Monthly Archives: October 2012

…the sweep of easy wind and downy flake

My last day in Alberta for a while.  I fly out of Calgary tomorrow, just in time to avoid freezing my ass off.  Winter’s come early this year I believe.   I seem to  recall the prairie’s  long sun-flooded days and balmy nights stretching … Continue reading

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Dreams of Mountains

Dreams of mountains, as in their sleep they brood on things eternal These words are carved over the doorway to El Tovar at the Arizona Grand Canyon National Park.  Sedimentary rock layers in the canyon range from about 200 million … Continue reading

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Slumming in Vegas

The machines, row upon row, rank upon rank, beep, jangle, whir and whoop. I’m in a large city in the western hemisphere, on a continent of the First World, a developed nation, an advanced civilization, so I’m told, a wealthy … Continue reading

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Child of an Atheist attends church for the first time

Calgary Alberta.   Eight year old  Eva and  I attended Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.  Eva pointed out that my blue denim skirt and jacket perhaps resembled jeans too closely to qualify as a ‘goin’ to meetin’ ensemble, but understood … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving customs in the New World

I celebrated thanksgiving at BJs in  Kimberley,  BC,  Canada.  The restaurant side had already closed when we got there at 6:30 pm.  In the  pub side we could smell turkey dinner and pumpkin  pie, but  because eight years old Eva was in our … Continue reading

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Cow Town

I’m in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Calgary is affectionately, or derogatorily, or ironically known as  Cow Town.  I received my first university degree from the University of Calgary. The degree parchment  has an odd coat-of-arms:  a  ferocious bull, two red flags, a scriptural under-girdling in … Continue reading

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Big Foot

By the end of this month I will have taken 13 air flights this calendar year.  One of my green friends levelled criticism at me noting that,  due to air travel,  my carbon footprint is too  large.  In my defence — I am … Continue reading

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