Summer Grass

| July 24, 2018

…of the soldiers’ dreams natsugusa ya tsuwamonodomo ga yume no ato Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694) Japanese-Canadian Veterans and the Great War Perhaps they sat upon the side of a hill and watched the changing colours of a field as the grasses titled with the passing wind. All of nature’s colours, its botanicals, fed by […]

Canada’s Last 100 Days of the Great War

| July 8, 2018

Near to an ending? The passing days of centenary have provided several opportunities to pause and think upon celebration, commemoration, reconciliation. Now near to the end, those of us who have chosen to venture into the marshes of conflict must come to terms with 100 years plus one, plus two and so on. Although centenaries […]

Here the Pipes Will Lay Beside Me

| June 10, 2018

Someday Here We Will Meet Again …a while ago I have stood here many times, brought others to you and wondered who you are…and yet for all the time that has passed – today you have spoken. Who are you Piper John MacLeod? …this day I have walked this place of memory since the late […]

May 1945 – The Canadian Scottish Regiment

| May 2, 2018

Fallen Comrades and Common Dangers With the dawn of May 1945 news from the BBC announced Adolph Hitler was dead. Two days later Berlin had fallen. The Canadian Scottish remained vigilant, ready for the continuing fray preparing itself for an assault on Aurich, Germany to commence 4 May, 1945. However, news that day brought word…tremendous […]

Carry On Cobber…Carry On

| April 25, 2018

One ANZAC of Gallipoli Today, 25 April, is ANZAC Day, a day when those especially connected to Australia and New Zealand remember those that went before. This before being, the veterans of Gallipoli, a ground this writer visited some while ago and whose heat, landscape, life, and reminders of war remain within. Trooper Rush of […]