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Part of my own motivation, when we planned a “storm chasing” night for After Hours, was curiosity. Why do people chase storms? Why is there such an appetite for all-day weather networks; a fringe element known as... Read More

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Wild weather forecast for After Hours tonight!

  Dear Churchmice, In the cultural weather forecast for this evening, watch for a storm or two at sea courtesy of Newfoundland bard Michael Crummey, a conversation during a blizzard (as reported by Gwendolyn... Read More


Glimpses in Passing

  Toronto poet Gwendolyn MacEwen died in 1987. She was exactly the age I am now: 45. Circumstances aside, no one can really say why one person lives to 90, another to 10, or 25, or 40. That doesn’t stop us from... Read More

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The Dutch cleanser woman led us to infinity

Last month at Churchmouse After Hours we plodded through deserts, rode ships, dug tunnels and escaped tyranny.   We followed T.S. Eliot’s magi at “Just the worst the worst time of the year / For a journey, and such... Read More


We Creatures of the Earth Must Move and Move Again

. . . a matter of sense—the thousand-eyed, thousand-eared alertness of a flock. The strategies are given names— I don’t know them. What sticks for me is how the air itself is altered. The way light bends back from... Read More

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Summer Splash Book Festival article in the Oak Bay News

The Oak Bay News has published a great article covering the upcoming Summer Splash Book Festival here at St Mary's on July 15, 9 am - 3 pm. Offering thousands of books in exchange for donations in support of some... Read More


Is a stair any place to belong?

“In the country where I now live, there is no word for home.” That’s the first line of Isabel Huggan’s 2003 memoir Belonging: Home Away from Home.   As we prepare to confront the power of the sun at Churchmouse... Read More