Category Archives: HISTORICAL

WALTER GLADEN QUARVE

Today is Memorial Day in the US. A day for remembering America’s war dead. After watching the restored version of the “Memphis Belle” I couldn’t help thinking of an old neigbour of my family in Lake City, Minnesota with whom … Continue reading

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TULIPS FROM AMSTERDAM

“When it’s Spring again, I’ll bring again, Tulips from Amsterdam” TULIP FESTIVAL, PARLIAMENT HILL, OTTAWA Once again a flood of Dutch tulips graces the environs of Ottawa and brings forth a wave of personal memories on this the 79th anniversary … Continue reading

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SNAPPING TURTLE

SNAPPING TURTLE Gigantic and prehistoric snapping turtle crawls laboriously out of the water to lay eggs on a stony slope.

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SAINT GEORGE’S DAY 2024

In celebration of England’s patron saint, Saint George. THE MALL, CENTRAL LONDON

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THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN

Today on certain religious calendars is St. Stephen’s day, ie. the day Good King Wencelas and page marched through a snow storm to provide a surprise feast for a lowly peasant.  ST. STEPHEN’S GATE, TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM According to legend, … Continue reading

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PEARL HARBOR ATTACK

Today is the 82 anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. MEMORIAL TO THE BATTLE SHIP ARIZONA, PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII      

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TUNNEL WARFARE

With all the talk in the news of potential tunnel warfare in Gaza, I thought it timely to post a picture of myself in the Cu Chi tunnels during a tour of Vietnam a couple of decades back.   These … Continue reading

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HELL BREAKS LOOSE IN ISRAEL

On the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, Hamas has struck a massive and highly coordinated attack on its Israeli neighbour.  1,400 Israeli civilians have been killed and over a hundred hostages taken back to Gaza. This horrific event … Continue reading

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BRETHERN IN CHRIST

The BIC was founded by my 6th great uncle, the Reverend Martin Beam back in Pennsylvania in the 1770s. The Reverend Otterbein heard him speak and rushed forward to clasp him in greeting, saying “We are Brethern,……. Brethern in Christ!”. … Continue reading

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SQUILAX GENERAL STORE AND HOSTEL

Alas, the old Squilax General Store and Hostel is no more. It succumbed to the recent wildfires in the Shuswap area of  British Columbia. Glad I shot it when I did just a few years ago.

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