Category Archives: Seeing

(Rough) Translations

  This October,  I attended the premiere of RWB’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the film Hannah Arendt at Cinematheque,both damning indictments of totalitarianism and right thinking,[1] and much more interesting than the tragedy of the Harper government or the comedy at Winnipeg City Hall. I intended to do them both at once, but I’ve run

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Two Views of boy – 1

Victor Enns, Boy (Regina, SK: Hagios Press, 2012). 103 pages, $17.95 available from McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by mail reviewed by Jan Horner Victor Enns’s latest book of poetry Boy is a work of memoir. The photograph of his family that illustrates the cover page invites the reader to understand the book as

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Two Views of boy – 2

Victor Enns, Boy (Regina, SK: Hagios Press, 2012). 103 pages, ISBN: 978-1-926710-14-3 available from McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by mail order for $17.95  Reviewed by Angeline Schellenberg Victor Enns’s fourth poetry collection paints a picture of a rural Manitoba boyhood in a time when TV was new and boys could bike across the

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Lucky Man’s New Desk

I’ve needed a new desk for quite a while. Though happy with my tiny teak writing desk, it is very wobbly, and I need to keep pulling the legs straight. I have an iMac Desktop now, heavier than my tough Toshiba laptop and the danger of the desktop plummenting to the floor is very real.

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Watching Sports on TV

    In a recent team-building exercise at work we were asked to list three things our colleagues didn’t know about us, with one of the facts being bogus to make a game of it. I noted I watch golf on the weekends. This is true, while my claim to have read the Dragon Tattoo

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My Father’s Hair

Susann Klassen and Frank F Enns were beautiful and handsome when they were courting and newly married. I’ve always envied my father’s hair. Dad was not  particularly vain, but he had a sense of style well-developed for a Mennonite man of his time (check out his tie!), enough to attract the attention of many young

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Susann’s First Car

My mother bought her first car, a model T I think, when she was 19 in her first year of teaching, breaking every rule in her conservative Mennonite family’s rulebook. This did not phase my dad who cycled to visit on Sundays, and stayed for vaspa, as was the custom. She drove him home after

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Frank & Susann: Lovers, in a Dangerous Time

My father and mother both wrote memoirs, which they’ve given we children. Mum’s are rougher than my Dad’s, she dictated, he typed them, and not very carefully.  My daughter keyed his memoirs into a computer and I’m figuring there is a way to get them posted on the web, and available for download as an

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The Swimmer – Mother at Sea

My mother only learned to swim in her fifties after we moved to Winnipeg. There were few swimmers among southern Manitoba farms kids, and grandmother had a terror of water, losing one of her 11 children when he fell on his face in an icy puddle and drowned. I was an eager swimmer, cycling to

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V’s First Beard & Cowboy Hat

There was a time I had hair. It was fine, and greasy if  I didn’t wash it every day, which I did. This picture is also in Gretna, but when Peter lived in Gretna and taught at the MCI, our old school.  Gear and I went down for a visit, but I will check before

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