Blog #5 Alaska Adventure

September 2016

Luci and I had the adventure of our lives, attending a writers' workshop at a fish camp on a remote island off the far west side of Kodiak Island, Alaska. The dear  people, the wild beauty, the sense of sacred  space and  of wonder will be with us for years. Here are some  sketches to keep the memory fresh and in gratitude to Leslie and to the Fields family who made it all possible.

Kodiak Island from Harvester Island. If you enlarge the picture you might see the seagulls on the spit.

Kodiak Island from Harvester Island. If you enlarge the picture you might see the seagulls on the spit.

Dave Densmore, our fisherman-poet reading one of his sagas.

Dave Densmore, our fisherman-poet reading one of his sagas.

Dave Densmore and Luci, two poets on the island

Dave Densmore and Luci, two poets on the island

BLOG #3: A great Lenten poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Easter Communion

Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu's; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,

God shall o'er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.

Blog # 4. April 2016 Hannibal's Pass. Was it elephant dung?

Dr. Mahoney of York University has located horse dung on the Col de la Traversette, in the French Alps. This has led to a new debate as to which route Hannibal took to cross the Alps with an army of 30,000 men and 37 elephants.

You can follow this in more detail if you go to this blogspot. It includes the chart comparing possible routes in the postlude to my book: "Alpine Elephant".

Click here to read more about this latest theory

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