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!

Malagash Beach, NS photo by Colleen D'eaAnthony

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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Full Speed Ahead Cover ImageColleen 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.”



  1. Colleen is such a "Cool Lady", I am not surprised she is being featured. Love her blog:)

    Comment by Patty — January 4, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

  2. Hi, Colleen. Enjoying all your stuff! Most recently, I believe you did an article on Christian. Would really love to have a copy of that. Please!

    Comment by Ann Huntley — October 14, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

  3. Hello Ann:

    I'm glad you liked the piece on Christian. He is such a lovely boy and you've done an amazing job raising him!!!

    You can print off a copy straight from the website if you'd like.

    Comment by Colleen O'Dea — October 14, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

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