Netherlands Remembrance and Liberation

| May 4, 2016

May 4th – May 5th It’s a fine day as the classical notes from a flute drift across the airwaves into the clubhouse. I turn towards the retro-styled ’30s radio as the tempo rises, lowers and then gently hovers as my thoughts cascade towards these day in 1945 – May 4th/5th, the Netherlands and the Canadian Scottish. […]

As 2014 Fades Away

| December 31, 2014

Thoughts of Home I find inspiration in many places and sometime in the last year or two was told about Alfie Boe and the song Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. I have seen “Les Mis” at the Palace Theatre, London with good friends and my best friend Rosemary. I recall the event well, enthralled […]

With A Little Help From My Friends

| December 25, 2014

Woodstock 1969, Joe, “Remember it!” On 22 December 2014 we lost a large voice that defined a generation, a voice that also epitomized the heart and soul of Sheffield born singer Joe Cocker. For this writer 1969 was an interesting year. The family Ferguson had been back in Canada for two years and I had […]

It’s Best To Be Dusty

| July 21, 2012

From a Land so Torn and Muddy For the ones that were there, for the ones we think about. Music, soundtracks, the tonal qualities that bring resonance to the ear, that unfold in the mind and create depth, meaning and memories. Music has always reminded me of my journeys; recovering bits of forgotten time when […]

I’m Gonna Make This Place Your Home

| May 22, 2012

“As the ship pulled away from the dock, her decks crowded with khaki figures, the pipes played “The Skye Boat Song”. It was an unforgettable moment, both for those on the deck and those on the ship. It was to be five and a half long years before the battalion would come home. All too […]