Archive for December, 2016

a day in the woods

and so here we are once again at the end of another year.  thought i would take a short stroll into the outback here on the range, take one last look for 016 at those trees and those trails i’ve made!


change comes along no matter what we plan.


i don’t know about you but when i get to this point in the year i always wonder what is going to happen next.  there was a point in time when i was younger i had a pretty good idea what was going to happen.  what good things were just down the road!  but as the years march past, one by one, with fewer pairs of eyes looking back at me, i’ll just up and say it:  i have no idea what is going to happen anymore.


except maybe for this one thing, and this is a good one!  i read through the local CBC pages online and saw the headline:  “Author Joseph Boyden defends Indigenous heritage after investigation, Author claims ‘mostly Celtic heritage,’ with Nipmuc roots on his father’s side, Ojibway on his mother’s”.  it’s quite a story, now on the CBC back pages, old news as it came out yesterday.  if my novel gets anywhere in the coming year, i won’t be defending my Indian heritage!  that much is for sure!

while i stood alone amongst the mighty trees, i thought about that novel project of mine and how it’s finally nearing completion, just a few minor tune ups and it will be ready to go.  but i wonder what troubles i’ll have getting it published.  i mean here i am an Ojibwe Indian from the Sagamok Indio rez, creatively writing about the 60’s Scoop, something i know a thing or two about, and i wonder, what are the chances of me getting in the front door?

i guess we’ll soon see as time seems to fly!

Night on the Range

643 p.m. on Monday night, December 19, rolling up on another Christmas.  Gosh it is supra DARK out every window.  The wind is out there too, not shaking the tent but voicing.  Inside all is well, by the light of candles and a maple blaze in the fireplace.


Raven artwork on stone, 6×8″, by Lynne Gerard.


Raven artwork on stone, 9×11″, with stone candle holder, by Lynne Gerard.


Raven artwork on stone, 7×10″, by Lynne Gerard.

These are three of my favourite pieces in the collection, created by one of my favourite artists, the Great Lynne Gerard.  Her gallery is in the Gore Bay Harbour Centre here on Manitoulin Island, open year round.  Look for the Ravenseyrie Studio & Art Gallery.

Wow!  What beauty!

a tour through the collection

And so here I am in the capital city once again:  very much alone with the other 800 ooo plus!  Kooky scenes on every street corner between here and say…  McKerrow…  (Ha!)

Before I took off this morning I had a long look out every window: a snowscape and peace. The night before: a moonlight landscape.  When I’m on the road, sometimes I dream night and day about getting back.  And when I get back, alone still, in the gigantic silence at the beginning of another northern winter, the bitter morning pill is that some of those ideas are in the past.  And life goes on.  How could I ever be alone with the many ghosts that haunt me?

I looked at my private collection: various places, various artists, and from all points on the compass.  I don’t have permission to show them all but here are a few with permission:


Water colour on paper.  c. 2009 and 2011


“Spooky”, acrylic on canvas, 12×12 inches.  (Rest in Peace Spooky from Hornpayne!)


“untitled Tehkummah landscape”, from the original series, June 2013.  Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10″


“untitled Tehkummah landscape”, from the original series, June 2013.  Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10″


“untitled Tehkummah landscape”, from the original series, June 2013.  Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10″

I caught myself listening to this about four hundred times in the past several days:

I know Kevin C. wrote it many moons ago but I’m liking this new reading x 10 better.  A good listen when alone again on another Friday night in December before the holiday season lands in full.

You can see a lot in a short 24 hours!