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Grow Mercy

Last Build Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:18:04 +0000


My Father is…

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:47:56 +0000

…up long before dawn, deep winter, 40 below, helping a neighbour jump-start his truck; …in a darkened farm shed bent over a steel disc, shocks of light coming from a 7018 welding rod collide with shafts of sun angling in through chinks in the log walls; …in the plywood-sided bin by the slough, dust balloons...

And what of families touched by suicide?

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 16:20:26 +0000

No, touched doesn’t name it; more like being struck by a semi load of girders. And some families are struck more than once. A few days ago a man I knew died by suicide. He was an acquaintance, but my wife and his wife were closer, had shared important moments together, encountered common themes in...

How to be good at life – a one point plan

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:05:52 +0000

In 1971 I sat in The Spingside Café with a friend drinking carafe-scorched coffee, listening to some old guys across the aisle talking: “No, it was the winter of ‘57 when the snow was that deep. I remember ‘cause I couldn’t get half my crop in.” “Oh hell, the years are running together on me,”...

Where I interview an aging man who hopes to pass a life exam

Sun, 07 May 2017 15:43:47 +0000

Lac Ste Anne, Alberta  December, 2016 Life is short, but how trite to say… What do you mean? I mean we say this but rarely think it through, which makes it hackneyed, trite. What would it mean to untrite it? Well, nobody really wants to sleep walk through their days. Life is short could be...