A Shadow on My Heart

September, 2012 Like so many other people my age, this year was overshadowed by change. My father, 91, was diagnosed with Alzheimers and had to go into a nursing home. As well, elderly and not-so elderly relatives, neighbours and friends passed away. Three days ago, the heart of our town, beloved old buildings on Broad Read More …

Coyotes Hunting Mice

Autumn 2011 A year has passed since my last newsletter. So here are some pictures to make a sketch of the past months.   For me, the year begins with Solstice. On this darkest day, we have an evening feast with our neighbours, each family serving a different course. Ours was dessert, a matter of Read More …

The Blue Evening Falls Swiftly

December 2010 When I last wrote, we were poised at the edge of summer. Now, the fields are covered with early snow and I’ve just come in from a ski. The kitchen smells of fir boughs – they’re piled on the floor shedding ice and needles, waiting to be made into wreaths. Smoke rises from Read More …

New Life and Mysterious Signs

April 2010 Welcome to my newsletter! When I last wrote, we were preparing for the launch of The Sea Captain’s Wife. I am happy to report that 500 people attended, and we are still talking about how much fun we had. Picking out costumes at King’s Landing Historical Settlement….   And the event!   ~ Read More …

Sky Drift of Yellow and Red

  October, 2009 Beth and Cricket EARTH Here in New Brunswick, nights are cold and the harvest is complete. Seeds have fufilled their improbable promise, evolving from tiny, dry packets into a madness of squash vines on the manure pile, or scarlet runner beans dangling foot-long pods, or yellow-fleshed rutabagas. Old potatoes have spawned new Read More …

Nest in the Hawthornes

  WINTER 2009 Winter is the most peaceful season of the year, here in our valley. I work in my east-facing study overlooking the fields and forest. Often, as the wind hurled snow and the house shuddered, I could see nothing but swirling whiteness. Or feel the house shake as the plow rumbled down the Read More …

A Ship Sailing into Winter

  November, 2008 I last wrote, I see with surprise, in June. The summer and fall have flown past, and now it’s grey, rainy November. SUMMER EVENTS It was an exceptional gardening summer, with rainy days followed by heat and sunshine. And, as always, we spent a few days on our beloved Grand Manan, where Read More …

A Chorus of Frogs

  May 2008 Welcome to my fourth newsletter! I began these letters to keep readers up-to-date on the progress of my new novel, and to tell you a bit about my life. So here is my news, on this rainy day in May. THE NOVEL Well, now I’m into another draft. I once read an Read More …

Tall Wanderers

  February 2008 Welcome to my newsletter! Thanks to everyone who responded to my last one, and to those of you who have asked to receive it. AZUBA Azuba is the working title of my new novel, which now has a publishing date of April, 2009. In this newsletter, I’ve been taking you along with Read More …

A Fire in ‘the Little Cod’

October 2007 AZUBA The new novel, Azuba, is well into its next draft. In late August, my editor at Knopf, Angelika Glover, sent me her comments. I am always amazed at the quality of attention a gifted editor gives to a book. Not only does she understand what makes the book good in the first Read More …