Category Archives: MY EXCURSIONS

PAGWA : VILLAGE OF MEMORY

Ghost town. That is our first impression of the historic village of Pagwa River. When we visited on Thursday, August 1st, 2019, there wasn’t a living soul to be seen. It was a ghost town. But the ghosts were there. … Continue reading

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GIANTS OF OLD

Surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this. The playwright, Anton Chekhov, was remarking on his own country. He prefaced the remark with The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons … 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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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 5 of 7)

5 ̶ Japanese Prisoners On February 24, 1942, the Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King, as a war measure, proclaimed the coastal region of British Columbia out of bounds to all Canadians of Japanese descent. In an unprecedented … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 2 of 7))

2 ̶ Tracking the Barbed Wire      When Paul Mengelberg arrived at Angler as a German prisoner-of-war, it was deep winter. In his memoir1, he dates his arrival to January 27, 1941. He recalled a long walk from the CPR siding … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR 7 Chapters)

1  —   Tracking Down History Eighteen years ago, I joined a small group searching for the notorious prison, Camp X, under the guidance of a former German prisoner-of-war who had been incarcerated there. Today the place is almost unrecognizable. In … Continue reading

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WE OLD RELICS

I have lost a great many gray hairs, and I do not regret one of them. I am proud of every one. RIP. This rumination comes to mind because yesterday I addressed a class of student teachers at Lakehead U. … Continue reading

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COLLINGWOOD CAPERS (Chapter 2 of 3)

2 ̶ BLUES FESTIVAL & ART CRAWL After I arrived at my sister’s place on Sunday, September 18, Grace suggested we attend the last evening of the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. I leapt at the chance. First she gave me … Continue reading

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COLLINGWOOD CAPERS (Chapter 1 of 3)

1 ̶ BLUE MOUNTAIN    Just the other day, I reached Collingwood by traveling on a paved road all the way from Greenstone. Collingwood is a community of 19,500 on the shore of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron. Then I took … Continue reading

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PALISADES HIKING TRAIL

[Originally published 22 August 2008] Part I – Getting Up Seventeen people turned out for the guided tour of the Palisades hiking trail on Saturday, August 16. Hikers had spectacular views from some of the highest points in Northwestern Ontario. … Continue reading

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