Place: Harnessed to the Familiar

| July 29, 2018

Known Place and Unknown Place Place-names, landscapes…markers that we come to identify with as part of our being, as well as places we have learned about, but may never have stood upon their presence to feel our connection. The personal place memory of Canada’s Great War has passed along to the heavens with the loss […]

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 […]

The Hearth

| July 1, 2018

All Were Canada It sung to us at from a ridge in France…and as we settled, having been witnesses to the day, this bow caressed the hearth to life. It was warmth, it was home, it was Canada. We stood and we sat, in silence, as each note filled our eyes with connection to this […]