Category Archives: The 49th Parallel

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Towards Boundary Creek

RESEARCH NOTE 1. Boundary Creek Let’s begin. Let’s begin with trains. This beginning fell on my head before dinner, which I enjoyed. First solid food in days, roast beef, baked potato, vegetables for show and the family vegetarian. For sharing her cheese cake and my grandson, she can be any thing she chooses. Let’s begin

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PASSAGES JUNE 24, 2018

Ruth Wiebe, a generous supporter of Mennonite Literary Society 2.0 and its publication Rhubarb, died unexpectedly n St. Boniface Hospital June 2, 2018 in Winnipeg at the age of 71. “I always knew I could give Ruth a call if I needed to check reality – or fantasy for that matter. It’s going to take

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Cecil Taylor – “Dvořák in Reverse”

Cecil Taylor died on April 5, 2018, a connection to remember as the same day as my amputation. I’ve still not finished my hard bop essay, and the connection in the late 50s would be some hard bop sessions and performances with drummer Max Roach, and Taylor’s own hard percussive style.Taylor  was regarded as one

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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.” This content is exclusively available to Patreon members who pledge $ or

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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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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 2 NNS

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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