In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia

Greg's book is out! The cover may look familiar -- we both love this picture, which Greg took on the perfect foggy day. Here are the book summary and author biography from the back cover:

"As they neared retirement, Greg Brown and his wife Anne gave up their life in the U.S. to settle on a windswept Nova Scotia island inhabited by wild sheep and deer, where harbour seals sing in the fog and an old lighthouse still keeps watch over the North Atlantic. Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia tells the story of the surprises, challenges and discoveries of their first year alone on an island as they restored an old fisherman's house, explored the island, and began to learn how to live a Nova Scotia way of life.

This is a story for anyone who dreams of exchanging a fast-paced, high-tech life for something slower and just maybe more meaningful. This is a story about the night sky and the dawn chorus, lobsters and wild raspberries, a famous pirate, the kindness of others, and getting in touch with yourself again. Funny and inspiring, this book redefines what a rich life can mean.

Greg Brown was born and raised in California. His grandfather was from Pugwash, and Nova Scotia was part of family lore. As a young man he worked with German conscientious objectors in West Berlin, placing them in volunteer service positions in the United States and Canada. He served for twenty years as a pastor in The United Methodist Church in Washington DC. Also trained as a pastoral counselor, Greg worked with clergy and others in the practice of leadership skills. He restored old houses and was the cook on a tall ship. His passion for restoration, his love of the sea and his Nova Scotian roots prompted a life-changing move to Canada, where he is now a Landed Immigrant. He lives on McNutt's Island in southwestern Nova Scotia with his wife Anne, who reports on their activities at"

You can order Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (Pottersfield Press) from your local bookstore, or Nimbus Publishing, which is the distributor for Pottersfield Press and ships anywhere, or Chapters/ Indigo, or, soon, the other usual online places (the publication date is April 30). Or ask your library to buy it!


Anne Treadwell said...

Congratulations! Of course, I ordered it right away, and I'm looking forward very much to reading it!!

Janet said...

Congratulations to you both. I look forward to reading Greg's book. I didn't know of your Nova Scotia connection - helps to explain how seamlessly you have slid into our way of life and how much you are enjoying it.