There is a Doctor, an Elder in our community well into his 90s, and he’s been a very busy gent over the last few months. My parents told me to go and check out the hill near our house, so I headed out, descending down the familiar slope. I was trying not to slip into prickly wild roses, … More Guerilla gardening, to brighten your day!
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Earlier this month I had the privilege of seeing Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip perform one last show in my hometown. Something has come full circle. In 2008, my friend Amelia and I were at Fort Calgary for the Virgin Music Festival. Headlining was the Tragically Hip, so I got two tickets as an … More Thank you, Gord Downie & the Tragically Hip
This post feels more like a personal journal entry, but if anything I hope it helps someone understand their emotions more intimately, and offers up a better way to deal with them. In short, I received some upsetting news about a friend yesterday, and wanted to go as far from view as I could to … More Not In Our Backyard
Being back in the Gwaii, I get to indulge my love of a very specific type of porn. No, you misguided children of the internet; this ‘compulsive interest‘ has nothing to do with the objectification of sex, or the construction of lonesome realities, but is instead a fascination with material abandonment. The history here is rich. … More Once Was, Will Again
Having driven for 3 days, through mountain passes and prismatic autumn forests, sleeping in the beloved adventure van, and then boarding the Northern Expedition for a 7 hour cruise across the Hecate Strait, I’ve finally arrived in the place that has dominated my consciousness for the last year and a half. Anyone who knows me … More A Long-Awaited Return to Haida Gwaii
Third eyelid falls heavy, it’s easy to close, in afternoon shadows, curled up to write prose. So what if I sleep? Is that how I feel? Like everything’s nothing, and nothing is real. Write what I mean? How about mean what I write? The world has turned backwards, and no one’s contrite. It’s two things at … More So What if I Sleep?
I thought I’d try something a little different, on this gorgeous Albertan spring-time afternoon! So here we go – a review of the electronic/techno/future bass artist LongWalkShortDock‘s latest album, Squashing Machine. Now, it’s not often that you come across an electronic album that invites unexpected empathy with a spazstic capacity to get you punching … More MUSIC REVIEW! LongWalkShortDock: The Righteously Angsty Electronic Music To Which You’ve Always Wanted To Rage
As I hope you’ve all heard by now – and just a few days after Canada Water Week – in 2012, the Harper government removed substantial protections on our bodies of water. This issue has come up again in the past month, as companies like Nestlé and those operating in the Albertan oil Sands challenge the … More The End of Canada.
Happy Valentine’s Day, beautiful people! It feels safe to say that we all think a little extra about love around this time. Sadly, at least a part of the reason why is because we’re bombarded with awkward, completely unnecessary advertisements fueled by a consumerist ideology – but I’ll try really hard to refrain from being … More A belated Valentine’s to you too!