In the Shade: Friendship, Loss, and the Bruce Trail by Marg Heidebrecht

April 13, 2021

Jim Sweetman – “This is one of the most poignant and thoughtful books I have ever read. It seems to me a very brave and selfless thing to share your experience and insights so openly and honestly. I have almost finished reading it for a second time. I will read it a third time before I share it with my family; not to be selfish, but to ensure that I’ve learned at least half of what your story is teaching me.”

Nancy Pollock – “I woke this morning at 4:30 and decided to get up and take advantage of the quiet to read your book. Your writing is beautiful, and it will be something I return to over and over again. Packed with wisdom and food for thought. I already have plans to give a copy to many within my wonderful bouquet of friends. A great balance of laughter and tears. What a gift you have and have given to many who will have the pleasure of reading it.”

Brian Baetz – “Such a lovely book, compact but rich in content and emotion. And your love of nature is apparent, and the beauty of movement through nature. When borrowing a copy of your book from the library, I bumped into a local artist. She saw your book in my hand and told me she keeps a copy near her bed stand for regular re-reading!”

Shelley Rochwerg – “It is a warm and touching book, an account of your, your life, your surroundings and experiences, both inwardly and outwardly. The writing was beautifully done; I could hear your voice in it from the first paragraph. The imagery throughout was so imaginative, clear, and yet so simple to visualize.”
Cheryl Ende – “One of my closest friends died 2 years ago, and the grief lingers. reading your book helped me give shape to feelings that are always present whenever old memories are brought to the surface. I”ve been back to the bookstore twice for more copies for close friends who have experienced l;oss.  Thank you for such an exquisite collection.”

In the Shade, by Marg Heidebrecht  – Reflections on the walking, the talking and, ultimately, the losing of friends. An 885-kilometre trail, 53 hiking days over 4 years on the Bruce Trail. Think mild, not wild. Pam and Marg stepped away from their “to do” lists and onto the Bruce Trail. Read their tips for packed lunches and no-nonsense fashion, then follow the author’s subsequent journey as she steps back to weave together the disparate topics of friendship, loss, and the value of forests. Lyrical and insightful, these essays will engage anyone who loves nature and people, who prefers moving ahead to sitting still. People who hike, on local or distant trails, will relate to the specifics of contour maps, shuttling, buying the right size boots. People who enjoy activities accompanied by a good friend will relate to the bond that develops and deepens. People experiencing loss will relate to the restlessness and confusion that follows heartbreak. This book begins as “How to” but develops into “What now?” as Marg turns to words as a way of making sense of the world around her, steadying herself after the loss of a close friend.

Marg Heidebrecht lives and writes in Dundas, Ontario, enfolded and influenced by the Niagara Escarpment. She recently qualified for half-price fare on public transit, but prefers, always, to walk.

In the Shade is available through Friesen Press or wherever books are sold.

In the Shade – Friesen Press

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