• A Poem for our Day

    (Once in a while events in our lives indicate that we should react to what is going on in the world, set aside our petty projects, and think, along with others, about what is happening to our world, and in the end, to ourselves.)   At 3:08 PM this afternoon, May 2, 2020, this is how the map of the world looked as scientists documented the spread of a terrible plague from the East, the Covid 19 virus. Most likely these figures of infestation and death are low. Even lacking full data they show over three million confirmed cases and over two hundred thousand confirmed deaths. These figures account only…

  • Aerial Photography at Beaubassin and Beauséjour

    This is my last post on Acadia with its fascinating evolution and sad, tragic end. I have not tried to give a precise account of its history but rather explored, with pleasure, various aspects of its origins, its growing population of ingenious French settlers who soon took on the name of the colony in which they found themselves. I talked, in previous posts, about the nature of the topography of the Isthmus of Chignecto, which is the part of Acadia that most interests me because I lived there for fourteen years and had first-hand contact with the countryside and its features. For those wishing to have more specific historical information…