Making a list and checking it twice
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.