The Land of Promise

Eyesight

My family has issues with eyesight.  All of us wear glasses or contact lenses of some sort, and some have had cataract surgery.  My mother has glaucoma and other eye issues, which makes life difficult, although she manages to get around by familiarity with her...

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The Life Raft

When we were children, my brothers would at times try to build a floating raft, using spare boards and bits of rope.  We watched many dramatic films of life and death experiences aboard life rafts, battling waves and sharks and storms, and craved those exciting...

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The Blue Moon

At the finish of October this year, I chanced to gaze on the inky night sky to admire the lovely round face of the blue moon.  Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “once in a blue moon”, meaning “not very often”.  Indeed, a blue moon is the second of two full moons in...

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Black and White Photographs

I once took a class in black and white photography at a local art school, our first assignment being to take interesting photos to develop in the school photo lab.  I spent happy hours photographing the Rideau Canal locks in Ottawa, and the lovely sculptural art...

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The Sword of the Spirit

I have been fascinated with archaeology since I was young, immersed in our family’s National Geographic magazines and books.  Many hours were spent looking at the finds in Egypt and South America!  In recent years, I enjoy watching episodes of Time Team and Digging...

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The Burning Bush

The forests  of eastern Ontario are susceptible to fires in the hot summer months, especially if there has been a drought.  The Fire Ban prohibits campfires and burning of brush; even a tossed aside cigarette butt can ignite the forest.  Most dreaded...

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Shirley Moulton

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