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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

a lovely award for Greg

Greg was awarded the prize for best speciality column by the Atlantic Community Newspaper Association. Many thanks to Greg Bennett, editor of the Shelburne County Coast Guard, for nominating Greg's column.

I have copied the description of the award below, since you would only be able to read the newspaper page with a magnifying glass. It's quite an honour for Greg, and, as I wrote earlier when he was nominated, bitter-sweet.
Here's what the judge wrote:

Greg Brown's thoughtful and inspiring ruminations on nature and home life were a pleasure to read, not only because they are so well written, but because each column pays off in unexpected ways.

Crossroads takes first place as this year's Best Speciality Column because it's so easy for me to imagine regular readers of the Shelburne County Coast Guard anticipating its appearance in their weekly paper. It's obvious Brown strives to make his column accessible to everyone.

His ability to weave Christian parables into the narrative with subtlety and nuance expertly avoids the tendency for columnists working in this vein to come across as heavy handed.

Great work.


Hotel California said...

Awesome. Not bad for a skinny kid from San Leandro.

I hear his wife writes pretty well too.

Where have the two authors landed?

Anne Yarbrough said...

Dear Hotel California, Greg wants to know how you know he's a (formerly) skinny kid from San Leandro. As for where we are: a high-rise in Montreal, where every morning we watch the biosphere rise across the St. Lawrence Seaway, behind the Molson's brewery. Life is yin and yang.

Sybil said...

Wow Montreal ! Quite the change from your lovely pastoral island.

Congrats to Greg on the award.

I look forward to hearing about your research.

All the best for the future and thanks for sharing your life on the island.


Doug said...

I guess Greg figured it out, as I just got an email from him.

Yin yang is often thought of in terms of good and bad, but is, in fact, more about a balance in life.

We'll be traveling through Canada next summer, but alas, only as far east as Calgary and then up through the Yukon and then to points further north. Hopefully our paths will cross again somewhere down the road.

Hotel California
(another (formerly) skinny SL kid)

Terry J. Deveau said...

Congratulations, Greg, on this award!

MargaretJ said...

Best of luck to you in Montreal. I am sad that you are leaving the island and the blog, and having no answers makes it worse, but some things must be told later, I suppose. All the best to you.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations to Greg. This is wonderful for you. From what I've read you deserve it completely. I will certainly miss you both. I will keep you both in my prayers,even though I don't know what you are experiencing. Take care.

Sus said...

I like your research grant news. Can you blog from your high-rise please? I can almost picture the biosphere rising across the St. Lawrence now (as well as the Molson's brewery :).

Janet said...

Congratulations to Greg!! I hope you are both doing well in the new path that has come your way. I miss your posts. If you have to live in a city, Montreal is probably the best one - at least from the perpective of my two years there the late 60's - ;-)
Take care, and stay well!
Janet in Hall's Harbour

Forrest Long said...

Today I began reading your book- borrowed from my Dad and I'm enjoying it. I moved from Nova Scotia to Alabama and my wife and I are Methodist ministers. Your journey to Shelburne County is fascinating- I used to live there years back. My hear is still in Nova Scotia and I get back every year. I don't know your circumstances but hopefully you will get back to the island.
-Forrest Long (

Hazel said...

Oh my! How upsetting to have to live in such a big city! What a shock it must be after such a peaceful, remote island life. It's spring and you have no garden, no chickens, no goats. I hope you find your forever home soon.

MargaretJ said...

Merry Christmas to you and Greg wherever you landed.