By Angela Hawn - Picture this: an enormous and beautiful piece of stained glass, created in the early 1920’s to honour Tweed, Ontario’s fallen soldiers from World War I and installed in the local high school amid much fanfare. Imagine yourself amongst the excited crowd in attendance, including dignitaries Brigadier General A. E. Ross and the Reverend Dr. Bruce Taylor, Principal of Queen’s University at the time. Now consider the intricacies involved in moving that window post-dedication, not once but twice.Read More
By Teddy Ryan - When people think of turning a church into a home, there’s one thing that may not immediately come to mind: the height of the windows. Typically, churches are designed for services where the light shines down from above on worshippers and that light is spectacular, especially when it filters through at 11:00 in the morning. For Nancy Woodall and her late husband, Patrick Nash this was only one of many surprises in their quest to turn a decommissioned church into a beautiful, inspired home.Read More
By Lorraine Gibson-Alcock - August 18th … As dawn broke on Moira Lake, the day was overcast and the skies were threatening to unleash an-other downpour. I wondered if there was an alternate rain day. As noon approached, then 1 o’clock, the sky suddenly cleared, and the sun shone once more. “Good,” I thought, “the Gods have uttered once again … Nothing is going to hinder Judy’s Annual Tea Party”! A special one this year … the 25th!Read More
By Sarah Vance - Few people want to be labelled a scavenger, but at any given moment, we’re all just a few notches away from becoming one. While it’s one thing to perform the action of ‘scavenging’ as a verb, there are entirely different connotations to being ‘named that,’ or ‘called one,’ as a noun.
By Shelley Wildgen - Charmed lives. You know them. They belong to those happy people who seem to have everything wrapped up as snug as a softball in a catcher’s mitt. They’re usually super nice people too, so it’s not really right to envy them. We just admire their worlds that are filled with family adoration, fulfilling jobs and ready smiles. I could name about three off the top of my head, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass them. Did I mention their humility?Read More
By John Hopkins - We added a dog to our household at the start of the summer, and the element of the process that was most stressful for us was how the new addition, Mika, would fit in with the two cats that have had our undivided attention for almost a decade.Read More
By Barry Penhale- Interred in what at the time was the new cemetery in Belleville overlooking the Bay of Quinte, author Susanna Moodie’s (1803–85) legacy of published work remains of interest to a whole new generation of readers. The same can be said of her older sister, Catharine Parr Traill (1802–99), an indomitable woman whose writings, though perhaps not of Susanna’s literary quality, remain among the most authentic observations of a pioneer’s experiences in the Canadian bush.Read More