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Was There Something in the Air That Year?

No Man’s Brother (1984) There I was, writing a book about furtrading in the Canadian North, and suddenly I realized I’d been pipped at the post. Obviously, these things happen, but it knocked the wind out of my literary sails. … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (VIII)

Chapter Eight Meanwhile, Pierre was dreaming, too. But his dream was not pleasant. In fact, he was having a nightmare about his close brush with death at the hands of his Mohawk capturers. Scenes of scalding, joint amputations, beatings and … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (VII)

Chapter Seven Kijik lay on her mat, a satisfied smile playing at the corners of her lips. She’d been dreaming of her god-spirit and he had been showing her intimacies that had so far eluded her experience. With each dream-vision, … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (VI)

Chapter Six “To begin with, I was adopted in my early teens by a Mohawk family. They saved me from a torturous death and to them I shall be eternally grateful. Then I escaped from the tribe by killing three … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (V)

Chapter Five “Welcome, friend from the People of the Place of Fire, how was your voyage?” Pierre looked up to see the huge Indian in front of him. Holding out his hand in friendship, he said, “Greetings from the Potawatomi, … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (IV)

Chapter Four Ahmik stood apart from the rest of his tribe, in many ways. He was tall, handsome and well-muscled. He was also chaste, a most unusual trait. For days at a time, he would think about Kijik, because he … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (III)

Chapter Three She was called Kijik, meaning ‘Sunshine’, by her abductors. Although her disposition was basically sunny, she didn’t always feel that way, especially these days. Sometimes her feelings were so passionate, and her moods so petulant, that she would … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (II)

Chapter Two Pierre felt relaxed. The water was lapping the sides of his canoe gently and the sound of his paddle dipping into the surface of the lake served to keep a steady beat for the sounds from the wilderness … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (a manuscript)

Chapter One The beaver house stood in the middle of the pond. No one was around. The snow lay in drifts on the bank of the pond as ice totally covered the water, except for a large slit which wasn’t … Continue reading

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Is the Social Experiment of Planet Earth Coming to an End?

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) This post has been prompted by an article about the real life experiment that inspired this story. The parallels between rats and human society is uncanny. But it also hints at what … Continue reading

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