Hang Tight

The tallest free-standing structure in the Czech Republic is a 305-meter chimney built in 1977 at the Chvaletice power plant. 90 km from Prague the plant burns lignite, a moist, soft brown coal susceptible to spontaneous combustion and considered to be the most harmful to human health. In October of 2016, Greenpeace activists occupied one …

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The Boys Are Back in Town

My Father’s family is from Poland but they didn’t talk about it.  His parents got out in the 30’s and never looked back. Dad was born soon after in Toronto. When a close family friend invited us to Wroclaw and Krakow it seemed like a great opportunity to get to know some of our heritage. …

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There’s a Reason

My loss so paled in comparison to the loss of life and tragedy suffered by others, I never felt justified in feeling sorry for myself. Some stories are hard to tell. In the case of Gator, it took me the better part of 15 years to spit out how it felt to lose it all …

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Let Them In On The Secret

Watashi-wa bucho no opai. I am the manager of the boobs. This is how my friends in Tokyo taught me to introduce myself my first night Japan. It was confusing at first, the disgusted look from the hotel clerk and the abrupt departure of several pretty women at the bar. Confusing because my friends had …

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Clouds Suck

Everything white. My nose and throat full of mist, my feet disappeared, I can see no further than the variometer in my lap, which reads 832 meters- surely that can’t be right? I jumped 270-feet in five seconds? Alex’s voice crackles on the radio. “Go west, go to the beach. West!” The compass says I’m …

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Paddling the Don

Several years back my Dad Terry asked me to join him for ‘Paddle the Don’, a 10km excursion down Canada’s largest urban watershed, the Don River. He wanted to take his prized ceder canoe, the one I helped him build when I was 15. I was dubious but said yes. Among the many admirers of …

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The Man in the River

The Man in the River Here! he said. The Man in the river It sounded like burble and bubble There said Fred but really he didn’t for all the leaves in his muzzle With a mighty heave and a couple of hoe’s he spun on his chin and stubble a wink in his eye, a …

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