Poppies and Thistles in the Wind

| July 16, 2017

Canadian Scottish Pipers at Rest Piper Major James Groat and Piper James Low Our cab takes us to Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. It’s a fine day with the sun above and the wind across the ground making this particular place a welcome start to our blitz of military history sites in Winnipeg. For a very […]

O Poppy My Poppy!

| May 1, 2015

“O the bleeding drops of red”* Here we are – near to 100 years ago – 3 May 1915 – since Canadian soldier, officer, doctor John McCrae penned, “In Flanders Fields”. McCrae’s reflections upon the loss of fellow soldier and friend, Alexis Helmer, are a personal witness to war that placed within the grasp of […]

The 100ths are Soon upon Us

| July 25, 2014

Searching for the Great War 100 Years Later “Some wars name themselves…This is the Great War. It names itself.” Maclean’s Magazine, October 1914, p. 53 “Every intelligent person in the world knew that disaster was impending and knew no way to avoid it.” H.G. Wells (Writer) “…an old world of swords, lances and bugles would […]

They Have Stood Before. They Will Stand Again.

| November 3, 2012

Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper. (Isaiah 29:4) Time to Remember I have looked upon this picture a hundred times or more and in every instance I look into […]

The Abbey

| February 22, 2011

A Visit to the Garden I can hear the pipes tonight, and I am pleased with the week’s research having discovered that at least one piper has given melodic life to the drifting winds around solemn grounds near Caen.  I recall when my two friends and I chose to visit the Abbaye d’Ardenne and how […]