Wooden Crosses

| November 5, 2019

Next-of-kin who wish… HERE LIES Lord Edward B. Seymour, Lord Strathcona’s Horse Died of Wounds 5-12-17 Received in Action 2-12-17. Hand-written, black painted words and dates, upon a once white painted wooden cross, held by Holy Trinity Church, Arrow, Warwickshire. The cross, anchored to the wall above a decorative brass plaque also in Lord Seymour’s […]

To Common Folks and Kings

| November 3, 2018

The Great War Poets: The Known and Unknown Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Ledwidge, Graves, Blunden, McCrae, Rosenberg, Kipling..names of some of the Great War’s many poets. Who has not read a poem of the Great War?…In Flanders Fields the poppies blow…Some better known than others. Some poets famous for a body of work; others for a […]

November Weekend in Chilliwack

| November 1, 2018

Keeping Watch The news came four days into November…a Saturday…1916…James Cleland Richardson wounded and missing. Perhaps there was hope? Perhaps better news to follow? Now, each movement an ache. Hands clenched, then opened, to feel the comfort within the repeated motion. Ten things done and a minute passed. Busy work. Pauses throughout the day…with sons […]

October Evening in Chilliwack

| October 7, 2018

As Families Do An October evening in Chilliwack. The Richardson family, mother and father, family – without the sounds of overseas. Perhaps within their chairs, cups of tea and Dundee cake. The crackle from a fireplace and as families do talking of their day. Yet within their speak, the name of one – James – […]

France and Flanders 2017

| September 18, 2017

It’s Better When it Rains We wander over to the car rental to acquire our rolling steed for the day and head out for Vimy (September 18, 2017). This is the first time I have ventured onto the frontier, driving and navigating myself and my friend towards various landscapes of conflict. Ceratinly there are challenges, such as the GPS path, wonderfully […]