Becoming an urbanite


I've lived a lot of my life in the grimness of suburbia. You know - the large lawns, the well-spaced houses, located around schools and playing fields. The places from which you must drive to get anywhere exciting - or you can walk around your suburban block and watch other's lawns grow, admire their gardens,…

The country in six days, ending with an exclamation point…


Of course everyone is focused on the madman attack on Parliament Hill, that total abnormality here in Canada, where representatives of the people feel free to walk and work without fear of assault. (well, at least until now). I'm not going to write about that, sad though it is. Suffice to say the assault brought…

Wishing and dreading and hoping…


I have just read a novel of such unspeakable beauty that I am overwhelmed. Donna Morrissey's Sylvanus Now is breathtaking, right from the first vision of Sylvanus jigging fish: right forearm up, left forearm down, left forearm up, right forearm down; to the vision of Adelaide's eye, sparkling blue. It's a novel about the changing…