Saving the Songs of Innocence

John Dixon

From time to time, Salmonberry Arts will introduce a guest artist. The following short story was written by John Dixon, who has lived in and cruised the Desolation Sound area for many years. SAVING THE SONGS OF INNOCENCE by John Dixon  When I was a little boy, we called them Blackfish. My father and I […]

In Search of Duende

Norm Gibbons

DUENDE HAS its roots in Andalusia. The Romani on their long migrations from Northern India centuries ago are credited with bringing the concept to the West. They would not agree however that duende is a concept. They think of it more literally as a power or force. A fortunate few have seen duende, or heard it, […]

Lake with a Thousand Faces

Rex Weyler

I live on a lake with a thousand faces. Its personality changes not only day-to-day, but moment to moment, one minute menacing and dark, then ethereal with silver light dancing everywhere, and then solemn again, like glass, then lively with trout feeding at the surface. Hague Lake, near the centre of southern Cortes Island, is […]

Freedom: Babatunde Olatunji

Rex Weyler

by Rex Weyler On April 6, 2003, the great ambassador of African music, Babatunde Olatunji, passed on, one day shy of seventy-six, in Monterey, California. The following morning, I looked out over English Bay in Vancouver, a second home for Baba, and recalled the undying rhythms he left in this city, which we still hear […]

Fukushima, & Runaway Trains

Rex Weyler

by Rex Weyler Over 2500 years ago, Chinese Taoist Lao Tzu included precaution among his attributes of wisdom in the Tao Te Ching: “Those who rush ahead don’t go far,” he warned. “Better safe than sorry,” my mother warned me many times. Most mothers have said something similar: “Safety first” or “look before you leap.” […]

Hubris

Norm Gibbons

 HUBRIS by Norm Gibbons In literature we see no better treatment of hubris than in the sonnet poem, Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, first published in 1818. The fair copy draft below (c.1817) gives us an “almost done” feel of the poem as written by the poet.                 […]

Salmonberries

Norm Gibbons

 Salmonberry by Norm Gibbons  Consider the name. Does it not sound like a celebration? On Cortes Island we often curse the more aggressive native plants.  Horsetail, salal, ferns, brambles, and exotics, like couch grass and broom, give us nightmares. They invade gardens, grow over trails and force us to concede that nature remains in charge. […]