Category Archives: Newcomers

Risk Takers: Pamela Johnson

I’ve started a new interview series here on the blog, called “Risk Takers.” The reason is that I’m feeling “poised” these days, on the edge of whatever will come after I graduate (this Saturday!) from my two-year design program at NSCC. (I’m wondering … Continue reading

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Alyce MacLean and the “Making a Difference” project

My rad friend Alyce MacLean, a native of Sydney, has recently started her radio career by interviewing people who are choosing to make their lives on Cape Breton, for CBC’s afternoon show Mainstreet. The series is called Making a Difference, and you … Continue reading

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on welcome

These days I’m thinking a lot about what it means to be “welcoming”. It’s a touchy subject. We all as humans want to be welcome, we all want to be part of the group, to be heard and loved and … Continue reading

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a visit to Big Hill Pottery

When I was a kid, my family was close friends with another ‘come from away’ family in the area, the Hendersons. Over my childhood and teenage years I spent a lot of time at Big Hill, with one of their … Continue reading

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Doktor Luke’s + a new friend

On Saturday I had a good reason to seek out a coffee – my friend and fellow blogger, Scott McKinney, was on the island! I had never met Scott in person, and he was visiting from his native Minnesota, to … Continue reading

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Q+A with David Williams & Faith Dodd

Name: David Williams and Faith Dodd Age: 36 and 37 Hometown: Dave – born in Newfoundland and grew up in Clarenville, now calls Sydney (Westmount) home. Faith – born in Baddeck and grew up all over the place and now calls Sydney (Westmount) … Continue reading

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Q+A with Bill Conall

I first met Bill about five years ago when I decided I wanted to have a writers’ group in Baddeck. I had put up ads around town, including in the credit union, the library and the laundromat. Not long after … Continue reading

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