Volume 26, Number 150, April/May 2023 Our Neighbors by Peggy Hayes Looby
Our family, my brother, Bill and sisters, Yvonne and Therese, and I grew up in the quiet rural area of east-central Saskatchewan, my parents first settling as a married couple on my father’s homestead in 1920. Social life was simple and included visits with our neighbors the Pickerings to celebrate birthdays. Once or twice during the summer, Dad would drive us to Tisdale to take in a special movie. There were gatherings at the school on special occasions depending on the season.
Volume 26, Number 149, February/March 2023 Safe Harbor by Fiarra Ember Nixon
Grooming dogs in Oppenheimer Park during the daylight hours kept my mind off the reality of street life. Indigenous artists sat on benches, carving great eagles, wolves and bears out of wood. They made drums for ceremonies, sacred pow wows I guessed. They kept to themselves. The park staff organized a long fold out table for any random person to come have a coffee and do some art. Others would watch and visit while I scissored or shaved a pet on the park board patio, a reprieve from all our realities. That was how I filled the days when I had to be in Vancouver to meet with lawyers.