Category Archives: Along the 49th Parallel

PASSAGES

Having played Simon Stimson in our high school production of Our Town, it seemed fitting to become the choir director of the Glenlea Mennonite Church, pictured here. While this white clapboard structure wasn’t that different from most prairie churches, I always appreciated the windows you could look through, and as the sages say, they were […]

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Passages

Jim Harrison (December 11, 1937 – March 26, 2016)I was introduced to the poetry of Jim Harrison in the 1980s, likely by Ted Dyck who also introduced me to the poetry of Ed Dorn.  Here’s one of Harrison’s early poems in 1961. “Kinship.”

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BELIEVE YOU ME

Believe you me was a phrase Robert Kroetsch used frequently in his poetry, The Sad Phoenician for example. I seem compelled to explain my new Passages feature, which will end up in a new section to be called LISTENHERE! to go with LOOKIT! and will also become home to podcasts. When asked if I believe […]

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Susann with 2ns 2

Impatience Vic was a good-looking, handsome, healthy boy. Impatience was and still seems to be one of his characteristics. I used the carriage downstairs for his noon naps and the crib upstairs for the night. One September day I had put him to sleep in the carriage and left it in the living room. He […]

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Something I read today.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/11/20/art-monstrous-men/ Monster Seeks Minder This essay starts someplace and goes somewhere else. The hyperlinked Paris Review essay may explain what  I know I need to do, and am getting to, likely too late …but the conflation of being a sexual predator where it starts, as a man a monstrous man to make art, whereas all […]

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SUSANN WITH TWO NS 1

SUSANN STARTS SCHOOL My parents were now well established at their new location, having lived here since 1923. My brother Martin was the only one born at this place–and that at home in the “house end” of a large barn. The new house was located on Buffalo Creek with the east-west road running past our […]

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50th Parallel on the waterfront

Recalibrating I am settling in to my new home on 1st Avenue in the Waterfront Front Centre, handicapped accessible, built and managed by the Betel Home Foundation. The Life Leases have the benefit of the view at the front of the building; I have the benefit of living close to the water, five floors up […]

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My Life is More of a Gravel Road, Really

Sunday Drive along the 49th Parallel My brother took us for a Sunday drive running parallel to the 49th parallel visiting his birth place in Killarney,  the remains of Whitewater and Lena, and the remains of our paternal grandparents and uncle in the Lena cemetery. Lots of gravel roads, and reminiscing about differing memories. Margaret […]

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Good Morning 49!

Good day Sunshine! Another perfect day in the Peace Garden. Here also my bedroom faces mostly east. And the front door faces west. No matter what happens in the morning by mid-afternoon, it’s all sunlight, and hot as the blazes. My thanks to IPG CEO Garry Enns for providing accommodations.  It’s cooler in the bedrooms […]

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All along the 49th Parallel

My stay smack dab in the middle of the universe, in the Peace Garden, all along the 49th Parallel is coming to end. My last day “in person” as Writer-in-Residence is tomorrow from 11 until 3 in the IPG Interpretive Center unless appointments are made. I will continue to work with any writers that approach […]

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