Friday, October 23, 2015

Rural Magazine

Winter Jacket
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

I'm very pleased to announce that I've been invited to be a regular contributor to Rural, an on-line magazine that celebrates country living. 

Conceived by my dear friend, Jen Vandervoort, you can enjoy her photography and writing at her website The Light Laughed. Please join me in congratulating her on her latest creative endeavour. 

Below is an excerpt from my essay that appears in the first issue. If you like this issue, feel free to share it. If you'd like to subscribe, send an e-mail to to receive new issues right to your in-box.

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 “Nature does not hurry, 
yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

There’s a natural rhythm to life lived in the country. While the day may begin before dawn and be filled with more than enough work to do, there is no clock to watch or timetable to adhere to. Time is measured by the sun’s track across the sky and the length of the shadows it throws. Each approaching season requires preparation. There’s an ancient flow to it and time enough to surrender to the changes that are coming.

Coffee is sipped in the quiet of the twilight hours, while the sun peers over the horizon, illuminating the sky and signaling night prowlers to seek the safety and comfort of their dens. A rooster crows from within the safety of the coop, setting the hens to ruffling their feathers and wishing, no doubt, that he came with a snooze button. A distant train whistle threatens to set a melancholy mood. Soon it will be time to collect eggs, still warm and nestled in lavender scented straw. Read more here. 


  1. Warmest congratulations! I loved this piece and look forward to reading more.


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