September Song

It’s been a lovely summer here in Nova Scotia, filled with blossoms, bees, visits with friends, and the occasional cat nap. It was also a summer of tearing apart a leggy draft of a novel so I can build a better one. Now it’s time to settle in for the hopeful, nose-to-the-grindstone stretch of days required to finish the book. I won’t be on social media much (if it all,) the next couple of months, but when I check in later this fall, I should have lots of new to share! Until then, I leave you with a few summery

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witches, seances, and suffragists, oh my!

I started this post last Wednesday, (pre-Halloween) but WordPress wasn’t cooperating, so I bailed and decided to save it for this week instead. It actually seems quite fitting for today, since it’s post Election Day in the United States and for the last week, my Facebook feed has been filled with awesome quotes and images relating to the suffragist movement and a woman’s right to vote. What does the suffragist movement¬†have to do with witches? Read on. A couple of weeks ago, a lovely online friend sent me a link she thought I’d like. (Thank you Kristen!) It was an

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Midwife Mondays

  It’s been a while since I’ve written about midwifery on my blog, but it’s a subject that’s near and dear to my heart, and never far from my mind. My homebirth baby, Jonah (pictured above) is now thirteen, and in 2016, my novel The Birth House (inspired by the midwife who once lived in my house) will be a decade old. Time flies! In the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed there’s a new hashtag popping up in my Twitter feed, #MidwifeMondays. I have to say, I’m really enjoying reading the tweets from the Canadian midwifery community and beyond.

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silver screen sorceress

It’s nearly Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and aside from spending time with family, visiting a pumpkin patch, and stirring pots of bubbling goodness on the stove, I’ll probably end the holiday by curling up on the couch with pillow, popcorn and cozy blanket to watch a few movies. Since it’s also Witchy Wednesday, I thought I’d list my top movie picks featuring, you guessed it, witches. In no particular order… 1. The Wizard of Oz.¬† This classic film was shown on national TV in the US every year throughout my childhood. Strangely enough they aired it right around Easter which

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inside the golden amber

Hello October! I took the last two Witchy Wednesdays off while I was in New York visiting the World Maker Faire, the Brooklyn Book Fair, my US editor, and all my favourite haunts (Madison Square Park, Central Park, Obscura, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hayden planetarium, Katz’s Deli, the Morgan Library, etc…) Now I’m back home, where it’s properly autumn, happily settled in a landscape that’s dotted with apple trees, pumpkin patches, turning leaves and wood smoke. I adore all that comes with fall – cool, frosty mornings that beg for kitchen fires and hot porridge, the late harvest

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which witch?

Welcome to Witchy Wednesday! This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be devoting to the topic of witches and witchcraft. I’ve long been a fan of all things “witchy”-crystal balls, incantations, black cats, etc., and as a child, my favourite Halloween costume was “the classic witch.” So, it seems only natural that I’d eventually choose to write a novel inhabited by witches of my own making in all their strange, enchanting glory. While writing The Witches of New York, I gathered heaps of historical accounts and odd tales alongside bits and bobs of practical magic. Not all

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