This Is the Way It Is

Singing O Canada

  I get mixed up when I sing our National Anthem. They changed the words on me in 1980 and I’ve been confused ever since. First performed in 1880, it was originally written in Quebec in French and called “Chant National” – words by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier, music by Calixa Lavallee. Before 1880, English Canada […]

Through the Years

She wishes she could talk to her again. Explain how small she feels passing through the years. She wishes she could gather the child she was in her arms; gather together all the clues scattered throughout her time here on earth; analyze them, rearrange the facts until they both can make sense of this chaos […]

Taken Seriously

She stands tall against the winds of skepticism and unkind words. Her path is clear. This journey she has embarked upon is of her own choosing. She cares, but does not mind, that she travels alone. She stands tall in front of barred gates and reasoned indifference. They, the all-powerful they, can do as they […]

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 […]