Mak­ing a list and check­ing it twice

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Amer­i­can hu­mour writer and best sell­ing au­thor, H. Allen Smith from the 1950s, once wrote, “The hu­man an­i­mal dif­fers from the lesser pri­mates in his pas­sion for lists of Ten Bests.”

That love of lists con­tin­ues to­day as we are constantly pre­sented with lists.

We have our shop­ping lists and our list of things to do. We also have lists of the top movies, top songs, top books, top places to eat, top news sto­ries of the year and so on and so on. You get the pic­ture.

I love lists. They’re quick and easy to read and they suc­cinctly cap­ture the sub­ject. With that in mind, I’ve com­piled a col­lec­tion of lists all about Nova Sco­tia and pre­sented them in a new book called (are you ready?) The Nova Sco­tia Book of Lists.

In my book, you’ll find lists on var­i­ous sub­jects such as the best fish­ing holes, top places to go sledding, best burg­ers and seafood chow­der, the top weather events, the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the prov­ince’s his­tory and the worst crimes ever com­mit­ted in Nova Sco­tia.

And if you could, which 10 fa­mous Nova Sco­tians would you in­vite to a din­ner party at your house or which fa­mous Nova Sco­tian would you like to in­ter­view?

In think­ing about what I would say about my book, I ul­ti­mately de­cided there would be no bet­ter way to talk about it than to present you with a list, so here you have my 25 rea­sons why I love Nova Sco­tia:

1. Gen­er­ally speak­ing,

Nova Sco­tians are kind, car­ing, gen­er­ous and sup­port­ive of oth­ers.

2. Neigh­bours are willing to help their neigh­bours, es­pe­cially those who are less for­tu­nate or those who may have fallen onto hard times.

3. In com­par­i­son to other lo­ca­tions, Nova Sco­tia is a safe place to live and raise a fam­ily.

4. Un­spoiled beauty abounds in Nova Sco­tia.

5. The nat­u­ral, pris­tine en­vi­ron­ments in Nova Sco­tia are sec­ond to none.

6. Our rich and di­verse her­itage cre­ates an in­ter­est­ing set­ting to live and raise a fam­ily.

7. The eclec­tic mix of cul­tures cre­ates a di­verse and rich so­ci­ety.

8. The re­siliency of the peo­ple to keep on fight­ing in the face of ad­ver­sity and seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able odds has al­ways been an in­spi­ra­tion to me.

9. The in­ge­nu­ity of peo­ple to cre­ate their own so­lu­tions to their prob­lems is im­pres­sive, in­deed.

10. The can-do at­ti­tude that per­me­ates the en­tire prov­ince is often con­ta­gious.

11. The de­ter­mi­na­tion that has pulled the prov­ince through some tough times and will do so again is pal­pa­ble.

12. The unique and tra­di­tional food we en­joy such as Rap­pie pie, blue­berry grunt, sauer­kraut and Lunen­burg pud­ding of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one.

13. The abun­dance of folk­lore and tra­di­tions add lay­ers of cul­ture to our lives.

14. The ease with which ru­ral and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties meld to­gether makes liv­ing in Nova Sco­tia a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

15. The nat­u­ral tal­ent that abounds in Nova Sco­tia most no­tably in the arts is truly in­spi­ra­tional.

16. The fact that Nova

Sco­tia is a nat­u­ral habitat for so many birds and wild an­i­mals and fur­ther that as a so­ci­ety we place great em­pha­sis on pro­tect­ing their habi­tats in­spires us.

17. For the most part, and de­spite the oc­ca­sional oc­cur­rence that draws nega­tive at­ten­tion, the ma­jor­ity of

Nova Sco­tians are tol­er­ant and ac­cept­ing of peo­ple who are “dif­fer­ent.”

18. Nova Sco­tia is the cra­dle of democ­racy and free­dom of speech in North Amer­ica, some­thing for which we should all be im­mensely proud of.

19. Nova Sco­tia has pro­duced a long lineup of out­stand­ing and dis­tin­guished po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness and civic lead­ers through­out its his­tory that should in­spire us all.

20. Even though the weather can be harsh at times, by and large it is one of the most mod­er­ate re­gions in the coun­try.

21. We live in a place of rel­a­tive safety, free of ex­plod­ing bombs, er­rant bul­lets and dis­si­dents want­ing to do us harm.

22. Nova Sco­tia is well po­si­tioned to pro­vide any type of out­door ex­pe­ri­ence one de­sires, from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ocean or a fresh­wa­ter lake, to en­joy­ing the ski slopes and the in­land, wooded re­gions.

23. Nova Sco­tia has a di­ver­si­fied econ­omy that has been built on nat­u­ral re­sources, agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion, in­dus­trial and the arts that pro­vided many op­por­tu­ni­ties to both at­tract and build suc­cess.

24. I like the fact that Nova Sco­tia is one of the old­est re­gions in Canada, and as such, that gives us brag­ging rights that the roots of our great na­tion be­gin right here.

25. And fi­nally, I am proud and happy to call Nova Sco­tia my home be­cause my fam­ily roots and those of my wife’s fam­ily are firmly planted in the prov­ince. It’s also the place where we raised our two won­der­ful chil­dren, so as our home, this prov­ince is an im­por­tant link to our past and fu­ture.

And so, there you have it, folks, a list of 25 rea­sons why I’m a proud Nova Sco­tian and you know most of th­ese rea­sons can be adapted to any­one’s list.

The real mes­sage here, as far as I’m con­cerned, is that those of us who are for­tu­nate to live, work and play in Nova Sco­tia are, in­deed, lucky.

It is my hope that you not only en­joy this book of lists, but also learn things about the prov­ince and that ul­ti­mately you are in­spired to start your own lists.

At least, that’s the view from here.


The Nova Sco­tia Book of Lists by Ver­non Oickle.

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