Author: philipc

Springtime…at last

Spring arrives late in a northern city. My mother always said one couldn’t plant before the Victoria Day Weekend…the third weekend of May. I miss the wonderful springtime in Bavaria, which lingers between the thick-laden snows and the delicate summer alpine meadows. But it has come at last to my part of the world, and..

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Crisis and the common good

Near the end of WWII, when the world was going through a shock of another kind, Charles de Koninck wrote: A society composed of individual persons who esteem their private good above the common good, or who confuse the common good with the private good of each conceived as a sort of singular thing, as..

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Blue Monday

Blue Monday is today… the “bluest” day of the year. To combat it, I’ve looked up an old friend… Dick Francis and his murder-mysteries. I’m curling up today and reading Odds Against. Slipping into another world from that of the slate-skied, deep winter prairies. Only wish I had a fireplace!

Ice Fog

We had “ice fog” this week in Edmonton, a fog that arises when it is so cold the humidity in the air freezes and the world is dressed in shadow. Amazing. Ice crystals dancing in the air: ” When a prairie winter hits its stride, the vapour in the air freezes and the empty spaces..

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Interview to come!

I recently sat down with Hannah and Owen, who had agreed two years ago to read an early version of the manuscript for Ivan the Giant. At that time, I needed a pair of “younger eyes” to gain a better perspective on my draft.. and maybe inject some new enthusiasm too! They were a big..

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By the time I was eleven, like Ivan, I had lived in Melfort (where’s that!?), St. Albert (where’s that?), Montreal (OK), Calgary (again, OK) and Kamloops (?), and we were just preparing to move to Saskatoon. It was confusing even to me, but it was my normal. Maybe this is why I write about friends, because we kept moving away from friends when I was young.

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