SPIRITUAL WORDSMITHS: The Best Writers of Christian Fiction

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The Best Writers of Christian Fiction

As I write this, Christian fiction continues to sell.  And continues to grow in readership.

The #1 Christian bestseller on Amazon is SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEBODY GOOD: The New Mitford Novel by Jane Karon.

Others in the Top 10 include THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Boxed Set by C S Lewis, ANGELS WALKING by Karen Kingsbury, AD 30 by Ted Dekker, THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen and THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant.

The rise of fiction written for and embraced by men and women of the Faith continues to stump many purveyors of modern culture.  Considering the almost deadly stranglehold that modern media has taken on Western culture, spreading its own amoral codes of greed, materialism and selfish conduct on the world scene, this search for a life based on timeless spiritual values, family loyalties, honour and loving relationships confounds this dark dominant culture.

But a kind of Spiritual Revolution IS happening.  And at its forefront are older and newer writers who are giving us imaginative, soulful, sensitive writing that just keeps increasing in popularity.

Who are these writers?  What have they written?

C S Lewis.  Born on November 29th, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis gained world fame for his Christian-based writing. Although his non-fiction, such as “Mere Christianity,” “Miracles” and his autobiography “Surprised By Joy” continue to be published, it’s his works of fiction that have made him a worldwide sensation. Some of his ideas of Christianity and mythology came out of discussions with other members of the Oxford literary group called the Inklings (which included his close friend J R R Tolkien).

His Chronicles of Narnia continue to be best sellers and the basis of a series of movies. Narnia titles include “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “The Last Battle.”

Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy was a science fiction sequence written for adults and dealing with theology in a more serious tone. Set on Earth, Mars and Venus, the stories told the adventures of Elwin Ransom (based on Tolkien). The second novel, “Perelandra,” presents a new Garden of Eden on Venus, and gives us one of the most picturesque visions of another planet ever written.

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Janette Oke.  Janette Oke (nee Steves) was born on February 18th, 1935, in the Canadian western community of Champion, Alberta. She grew up on the vast Canadian prairies, steeped in its folkways and history (including the revered history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). She also grew up with the independent, conservative values of the time and place, becoming a committed Evangelical Christian. She graduated from the Mountain View Bible College in Canada.

Her first novel was “Once Upon a Summer.” Published in 1981 by Bethany House, it was a Christian novel that blended history, romance and faith.

Her second novel was “When Calls the Heart” — the first in her Canadian West Series — and a bestseller. “When Calls the Heart” told the story of teacher Elizabeth Marie Thatcher who arrives from the cultured East and faces a rougher place and culture than she had expected. Her faith is tested. But she meets her Mountie. The novel was a success.

She has gone on to sell millions of titles and is considered the originator of modern faith-based Christian fiction. Other titles include “A Bride for Donnigan,” “A Quiet Strength,” “A Woman Named Damaris,” “Another Homecoming,” “Beyond the Gathering Storm,” and “Prairie Dog Town.” Many of her books are available in boxed sets.

Janette Oke has received the 1992 ECPA President’s Award and the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award for her “significant contribution to the Christian book industry.” She has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, still live in Alberta, Canada.

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Frank Peretti.  Called “America’s hottest Christian novelist” and “a sanctified Stephen King,” Frank Peritti is a top selling Christian author, with millions of sales.

Born in the Canadian western town of Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1951, Peretti grew up in Seattle, Washington. After a stint of playing banjo in a bluegrass group and studying English, screen writing and film at UCLA, he assisted his father in pastoring an Assembly of God church and began a writing career.

Following his first sale, a fantasy novel entitled “The Door in the Dragon’s Throat,” Perretti published “The Present Darkness” in 1986. Considered the first of the new Christian fictional revival, it is considered his masterpiece and still continues to sell and draw new fans to his published novels. Other literary works include “Piercing the Darkness,” “Prophet,” “The Oath,” “House” (coauthored with Ted Dekker) and “Illusion” (published in 2012).

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Karen Kingsbury.  Born in 1963, Karen Kingsbury lives with her husband, Donald, and six children in the Pacific Northwest state of Washington, close to the Canadian border.

With millions of sales, her series of Christian novels include her Firstborn Series, Redemption Series, Red Glove Series, 911 Series, Women of Faith Series,and her newest, the Sunrise Series. One of her first Faith-based books, “Deadly Pretender,” was made into a CBS Movie-of-the-Week retitled, “Every Womans Dream” for broadcast.

Called “the queen of Christian fiction” by TIME Magazine, Karen said, “Fans say that they are closer to God and each other after reading the stories the Lord has given me to write.”

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Terri Blackstock.  Terri was born in Belleville, Illinois, on Dec 7, 1951.

