15 Books That Influenced Me

Far From the Tree  (2012) Andrew Solomon How do “normal” parents accommodate children with mental, physical, or social differences?     Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) Mihaly Csikszentmihayli Csikzentmihayli describes the state of flow; the periods of time when we are engaged, learning, and happy.     A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) Betty Smith The fictional story of Francie Nolan growing up … Continue reading 15 Books That Influenced Me

Grasslands National Park – East Block

This October I traveled to the East Block of Grasslands National Park. The weather was beautiful. The first day was windy and 7°C. We checked into our Otentik then hiked Rock Creek Trail to get a sense of the park. Later we drove to the Badlands Viewpoint area about ten miles south. Zahursky Point was our original destination. However we wanted to take advantage of … Continue reading Grasslands National Park – East Block

Bekevar Church

I love this church – not many double spire churches in Saskatchewan! The Bekevar community was first settled by Janos Szabo and his family from Botragy, Hungary in 1900. Around 1902 he coined the word Bekevar. Beke, in Magyar, means “peace” and when “var” is used as a noun Bekevar means “Fortress of Peace”. Szabo suggested the verb “var” and interpreted Bekevar to mean “peace … Continue reading Bekevar Church

Top 5 Horror Movies

Every October, my friends and I watch several horror movies to celebrate the Halloween season. This was initiated by my brother Jonathan several years ago. While we have screened many films over the years, here are my top five favourites in no particular order: The Thing (1982) Ringu (1998) Babadook (2014) The Shining (1980) The Exorcist (1973) Feel free to comment on your favourite horror … Continue reading Top 5 Horror Movies

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, just south of Langbank, was built in 1938 by Charles Parker. He was a stonemason originally from Ontario. The church’s Norman design was based on his mother’s Scottish roots. It features a single square tower and small apse. The building committee had no funds to work with and stone was easily come by. The labour of transporting the stones was done … Continue reading St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Ellisboro, Saskatchewan

During the 1870s the crossing of the Qu’Appelle River north of Wolseley was know as the Racette’s Crossing. It was named after a local servant of the Hudson Bay’s Company. This was part of the Carlton Trail which connected the Red River Colony to Fort Carlton. The area just south of the crossing was settled by Joseph Hoskins Ellis from Guelph, Ontario in 1881. He … Continue reading Ellisboro, Saskatchewan