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Eve of a wedding

13 August 2010 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

On the eve of my brother’s wedding, I stare off the deck at the cabin, think of my family, and ponder what it means to be married.


Owen and Mark are tying the knot on my mother’s farm in the north of Scotland. In a beautiful, special place that will always be home. ...[Read More]


10 August 2010 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

Something that always seemed courageous and inspiring to me, the meaning of marriage has undoubtedly changed over time.


Where does the union belong in a world that has moved on from the strict forms of familial set-up, from the archaic notions of gender roles, from the religious connotations that supposedly founded its very roots? ...[Read More]

Limited progress

8 August 2010 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

The easements in Donald have undoubtedly left their mark.


Like a scratch on the surface, or a blemish on something beautiful, they make you wrinkle your face in disappointment. ...[Read More]

Building update

6 August 2010 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

The stove is polished, the bricks cleaned off, the collar ties varnished. The deck is stained, the windows cleaned and the framing around doors, drywall and windows (inside) is all completed. ...[Read More]

Sad news

25 June 2010 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

For various reasons I decided to pull the title to my piece of land a couple of weeks ago.

I was horrified at what I found. ...[Read More]