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Disloyal Subjects

“Flush it out of the park.” Harsh words in my diary written after Magellan and I hiked the King’s Throne Trail in Yukon’s Kluane National Park. Followed by this: “A dump of a hike.” The hike reminded me of a book by a husband-and-wife team, our favourite authors on hiking trails, called Don’t Waste Your […]

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One Bar

Look at this, Magellan says more frequently during COVID, calling me to his computer screen to see the latest camping equipment he’s discovered. Not a better shower or a brighter lantern. It’s big-ticket items. Like a Defender. Pulling a Conqueror UEV-490 trailer, engineered and built in Australia. It is the Swiss Army Knife of off-road […]

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A Mixed Bouquet of Poems for World Poetry Day 2021

Who are the poets whose verse helps you feel and see more deeply into the experience of life? Or do you prefer poetry that’s foggily disorienting, that offers no safe harbour of meaning? Or do you embrace poems in any form? Today, March 21 is World Poetry Day but during transformative events like COVID, poetry’s […]

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O-sa-KA!

O-sa-KA! O(h) we’d like to return. A realization we came to while there. Japan’s culinary capital, the country’s rebel, Osaka is an exclamation of colour, a city calling out, “Stay longer! Come Back!”

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Would you like it?

The stave church of Borgund is a paradox. Tarred all-black, dark as a smokehouse, roof tiles overlapping like scales on a mythological dragon, its aura foreboding. At the same time, it appears whimsical, like a fairy-tale castle, a bewitching place, but for a good sorceress. A paradox I’m attributing to when it was built, 1180, […]