The Brian Mulroney Institute of Government

Brian Mulroney, former Canadian Prime Minister, has announced the creation of the eponymous $60 million Institute of Government, to be located at his alma mater, St Francis Xavier University - StFX, to the initiated - in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. According to the Globe and Mail's coverage of the story in Thursday's newspaper, "Mr Mulroney said the idea for [...]

Fork in the Road

Fork in the Road

When you come to a fork in the road, take it, said Yogi Berra - and if that isn't a piece of advice befitting Samuel Becket and Waiting for Godot I don't know what is. Kinda sums up the existential dilemma. Problem is, we live our lives forwards, not backwards, so we never know whether [...]

On the farm, conversations

On the farm, conversations

Yesterday I wrote about photographs and signs: here are four more images from the farm near Bailieboro, this time photographs of my wife and friends out enjoying a walk. But as images, these photographs seem to me to be crowded with unspoken messages and questions. Who are these people? How are they connected? What are they talking [...]

Photographs and Signs

Photographs and Signs

The eye picks up patterns everywhere; pattern, lines, composition are the basic elements of a halfway decent photograph, along with (especially in black and white images) form and texture. Look beyond pattern, however, and what you see is signs: not necessarily symbols, which are more potent, and harder to create, but the signs - literal, [...]

Fall, Bailieboro

Fall, Bailieboro

For fifteen years, maybe longer, our friend Chris has been the organizer and convenor of an annual pumpkin carving. For the past couple of years, this has taken place at the farm she and her partner Paul live on in the hills above Bailieboro, overlooking Rice Lake. Friends drive up for the day from Toronto, [...]

Holiday Photos

Holiday Photos

Of course, when you go on holiday, one of the obligatory things is you take family photos. Enough of this artsy-fartsy stuff already. So here are a few family pics from our trip to the Finger Lakes - Jonathan, my son, and his wife Hayley, and one or two with their friends from New Jersey, [...]