Category Archives: death

Virginia and Roger

I have lost friends, some by death… others through sheer inability to cross the street. In this madly slap-dash way we’re living, with twisted wires limply cascading from our ears and the steady thrum of recorded voice pressing against our … Continue reading

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Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

This picture arrived in my email inbox from Victoria, B.C. on one of those dreadful when-will-spring-arrive mornings. For a minute or so after it landed, I brooded no longer. I imagined drifting with the deer on ocean air among the … Continue reading

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To Min love Lucy

Postcard to Miss M. Judd, 2 Clifton Road, Folkstone. August 5, 1914:  Dear Min. I am so glad you are having a nice time. Isn’t the war dreadful? My brother and his chum have volunteered for the front, starting this … Continue reading

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Monumental Women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m unearthing a story I wrote five years ago and stretching it to fill a few blog posts. Because I want to stretch the celebration of the day. I published this  essay in Herizons, a … Continue reading

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The nameless ship that came after the Titanic

Assignment envy, that’s what I’ll call it. My colleague, Nora Ryell, is writing an obituary about a life I want to tell. Here are the highlights: Gladys O’Connor died in Toronto on February 25th at age 108. Gladys and her family sailed to … Continue reading

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George Clooney steadied my step

Kind of a rough day, the one before the last one, so I fled to the cinema. It’s often like this. Not anything overwhelmingly terrible about the day, oh no not that, but I craved the chance to slide over … Continue reading

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Giuseppe Penone: The Hidden Life Within

One day, about ten years ago, Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone went shopping. He came home with a 11,000 pound Lebanese cedar tree, one of thousands that had fallen during a wicked wind storm behind the Palace of Versailles. He took … Continue reading

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