Category Archives: HERE & THERE



I’m in Bourgogne for Remembrance Day this year. Everyone here has been touched by the wars, although few will talk about it. Perhaps this is why the French have erected the ubiquitous monuments and plaques commemorating the violence of the … Continue reading

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WHERE THERE’S SMOKE… (English translation of ‘OU IL Y A DE LA BOUCANE…’)

(Translation of French text) To my friends and neighbours in the Lac- Megantic area: The first time I wrote about what I saw happening here I did so in English, because my French isn’t perfect. I didn’t want to open … Continue reading

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À mes cohabitants de la région de Lac-Mégantic : La première fois que j’ai écrit sur ce que je voyais se passer ici, je l’ai fait en anglais, car je n’écris pas parfaitement en français. Je ne voulais pas m’ouvrir à … Continue reading

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The sun seemed to appear from nowhere this morning – almost at the mid-point between the hills that marks the autumn equinox. I was watching the steam rising from the hot-tub, wondering whether that pair of shoes beside it meant … Continue reading

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September @ Heartroot…Septembre @ Heartroot

(la version française suit…) Greetings! Wow…. So much has changed here at Heartroot this summer, on so many levels. Those of you who have not been here for a while will feel quite a shift when you next visit – … Continue reading

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Megantic, Inside Out: another perspective

I used to have to painstakingly describe where Heartroot is: “Oh, so it’s not north of Montreal – where is it then?  The Eastern Townships?  Past Sherbrooke?  Wow – that’s so far away!” Our “so-far-away” community has exploded across screens … Continue reading

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‘It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’, Churchill said of Russia in 1939. Paris, on the other hand, seems to me an oxymoron carved out of a paradox, draped in a conundrum…. Duality in its most … Continue reading

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The Journey of the Nishiyuu: Ottawa, March 25, 2013

Many years ago, I found myself driving through the dark northern wilderness of Manitoba, following a call of Spirit to what turned out to be a 7th Fire Prophecy Ceremony for the Anishnabe, who were understandably surprised when I showed … Continue reading

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Costa Rica, February, 2013

The dense morning mist throbs with birdsong and the sounds of creatures waking throughout the valley of San Ramòn. In the pregnant air of this Galactic Hawk full moon of the Mayan calendar, five large hawks hover, beating a greeting … Continue reading

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British Virgin Islands: November 17, 2012

This morning, unceremoniously, unexpectedly and subsequent to an impromptu change of plans, I found myself in the Garden of Eden. The heat had been getting to me for some reason, so it was a relief to not be attempting the … Continue reading

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