Treasures from My
I moved away from Grand Manan, the island of my birth when I was nine. Even so, the island taught me important values that
have stood by me throughout my life.
My grade one teacher, Mrs. Freda Richardson, wrote these words in my autograph book, “When twilight draws the
curtain and pins it with a star, remember your first teacher, though you may wander far.” Although I left my ‘home’
at a young age, my teacher taught me not to forget the people who had made a difference in my life.
The light from the Ross’ Island lighthouse that swept around the walls of my bedroom each night taught me a consistent
light can make a difference in the life of someone who is lost in the storm.
The fog that wrapped around me like a cool blanket, shutting out the world and obscuring my direction, taught me to
be quiet and listen for the foghorn when my life was in a fog.
My great grandfather Caleb, sailed around the Horn seven times, yet had found no place was prettier than Grand
Manan - the place I hold in my heart as being my home.
You'll find information and pictures about my home island in my latest book, Historic Grand Manan. Best wishes to all
readers and visitors to my site, Elaine