had to put an offer in quickly and it was… Read More»

East Coast eco-chic

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Living simply is the path to a more sustainable life, and the new mantra for many Atlantic Canadian design gurus  Where design meets simplicity, you’ll find Kelly Anderson.  She worked corporate jobs for 20 years before she decided to give up her day job on the West Coast and move home to New Brunswick. Six… Read More»

Simple beginnings

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A wedding that really plans for the future When you already embrace a sustainable lifestyle, chances are your wedding day will reflect those values. Married two years ago, Franny Rutchinski and Zakary Miller didn’t plan an eco-conscious wedding. They married in Blomidon, N.S. in June 2019.  With some help from wedding planner Sarah Anderson, owner… Read More»

Scrap the wood

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Is it time to consider alternative decking materials? “They don’t make wood like they used to,” says my neighbour, a retired hardware store owner whose sense of humor is drier than summer kindling, as he surveys my chipped, gouged, bleached, and blanched backyard deck. “You can always tell people that you like it that way… Read More»

Set your sites on good design

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When the synthesis of nature and building is part of the plan There are important factors to consider when building a home in Atlantic Canada. Newfoundland architect Chris Woodford says being able to open the front door and not having the dog blow away is one of them. In 2013, Woodford moved back to his… Read More»

The botanical medicine cabinet

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With a little care, you can find herbal remedies growing around you Long ago while a student at the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus), I grew interested in wild plants, for gardening, culinary and medicinal purposes. A presentation I did on useful wild plants began with a quotation from… Read More»