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Colleen O’Dea Anthony – At Home Here in Nova Scotia
Occupation: Geek then Nerd then Artist. I started as an IT Consultant, went on to be a University Professor and currently run my own business as a Graphic and Web Designer…who does a little (by that I mean a lot) of writing on the side.
Place of Birth: The amazingly beautiful St. John’s, NL
Currently Resides: When I was ten, my folks left the rock and we moved to Halifax, NS…I’ve lived here ever since.
Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?
I’m a tea drinker mostly! You can find me curled up on my couch every single morning to start my day with a cup or two …unless there’s a bottle of Bailey’s nearby in which case, nothing beats a coffee! As far as actual coffee shops…between running to the rink or the barn on a daily basis, I’m more of a drive thru girl!
Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?
The Lower Deck on the Halifax Waterfront is my happy place. There’s just something about listening to Paul Lamb and Cory Tetford, sharing a pint with friends, having a few laughs with the great staff…sociables…it feels like home.
Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?
I’m a huge fan of the shops at the Hydrostone Market.
Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?
There are a few places that immediately warm my heart: Cresting the hill as you head towards Malagash Beach, just as you see the Northumberland Strait in the distance…it brings me an immediate sense of peace. Beach Meadow’s Beach on a crisp Winter’s Day, my kids running on the water’s edge with the dog…watching their shadows on the hardened sand…there’s a great amount of happiness there. And that lone tree on the side of the highway near Stewiacke…I just don’t know what it is about that tree!
Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:
1. Take in the Live Music.
2. Enjoy a feed of lobster.
3. Visit the Halifax Seaport Market and the Halifax Waterfront.
What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?
There’s something about the salt air…being surrounded by ocean. I couldn’t imagine not living near the water and maybe that’s part of my Newfoundland roots. I love the people. The art. The amazing culture. The music. I love the feeling of belonging…of it being just big enough for me but not big enough that I get lost.
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Colleen just released her first book, "Full Speed Ahead". It contains 80+ posts with updates from her award winning blog, Curtains are Open. Based on her life…being a single mom, raising three kids, working through a divorce, returning to school and enjoying the fun and adventure of “getting back out there.”