Monthly Archives: January 2011

Shackleton’s memorial marker

Yesterday, I received a postcard from my friend Rooth. “Just came from Shackleton’s grave where we toasted his memory with some Guiness.” The stamp bears a photograph of a Chinstrap penguin and the words South Georgia, Antarctic Isle. Something about … Continue reading

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Toast to lives while living

As Heather was going out the door this morning she said: “I didn’t read that post you did, the one that you didn’t write. Why would I read something you just lifted from someone else?” Good point. Good lesson. It’s … Continue reading

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David Noble, modern Luddite

I suppose it’s a casualty of the job. There I was slated to summarize the life of this extraordinary individual when suddenly he was knocked off the grid. I pitched; my editor caught. I rounded up interviews, gathered research materials, read … Continue reading

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Take time in life to honour in death

The obituary I wrote on Carol La Prairie made it into this morning’s Globe and Mail and slashed a nasty crease along her face. The sun wasn’t yet up. At -20 it was frigid cold outside my front door; the paper sweated … Continue reading

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More on Noah Augustine, Mi’kmaq Chief

  As promised, I’m adding a link to the published obituary. It was in the paper on Christmas eve, the “Special Holiday Edition.” Although I was pleased it engendered perhaps a larger reading audience than usual, it saddened me to return … Continue reading

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Snow day, snow death

Don’t you find it annoying how “weather” has become big news? It’s Canada. It’s January. And it snows. Does this really qualify it for the lead story on-the-hour and in-depth interviews with meteorologists? I tend to think no, it doesn’t. And … Continue reading

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A funeral in my brain

You might have noticed. But probably not. I took an entire uninterrupted holiday over Christmas and that meant resting my fingers except for the activity required in turning pages in books and newspapers. Yes, turning pages. New leaves. Retiring to the … Continue reading

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