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British Columbia, Canada
I like to fly and I like to build things (a dangerous combination of talent, my neighbour says).
Interests: writing, flying, camping, fishing
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Bert says only mongrels have long tails, so he laid the bread knife to this one before it was old enough to remember. ‘Do ‘em too late, an’ they’ll bite you later,’ he always says. Then he dipped his tail in turpentine to kill the germs. Just about killed the poor pup too Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at WriteOnTheRock
The way I see it, we could buy some old people, like you do in Canada. Then the government would pay us to look after them Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at WriteOnTheRock
He said the mushrooms weren’t his responsibility, but I think that was just an excuse. They’re all lazy down there. They never do nothin’, just sit around and drink coffee all the time. I should know—I work there sometimes.” Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at WriteOnTheRock
Thanks, Barclay. If/when you feel like it, I would be very interested in hearing the story. Merve
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2012 on What You Need To Know About Babies at WriteOnTheRock
My new bike was several sizes too big for me, but my father said I would grow into it. He didn’t say how long that would take, so I worked it out—I don’t remember exactly how—and concluded that a week should do it. So off to school I went, on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
TypePad HTML Email The stories I post are all based on actual events. I encountered this elderly Inuit man many years ago in the tiny Arctic village of Kugluktuk. No virus found in this message. Checked by AVG - Version: 2012.0.2221 / Virus Database: 2437/5263 - Release Date: 09/11/12
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2012 on The Monopod Sage at WriteOnTheRock
There was Billy`s pig with edematous legs and Maryanne`s horse with a ten-foot tail and almond eyes, and some others, too, but of no particular artistic merit. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
Good observation. Whether joyful or painful, with or without words, we all have a story to tell. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Merve
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2012 on The Monopod Sage at WriteOnTheRock
I appreciate the way you think below the surface and sort out what really matters. You inspire me. Merve
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2012 on Those Elderly Nuns! at WriteOnTheRock
neither medical necessity nor his occlusive daughter could prevent him from watching the Inuit funeral procession filing by the isolated Arctic clinic Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
“They don’t look like old tires to me,” she observed. “See?” I said, showing her the back of my hand, fingers extended. “Stacks of old tires. That’s what these fingers looks like.” I turned my hand around and looked again at the circumferential furrows of skin plowed around my knuckles.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
“Fine little unit,” the used car salesman assured me. “Owned by an elderly nun who only drove it to church.” I’ve had several fine little units, most of them previously owned by elderly nuns, and I wanted something else—anything but another fine little unit. So I wished him well with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
It was May 24, and after eight months of winter, the temperature finally rose to minus ten. Children emerged from their tiny houses to ride their bikes on the frozen road or slide down the twelve-foot snow bank left by the snow plow. Families headed out onto the Beaufort Sea... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
Thanks for your kind words, Cy. My hope is that many people will find encouragement here.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2012 on Where Stuff Comes From at WriteOnTheRock
The application form said, “Describe yourself in fifty words or less.” "Concise," I wrote. During the interview a week later, the lady, referring to my response, said, “I just had to meet you. You have such a way with words.” “Word,” I corrected. She lost her composure at that point,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
Dear Dr. Smith During our recent telephone encounter, I couldn’t help but wonder (although it may have been just my imagination) if you were ever-so-slightly unhappy about something. It’s difficult to put my finger on it exactly, but I think it was a phrase you used—"you incompetent idiot"—that first started... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
Dear fellow astronomers, My daughter purchased this telescope to look at the moon. Unfortunately, it does not possess the definition required to determine if the moon is made of green cheese. The view is so fuzzy, in fact, that we are proposing a radical new theory . . . —the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
A very clever (I think) allegory by guest blogger Roderick Beaton - Merve By Roderick Beaton Thomas did not understand what was going on. One moment he was on a chair, much like everybody else, the next he was flat on his back. He was not expecting this. You see,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
A guy falls off his donkey (OK, he had a little help from the thieves who mugged him and left him dying in the road) and now, . . . two thousand years later, we're still talking about it. In this timeless allegory, The Good Samaritan, we see culture confronted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
Sedating obstreperous children has crossed the minds of most parents, I am sure. The idea is not a new one—back in the mid-1800s, a man named Woodward began peddling Gripe Water alongside his snake-oil inventory. So when sweety-pie turned the crank one too many times . . . it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
From a forested Japanese hillside, the Tsunami Stone pictured here promises saftey and happiness to those who build their homes above it. Japan has many such stones, some over six hundred years old. This one caught my attention because of the reference to living above the rock. It reminds me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
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. . . the answer lies in understanding and interpreting one’s most pedestrian experiences—extracting the elemental and global truths embedded in our every-day experiences,and serving them up in a way that resonates with other ordinary people. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at WriteOnTheRock
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