The Lost Things

| February 24, 2019

The Reminders Before Us And they come back to us in our dreams…in ways that reminders place themselves before us…we see them with our eyes, our hearts…hear their soft rasp beside our ears and at night with a gentle breeze across our pillow – as if their virtual hand remains there to remind us – […]

Sayer’s Tea Shop

| December 15, 2018

Codfish, Mackerel, Mimi and Toutou Rose Allnut turned the sign on the shop door one last time. Sayer’s Tea Shop served her and Charlie well since coming to Courtenay two decades plus three ago. As Charlie’s machines spun for the last time, he wiped his brow and back of neck. Now one last evening to […]

The horrors of war as classic horror film

| October 26, 2018

Nosferatu and Westfront 1918 The 1922 German horror film Nosferatu was directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. This unauthorized version, now a masterpiece of the Expressionist film movement, was adapted from author Bram Stoker’s book Dracula (1897), a treatise on the fears and anxieties that existed within Victorian society. Murnau was a veteran of the Great […]

All-Telling Messengers

| October 17, 2018

Two French Memorial Sites of the Great War Several years ago, in company with an English friend, we were driven to several sites of conflict and memory. From place to place there was much to absorb and all the while I felt, Would I ever be able to find my way around these places?  Time […]

This One is a Nickel

| August 2, 2018

A Little Bit of Change It’s not every day that one receives a King George VI Canadian nickel in pocket change, but there it was. Perhaps not unusual, and some would allow it to slip by towards the next cup of coffee, the next biscuit, the next something. But there it sat, with me, so […]