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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. […]

Denman Island, DIRA, and the VIRL : A Personal History in response to a recent Facebook Discussion

  For reasons I know not, decades ago, a decision was made not to institute a branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Denman Island. I suspect that people were happy with the local volunteer library, the Dora Drinkwater. Jump forward a decade or two. Shortly after I moved to Denman in 2004, senior […]