Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Christmas Tree Hunt

A Selection from Personal Mythologies It seems strange that of all my childhood memories of Christmas, only one seems to spring readily to mind—the annual Christmas tree hunt I enjoyed as a boy. But as a writer, I have to … Continue reading

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Barnardo’s Poster Boys in the West Part 2

Introduction Leslie Vivian Rogers—more commonly known by his initials LVR—is the namesake of the high school in Nelson where generations of students spent most of our teen years. Having always been a ‘round peg trying to fit into a square … Continue reading

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Barnardo’s Poster Boys in the West: Part One

Introduction Mention the term ‘home children’—the 100,000 poor British ‘orphans’ emigrated to this country between 1869–1939—and most Canadians will give you a blank stare. Yet by official government estimates, 12 percent of Canadians are descendants of British child immigrants—up to … Continue reading

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The Bard of Christmas Past

Introduction It seems as I get older I find it harder and harder to get into the spirit of the Christmas season. Not the socializing, well-wishing part of it, but the perennial quandary over gift-giving and the continuous commercial pressure … Continue reading

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