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The Caravan – Fragment #77

Hilary had flown in from Regina three days before to help Mona downsize their family home in preparation for moving their father into an assisted-living apartment. “I thought we’d tackle the backyard today,” her sister told her at the breakfast table. Their father was nowhere in sight, but vague murmurs of a TV morning show […]

Borden and Canada’s One Hundred Dollar Bill

Robert Laird Borden, a lawyer and politician, became Canada’s eighth Prime Minister in 1911 and was in office until 1920. He was elected as head of the Conservative Party in 1901. He was actually a member of three political parties – Liberal (1867-1891), Conservative (1891-1917, 1922-1937) and Unionist (1917-1922). Borden led Canada through World War […]

King and Canada’s Fifty Dollar Bill

William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s tenth prime minister. He served as PM three times, 1921-1926, 1926-1930 and 1935-1948. Major world events during his time in office included post-World War I reconstruction, the stock market crash of 1929 and World War II. At first glance, it might be difficult to believe that Mackenzie King was […]

Dress in the Window

It is the colour of a prairie winter sun– palest of yellows, sleeveless, it’s bodice richly embroidered with small, dark blue and dusky rose flowers, train trailing serpentine like a question mark, in the shop window. She sees a life together with him shimmering like a mirage in the desert sun of his absence. What […]

Elizabeth II and Canada’s Twenty Dollar Bill

As Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth appears on our country’s twenty-dollar note and has done so since 1952, the year she became queen. Her Royal Highness first appeared as Princess Elizabeth, when she was eight years old, on the $20 bill issued in 1935, as the granddaughter of the king, George V. Over years, […]

Nothing is Different

She is determined to dance gracefully; spin slowly while her skirt billows outward drifting on soft currents of air, unseen. She suspects she has been here before, but she is not sure. Familiarity confuses her. She hears voices from the past– voices of people who have already vanished from her world. She dances again, daring […]