Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

I am an author, freelance writer, and personal historian. If you’re looking for someone to help tell the story of your life, your company, or your community, please feel free to contact me.

Recent Blog Posts

A Hard Winter’s Reading
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This past winter was hard for so many, my family included. When Omicron hit in December we were already in the midst of a never-ending onslaught of daycare plagues and family injuries. Then we had two unexpected deaths in the family in short order. And then we all got Covid, like most of the peop...
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Teaching kids about writing this summer
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Know any young creative writers in Halifax? I get to be an instructor for an inclusive writing day camp in Halifax this summer offered through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. The Art of Writing (Ages 8-12) July 11 to July 15, 9am – 4pm, at NSCAD Port Campus | Instructors: Chad ...
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Freddie the Flyer in 2023!
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I am beyond excited to share news about a picture book project that is near and dear to my heart. In 2010, while in Inuvik, Northwest Territories researching Polar Winds, I was introduced to legendary pilot, Fred Carmichael. While Fred is a humble, practical, get-things-done kind of guy who wasn&...
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5th Anniversary of In This Together
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It’s so hard to believe that the collection of personal essays I edited back in 2016 turns five this year! As I say in the intro to this video, today I would do things very differently. When I told her I was nervous, my wise co-host of the video launch and virtual anniversary event, JónínaC...
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“Surely delight any aviation fan!”
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Thank you to the editors of the Midwest Book Review for featuring Alis the Aviator! This very accurate historical approach to learning the ABC’s will surely delight any aviation fan of any age! From Avro Arrow to Zeppelin, Alis leads you not only through the alphabet, but on a fun tour ...
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“You may rejoice, I must mourn.”
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There have been calls to wear orange this July 1st, and to hold back on Canada Day festivities. To instead focus on mainstream Canada’s growing awareness of its painful past and the self-denial so many of us have perpetuated. It is a reckoning, a rumbling, a peeling back of layers to addres...
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Grief & Change
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Please click here if you need help with this grief and trauma: Indigenous Crisis Support Lines. This past week the remains of 215 children were found at the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. It was an unmarked mass grave on Tk’emlups te Secwepemc F...
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Writing help is here!
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I’ve always loved working with other writers and book professionals, but I had to step back a bit the past couple of years. Now my schedule has opened up again, and I’m excited to reboot my business! This time I’m teaming up with friend and writing pal, Connie B. Dowell, over at www.bookecho...
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BriReads: Alis the Aviator!
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The talented Bri Reads has created a video about Alis the Aviator! First she does an animated reading, followed by a mini tour of the Palm Springs Air Museum (California), and finally a segment on making paper airplanes and testing them out! This 25-minute video is a great virtual activity for te...
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