Category Archives: This & That

PHYSICAL HEALTH

UPDATE MARCH 27, 2018 Good news and bad news. My blood pressure is a low 110 over 70, not unusual in our family, my father and brother the exceptions. It seems I arrived at my GP’s with barely a pulse. The doc checked the pulse in my feet, including the one that will be sacrificed […]

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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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CUT IT OFF

February 4, 2017 My left foot offends me I say cut it off, I’ll take my chances with my remains propped up by phantoms, prescriptions and prosthesis, I will never be any more lame. Give me a bounce like Tigger, a dance like Calvin’s, and a song like bp nichol, just leave me one leg […]

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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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Novel Memoir pain room is a new project I am initiating, with Murray Toews providing the visuals.  This is where it starts. Should I be successful in my funding applications there is a plan to set up a separate domain and website. In the meantime I will start posting fragments, quotes, audio and additional images. […]

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Ice Queen

While Gimli was celebrating the ice with our annual Ice Festival I stayed home to play Ice Queen, Sue Foley’s terrific new release. I’ve been a fan a long time. The last record I liked this much was produced by Colin Linden, Love Comin Down (20o0), winning a Juno in 2001. She is at the […]

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Passages

I’ve been wondering why, as an unbeliever,  I am placing podcasts and passages on a Sunday, with an unexpected degree of reverence. I was planning to read something from  Salvation Blues, nominated for a Griffin and gifted to me by Maurice Mierau (thanks). It has “remained in circulation,” in  my homes and I still hope […]

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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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PASSAGES

      Billy Graham died last week at age 99. Here’s his long take on Devils and Demons. Sermons over 20 minutes, too long. But listen to the man’s voice for just a few minutes. I’ll archive this link in March. https://ca.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&param2=31c554ca-29d6-434c-8933-c334eadb054b&param3=email_100.3~CA~appfocus1&param4=googlesearch%2cg-v12-bb8~Firefox~Billy+Graham&param1=20171220&p=Billy+Graham&type=em_appfocus1_ff  

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My Playlist February 2018

Having replaced my stereo needle, my stylus for my turntable, I am listening to my record albums when I’m in my writing studio. My awesome Monsoon computer speaker system is falling apart, past the point the where Bob at the Columbia Radio repair shop (1151 Sanford) can put it together again. Bach partita no.5 in […]

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