Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Gwynn Scheltema

Gwynn Scheltema came to Canada in 1982, following the civil war in Zimbabwe, with her husband, 3 small children under 9, no jobs and $1000. Now she is retired, living peacefully in her lakeside home on Lake Seymour in Trent River. She spent 20 odd years as an accountant and then switched to writing and…

An Ending and a Beginning

Last May when Felicity Sidnell Reid asked me to help run a blog for regional writers to share their work and experiences during the pandemic, I hesitated. We’d been in lockdown for over a month and a half, and I’d developed an effective routine of online exercise classes, daily walks, meditation, working on a novel,…

Blame Me for This Pandemic! It Is All My Fault by René Schmidt

Seriously. I may have asked for this awful time. My wife, who understands these things better than I do, says I always get what I ask for. Once again she may be right. Last year I looked up and saw the sky crisscrossed with a dozen contrails where jets had sucked in clean air and spewed…

A poem and photos by Ted Amsden

In The Cosmic Wind This morning,                      this bluebell,                             this bee-happy,                                     this roadkill-dropped-into-the-organic-bin day,                                       separating my trash                                     facing the risen sun                        in point of shoe                                                   croc bound,                      in point of mind                                                   held to waste-separation tasks,                        I feel okay.                 The pandemic does…