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Consp acy Theory – A Soc al Commentary

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August 8, 2020
Consp acy Theory – A Soc al Commentary

No confirmation as yet. No certainty that someone, some offshore invader of my privacy, has paid me a midnight digital visit recently. But I have no doubt that he/she/they/it was/were here. How do I know? Sounds like I’ve turned to conspiracy theories to explain human behaviour, doesn’t it? All I know is that my...
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Leola’s 2020 Summer Fruit & Flower Show – A Covid Breather

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August 2, 2020

Early August in the garden of lovely Leola. A welcome breather from Trump and that other virus. Beauty provides a little respite from an ugly time. Perhaps a moment of hope. “Fleurs de mal,” wrote the poet long ago, but flowers of love and enchantment as well. Enjoy!
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Winning $7K – A Social Commentary

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August 1, 2020
Winning $7K – A Social Commentary

I’m pretty sure I just won $7,000 a week for the rest of my life. Don’t believe me. Envious of my good fortune? Well, Deborah Holland, executive vice-president of Publishers Clearing House says right here that I “could definitely become the winning number.” I can’t see how I can lose. If Deb says I’m...
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Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

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June 14, 2020
Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

Keith G. Powell, In the Shadow of Elephants (Cranbrook: Wild Horse Creek Press, 2019), 302 pages (paper), $21.95. Billed as a historical novel, Kootenay writer-publisher Keith G. Powell has crafted a multi-tasking book that doubles as a local history and triples as a photographic tour of the pioneer days of the East and West Kootenays. The...
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Fighting Hate – A Book Review

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May 21, 2020
Fighting Hate – A Book Review

Tony McAleer, The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey From Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019), 320 pages (soft cover), $22.95. As a Canadian living in the United States, I am witnessing an era of deepening tensions fueled by racial, class and gender hate. Tony McAleer’s book seemed a possible...
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Vancouver Junkie Hunter – A Book Review

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April 29, 2020
Vancouver Junkie Hunter – A Book Review

Norm Boucher, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2020), 181 pages, (paper). We’re on the toughest section of Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. The hookers and dopers mingle with the gays and straights all of them looking to score something. We could be in a scene from DaVinci’s Inquest, the top-quality TV...
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Drop Your Guns, Pardner – A Comment

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March 5, 2020
Drop Your Guns, Pardner – A Comment

I don’t know what it is that attracts the National Rifle Association to me. The closest I ever came to owning a gun was as a young boy when I had a second-hand BB gun that usually didn’t work. So why, decades later, has the NRA decided to target me as a potential member?...
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Portugal and Basque Spain – Four Travel Essays

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December 17, 2019
Portugal and Basque Spain – Four Travel Essays

In September and October 2019, I travelled with family members to Lisbon and Porto in Portugal and to the Spanish and French Basque Country in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. These four essays are my attempt to capture some aspects of the cultures we observed.
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Revisiting the 1950s Red Scare – A Book Review and Interview

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October 18, 2019
Revisiting the 1950s Red Scare – A Book Review and Interview

Raymond Caballero, McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma Press, 2019), 320 pages, $29.95 (paper). Just when books about the history of Communist trade unions seem to have waned, Portland historian Raymond Caballero brings to life the horrors of the Second Red Scare in the 1950s through an account of the trials and tribulations...
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A-Bomb film recognized

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September 14, 2019
A-Bomb film recognized

Codename Project 9 continues to win film festival recognition with an “official selection” at the Vegas Movie Awards Festival in Las Vegas. It didn’t make the final cut at this new “prestigious monthly competition and annual film festival,” but is listed among the selections posted on the festival’s web site. You now can see...
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