THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen

I just finished reading this book.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016.  This book tells the story of a young Vietnamese man that gets caught up in the Viet Nam war.  He leaves Vietnam during the fall of Saigon.  Actually, he “escapes” from Vietnam during the fall of Saigon and ends up in California.  He had been working in the South Vietnamese Army and when the US forces fled the country, he went with them.  However, this man was working both sides of the fence.  He was secretly acting as a sympathizer for the Viet Cong and was supplying them with information about South Vietnamese and US Army activities.  The novel tells a different side of the story that I never thought of before.  For example there were 200,00 South Vietnamese soldiers killed in war and there names are not on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.  But they built there own Vietnam War Memorial in Orange County, California, home of “Little Saigon”, the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.  This book is a very good read.  I highly recommend it.

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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Uncategorized





St.Thomas is about an hours drive from my place.  After supper yesterday I made the drive to attend the The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show.  I find his performances to be very entertaining.  Between each song, he tells jokes and little stories about his life on the road.  Not sure how you would categorize his music — alt. country, I suppose.

Last night the sound system was not the best.  I found it a bit difficult to understand the words of his songs, except that I familiar with some of the song lyrics, so it was not too bad for me.  But for someone that was unfamiliar with his music it would have been difficult.  Between songs, however, his jokes and stories came thru nicely.  Easy to understand.

The is typical of one of his shows.  Lots of jokes and stories.


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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


Camping in Algonquin Park – 1982

I came across this picture today while sorting thru some old photos.  This is Bob Turner on the left and Bruno Hochheimer on the right.  Bruno went camping every spring in Algonquin Park.  In 1982, Bob and I went up to join him.  Bruno was a co-worker of mine at Nova Chemicals.


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Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


Great Butterfly

I planted 4 or 5 Turk’s Cap in the little garden plot in front of our trailer in Texas.  I wonder whether any of these beauties have discovered my flowers?

This is an Orange-barred Sulphur on a Turk’s Cap.   Great photograph.  I did not take it.  The photo was taken by John and Audrey.




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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in Uncategorized



The mail person brought me a present this week.  The latest edition of LIVING BIRD arrived.  It is the publication of the Cornel Ornithological Society.  It is published quarterly.  I find the article fun to read and very informative.  I even enjoy reading the ads. They are almost all ads for areas promoting their town or vicinity as a birding destination.  The majority are locations in the United States, but some are beckoning from places throughout the world, such as Costa Rica, Trinidad, Africa, etc.

Hey…..a fella can dream, can’t he?

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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in Uncategorized


Almost finished reading this book

Earlier this year, I read a book by Rolund Wauer that Diana Miller loaned to me.  The book is A NATURALIST’S MEXICO.  it is basically journal of Wauer’s travels throughout Mexico.  He is an amazing chronicler of events.

The book I am almost finished reading is another of Wauer’s books.  The book is entitled MY WILD LIFE.


This one chronicles his work life.  Just about his entire adult life was spent working in various positions in numerous National Parks in the United States.  Wauer certainly has had an amazing, enviable life.  He is sill alive and lives in Texas, not too far from Big Bend National Park (his favourite park).

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Posted by on July 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


Canada Post is likely going on strike very soon

Thank goodness I received the June 2016 edition of BIRDING magazine yesterday.

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


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