No room for negativity
"As Judy DesRoches leaned over her infant’s highchair to feed him, a wisp of hair fell from her head. It was the last straw," writes SaltWire's Carole Morris-Underhill. "She had already cut her hair twice in an effort to reduce her hair loss. But at that moment, as she looked at the strands laying near his food, she knew it was time to get out the clippers."
That's just an example of how DesRoches, of Windsor, N.S., embraced positivity over negativity during her battle with triple-negative breast cancer, a rare form that typically requires individualized treatment plans.
The aesthetic of the St. John's, N.L. home would be enough in itself to qualify it for heritage status.
What really makes it special, however, are the people who have owned it — both past and present, writes the Telegram's Juanita Mercer.
Elizabeth (Bettie) Duff lived in the house until she died on her 90th birthday in 2016.
Notes in the St. John's city council agenda describe Duff as “a woman ahead of her time” and “a pioneer for the women’s movement" — she was the first female clerk of the House of Assembly in the province, and the first female clerk of any legislative body in all of Canada.
She was also the private secretary to former premier Joseph Smallwood for 23 years, and held executive assistant positions in government before becoming clerk.
Heart of thanks
The Bluenose II crew took a page out of Dimitri Neonakis’s book on their last day of the 2020 season.
The schooner sailed in the shape of a heart in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg Harbour before packing it in for the season this week.
Capt. Phil Watson told the Chronicle Herald's Nicole Munro that he and his crew were inspired by the Dartmouth pilot, who has been painting pictures in the sky and posting them to Twitter since the tragic mass shooting in April.
Watson said the crew saw such an overwhelming response from Nova Scotians and reactions to the ship that they wanted to "draw" the heart to thank everyone who made the season a memorable one for the best of reasons.
“Every little harbour we went into, you’d see someone post a photo online about how much they appreciated seeing the ship,” Watson said. “We went along the coast of the Bay of Fundy and every time the road came down to the beach there were two or three cars parked there watching the boats go past. It was incredible.”