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Cortes Art

Monica Nawrocki

Last year, the Credit Union asked me to put together “some sort of writing theme” for their display window. The exhibition featured a book collection by local authors. I probably missed a few, but still managed to fill an entire shelf. For the uninitiated, our island has a population of about 900 souls. My favourite fiction […]

The Naming Nightmare

Norm Gibbons

Feature image above by Christian Gronau ============================ In Passage to Juneau, Jonathan Raban comments on why Captain George Vancouver – one of Britain’s greatest explorers, navigators and map makers – fabricated such a colossal misrepresentation of a renowned inland sea considered today the most beautiful marine park in all of creation: “The turbulence and disorder of this place brought […]

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 […]

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. […]