07 April 2007


I miss home - Selkirk, there's no doubt about that. I miss my family, I miss my old friends. I miss sitting at the crummy old coffee shop, complaining about feeling stuck in such bleak little town we affectionately call Selkatraz. It's funny how it takes moving far away to an exciting, fast-paced city can make you appreciate the slow moving town you grew up in.

I like hearing stories from back home. I like hearing the gossip, the small-town news. Sometimes, it is hard to connect to a community when you live in a big city. I can't even admit that I was connected to my community when I lived there, but at least I knew who my neighbors were and they returned my hellos and my good morning smiles.

My hometown made the fark.com headlines yesterday, as well as the other news sites and national news programmes. The ice has broken in the Red River and there is a jam, which caused the dike to be breached. I feel a little left out. I wish I could see the river. There's something hauntingly beautiful when the ice breaks. I remember years ago, standing by the bridge in the silence of the night and listening to the sound of ice breaking, the water flowing. It's peaceful, calming.

Of course, it's a little different once it is all said and done. Here are some photographs that my lovely cousin took.

(Sometimes, I feel insecure - that I am too rural, too "small-town" for the city folk that surrounds me here. My stories are a little different than yours, maybe a little more naive - maybe a little more plain. Rest assured, my heart is made of gold too - but as the color of a prairies sunset, the color of the fields of wheat).

Here's a LINK to the news story/video.
Another LINK, with photo of the stupidest location for an apt.building.

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