30 things I’ve learned in 30 years of being alive

I’m thirty today, an age I’m grateful to see and greet with open arms. I’m celebrating getting older with friends and a giant milkshake, and some things I’ve learned in thirty years of living life.

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two poems (a belated announcement)

Back in the time between finishing my undergrad and leaving for graduate school, I received an email from someone I didn’t know. That person turned out to be Chantelle Rideout who had been sent my way from Clare Goulet who I’d studied creative writing under at MSVU. Chantelle was collecting local emerging poets for a Halifax-based chapbook and would I be interested (yes. yes, I was). 

So I sent Chantelle three poems and two were chosen and tweaked, and now, a year later, they live in City Series: Halifax which is available in a limited run from Frog Hollow Press. 

I received my copy in early December and marveled at how different all our voices are. We all see and experience Halifax in such divergent ways, and I think that adds to the richness of this small collection and its appropriateness for representing our small creative city. 

City Series: Halifax is available here for $10 CAD (S&H included). 

brief statements (no more than one page in length)

When I was putting together my application to grad school (the MLIS program at Western), the essay of intent was The Big Thing that almost did me in. I hummed and hawed over it for much longer than I should have. The admissions page asked for “A brief statement of why you wish to be admitted to the MLIS program and how it fits with your goals and interests (no more than one page in length)” and I struggled in my attempts to address my career and research interests–and over eight years of library experience–on a single page.Read More »