Monthly Archives November 2011

Food for Thought

“I can feel the tight grip of the ice around me, around my life, and what I want, this evening by the edge of the river, is to be cast back upon the water, to be set free.” - Helen Humphreys, The Frozen Thames Last week I had the pleasure of attending not one, but two readings given by Canadian authors I admire. Steven Heighton read from his novel, Every Lost
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Book Lists

“Out of Time balances the tragic and tender with some extremely funny moments that constituted the life and work of the true musician.” - Roger Woodward Recently Read: Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner by Tanya Buchdahl Tintner. One of the finest biographies I’ve read. I’m filled with admiration for the thoughtful job the author has done of it. Elegantly and compassionately written, the book moves
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Remembrance

Once again I’ve had requests to post the following essay, a remarkable piece of writing by my late father, Geoffrey Payzant, who in 1944-45 was a Royal Navy soldier. He was eighteen years old at the time, younger than my own children. It gives me great pleasure to do so, as no piece of my own writing will ever have the force of my father’s “Courage.”  
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Remembrance

My grandfather, Arthur “Geoff” Christie, fought in the First World War, in France, as a member of the cycle-mounted infantry . He was a victim of early chemical warfare, a mustard gas attack in 1918. He spoke little of his wartime experiences. As a child I thought it funny when he shouted in his sleep. Now I know better.           Mustard Gas, 1918
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