Science fiction helps us to envision the future, as well as clarify the past

When I started reading science fiction, in my teens, it was widely regarded as a disreputable form of literature. This was not surprising, since at that time -- the early 1940s – science fiction was confined to pulp magazines with lurid covers, often depicting scantily-clad heroines shooting ray-guns at BEMS (bug-eyed monsters). Living in Newfoundland … Continue reading Science fiction helps us to envision the future, as well as clarify the past

Come from Away: A great play that extols merits of hospitality and co-operation

The Broadway musical Come from Away has sublimely exposed hundreds of thousands of non-Newfoundlanders to the province’s uniquely hospitable and heartwarming culture. My wife and I finally got to see the play when it was recently  performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Like the rest of the audience, we were completely enthralled by … Continue reading Come from Away: A great play that extols merits of hospitality and co-operation

Grandpa’s universe: An excerpt from my memoirs

“If you love being alive, you must learn never to squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of.” --Benjamin Franklin. My paternal grandfather was a maintenance-of-way foreman on the Clarenville-Bonavista branch line of the Newfoundland Railway. After retiring in 1930, he came to Corner Brook and helped defray the cost of building … Continue reading Grandpa’s universe: An excerpt from my memoirs