Hot Off The Press

I have a few new published pieces to share today.

Feature story

In the summer issue of East Coast Living, available this week, I explore all things fabric – lots of advice, ideas, inspiration, and pretty patterns! It’s a bit of a fabric 101 with advice on where to start when redecorating, what fabrics to pick for reupholstery projects and how to care for different fabrics. I encourage you to pick up a copy of the issue. The layout is fun and there are lots of other inspiring home ideas. In the meantime, you can read online here: “For the love of fabric: creative ideas on how to freshen up your home with fabrics”. I wish I’d known about Marilyn Smulders woodland prints when I was decorating Bear’s Woodland-themed nursery. Time for a fresh touch?

Feature story

For the June issue of Halifax Magazine I wrote “It still takes a village” all about Public Health’s decision to move prenatal classes online. I touched on this in a blog post way back (read it here: Why Googling is the Worst). I know the Public Health Prenatal program is not the same as the vast, vast internet but it is still isolating to sit at home on your computer reading information online. We took the prenatal classes not because we felt we needed them to be able to parent, and yes they were helpful, but even more so it was something my husband and I could do together to prepare for baby. We made a date night out of it and went for dinner before each class. We met other couples to talk to, who we’ve since bumped into around town. Some of the mothers from the classes were in the same baby playgroup. It’s simply encouraging to meet and know other people who are going through the same thing as you. As an aside: I found some of the questions some people asked to be quite surprising, so it’s sad this real-life resource is now limited. Find out what some critics in the community think here: “It still takes a village“. Hint: parenting classes are best taught offline and in the community. Thankfully, there are classes new parents can enroll in, most for a fee. As if having a baby wasn’t expensive enough…

Author Q&A

This one is from early May but I spoke with author Debra Komar for Atlantic Books Today. I love writing for Atlantic Books Today because it really broadens my horizons (which is what I love about journalism, becoming an ‘expert’ on such a wide range of topics). These the assignments often have me picking up books I ordinarily would not. I am always pleasantly surprised. So I admit that I was a bit daunted at the title of Komar’s book: The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr. (Goose Lane Editions). Not my usual fiction read. Komar is a forensic anthropologist and her series of books uses archival research and modern forensic science to look into unsolved mysteries in Canada’s past. Super interesting book, super interesting author, super interesting q&a (can I say that about my own interview? I think so!) Have a read here and decide for yourself: Historical crimes meet modern science to unlock mysteries. 

Book review

I also reviewed The Drop Zone by Bob Kroll for Atlantic Books Today. Similarly, it’s a detective mystery that I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own but am glad I did. It’s a good read, though not for everyone – it’s gritty, raw, dark, violent and sleazy (as you would expect when the topic is underage prostitution). I love supporting local authors, especially when the stories are set in places I recognize. This one is set in a port city on the east coast of Canada. As I write in the review, while the city is never identified, it’s reminiscent of a larger Halifax. I’m glad this is the first of a series so I can continue the story – reviews or not.

And the press keeps on rolling…