The Innermost Heart

| November 1, 2019

Canadian War Graves Detachment, Ypres To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night (For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon, mid-September 1914) We are the dead…short days ago… And so they came – the pilgrims. With war’s end some of those left to remember arrived in […]

After the War

| October 28, 2019

Reminders After the war…each day’s new peace is punctuated by the craggy and weighted fragments of former ambition and rubble. Once these were buildings…these were homes. The exclamations, and pauses, the commas, the full stops of life. With each day a small section of peace is renewed as foundation is revealed…the rebuilding continues. Brick by […]

Great War Remembered Concert – 2018

| November 10, 2018

St. Martin’s Cathedral: The Great War Remembered Concert We have steadied ourselves against the wind as we wait for the wooden doors to open. There are many of us here outside amidst the gusts of wind. Awaiting the performance, we watch as seats fill…several have been before but today is a first for this part […]

Dancing On My Own

| November 9, 2018

For the pilgrims… The bells are striking nine this morning in Ieper (Ypres) as we sit amongst the goodness of this a.m. feasting. The morning window is fresh and, through its clarity, I see the stretching greenery in search of rejuvenating sunlight. I struggle finding my thoughts this morning but happen upon a phrase to […]

Mrs. Kate Palmer’s Walk

| August 11, 2018

Thread Seven 1922 – Kate Palmer of Victoria, B.C. journeyed to Belgium to visit her son’s grave at Woods Military Cemetery, south of Ypres. Today, 11 August 2018, we retrace Mrs. Palmer’s path and decide to walk from Ypres to the grave-site of Roy Palmer, located some five miles south of the city. It is […]