Tag Archives: Greenstone

AH-H-H WINNIPEG!

I do love Winnipeg.  I am winding up a week in Winnipeg.  Winnipeg has world-class shopping, entertainments, cultural experiences, museums and archives, neighbourhoods, people . . . However. Just on general principle, I hate cities.  I hate cities because of … Continue reading

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HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Chapter 1 of 4)

1 – The Hunt Begins Beautiful day when we launched on the Pic River near Manitouwadge. I accompanied three naturalists, Mike and Sue Bryan, and my brother, John, who acted as guide. He knows where the wild orchids grow. Friday, … Continue reading

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THE WRITER AS CREATOR, or, HOW TO KNOCK A CATERPILLAR OUT OF A TREE

In the last week I have been rushing frantically from pillar to post. I have now arrived at this post. There is a reason I have been frantic. I am a writer.  And I have only so many years left … Continue reading

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GROANING WITH PLEASURE

I have a cardinal rule. I write what I enjoy reading.  I have definite tastes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  So, if I write a novel or an article, it is a story or an essay that, if I had … Continue reading

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CATS, HITCHHIKERS, & OTHER WAIFS

The Lavoie family has a history of rescuing waifs. It may have started forty-five years ago, in Dryden, when there was a knock on our door.  It was a dark and stormy night (I’m not kidding).  A man and a … Continue reading

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FROM GOLDFIELD TO JACKFISH 1 (3 Chapters)

  Isn’t that a marvelous title?  I have waited half a lifetime for an excuse to invent that title.  Ever since I saw the documentary film The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar. The latest incarnation of that title … Continue reading

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THE GERALDTON NORTHBOUND

Yes, I have begun the next Kennet Forbes mystery. Between the conception and the birth is the gestation.  I planted the seed several months ago, and it has been developing . . . very . . . very . . … Continue reading

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EXTREME HISTORICAL EVENTS

 If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer is yes. If a tsunami sweeps across an inland lake in the boreal forest, and there is … Continue reading

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SLAVE LAKE FIRE

[It can never happen here.  Right.  That’s what we’re hoping.  Sure, in Greenstone we live in a region where a natural disaster is two weeks without sunshine, or snow on Canada Day weekend.  No earthquakes . . . no tsunamis … Continue reading

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LAUNCH TIME – HUNGRY?

This afternoon I took a run down to Beardmore.  I was setting up a book launch at the library for Wednesday evening, May 18th. I just had to take a run to Lake Nipigon.  It’s only a quarter-hour from downtown … Continue reading

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