Category Archives: Canadiana

Mad with heat

The air crackles like an oven. Grass, dry as cinder, crawls with critters mad with heat. One spark is all it takes for houses to shoot up in flames, the hot breath of the wind fanning the fire in a … Continue reading

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All jazzed up

Summer night in Berlin 1939. Long shadows are creeping up the walls and the linden trees are in full bloom, scenting the air with sugar and spice. From behind a boarded up window comes the plaintive wail of a saxophone, … Continue reading

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Fateful encounters in the New World

The fire crackles in the hearth, fragrant fir and pine needles whirling up like fireflies through the smokehole of the longhouse. Wrapped in rich beaver furs, the Elders pass the pipe around the circle, telling of stories from long ago, … Continue reading

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Diwali lights

The clay pots sputter with the glowing lights of fragrant oils. Firecrackers burst through the door and the smell of curry and cumin pierces the enclosed air of the community centre. The soft patter of Henna-ed feet on the reddish … Continue reading

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Epic slice of history

The horses snort and stamp the frozen ground, chafing against their bridle, plumes of foggy breath rising in the mist. The smell of pine tar and wet leather tickles the riders’ nostrils, eyes watering over, noses running, whiskeyed tongues flicking … Continue reading

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Fall bounty

You may have seen Doc Martin, which uses Cornish things. It gives pretty landscapes, but robs the wind of wings. I have seen Port Quin cove turn into sparkling froth. I’ve watched the emmets flee when gales scream aloft. It’s … Continue reading

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New beginnings

The campus is swarming with new grads, silky black gowns fluttering in the balmy breeze, caps adding an air of distinction to joyous faces. The air is crackling with anticipation and a heightened sense of expectation for the future. Doors … Continue reading

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