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Christine Darragh

Striving for open-minded balance – somewhere between jaded and naive with a healthy splash of sarcasm for good measure – Christine Darragh loves to know all the details, discovering those threads which connect people, places and things in meaningful ways.

From her early years in “Shakespearean-centric” Stratford, Ontario, through academia at Waterloo, she eventually landed in the Niagara Region in an ongoing quest for a really satisfying cup of coffee and the evocative appeal of a well-crafted sentence.

Thankfully, the English degree proved worthwhile and she now joyfully writes about what truly interests her. And the professors were right; always try to keep the mantra of “eloquent precision” top of mind.

With over 10 years of business and corporate writing experience, she uses her skills to create copy for marketing and promotion, award nominations, food festivals, and has even written for a television show.

As a feature writer and researcher, she endeavors to cover a variety of compelling topics – health and wellness, profile pieces, architecture and design, food, travel, culture and social issues – with special emphasis on areas of sustainability and heritage conservation.

Seeks challenging stories

She’s long been charmed by the significance of craftsmanship in all its forms, seeking out the inspiring people and interesting places that encompass either a mindful way forward or a nostalgic look back.

Christine is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Her profile work has appeared recently in Culture Magazine, and she is a regular feature and column contributor to various Sun Media publications.

“Christine has demonstrated her ability to write in a style that’s both engaging and knowledgeable, no matter whether the piece is soulful, humorous or reflective,” says Tanya Hvilivitzky, editor at several Sun Media magazines. “No topic is too daunting.”

Her intrepid search for salient, challenging stories continues, as does her mission to discover some out-of-the-way, vintage, chromed diner where she can write into the wee hours, a comforting cup of coffee by her side.

For more than 40 years, most people have known Daryl Hall as an impressive solo musician and the illuminating half of the best selling duo of all-time, Hall & Oates. Lesser known, his span as a history buff enamored of antique restorations is equally impressive. Hall, the musical and architectural perfectionist, takes us on a personal tour of his restored 24-room, Colonial-era estate in upstate New York, where he shares his philosophy of musical zeitgeist and architectural tradition.

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