I recently attended the presentation of an award to Lindsay Shepherd by the Peace, Order and Good Government (POGG) Society of Ottawa. Lindsay was subjected to a star chamber trial by the diversity and inclusion thugs at Wilfrid Laurier University for the sin of rebroadcasting a TVO Agenda program featuring Dr. Jordan Peterson, the world’s best selling author. Unfortunately for them, Lindsay secretly taped the entire shameful process and exposed her tormentor’s to world oppobrium. You go girl!!
Sorry to hear the passing of Dr. Bernard Lewis just a few weeks shy of his 102 birthday. Lewis was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Lewis’ expertise was in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West. Here’s a picture I took of him several years ago during a cruise we shared off the west coast of Mexico. Great dinner companion!
His life is perhaps best summed up in the following quote:
Bernard Lewis, the West’s preeminent scholar of Islam, worked for British intelligence through the grimmest hours of the Second World War. ‘In 1940, we knew who we were, we knew who the enemy was, we knew the dangers and the issues,’ he told The Wall Street Journal. ‘In our island, we knew we would prevail, that the Americans would be drawn into the fight. It is different today. We don’t know who we are, we don’t know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy.’
Bernard Lewis. Ave Atque Vale!
Friends of the Roselawn is a charity organization involved with the repair and restoration of a heritage property, the Roselawn, in Port Colborne, Ontario. The Roselawn is the venue for summer stock theatre and other cultural activities in the local area throughout the year.
I donated a copy of the image seen below to this year’s Art Auction in support of the Roselawn. The piece was snapped up by Sister Jacquie O’Keefe and now has pride of place in Jericho House, an inter-denominational retreat which was the venue for the Auction during the ongoing restorations at the Roselawn.
Congrats to Jericho House and their contribution to the success of this year’s event.
CANAL DAYS, WEST STREET, PORT COLBORNE
COMFORT MAPLE, PELHAM, ONTARIO
The Comfort Maple is Canada’s oldest and finest example of a climax forest Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum). The tree has been estimated by the Ontario Forestry Association to be between four and five hundred years old. The above image showing the tree in full fall glory will be used by the Davey corporation in their 2019 promotional calendar. Davey has been Canada’s professional tree service since 1930.
The Comfort family donated the tree to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in 1961. Back in the 19th century, members of my family were patients of Dr. Comfort’s practice in the local area. The tree is but a stone’s throw from their final resting place in the North Pelham cemetery.
“LONG LIVE THE COMFORT MAPLE”
My new photobook, ALASKAN ADVENTURE, is available for preview here.
Hard to believe that a film could beat DUNKIRK but along comes Darkest Hour to prove me wrong.
Darkest Hour is the story of Churchill’s rise to power amidst the crisis of the European collapse in the face of the Nazi blitzkrieg. Its the political backdrop to the Dunkirk fiasco and the split within Britain’s wartime cabinet between capitulation and defiance. A hinge moment of history.
Parliament Square, London
If there’s any merit to the Academy Awards, Gary Oldham should have the Oscar for Best Actor sent signed, sealed and delivered for his portrayal of the plucky PM in his moment of greatest crisis. No contest!
“Dec 7, 1941 – A date that will live in infamy.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
ARIZONA MEMORIAL, PEARL HARBOR
On this November 11, some images of Scottish war memorials.
BRITISH COMMANDO MEMORIAL, SPEAN BRIDGE
Memorial to the British Commandos who trained in the Spean Bridge area during WWII.
GLENCOE MASSACRE MEMORIAL, GLENCOE
Some photos of Alaska Black Bears shot during my recent trip.
BEAR CUB UP A TREE
Happy Columbus Day!
COLUMBUS MONUMENT, PORT VELL, BARCELONA
Monument erected at the foot of La Rambla to commemorate Columbus’s meeting with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in Barcelona after his journey to the Americas.