With over 30 titles published, Christy Award winner Terri Blackstock’s book sales are in the millions. Her Christian fiction novels include “Last Light, Restoration Series #1,” “Dawn’s Light, Restoration Series #4,” “Sweet Delights,” “Double Minds,” “Predator,” the Christy-winning “Intervention,” and “Downfall, Intervention Series #3.”

Terri’s advice for aspiring authors is: “Don’t get it right, get it written. I used to spend weeks writing and rewriting the first three chapters, until I heard this bit of advice. Now I write the first draft without judgment, and rewrite extensively on the subsequent drafts. Just having the book on paper-even if it’s terrible-makes the rest of the job seem easier.”

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Ted Dekker.  Ted was born in 1962 in the wilderness of Netherlands New Guinea.  His parents were Canadian and American missionaries.   In an interview, he said, “I grew up in one of the darkest places in the world you can imagine, in the jungle, with cannibals…we’re talking about animism, heavy spiritualism, tremendous amounts of fear.  Co-workers of my parents were killed and eaten. By cannibals…”

Now living in Austin, Texas (with his wife and two of their daughters), Ted Dekker has published over 40 novels. He writes Christian fiction in the Thriller/Suspense genre. With titles on the New York Times Best Seller lists, his novel “The Bride Collector” was nominated for a 2011 Christy Award.

Other novels include “Immanuel’s Veins,” “Boneman’s daughters,” “Adam,” and, coauthored with Tosca Lee, “Forbidden, Books of Mortals Series, #1.” His novels have been published in eBook format, Spanish eBook, audiobook on CD, MP3, paperback book and Large Print version.  His next work will be published in 2015: titled AD33.

 

And new voices are joining the chorus every day.

Brian Alan Burhoe

Brian Alan Burhoe is the author of numerous articles and stories reflecting his interest in our spiritual connections to our Sacred Land – from his first short story ORNITHANTHROPUS – to his latest yarns of Civilized Bears.

==>> To see more, go to The Life & Works of Brian Alan Burhoe

 

Note: The above image is a fave of mine: the Statue of the White Angel holding a laurel crown at Schwerin Castle in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northern Germany.

 

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DREAM DICTIONARY: What Your 12 Most Common Dreams Mean

 

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12 Most Common Dreams

“Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves.” – Dr. Erich Fromm

I’ve always had a fascination with the meaning of dreams, especially after a long yarn with science fiction and fantasy author/editor Lin Carter at Detroit TriCon ’72. [1]

Lin Carter was a compelling little fellow who came across as a kind of old-time Southern gentleman, a cross between Doc Holliday and Colonel Saunders, complete with fancy walking stick.  A bit full of himself, but I liked him (he had read and liked my first published story “Ornithanthropus,” which had a lot of buzz then).  His love and knowledge of imaginative literature was immense and enthralling.

I knew of Lin already as the author of THE WIZARD OF LEMURIA, which introduced his Thongor the Barbarian character, and as editor of Ballantine Books Fantasy Series, giving us writers such as William Morris, Lord Dunsany, Evangeline Walton, Hope Mirrlees and H P Lovecraft.  Lovecraft’s earlier work, THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH, remains one of my fave fantasies.  Lin’s introduction to each book in the series was a wondrous journey in itself.

Lin believed that dreams were the source of the primal motifs of mythology, folk tales and the best fantasy fiction.  He spurred me to continue along that road — Carl Jung being our mutual guide.

Somewhere along that trail, I devised this little Dream Dictionary of our 12 Most Common Dreams.  In various incarnations, it’s appeared on different websites and blogs, often without credit.  It’s free to copy, folks, but a credit would be nice.

In dreams, we are free.  Free to unfold our spiritual wings and meet our brightest and darkest selves.  Though for some reason we tend to remember our bad dreams the most, eh?

Dreams and Nightmares – Dream Interpretation: Bet you’ve experienced most or all of these…

ANIMALS**  Wild animals denote troubles or fears, even misfortune. Domestic animals, especially pets, usually mean good fortune. Their demeaner is significant. A fierce animal is a warning. A calm one indicates happy times. Animals often represent the primal side of our makeup and the dreamer’s relationship with the animal tells how much control they have over that part of themselves. The most common animals in our dreams are:

….BEARS* Northern cultures, including European, once believed that the Bear was Humankind’s closest blood relative.  To them, Bear symbolized great power, both spiritual and physical.  Modern city-centered cultures see the Bear as Danger, unless they are dancing, caged — or dead.  Dreaming of Civilized Bears reveals your power of imagination, spirituality and sense of humour.

….BIRDS*  depending on the kind of bird, this is usually a sign of prosperity and unexpected happiness for you. Large birds are the symbol of Freedom. Singing birds, of happiness.  Crows and ravens bring spiritual messages.

