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Aug. 28th, 2012

Grief and immortality...

When young is young, the reality of death is a hard thing to grasp. It is something that happens to other people, a thing that you think will never happen to you or those close to you. It is something distant and vague like shadows in the evening gloom, a thing that disappears if you stare at it for too long...

As one grows older, the realities of life and death set in. I've lost grandparents in the last few years, even a couple of distant cousins, but in the last day I've come to realize that I've been very lucky when it comes to those that I know and love...

I lost an old friend yesterday, a guy I've known for twenty plus years, a guy I thought would probably never die, considering all of the stupid stuff we did and survived during the uncertain years of the adolescence we shared.

Time catches up with all of us and life is short. That lesson hits harder today than it ever has before. Yesterday, in the shattered wreckage of a Cessna 172 airplane ended the life of one of the greatest guys I have ever known.

Rest in peace Mike, You were a great pilot and a even better friend. I will do what I can for those you have left behind.

I miss you old friend. Life just won't be the same without you around.

Jul. 29th, 2012

A couple of pics from the heart of Wild Rose Country...

Still alive and kicking, just rarely online for the same reasons as ever. Life is good and the whole crew of us have been finding fun despite a summer of torrential rains and stifling humidity.

I've also started writing again. Nothing much yet but I have been steadily scratching away at the long forgotten, half finished chapter of The gift of a Stranger.

Wish me luck....



Jan. 21st, 2012

Yup, still alive.

It's been a long time hasn't it?

So much has changed in the last year that I scarcely know where to begin. My once simple, predictable life is no more. Events have been set in motion that will ensure an interesting future for me.

A house has been purchased on four acres of land, and in a couple of weeks, the girlfriend and her kids are moving in with me. This is a huge change for me, the man who was once so sure that he would remain a solitary bachelor for the duration of his years. There are sure to be some trying times ahead but there will be good times too. At least there are plenty of places to escape to if things inside the house try my patience too much. Four acres of boreal forest leaves plenty of places to hide :)

With these big changes I will be online even less than usual. The rural location of my new place has made internet choices limited and I have other, more important things to look after for the time being.

My writing, as you can imagine, may be even more sporadic. Or perhaps it won't. I might be able to use it as an excuse to escape from the girls for an hour or two. Only time will tell. I haven't given up on that front yet and hopefully I never will.

Mar. 1st, 2011

The end of an era

And so the first day of March dawns clear and bitterly cold at -32C. Winter will just not let go easily this year.

A rare sick day at home for me today. Some major sinus congestion and a sore throat has made sure I haven't strayed too far from the couch or bed for most of the day.

Just a heads up to those who still follow my writings, even though I haven't updated in a very long time. My webpage will be going offline soon, probably within days. After almost nine years, Furtopia is bringing and end to their webhosting services and my site will quietly die when they finally flip the switch. I have neither the time nor the inclination to move the site to another host so if you still wish to follow my writings, you can find most of what I had on my homepage at either www.raccoons-bookshelf.com or www.furrag.com. Any further updates will be posted to either of those sites. I'll still continue posting the odd bit and news of any updates here on this blog.

Feb. 5th, 2011

Writer's Block: The start of something wonderful

What is your favorite opening line of a book, and why?

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

Fantastic series of books. I really must get around to reading them again...

And just because I can, a pictureCollapse )

Jan. 16th, 2011

Winter thoughts...

What started out as a so called 'normal' winter has now gone full out retard. It hasn't been above -20C in near three weeks, There's more snow on the ground now than any other time in the last thirty five years (a bit over three feet in my yard!) and there's six more inches in the forecast by tomorrow night. Truth be told I'm running out of places to put the stuff after shovelling out the sidewalk, and if it wasn't for all wheel drive, I wouldn't be getting my car out of the driveway anytime soon.

The cold is a normal thing for northern prairie dwellers like me; the snow is something else entirely. Usual total snowfall for the entire winter is usually around four feet and the winter is just getting started. At least the skiing will be good this year...

Haven't been online much in recent times, as you may or may not have noticed. Life has been keeping me busier than usual, and in a good way too.

Oddly enough, amongst the mayhem there have even been a few signs of life when it comes to getting back writing. A few pages have been scribbled down and tucked away, perhaps to be finished some time soon, but then again, perhaps not.

And since this journal is becoming more of a photo blog than anything else, here's a few recent pics...

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Nov. 29th, 2010


I do believe this past weekend will linger long in my memories as the best one I have had in decades, if not my entire life.

Wow, just wow ... sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them.

Oct. 24th, 2010

My home for the last six days...

Home for the last six days...

A holiday far from the reaches of civilization (in this case, 10km from the nearest road) sure does mind and body good. Sampled some of the local fare too, and turned this guy as well as a couple of grouse into a very tasty stew.


Came back empty handed as far as larger game went but there's plenty of time left in the season for me to have a chance to restock the freezer.

First snow of the year today, a bit of wet stuff that is quickly melting away as soon as it falls, a sure sign of the world winding down into winter...

Jul. 30th, 2010

The sunset road.

May you find peace and happiness at the end of the trail....


Jul. 16th, 2010

A sad anniversary...

It's been a year since our paths diverged, and even though much has changed since then I still miss you, old friend.


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