In his new e book, Voles, Not Moles: A Personal Journey Connecting with Nature, Soren Bondrup-Nielsen displays on his scientific profession and on how his experiences as a researcher led to his deep relationship with the pure world.
Bondrup-Nielsen, who taught ecology and conservation biology at Acadia University, meditates on the function of science in society, and contemplates points starting from human inhabitants dimension, and forestry practices to the function of wilderness preserves, local weather change, and the significance of being quiet in nature.
“When I walk in a forest or cross a field and stop my internal monologue, I can sense my life merging with all the other life around me,” writes Bondrup-Nielsen, who lives in Canning, simply exterior Wolfville, however was born in Copenhagen.
“Nature is not a ‘thing’, although, in western languages, it is a noun. To me, nature is the interconnection of all life, powered by the energy of the sun. We can choose to see all the plants and animals individually, or we can foster a sense of the oneness that is nature. Western societ7 — that is, industrialized society — has created a disconnect between humans and nature. As a society, we have largely lost sight of the fact that we are dependent upon this oneness of nature and have come to think and act as if nature were separate from us and could simply be used as a warehouse of resources.”
Bondrup-Nielsen’s hope is that Voles, Not Moles (Gaspereau Press) will encourage readers to embrace a mind-set that sees people and nature as one.
Historian Barry Cahill has pieced collectively, for the primary time, J.L. Ilsley’s prolonged political and authorized profession in his new e book J.L Ilsley: A Political Biography — Mackenzie King’s frugal finance minister who discovered the cash for Canada’s warfare 1939–1945 (Formac Publishing Company). It wasn’t a simple process given no archive of Ilsley’s papers exists. It was destroyed.
“Historians and archivists alike mourn its loss, the more so because we do not know why, when or by whom it was accomplished. Not even the family bible was spared,” writes Cahill. “It is hard to believe that Ilsley himself would have condoned such an act of historic vandalism: truly an insult to his memory. The destruction could not have been accidental (there were no fires in Ilsley residences in Ottawa, Montreal or Halifax); it must have been deliberate. Bad as the loss is, however, it is even worse that it cannot be documented. If anyone alive now knows what happened, they are keeping silent.”
Without Ilsley’s personal archive, Cahill used cupboard information, in addition to the non-public papers of different political figures reminiscent of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, to supply perception into the person who performed a key function within the Canadian authorities throughout the Second World War.
Born within the Annapolis Valley in 1894, Ilsley discovered his work ethic on the household farm, writes Cahill. He entered Acadia University at age 15.
“Liberal MP for 22 years, federal cabinet minister for thirteen, diplomat, judge and finally chief justice of Nova Scotia, Ilsley is historically important only because he served as Canada’s minister of finance during and immediately after the Second World War,” writes Cahill.
After abandoning politics within the late Nineteen Forties, Ilsley returned to legislation and later held the submit of chief justice in Nova Scotia for 17 years. He died in 1967.
Poet, novelist, playwright, and critic George Elliott Clarke has a new assortment of poetry referred to as White (Gaspereau Press). It joins Blue, Black, Red and Gold because the fifth quantity in his sequence of what he calls his “colouring books”.
“…White has always been a necessary colour, though I pray I’m not at rainbow’s end,” Clarke writes.
Writer and curator Ray Cronin turned his consideration to a multidisciplinary artist from Antigonish in Colleen Wolstenholme: Complications. The e book is No. 6 within the Gaspereau Field Guides to Canadian Artists sequence.
In the late Nineties, Wolstenholme achieved notoriety for sculptural works and jewelery primarily based on the types of antidepressant medicine, reminiscent of a carved plaster Valium capsule.
“Colleen Wolstenholme makes powerful, subversive and ultimately hopeful work. She makes us see more than we ever bargained for, and in so doing can inspire new and more active ways of looking,” writes Cronin. “…An artist who came into her own in the 1980s and ‘90s, she is steeped in the post-modernism that marked that time in the art world, sharing a generation’s distrust of systems, hierarchies, styles, genres, markets, and other illusions of control. A feminist, she knows that history depends on the tellers and that tales can be weapons.”
Halifax-based poet Matt Robinson has a new assortment of poetry, Tangled & Cleft (Gaspereau Press). His poetry focuses on every day life — all the pieces from the superbly mown garden to a New Year’s Day hangover.
Mary Munson brings collectively tales from the Wiklatmu’jk of the Mi’kmaq, the lutins of the Acadians and the Scottish fairies and elves in her new e book, The Fairies in Cape Breton — Our Beliefs and Tales (Breton Books). Munson shares magical tales, primarily based on the oral custom, of the Kluskap’s Cave at St. Ann’s Bay, fairy circles and little folks dancing on ice.
Musician and world traveller Bill Culp writes about his adventurous life in Have Guitar, Will Travel — Rock & Roll Road to Cape Breton (Breton Books).
When the pandemic hit, Culp moved to the island after watching his music enterprise, dedicated to gigs and tribute bands, grind to a halt. During his 50-year profession touring the world, he created tribute reveals honouring his nation and rock and roll heroes —Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. He hopes his life story and of discovering new belonging in Cape Breton will encourage others.
Breton Books is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Wanda Robson’s essential e book, Sister to Courage — Stories from the World of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks. The anniversary coincides with the information of Robson’s appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia. Robson, a sister of Desmond, lives in North Sydney and obtained the honour for her work as a human rights advocate, creator, public speaker, and group chief.