One Summer Day in Autumn by Cynthia Reyes

“Suddenly, a switch is thrown. The lovechild of Summer and Autumn appears, playing truant for a day.”–Cynthia Reyes The garden lies spent from its labours. My labour is not quite done. In the vegetable patch, a few late tomatoes are red to bursting. The last beets show dull-burgundy colours in the earth.  The apple trees…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Anne-Marie Burrus

Anne-Marie (mia) Burrus serves on NFOTA’s Finance Committee Who are you? I live in the country north of Cobourg in a restored one-room schoolhouse, making occasional forays into Toronto, where I continue to provide accounting services for various charities.  I am a new grandmother.   I write and create under my nickname, Mia, and published a…

There is nothing at the end of any road better by Ted Amsden (Part Two)

After about a month in, I realized it was time to get a bit arty and include some documentary lingo in my thinking. Because, you see, it was obvious I was already waist deep in images, and going where none have gone before. At present, I have over 200 images of mailboxes, 700 signs, many…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Alan Langford

“For the most part, the act of creating is an individual, isolated pursuit,” says Alan Langford, Canadian Multimedia Artist and President of Spirit of the Hills Arts Association. “Yet at the same time, creative sparks, ideas, and innovations don’t always come from isolation, but from interactions with people and the environment, from unstructured and unexpected…

The Dog as Muse by Susan Statham

Born July 24, 2019, Artie, (AKA Arthur Conan Doyle) became my constant companion in early October. I’d met his dog mother, Bella, a year earlier during one of the ever-increasing vet visits for my fifteen-year-old French Bulldog, Janie (AKA Miss Jane Marple). “Ah you have a Frenchie too,” I said, acknowledging something of which I’m…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Tom Pickering

I’ve lived in several Canadian cities and worked in assorted industries. Notable stops included Edmonton to attend university and work in the oil patch, and the GTA to work for IT and engineering companies as a technical writer. Now settled in Cobourg, I live here with my wife and dog, thankful for the pleasures of…