Archive for April 2015

Greenland: Stark Majesty at the Top of the World

Greenland: Stark Majesty at the Top of the World
Greenland is the largest island in the world. A majestic but severe world that is defined by ice. The Inuit people who live there have twenty-three words for ice. Ice that glows green under the quivering lights of the Aurora Borealis. Ice that shimmers pink in the glow of the midnight sun. Ice that contains... Read more »

Bulgaria: Poetry in Cyrillic Script

Bulgaria: Poetry in Cyrillic Script
I knew very little of Bulgaria before writing this post, except that Bulgaria was recently listed as the most miserable country in the European Union. Naturally, I wondered how it got that unfortunate distinction. But my gut told me there must be more to Bulgaria than its unfavorable position on an internet list. I was... Read more »

British Columbia: Peace at the 49th Parallel

British Columbia: Peace at the 49th Parallel
At the border of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and Blaine, Washington, U.S.A., lies the famous Peace Arch, built by Sam Hill. It marks the spot known as the “Peace Arch Border Crossing”, one of the busiest border crossings between Canada and the United States. The arch also commemorates the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of... Read more »
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Newfoundland: Open Spaces, Open Hearts

Newfoundland: Open Spaces, Open Hearts
The first time I uttered the word Newfoundland, I was pointing at a photo of a Newfoundland puppy. Pleading with my mother to let us have one. Mom looked around our small suburban ranch house. Pointed to an adjoining photo of an adult Newfoundland dog. Large as a black bear. I never got the Newfie. Today,... Read more »