"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage. To know who we are and where we came from … " Alex Haley, Roots (1976)
As a young farm lad growing up on the Canadian prairies, I looked forward to visits from my grandfather. He was a good storyteller, with a sense of humour and a caring way.
The known ancestors of Alfred Nathaniel Elmgren were farmers in the Elmsboda parish of Sweden and they were of the Lutheran faith. His parents emigrated to…Continue
A Canadian Writer's Journey
Since 1981 the Saskatoon Public Library has had a writer in residence program. The 32nd incumbent is David Poulsen. Among the many accomplished writers in residence from the past are Yann Martel, the author of the Life of Pi, and his wife Alice Kuipers. They have lived in Saskatoon for the past ten years.
Throughout his diverse career David Poulsen has been a teacher, an actor, a rodeo clown, a rodeo broadcaster(this will be his 27th year at the…Continue
Quotes have always held a fascination for me. As a young lad growing up on a farm in a sparsely populated region of Saskatchewan, I could hardly wait for the monthly Reader's Digest to arrive. The magazine contained many concise and pithy aphorisms and sayings which I savoured.
In 1980, I read the 22,500 quotes in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. This book was first published in 1855 by John Bartlett. The collection is culled and updated about ever ten years. The 2012 version…Continue
I have a lust for writing. It's almost orgasmic. But wait, there's something running down my leg. Perhaps its ink?
Since posting my first article on a writing site in 2012, I have become real keen on learning how to write better. One of the many things I have done to improve my writing has been to read insightful quotes about the craft of writing. This has been an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. A few of my favourite quotes on writers and writing…Continue