Monthly Archives: November 2014

For Those Snowed Under

Don’t fret, angst, or worry; it’s all brief, transitory, and ephemeral in the great scheme of things. Focus, instead, on the personal choices you make by the moment, the day, the week, the month, and the year. In that is … Continue reading

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Who Has Seen the Wind (1977)

It was inevitable naturally that someone would try to film W.O. Mitchell’s classic novel and, in the 70’s blossoming age of Canadian filmmaking, this was finally done by the experienced Allan King. He used the prairie town of Arcola, SK … Continue reading

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The Bird and the Butterfly

The blinds were closed that Sunday September afternoon. I had closed them for my wife’s father who, otherwise, would have been blinded by the light as we watched the football game on the tube. A familiar context, for sure, and … Continue reading

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Two of the Greatest Movies Ever Made in/about the Sixties

(In memory of Mike Nichols) Two of my most formative which are also cinema classics: The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Top-notch satires and two of the most truthful films about their times and about human nature. The … Continue reading

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Keats and Grandson

“A fact is not the truth until you love it.” –John Keats When asked What day of the week it was, after a long pause: “A good day.” –Grandson, 2 years, 10 months ………………………… Two other kid stories recalled: The … Continue reading

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World Television Day!?!

Good grief! What’s next in this crazy, frivolous world? World¬†Keystone Pipeline Day? World Love-an-Alberta-Conservative Day? World Justin Trudeau Day? World Preschooler iPhone Day? World Screen-Love-In Day? World Sedentary Lifestyle Day? World Dumbed-Down Day? World Gambling Day? World National Enquirer Day? … Continue reading

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September 2010, Neepawa

Margaret Laurence Home, Neepawa (aka Manawaka in her novels). Second time I’ve visited. This is the Big House (the MacLeod’s) in A Bird in the House. Stopped by¬†on a September Sunday afternoon, just after a rain, on the way to … Continue reading

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Lafleur

His skates like wings flew up the ice, Hair blown back, a modern god, Held Habs’ torch against all odds. Nothing but his best sufficed. From end to end he moved so fast, The plays he made were poetry As … Continue reading

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Teechurs aftur hrs

Th howls r sighlint now Zombeez shuffl 2 th mayn offis wear janitur tecknishuns cunnect th regulurz 2 tall hummean genuraturz Kwalifyed pursonel delicutlee remoov th leftovr braynz cheking them 4 damidg & vakuum out th hedz Fullee sirvisd & … Continue reading

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Night Ride Home

“I love the man beside me We love the open road No phones till Friday Far from the undertow Far from the overload” –from the song by Joni Mitchell

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