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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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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 8 of 10)

MANITOBA UNPLUGGED Sunday morning, July 10th, Prince Albert.  Visitor information centre closed.  John and I spent the better part of an hour trying to find the museum.  We found one sign, but it gave no directions.  We asked at a … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 7 of 10)

BATOCHE TODAY What happened here, at the National Historic Site of Batoche in May of 1885, has influenced the course of Canadian history for a century and a quarter.  In my novel-in-progress, The Batoche Crossing, it is my goal to … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 6 of 10)

JUST DUCKY On Friday afternoon, July 8th, John and I stopped at the Fred Light Museum in Battleford (on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River, across from North Battleford).  I was looking for Douglas Light, son of the … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 5 of 10)

FROM COLONY TO FAMILY The family BBQ on Wednesday night added to our store of knowledge about the family.  The place was overrun with aunts and uncles and cousins, all on our late mother’s side. The family helped us remember … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 4 of 10)

ABOUT PARADISE, AND LOONS, AND A BIG BEAR From Tuesday to Friday the three of us, I and brother John and sister Grace, indulged ourselves.  We pried open the dusty cerebral archives of our relatives and we visited our family’s … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 3 of 10)

ROCKS IN A FIELD = PROVINCIAL PARK Sunday evening, I phoned around till I found someone to open Fort Qu’Appelle museum for us in the morning. Ted met us at 10:00 a.m.  The museum comprises a decrepit log building from … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 2 of 10)

BROADVIEW, BULLETS, & BELLS Just inside the Manitoba boundary we stopped at the Saskatchewan Visitor Centre.  We chatted up the attendants.  Locals tend to know more about their region than experts in Toronto or Winnipeg. Sure, said an older lady.  … Continue reading

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NORTH GULLY SCHOOL

“Gully” is a word we have little use for nowadays; “ravine” is the fashionable term.  But out West, “gully” is a common word, as is “coulee”, and “bluff” – not the bluff in Scarborough Bluffs or in Council Bluff, Iowa, … Continue reading

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THE OLD FARM

I remember how the wind scraped the land clean across the stubble and the hills stretched tight to the land and brushed the evergreens and poplars stiff that lingered on the horizons and left the land pure and hard and … Continue reading

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