The Name in the River: Photo-poem by Catherine

She kneels before the river, the ankles of her snow boots resting on the bench-edge. Beside her, The Lightning Thief, three mysteries, Brave, and a packet of cheese crackers make a small tower. Ignoring the crackers, she watches the deer who sniffs the air for danger before dipping its head in the river. She wants […]

Trash Bunny’s Worst Christmas (Photos and Poem by Catherine Raine)

Lost animal of Christmas past, floppy ears cover eyes too ashamed to accept, how low she’s fallen,  faded felt belly frozen in grief to the sidewalk.   Without even a plastic bag to disguise rejection, she lies exposed, less than garbage. Discarded cords, old homework, and a Disney Store bag from 2007 press against the […]

The Algo Mall Ruin at Elliot Lake: Reflections of a Concerned Visitor

Ever since a friend introduced us to the northern beauty of Elliot Lake and its surrounding forests two years ago, my husband and I have taken several trips there. After our first visit, I even wrote a blog post about Elliot Lake’s library situated in the Algo Centre Mall. On June 23, 2012, part of […]

Beauty Never Dies at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Arizona (Journal Entry for May 3, 2012)

As I write on a slightly rickety table beside the snack cart, I’m enjoying the shade and moving shadows of a tall tree. The same waving branches that are making patterns on these pages recently hosted a rock pigeon, but it has flown away. I’m taking a rest after almost two hours of desert trail-walking. […]

Generous Reception and Bio-Wall at Centennial College Library and Academic Building

I arrived near the end of a 2011 reception in honour of Centennial College’s New Library and Academic Building (Progress Campus), but a couple of punch bowls were still flowing in orange and red. Soon, the catering staff started encouraging everybody in the Commons to finish off the food. One extrovert caterer hollered, “Come on […]

“Jesus Has Left the Building”

  I was taking a walk down an alley near Dovercourt and Bloor when this ruined church happened upon me. Both imposing and sad, the ruin really affected me and I vowed to return and photograph it. Last Friday, I revisited the site and first took some pictures of the back of the building. These […]

Purple Gratitude Sheet at Dancemakers

It was my turn to DJ our six-woman dance circle last month. When I arrived at the Dancemakers studio, I put a king-size purple sheet on the floor near the windows. The sheet became our canvas for the session’s theme: Dancing in Quiet Gratitude. In my music set, I included a number of songs that […]

Churchill Library on a Day of Lakes, Gourd-Banjos, and Romance Novel Heroes

Not far from the shores of Lake Simcoe, there’s a place where you can visit a small community library or make a banjo from a gourd. Let me explain. Last Tuesday I accompanied Stewart to Churchill (near Innisfil), where he was attending a banjo-making workshop run by Jeff Menzies. While Stewart was busy in Jeff’s […]