The Dust of Each Conflict

| August 16, 2018

Thread Twelve The heat wave has relented and for much of the day we venture forward in the downpour. Rain-water bounces off the taut umbrella towards me managing to find those points at the neckline where it can scurry its chill down one’s back. Meanwhile, I attempt to skirt the roaring streams that run along […]

The Colour of Peace

| August 12, 2018

Thread Eight Despite those of us who have been drawn to Ypres because of the Great War there are other colours to this town. It is alive and filled with the voices of today and hopes for the future. Ypres – Ieper is filled with community – its own community – its own people. There is colour […]

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 […]

Come and Sit With Me

| November 8, 2017

The Roar and the Whisper So many lives to remember. Those who did not return and those who survived. Those who walk each day with the reminders of someone. These reminders not shadows, but real events, real lives, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, parents, family, friends and lovers. We see their faces every day, […]

Somewhere in Belgium

| September 26, 2016

Ypres Day Two of Five Today it is a return to Ploegsteert and as we lumber our way across the roadway towards the Rijselpoort, the cobbles remind us every few seconds that we are not quite at our peak for the day. Heading south we successfully navigate our way in approxiamately an hour to Ploegseert Church. […]