Monthly Archives: December 2013

Disturbing the Dead, a Read Island, B.C. Tale

Disturbing the Dead?
Homesteading on Read Island, BC Was a Struggle for Many

Daisy Pearl McLennan told her family very little about her childhood. She said, with a touch of pride, that she was the first white child born on Read Island, BC, on February 12, 1893. Her mother, she said, died in childbirth and shortly thereafter her heartbroken father sent Daisy to an orphanage, where he visited her on occasion. And that was it. Case closed on Daisy’s childhood.

When Daisy’s grandchildren Lois and Karen began to put their family’s genealogy together many decades later some conflicting details emerged—so they dug […]

Courage Is Grace Under Pressure (Ernest Hemingway)

Courage Is Grace Under Pressure (Ernest Hemingway)
Think of yourself as a big game hunter.

Not the rugged steel-eyed type in a 4WD Landcruiser; 40 gallon tank full of fuel, bolt action repeating rifle with telescopic sights, and the open savannah where predator meets prey.

Not the well-heeled trophy hunter with a protective backup of scouts, driver, and extra artillery. No.

I’m talking about your great-great-great+ hunter-gatherer ancestor who ran down antelope bare footed, spear in hand, and mostly naked. The one who had to rely entirely on embodied physical, mental and spiritual resources to sustain the steady pace that would eventually exhaust […]