On My Dining Room Table

You won’t find heirloom silver, Royal Albert China or a cut glass crystal vase—all trashed in exchange for that second-hand leather-bound copy of Nicholas Nickleby in its original ornate well-kept box. A History of Art Impressionism essential to answer her question: how do I define ‘neoimpressionsm’. A fat ragged, coverless dictionary, the ‘u’ page is still missing. Spelling bee lists & dictee for grade 5. The last dregs of morning coffee asleep in the handless, chipped pottery cup I should toss but can’t. There’s the Crayolas box but blizzard blue, burnt sienna and desert stand are missing. The remains of the last Halloween costume when you dressed up as Quasimodo’s sister: a glue gun, glitter and silky blue ribbons. A reminder letter about winter soccer. In a hundred years what will the archeologist decide went on here.

"Rooted" by Andrea Pottyondy

“Rooted” by Andrea Pottyondy

About Sylvia D. Hamilton

Sylvia D. Hamilton is an award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker, writer, artist and educator. Her films have been broadcast in Canada and screened at festivals at home and abroad. Her writing has appeared in a variety of Canadian journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection And I Alone Escaped to Tell You was short-listed for a 2015 League of Canadian Poets Award and the 2015 East Coast Literary Poetry Award. Her recognitions include honourary degrees and a Gemini Award. She has taught at Mount Saint Vincent University and Acadia University and has lectured at universities across Canada. She holds the Roger's Chair in Communications at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

About Andrea Pottyondy

Andrea Pottyondy is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the initiator of Artspa art group, and docent at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Andrea has studied art with the University of Southern California, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and with professional artists in Canada and abroad. Her artwork has been purchased by the Nova Scotia Art Bank 2009, and is featured in Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Artists Volume II 2010, International Women Celebrate, 100 Women Artists Reflect 2011, Arabella Magazine Spring 2013 and in private and corporate collections. Recently, two of her paintings received 1st Place awards in the American Art Awards competition 2013. See more of Andrea's art on her website and Facebook page.

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