….CATS*  an age-old symbol of the Feminine; the elegant and mysterious elements of our lives. To dream of a friendly cat, means you are developing your intuitive powers. If you are attacked by a cat, beware of an enemy pretending to be a friend. If you hear a cat screeching, beware of gossip. A purring cat promises happiness.

….DOGS*  #1 dreamed animal! Traditional symbol of the Masculine; courage and loyalty. A friendly dog denotes coming domestic happiness. A vicious dog warns you of financial or health concerns. A howling dog warns of separation from loved ones.

….HORSES*  a symbol of animal power, strength and energy. To be riding a beautiful horse denotes you will achieve much power in life. A wild horse, out of control, is a warning to curb your own passions. A sick horse cautions you of ill health.

….INSECTS*  usually represent small, nagging worries. Things that “bug” you. Traditionally, they can represent relatives. How you handle the insects in your dream, tells you how to handle these worries.

….RATS*  beware of deception! Especially from someone close to you. The dream-meaning of killing a rat is one of success.

….SNAKES*  lead us not into temptation. A symbol of betrayals and enemies. If a snake bites you, beware of a quarrel with a friend. Your dream will show you who your enemy is.

….SPIDERS*  traditionally a sign of good fortune. Money, and much of it!

….WOLVES*  a balance of the Dog’s loyalty and courage with Nature’s ferocity. Be prepared to face a disastrous turn of events. You can overcome if you have powerful allies.

AUTOMOBILE**  The great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Life itself. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. It depends on factors like — who is driving? Is it a pleasant journey or a treacherous one? An old clunker or a luxurious new car? Beginning a drive in an automobile generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life-plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should be going. If your car breaks down, you could be placing your trust in someone not worth it.

CELEBRITIES**  Meeting a famous person can indicate a profitable new offer will be made. There will be a change for good in your life. A goal can finally be obtained. Celebrities are our cultural heroes, and to dream of them can mean that it is time for you to join their ranks.

CHASE**  To dream of being chased by some frightening being can mean that it is time for you to set out on your destined path. But you are refusing to let go of elements in your life that are hindering your quest. If you are caught by that being, you have much work ahead of you. If you escape, you are almost free — your life-quest is taking a new road.

DEATH**  This dream’s analysis depends on the emotional content — if you awoke with a dreadful sense of real death, it could be a true death-dream and you have sensed someone’s passing. This happens to sensitive people. The elderly may have dreams that prepare them for their passing. If, however, you dream of death without having dark emotions, it has the meaning of release from current worries and actually signifies its opposite: a recovery, a rebirth is about to occur in your life.

FALLING**  The most common dream of all. It can mean the dreamer is in fear of losing respect or status; or of financial difficulties; or fading physical vitality; or losing someone’s love. If you land and awaken suddenly, it is literally a “wake-up call” to attend to matters in the physical world. If you land but the dream continues, then the answer to your dilemma is being given to you in that dream

FLYING**  The great Mythical symbol of Freedom. The meaning of flying dreams is one of good omens. You instinctively know the goals in life and how to seek them. Whether it’s love you seek, or a place in life, or fame and fortune, you will fly over earthly obstacles and find your happiness. Recurrent flying dreams indicate great fortune. All Traditions explain flying dreams in the same way. If you are in your own human form, you will find happiness in an ordinary but successful life. If you are a bird in your dream, you will be most fortunate in life and attract good luck. If you are a Winged Human (Greek term: Ornithanthropus — “Winged man”), you are bound for a highly creative and fulfilled life.

HOUSE**  A symbol of many meanings! If Falling is the most common dream, then a House or Apartment is the second most common. In a dream, a house usually represents You. ROOMS represent different aspects of yourself. DOORS are opportunities. If it is your own home, you are on a solid spiritual foundation. If you dream that you are in a strange new house, it indicates your future, what you must do. The BEDROOM has many obvious meanings…the BED is the most common dream object of all. The BATHROOM…from bathing to using the toilet, are common situations.

LOST**  The meaning of this dream is literal. You are lost in your life, adrift. Something is gone from your life — Love, Career, Spirituality. The SETTING of your dream, where you are lost, holds the answers to your salvation….LOSING SOMETHING PRECIOUS is a variation of the LOST dream; the object lost being the key to the dream.  A common lost object is TEETH – symbolizing your anxiety about a change in your life you are going through, or about to experience.

NAKED**  Most often, this is not a sexual dream. Usually this common dream is a dream of inadequacy: you don’t feel prepared for some event, or for life itself. This dream may have an element of comedy — lighten up! Don’t worry. Traditionally, this has been a dream of money luck. Buy a lottery ticket.

