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"Octagon" by Christine Brooks

Hi, I’m Marie Prins.

In 1987, my husband and I purchased a dilapidated, historic (1853), octagonal house on the edge of a small town in eastern Ontario. For the past thirty years we have renovated our home, planted perennial and vegetable gardens, and dug a pond on our acre and a half. Here we have raised our family. And kept a small flock of chickens. A decade ago, I began to write about our life on this small ponderosa. My memoir pieces, poetry, and children’s stories center on nature, gardening, and the lives lived here for the past century and a half.

Currently my Reading Room resides in the Creamery inside our house. That is the room in which the cream was separated from the milk by those who once farmed our land. Instead of rows of milk cans, there are shelves of books and remedial reading materials for the students I tutor in my home. Please click on the Reading Room link for more information about my programs for students who need support to become better readers.”

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