The Hearth

| July 1, 2018

All Were Canada It sung to us at from a ridge in France…and as we settled, having been witnesses to the day, this bow caressed the hearth to life. It was warmth, it was home, it was Canada. We stood and we sat, in silence, as each note filled our eyes with connection to this […]

France and Flanders 2017

| September 18, 2017

It’s Better When it Rains We wander over to the car rental to acquire our rolling steed for the day and head out for Vimy (September 18, 2017). This is the first time I have ventured onto the frontier, driving and navigating myself and my friend towards various landscapes of conflict. Ceratinly there are challenges, such as the GPS path, wonderfully […]

My Vimy

| April 11, 2017

It is as if Vimy is the start of what I do Vimy is connected to family. Its personal. This I learned many years ago from my grandmother who told me stories about her father…..which were…..upon reflection…..stories her mother had told. This was the man Grannie knew…..memories…..passed from one generation to another. Grannie was two […]

Advocate for Wounded Veterans

| April 11, 2017

Ethelbert “Curley” Christian Enlisting in 1915 with the 108th Battalion CEF, Curley Christian served on the Western Front with the 78th Battalion CEF, a unit of the Fourth Canadian Division. At the Battle of Vimy Ridge “Curley” Christian was crushed and trapped for two days, his wounds becoming gangrenous requiring the amputation of his forearms […]

The Cambusnethan VC

| April 8, 2017

W.J. Milne 16th Battalion CEF (Canadian Scottish) William Milne came to Canada in 1910 from his native Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland settling near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he worked as a farmer. On 11 September 1915 Milne joined the 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion but transferred on 16 June 1916 to the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Canadian […]