Dear Bec I am so proud of you for standing up for yourself. I know you have it in you to not let people run you over. So keep up the good work. You deserve all that is good in the world. Stay in touch I love you more then you will ever know. You… Continue reading Blood and Water
4 of us pack our lives into a car much too small and drive across the country. Last night and the night before we lived at the Howard Johnson, sleeping 4 to a bed and turning side to side to share cuddles. From the far side, a hand reaches over to pat my hair and… Continue reading Goodbye, Northern Ontario
We cycle through the emergency room with abscesses and bronchitis and tendonitis and regardless of whatever logging or mining town we find ourselves in, the questions are the same. Filling out the forms is hard. What is my address? Where am I from? Easy questions, standard questions, elusive to me, to the hitchhiker who sits… Continue reading “Where are you from?” and the associated answers
Trying to find our fathers, we arrive to the northern towns where they once lived, as if they might still be found on the streets. Distance is not a time machine- the mines are changed and the trucks are bigger and shinier. There’s even a place to get lattes, now, down the road from the… Continue reading We forgot
Well surely this is as good as it gets, cruising down Waxatike on a water run with your friends. Four people to do a one person chore, three more to swim in the beaver creek, cold and reedy and clean. The gold truck, hardhats and shovels rattling around your feet, windows down, music loud, the… Continue reading Is this real life?
Here’s the way to live life- Upon being asked if you can drive a school bus, whilst the answer legally is ‘Yes, if it is empty,’ the logical answer is ‘No, I never have before.’ Technicalities. You end up veering down highway 11 in a bus with no brakes, filling up with diesel at Pepco… Continue reading Bad bitches don’t need no men
Ordering $16,000 worth of Sysco products to feed 100+ people in remote bush camps makes line cooking a 700 cover brunch look easy. Sticking to budget, providing morale, meeting nutritional needs and generally knowing that if you forget something it isn’t a 2 minute walk to the cornerstore to pick it up are all contributing… Continue reading Dispatches