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HOW TO BOOST TOURISM : A FABLE

A definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein couldn’t have said it better. We, the residents of Goshen and the rest of the Northwest, face a bleak future. We have … Continue reading

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A TASTE OF HOME

You can get a lot farther with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone. This piece of wisdom is shared by General Al Capone and the gangster Rick Hillier, or have I got that backwards? … Continue reading

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HOW THE SMIRK STOLE CHRISTMAS

I – Ka-Ching-a-Ching               anyone lived in a pretty how town               (with up so many floating bells down) (1) And how the Smirk hated Anyone, and how he hated pretty How Town! And there were how so many How … Continue reading

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IN SYNC WITH SELWYN (Chapter 6 of 6)

Red Ochre According to Selwyn, in 1957, when he was almost 50 years old, “I finally discovered what I wanted to do when I grew up.” In the meantime, he had left his high school teaching job, and made a … Continue reading

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IN SYNC WITH SELWYN (Chapter 5 of 6)

Bushed “Packing on the Pic was, well, no picnic.” So began Selwyn’s tale of swamps that proved to be the bane of his so-called “summer vacation”. He had landed a job with General Timber Company, packing supplies into bush camps … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 4 of 7)

4 ̶   The Greatest Escape In the evening of Friday, April 18, 1941, more than 100 German prisoners prepared to break out of Camp Angler. For three months, they had been digging a tunnel in the sandy soil that led … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 3 of 7)

3 ̶ German Prisoners When Paul Mengelberg arrived at Camp 101, at Angler, Ontario, on January 27, 1941, he never imagined that he would be treated as a prisoner-of-war for six more years. Camp Angler was one of 12 German … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (Conclusion)

6 ̶ Waiting for Godot I felt perfectly capable of driving myself around. But I found myself caught up in an absurdist drama. Like the characters in Samuel Beckett’s play, I found myself alienated from normal society, searching for an … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (5 OF 6 Chapters)

5 ̶ Rehab I was ushered to an empty bed in 3 North, Room 335-S3-3. My two new companions were enjoying their suppers in beds facing the eastern windows. And I mean they were ENJOYING them. If fact, two or … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (4 of 6 Chapters)

4 ̶ Memorable Moments On that first Saturday night, long after I had retired, a party erupted in my room. The festivities endured the rest of the night, all the next day, all Sunday night, and tapered off on Monday … Continue reading

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