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NOVEL ANNOUNCEMENT

THE BEARDMORE RELICS An archaeologist sets out to turn the academic world on its ear.  Kennet Forbes, teacher at Thunder Bay University, volunteers to find his missing colleague.  He finds himself embroiled in violence, murder, and mystery.  Forbes, former high-profile … Continue reading

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A ROAD DIVIDED

I made a quick trip to the Big Berry yesterday [Note: If NYC can call itself the Big Apple, surely I can call Thunder Bay the BB]. Yes, winter roads again.  We had perhaps six to nine centimetres (3 to … Continue reading

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NORTHANGER ABBEY (Conclusion)

The main story is that a clergyman’s daughter meets a clergyman with whom she enjoys a dalliance.  It is all prim and proper and rather unexciting unless you can empathize with a rather unexciting clergyman’s daughter.  Girls can do that, … Continue reading

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NORTHANGER ABBEY (Chapter 3)

When I say I have just finished the novel, I mean I finished watching the movie. I happen to like Jane Austen novels that have been turned into movies. Austen films are very popular nowadays, and there are scads of her … Continue reading

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NORTHANGER ABBEY (Chapter 2)

The opening paragraph – the first paragraph, not the opening chapter – of “Northanger Abbey” is 777 words long. I know because I just finished counting them. Those are more words than most people write in a week. Coincidentally, that … Continue reading

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NORTHANGER ABBEY (Chapter 1 of 4)

Finally!  I have finished Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”.  I started it over 50 years ago, so it was a chore. I read her novel when I was in high school.  I say “read” it, but I did not read it … Continue reading

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THE WILD LIFE

I love to watch wildlife.  There are two spruce hens under the feeders this morning.  They are comfortably plump.  They look warm.  They peck away at the black sunflower seeds that the red squirrel has scooped over the ledge and … Continue reading

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THE ‘S’ WORD

You’ve heard the story for days now – how some professor in the U.S. of A. has bowdlerized two iconic works of Mark Twain by excising the terrible “n” word.  The word is “nigger”.  There, I said it.  Perhaps for … Continue reading

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LANDSCAPE AS CHARACTER

“This is neither the beginning nor the end of my story.”  This is a line uttered by Quintus Dias, narrator and protagonist in the film “Centurion”.  Quintus is a Roman soldier on the northern frontier of Britain in the year … Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION ENTRY

I entered a “flash fiction” competition, the first in my life, and didn’t get even an honorable mention.  The challenge was to compose a story of up to 250 words beginning with the phrase “The snowman grinned malevolently . . … Continue reading

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