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More of Our Canada

May 2019

More of Our Canada is a companion magazine to Our Canada, the popular reader-written bimonthly published by Reader's Digest. Made available during the six months that Our Canada is not published, MOC is a venue where Canadians gather to share their stories, photos and interests—and pride of family, community and country.

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in your words

Kindred SpiritsI enjoyed reading “The Christmas Concert” (December-January 2019) so much that I read it twice. Norma McPhee’s memories were so similar to my own. Our concerts took place, first in our two-room schoolhouse on an island in Georgian Bay and then later in our two-room school on the mainland, both at Pointe au Baril, Ont., north of Parry Sound. Because our teacher’s desk did not sit on a platform, someone had to build a temporary stage. Children waiting to perform stayed in a room opposite the stage. Like the concert Norma remembered, we, too, had certain families that were musically inclined. One of my sisters told me that our mother was the one who provided the bed sheets that were used as curtains.Esther Meerschaut, Harrow, Ont.Proud to be IncludedI have…

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meeting place

JOHN A. BARRETTJohn was raised and educated in England before immigrating to Canada, where he now lives in Nanaimo, B.C. His work and other adventures have taken him to many parts of Canada, as well as the far-flung corners of the world. Besides his experiences in some amazing and historic places, he has also visited areas where human volatility and disregard for the planet’s environmental health put it at risk. Now retired, John has more time for writing. His travel stories have appeared in several publications and he also writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry.Turn to page 8 to enjoy his photo essay The Salish Sea.JOANNE LEFFERSONJoanne was raised on an off-the-grid-farm located off the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up riding horses, herding cattle, milking…

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in our words

(ISABELLE CLÉMENT)Travellin’ TimeWith spring in full bloom and the hazy, crazy days of summer almost visible on the horizon, it’s only natural for our thoughts to drift to travel plans, family time and holiday adventures.Contributor John Barrett spends a lot of his leisure time exploring the intricate network of waterways along the southern coastline of British Columbia. Referred to as the Salish Sea, the area embraces three major bodies of water—the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound—and offers the adventurous traveller an amazing array of things to do and places to see. Check out John’s photo essay beginning on page 8 to find out what you’ve been missing.For Joanne Lefferson, it’s the road less travelled she remembers best. And no wonder: Joanne’s 2015 solo…

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veteran profile

Clarke E. SheppardRCAF Draftsmansubmitted by Norm Sheppard, Sackville, N.B.Clarke (my father) was born in Toronto on May 10, 1923. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1942, with hopes of becoming a fighter pilot. Unfortunately, Clarke had poor vision in one eye, caused by looking directly at a solar eclipse as a boy, and was deemed ineligible for flight-crew positions.“Clarke even memorized several eye charts in an effort to fool the doctors, but was caught out every time…”Once the airforce realized Clarke was a qualified draftsman, however, he was stationed at #4 Maintenance Unit at Scoudouc, N.B., where he designed airframe modifications for Canadian aircraft. He served until his discharge in June 1945.Clarke married Ailene May Jackson in December 1944, and they raised a family of five children.…

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the salish sea

an orca feeding.Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park on Quadra Island;The ferry to Vancouver Island moves cautiously off the southern tip of Salt Spring Island, as excited passengers swarm the vessel’s starboard decks. The distinct sound of an exhaled blowhole rips the air with its lingering water spray from a surfacing orca with calf in tow. Other killer whales follow, joining in a feeding frenzy of chinook salmon.It’s like a game, where the pod of killer whales captures the marine harvest close to shore, while producing a spectacle of acrobatics including breaching, diving, skimming and using their flippers like elbows above the ruffled surface. Their black upper bodies are adorned with pronounced white saddle-patch markings behind their dorsal fins. We spot the white oval eye-patch and white underbelly of a…

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bulletin board

Silky ChicksHelena Gazdik of Campbell River, B.C., writes, “These are my two goofy pets named Ťapka and Šlapka—they are bearded silkies. As far as I know, the first written mention of silkie chickens came in letters by Marco Polo. During his travels to Asia in the Middle Ages, he described Chinese, furry chickens with black skin and bones, and fur-like, silky-to-the-touch feathers.Silkies are affectionate, communicating with quiet chirps or chatter. They like to be stroked and petted. They fertilize and aerate garden soil without doing much damage as their feet are feathered, which prevents them from deep scratching. And, they lay eggs. Silkies are pets with many benefits!”Poetry from the HeartWhile visiting her grandparents, Laurie and Gordon Hood, of Peachland, B.C., ten-year-old Jaia Hughes was missing her mom Kim, so…