Guardian Farmers

– defenders of a way of life. Written for Small Farmer’s Journal The story is getting out that Michael, a local farmer, left his farm and family to join the Rural Life Defence Force (RLDF). And because the story is public now I expect its OK for me to let you in on...

Opa’s Door

his lunch tray half eaten set out to one side and Oma’s name removed routinely from the other greets us with roger whittaker’s o come all ye faithful in decibels that defy yet unannounced determined to belong we push into his loneliness setting free a blast of o this...

About the Land

– for Geez Magazine, Winter 2008 So how do we live lives of honour when the land we inhabit has been stolen? Most moments of most days I can ignore the question. I’ve never pointed a gun forcing anyone to vacate their home. It wasn’t my grandparents who delivered...

Natural Capitalism

– Hold On To Your Hats – written for ‘Down to Earth – Guide to Organics in Manitoba. Every night as my family heads up to the TV room to load up on the latest war news, I pull out a book I’ve been reading called ‘Natural Capitalism’ by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L....

The Turtle’s Back

– Submitted to CBC’s Search for the 7 Wonders of Canada There’s a rise of land in southwest Manitoba that embodies the understated greatness of Canada. We can take back-roads lined by 100 year-old oaks up to Lake William – watching for moose, elk and...

Oma’s Table

how is it i ask with thirty years of hindsight and four indulged and clammering children round our own that when we gathered everyone who mattered from the final hymn and handshake we the pride and joy the blessings and the stuff of dreams for their abundant lives...