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Christmas Letter 2014

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Queen of the Season

—for Anne   We struggle through soggy snow, our snowshoes a doubting Thomas unable to waterwalk, each sunken step the link in a lifeline cast back to the road.   Granite ridges rise on either side of us, indifferent in … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter: 2013–Its Royal Thirteenness

I want to offer this Christmas Letter/essay to all my blog readers as a kind of gift for persisting with me throughout the year. Thank you for your support of my work. And what a year it was…. What a … Continue reading

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A Barnardo’s Christmas in Canada: Part 2

The text of this special 1901 Christmas event for ‘Barnardo boys’ is somewhat confusing as to its location. Written by Edmund Struthers, manager of Barnardo’s Russell, Manitoba Farm Home, it first appears to have been held at the Winnipeg home … Continue reading

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A Barnardo’s Christmas in Canada: Part 1

Ah, Christmas—that celebration of light and greenery in the midst of short, cold, often grey days. We take it for granted these days but even a brief perusal of the history of Christmas reveals that the shape and character of … Continue reading

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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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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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