Category Archives: GREENSTONE

Where I live, in the wilds

MY TEETH ARE STRONG

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land . . . This sentiment comes to mind because I can hear the harvesting machinery ravaging the bush just across the lake from our home. … Continue reading

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AXL, PLATYPUS, AND APPLE TURNOVERS

He was unshaven, ungroomed, and most unlikely unwashed, so I pulled over, cracked the window, and asked him how long he had been hitching. Since yesterday, he said. He had stopped thumbing at 5:00 o’clock, and resumed at 9:00 this … Continue reading

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IN SYNC WITH SELWYN (Chapter 4 of 6)

4 ̶ Through a Glass Darkly After a hiatus of five years, the haze clears, and I can see my way clear to finish this post. Selwyn Dewdney’s memoir suggests the origin of its title, Daylight in the Swamp. In … Continue reading

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FATHER COUTURE & THE OLD CHURCHES

Radio-Canada called me up for information on the Longlac church that burned down yesterday.  I was able, in the short time available, to put together this account: At age 36, Father Joseph-Marie Couture was ordained as a priest in 1922, … Continue reading

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WALKING THE RIGHT WAY

“Always walk facing traffic.” That’s something I learned at my mother’s knee. When walking down a road, always face the traffic  ̶  that is, walk on the left-hand shoulder. So when I encountered two walkers on Monday who were walking … Continue reading

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RAVENS & SNOWPLOWS (Conclusion)

2 ̶ Snowplows Snowplows are adept at spreading garbage. Last Wednesday morning, I stacked my week’s garbage at roadside. We don’t have curbsides. We live in the bush. Overnight a blizzard had deposited ten or twelve inches of snow in … Continue reading

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RAVENS & SNOWPLOWS (Chapter 1 of 2)

1  ̶  Ravens Winter in the north wouldn’t be the same without them. Ravens to collect and dispose of garbage. Snowplows to spread it over all Creation. I spent a good hour today watching our ravens clean up the garbage … Continue reading

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THE BEARDMORE RELICS

The Discovery In July, 1934, Ted Eliot, a high school teacher and writer, was traveling by train from Longlac to Port Arthur. When the train stopped in the bush just south of Beardmore, Ontario, to pick up a prospector, Eliot … Continue reading

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THE LAST RIDE

Two days ago, I took Miko for his last ride. Our little Shih Tzu mixed loves a car ride. Usually, when Olga and I leave home for a quick trip to town, we leave Miko in a baby pen. We … Continue reading

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YE OLDE SCHOOL DAYS

When I entered high school at age 13, I had not the faintest idea that history mattered. The people that lived and events that happened before I was born, and when I was growing up, had a tremendous impact on … Continue reading

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