"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop
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Nova Scotia Connections

NOVA SCOTIA CONNECTIONS is an occasional series of essays by poet and independent scholar Sandra Barry, in which she discusses the profound and lasting ties Elizabeth Bishop maintained with her much-loved childhood home in Nova Scotia throughout her life and in many of her most significant poems and stories. Here are links to the posts made so far in this series:

February 26, 2010:   Nova Scotia Connections: North Star
March 6, 2010:        Nova Scotia Connections -- Migration
May 9, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: The War was on -- Part Two
May 21, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: "Large Bad Picture"
June 3, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Tradition and Mondernity
June 17, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: "In the Village" in The New Yorker
June 25, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: St. James Church
July 9, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Bulmer Family Bible
July 16, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Post Office
July 31, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Elmonte House
August 12, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Roads and Cars
August 20, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Artists in the House
September 3, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Picture Worth A Thousand Words
September 9, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Commemoration
October 4, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Fill a Gap with Words
October 9, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: The "Casabianca" Connections
October 13, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: "Deaths, deaths and..." numbers
October 22, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: "Everything and Anything"
November 1, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: The art of the home-made
November 8, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Ships that Pass
November 24, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Gasoline
December 12, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Christmas
December 30, 2010:     Nova Scotia Connections: Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia
February 3, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: Let the Celebrations Begin
February 11, 2011:     A Magical Night with Suzie, the Symphony and 3 Composers
February 26, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 1
February 27, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 2
February 28, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 3
March 1, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 4
March 2, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 5
March 7, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 6
March 8, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 7
March 9, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 8
March 10, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Poem: Reading "The Moose" -- Part 9
April 14, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Story: Reading "In the Village" -- Part 1
April 15, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Story: Reading "In the Village" -- Part 2
April 17, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Story: Reading "In the Village" -- Part 3
April 18, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Story: Reading "In the Village" -- Part 4
April 19, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Story: Reading "In the Village" -- Part 5
April 23, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: The Biography of a Story: Reading "In the Village" -- Part 6
November 3, 2011:     Nova Scotia Connections: Phyllis Sutherland In Memoriam
28 January 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Introduction
1 February 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: The Post Office and its Postmaster
6 February 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Dr. T.R. Johnson
10 February 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Fair and Square, the Provincial Election of June 20, 1916
17 February 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Rev. W. Murdoch Gillespie and the Presbyterian Church
24 February 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: The Bard of Great Village and the Christophian Literary Society
3 March 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Rev. F.G. Francis and the Baptist Church
6 March 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: The Blaikies, Ships and Cows, Cargoes and Cream
14 March 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: The Village Blacksmith
19 March 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: The Red Cross
23 March 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Miss Eleanor Spencer, the Milliner/a>
27 March 2012:    
Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Commerce and Contemplaton, the Laytons and the Hills
1 April 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Great Village School
6 April 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Musical Notes, The MacLachlan Family
11 April 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Temperance societies
16 April 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Elmonte House
21 April 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Boy Scouts
29 April 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Home-Made, Domesticity
5 May 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: A Modern Age
10 May 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Business As Usual, Almost
19 May 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Coming and Going, Travellers
27 May 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: A Living from the Land Part 1
15 June 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: A Living from the Land Part 2
22 June 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: A Host of Pleasant Times
28 June 2012:     Nova Scotia Connections: A Day in the Life of Great Village, 21 June 1916: Neighbours, Communities Nearby
19 March 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 1: Some Background
25 March 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 2: A Letter from Grace to Maude
31 March 2016: A View of Great Village
2 April 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 3: In the beginning
7 April 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 4: First from Brazil
14 April 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 5: "No detail too small"
20 April 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 6: Christmas gifts
26 April 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 7: Keeping Track of Grace
4 May 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 8: Ushering in 1956
11 May 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 9: The Babies
17 May 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 10: Work in progress
31 May 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 11: Another Postcard
10 June 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 12: Fear of Flying
17 June 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 13: Getting Down to Business
30 June 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 14: "These new drugs"
9 July 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 15: Odds and Ends
19 July 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 16: The Voice
27 July 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 17: House Guest
5 August 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 18: (Re)Construction
12 August 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 19: Television
19 August 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 20: Rainy Season
28 August 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 21: Uncle George Shepherdson
4 September 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 22: Politics and Property
11 September 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 23: The usual updates
17 September 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 24: 1957 Begins
26 September 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 25: Accounting for Christmas Past
18 October 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 26: Jam
30 October 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 27: Friends, Neighbours & Strange Folks
12 November 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 28: A Gap and A Gift
20 November 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 29: Too little time, too much to do
27 November 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 30: Back in Brazil
5 December 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 31: There is always weather, 1958 begins
10 December 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 32: Extended Family and Carnival
18 December 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 33: Population Explosion
28 December 2016: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 34: A response to the diary
4 January 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 35: Grace and Marjorie
15 January 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 36: Grandchildren and Greyhounds
22 January 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 37: Crossing space and time
28 January 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 38: How fast Christmas comes
5 February 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 39: How was Cabo Frio anyway?
12 February 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 40: A quick note
21 February 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 41: "Saints casting down their crowns."
3 March 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 42: The Queen
12 March 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 43: More recipes
19 March 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 44: Health and family updates
25 March 2017: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 45: Money matters
9 January 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 46: Back to 1959
17 January 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 47: Dogs and Cats
23 January 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 48: Concluding Miscellany
28 January 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 49: Lizards
3 February 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 50: Jelly
11 February 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 51: Marjorie
16 February 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 52: An update and a conclusion
20 February 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 53: The Rhinoceros
25 February 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 54: Aging
1 March 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 55: A new decade begins
6 March 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 56: Gifts
10 March 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 57: The cook saga
17 March 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 58: A strange  list
22 March 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 59: Family and world affairs
28 March 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 60: Cats, marmalade and capitals
4 April 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 61: Meeting her cousin
10 April 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 62: Getting acquainted
17 April 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 63: A word from Aunt Grace
24 April 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 64: More gifts
28 April 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 65: Productivity and Domesticity
6 May 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 66: Hot weather and iced tea
11 May 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 67: Paraty
16 May 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 68: Fire
26 May 2018: Elizabeth  Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 69: Great-Uncle George
10 June 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 70: Lota's house and family
29 June 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 71: More cousin talk
16 July 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 72: Family matters continue
2 August 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 73: Mixed up life
18 August 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 74: Another perspective
27 August 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 75: Currents and chocolate
30 August 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 76: Doing what you want to
3 September 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 77: Coming and going
8 September 2018: Elizabeth  Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 78: 1960 winds down
21 September 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 79: A new year commences
28 September 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 80: More family talk
7 October 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 81: A Sensitive Matter
13 October 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 82: Diversions
19 October 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 83: Postcards
24 October 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 84: Babies
3 November 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 85: More updates
7 November 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 86: The beginning of the Brazil book
12 November 2018: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to Aunt Grace, Part 87: Aunts and Cousins