Things as they ought to be…

| July 26, 2020

Complications and Anticipations A chance encounter with the unfamiliar…a Sheffield Billiken lends itself for today’s discussion of the film series Parade’s End. Based on four books written by Ford Madox Ford the novels are: Some Do Not (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up (1926) and Last Post (1928). The tetralogy visits […]

A New Day for Everyone

| May 23, 2020

Three People Never Having Met Beneath the sky, the moon – the sun – this ground, this coast, valley, or ridge. Along the long, long trail that is our path through Gully Ravine – or our crest at Lone Pine. I return this day to wanderings across places of conflict and to now distant interests. […]

Someday We’ll Find It

| May 6, 2020

The Sweet Sound that Calls Every once in a while we are able to step outside the shade and into the light. I enjoy seeing little suggestions turned by creative minds into joy and laughter. Two recent ideas have proven popular and with each day in the shade I continue to try and cast a […]

Willing Hands

| April 24, 2020

All the Following Days The tale of two soldiers…both runners (messengers) with the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada). Some days prior to the famed attack, whilst in the line near Vimy Ridge, Privates Alexander Broadfoot (130245) and James Mucklow (160827) stood near. Private Mucklow was on duty this day, 1 April 1917, […]

Song Above Machine Guns

| April 10, 2020

The Soldier 410457 George Gabriel Boland What’s he going to do this soldier – 410457? He was born in Wrexham, North Wales…served briefly in the U.S. Army…once was a sailor…with a Goddess of Liberty tattoo inked on his left arm. He stood 5’ 3.5”. At the time of his enlistment, in March 1915, George Gabriel […]