Tag: family
Looking across the Salish Sea to Lasqueti Island

Please, No Frozen Graveyard For Me

Posted: March 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm   /   Gulf Islands, The 401

By Rose Willow Photos: Anthony Hutchins As another autumn approached and the otters splashed in the little cove in front of our house, and the sky turned crimson at dusk, Tony refilled our glasses with homemade blackberry wine, and brought up the subject of aging. He began by mentioning those who had left Lasqueti Island […]

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Williams and family

The Man in the Pictures

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Chelsea Mark “Hard to look at these, I miss him still.” My mother’s sad tone seeps through as I read these words in her e-mail, accompanied by photos of a man who wears the same smile that she often does. The build of his body is similar to that of my Aunt Joan — tall and […]

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Ivy Johnson with ventriloquist dummy

The Youngest Ventriloquist in the World

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm   /   The 401, Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Alexandria Stuart The air in England’s West Midlands in 1907 was thick with the dust of coal fires. Once-white bedclothes, hung to dry, took on a shadowy tinge of grey. In a Birminghan home, in a spartan bedroom, the figure seated in a straight-back wooden chair towered over Ivy Johnson. The little girl stretched […]

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St. Michael's Residential School, Alert Bay, BC

Home Again

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm   /   North V.I.

By Alexandria Stuart Nanaimo was in the middle of a heat wave as my boyfriend Sean and I set out on our “nearcation” to northern Vancouver Island, A/C on high. The familiar landscape of coastal British Columbia flew by: Moss-draped forests alternated with scabs of clear-cut, blanketed in pink fireweed as the land tried to heal […]

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A gaily painted house in Sointula (photo:Sointula Resource Centre)

Home Again (Part Two)

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm   /   North V.I.

The village of Sointula, Malcolm Island’s main port, looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Brightly coloured sea shacks dotted the waterfront and the homes lining the main street, sitting on small, tidy fenced lots, were gaily painted. Sointula, meaning “place of harmony,” was settled in the early 1900s by Finnish immigrants fleeing […]

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Calendar with yellow highlights

Seizure Salad

Posted: February 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Katelyn Ross Looking at the calendar, I’m reminded it’s been a stressful month. Many of the days when I should have been at school are marked with a yellow highlighter. The semester is ending and I’m under pressure and scrambling to catch up. I’ve missed my Creative Writing class almost every week. Today I […]

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