Rise, Spring Sun

Winter slinks into view,

a wily stranger

from the unforgiving east, a weather feast

alighting on the land,

suffering shadows.

Here I ignite my stove,

cedar and fir burn,

as I peer into the night, content to hide,

to shelter in the warmth,

the comfort of home.

On the coming morrow,

snow mantles the earth,

the Beaufort Hills glisten with streaks of brilliance,

the softening of time,

the rising spring sun.


Epidemic Noir: A brief examination of two great film noir, “The Killer That Stalked New York” and “Panic in the Streets.” And a big thank you to Charli Mills and The Carrot Ranch.

Given the current COVID-19 rampage, and my rather melancholic, long-time predisposition to be an epidemic junkie, this essay, which first appeared on Charli Mill’s blog, The Carrot Ranch, will draw on two thrillers from 1950:  Elia Kazan’s, Panic in the Streets, and The Killer That Stalked New York, a more obscure film, by director Earl McEvoy. When […]


A modest cancellation…

This will be a brief post. Most folks are, I imagine, following the COVID-19 Pandemic and the daily, hourly reporting. It is unfolding with a swift and punishing lucidity. As borders close, as we grow inward, there is an amazing universal overlay. We are becoming at once both increasingly isolated and much more a part […]


The Ormsby Review’s review of “Voices From Hornby & Denman IslandHome Support 1979-2019

This past autumn, the Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society whose Board of Directors I have the privilege of chairing, published a seventy-six-page book, Voices From Hornby & Denman Island Home Support 1979-2019, to honour forty years of Home Support delivery on our two Islands. Edited/Composed with skill, passion, and pleasure by historian Dr. […]