delays, the challenges in finding time to write, I’ve
sometimes wondered if it’s in this lifetime. Given a three
hundred year life expectancy, I might be brilliant and
1970s I was taking a course in magazine article writing at
the University of Manitoba. The course instructor Chris Ladd
gave me the opportunity to write a full page column titled
“Art and Artists” in which I interviewed the major Manitoba
artists for the Saturday Leisure section of the newspaper.
In approaching the interviews, I intuitively understood that
I had to find the creative centre of the artist and write
in several genres, poetry, drama and fiction. I also review
books, the arts and entertainment. The centre of the work
is its meaning. That seed provides the themes which are the
grid for the writing.
is a fictional work based on my experience of working in a
managerial capacity with Ojibwa Indians in northwestern
Ontario. Set in an Indian Friendship Centre, the book is about
the least, the last and the lost. The book itself asked to be
written. I had other plans, an easier book. It’s about people
who are hurting and it was painful to write.
“The Comfort of Angels” in prose poetry to express the spirit
of people struggling to endure. The underlying rhythm is the
sound of the human heartbeat, or the drum, the pivotal symbol
of the culture.
essential component of that learning. It’s a meditative
process where I’m asking who, what, where, when, why, how,
and in the case of “The Comfort of Angels”, why me?
Naked Man” is a book of poetry and line drawings.
I wanted to learn to use my imagination. The wonderful
naked man, a luminescent, purposeful champion of the
everyday possibilities in life, is fighting in the war against
inhibitions. The book quickly entered a second printing.
It was produced with great success by Active P.A.S.S.
Theatre, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
theatre. Commissioned by social activist Maggie Schubart of
Peace Works!, Salt Spring Island, it’s the story of a Canadian
military policeman’s return from the 1991 Gulf War. This was
very difficult material to handle; the research was gruesome.
It is ultimately about the human qualities that help the couple
endure as they lose everything that matters to them.
office assistant in November 2011.
to marketing. To assist me in marketing I recently attended a
seminar, ”How to be Your Own Publicist”, sponsored by
The Writers’ Union of Canada. I’m also a member of the
Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver.
Ultimately the expression isn’t about the self; it’s much bigger
than the self. It’s an act of inquiry with the Mystery. It comes
from my guts, but it’s really about the universe.