Hattie was born in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and raised in Lower Selma on the Fundy Shore. The mother of nine children, this former school teacher and reporter for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, both in Dartmouth and Truro, continues to write as a columnist for the Truro Daily News.
Her journalism experience has taken her to numerous Nova Scotia villages where—although not part of her assignment—she meticulously copied down the yarns and fables that local elders were eager to recount. Hattie was determined this local folklore should not go forgotten as generations passed.
Books are available direct from the author. They are also sold at MacQuarrie’s (Truro), Nova Scotia Emporium (Prince Street, Truro), Anthony’s Freshmart (Kennetcook), Glooscap Trading Post, Glooscap Heritage Centre (Truro), Nova Scotia Emporium, Alderberry Village (Inglis St., Truro) and Shoppers Drug Mart (Truro). Readers will also find them a several local libraries.
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Nova Scotia Ghosts and Great Stories (2011): A fun book with three sections of stories; ghosts, great stories, and critter stories featuring people’s contact with animals or birds. It is 279 pages of great reading especially for those who believe in spirits and love stories from rural Nova Scotia. One story features a miracle at the small village of Mill Village in Hants County, that saved two men on Christmas Eve in the 1940’s. It is a testament to the kindness and helpfulness of great people in a generation when there was little money and people in small communities tended to go the extra mile to help one another. 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, 12 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-9867145-1-1. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Spirits from the Past: A book that reflects the name, a collection of stories to delight those who believe in the spiritual. It tells of those who have heard, seen, smelled, or felt the presence of spirits in their lives. There is also a section of humourous stories titled “Tid Bits,” that make you laugh. The stories are beautiful testaments to those whom Hattie interviewed. Six color pages to introduce special sections. 171 Pages, 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Potpourri of Folklore: 199 pages of folklore with a special section on Canadian Heroes of the Second World War. It features stories of Spirits, stories to be remembered, sayings old and true, Veterans bravery, quotes worth remembering and odd signs. There are stories of miracles both from home and overseas. This book honours those who served overseas and those still serving at home. Also many stories tell of the tremendous talent of ordinary people, who do or have done extraordinary things. 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Strange Stories: Ghosts, miracles, UFO’s, Premonitions, Déja Vu, Chance Encounters, and Tid Bits, some of which are hilarious, some of which might be considered simply unbelievable if Hattie did not know the people involved! 76 pages, 5 3/8 by 8 3/8 inches. It has 8 pages in color to define the different sections. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Best Kept Secrets: From a Generation Past (2010, 232 pages). It includes home remedies, old traditions, community stories, news events, ghost stories and much more. Features a collection of the old remedies that people used before the days of penicillin and modern medicine. They vary from using cow patties to stop bleeding, to sitting on a pot of warm water to battle constipation. It is designed to make you laugh from cover to cover. It also features the old traditions such as getting your nose greased on your birthday and cleaning the old one room school on Arbor Day. There are some great ghost stories in this book and some beloved old sayings and interesting quotes. 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Heritage recipes: This book contains the old, tried, tested, nutritious and tasty comfort foods that were favourites of a past generation. These recipes will be lost in the future as those who grew up in the early and mid-1990’s are gone. This was what was called “stick-to-your-ribs” food, the favourites of those who didn’t count calories and who cooked with vegetables from the rural gardens, meat from the local farms and venison from the woods. They are easy to cook recipes and are good for both the body and mind. 205 pages, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. $20.00 Spiral bound.
159 pages, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Sayings from Wise People: A 70-page book of the old sayings especially prevalent in the early and middle half of the 20th century. Fifty pages of this book have sayings attributed to some very wise and well-known people, including former Nova Scotia Premiers G. I. Smith and Gerald Regan, and philanthropists like the late Charles Keating of Dartmouth. There are more than 300 sayings not attributed to anyone.
5 3/8 by 8 3/8 inches. $20.00 Spiral bound.
Amazing Tales from Nova Scotia: This book is truly amazing. The stories would be unbelievable if the author didn’t know the people involved. It’s a fun book with poems to give you a great laugh along with animal stories that keep you in touch with nature and God’s beautiful world. Ghosts stories keep you on your toes and stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are prevalent. This book is definitely a keeper.