SEXUAL DREAMS**  The meaning of sexuality in dreams depends on the emotional element. If you wake up sexually aroused, that is common. Sexuality is a fundamental part of living and sexual dreams express part of your being. Only if the content is disturbing or if your arrousal is more intense from dreams than from waking experience, do you need to explore your dream’s meaning. If you dream of sexual experience but are not sexually aroused, the traditional meaning is one of general happiness. Your love relationship is deepening or about to be renewed. The most common sexual dreams are:

….ADULTERY

….LOVE WITH AN ACQUAINTANCE

….MASKED or FACELESS LOVER

….PASSIONATE ENCOUNTER WITH EX-SPOUSE

….RAPE

….SEX IN PUBLIC PLACE

Curiously, a more recent sexual dream is….SEX CHANGE.

WATER**  Traditionally, calm water means good times ahead, clear sailing. Rough waters: caution, reconsider your actions. To drown can be a warning — but also indicate your need for more spiritual examination.

….BATHING*  warm water fortells of increased love in your life or of spiritual rebirth.

….DRINKING WATER*  if the water is clear, the dream augurs financial security, prosperity. If it is cloudy; financial problems.

….SWIMMING*  a complex dream, where meaning depends on all the details: conditions of water, weather… Generally, to be swimming is a sign of current good health. If you are swimming naked, you feel energized and ready for the successes of life that are arriving.

 

+++A Dream Dictionary: Other Common Dreams+++

FOOD** preparing or eating food in a dream, means coming happiness in your life, domestic contentment. Being hungry or thirsty indicates a dissatisfaction in your life, often spiritual.

PREGNANCY** Dreams during pregnancy are common, usually reflecting your worries over the health and welfare of your unborn baby, not a prediction of things to come.

In this materialistic, irreligious age, GOD and the DEVIL appear less in our dreams, than in our grandparent’s time. When they do appear, however, the meaning is much more imperative than in by-gone times.

Dreaming about SCHOOL, TEACHERS or an important exam are usual for adolescents (definitely falling into their “most common dreams” category) — but have a more critical meaning for adults long out of school.  (Thinking about it, I haven’t had a school dream in decades, thank God.)

PEOPLE in our dreams can be extensions of ourselves or represent external forces — they represent the most complex element of your dreams, requiring an in-depth analysis. The most common people are: PARENTS, PARTNER, FRIENDS, EX-LOVER, STRANGERS, a BABY…

THE FUTURE.  I’ve been asked, “Brian, can my dreams predict my future?”  Sometimes.  Even Jung said he thought they did “sometimes.”  Basically, he thought that dreams might show us the possible paths we might follow.  Seems to be the best take on it.

While we enjoy reading our Horoscopes, the only predictions that have ever proven to be personally true (and were they ever!) have been from some of the top Numerologists.  We like to get a free reading now and then… CLICK HERE NOW TO GET YOUR FREE NUMEROLOGY READING!

 

– Brian Alan Burhoe

Brian Alan Burhoe is the author of numerous articles and stories reflecting his interest in our spiritual connections to our Sacred Land – from his first short story ORNITHANTHROPUS – to his latest yarns of Civilized Bears.

==>> To see more, go to The Life & Works of Brian Alan Burhoe

 

Note on Image At Top Of Page: Artwork by Gervasio Gallardo, a detail from the cover of IMAGINARY WORLDS: The Art of Fantasy, by Lin Carter, Ballantine Books, New York, 1973

[1] The Detroit Tri-Con 1972 was a Science Fiction/Fantasy/Comics Convention held at the Detroit Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel.

Round the clock movies — enjoyed the Vincent Price marathon.  Huckster room was a treasure trove of old SF and new underground comix.

PZO8005-Cover.inddGuests included cartoonist Russell Myers of Broom-Hilda fame.  Artists Gray Morrow, Al Williamson and Rick Yager (Buck Rogers strips).  Writers John Jakes, T Casey Brennan, among others…

Leigh Brackett, who wrote of ancient Mars with poetry and dreamlike imagination, as well as screenplays of fave movies of mine like John Wayne’s Rio Bravo (she would later work on the film script for The Empire Strikes Back), was also at TriCon ’72, sitting with her husband Edmond Hamilton.

Leigh was one of the essential writers in my formative years and I just wanted to go over and thank her.  I didn’t.  One of my few regrets.

 

DREAM DICTIONARY: What Your 12 Most Common Dreams Mean

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ORNITHANTHROPUS — the Winged Human in Dream, Myth & Literature

 

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Ornithanthropus – The Winged Human

NOTE: This posting is dedicated to the memory of editor Ejler Jakobsson, with deepest gratitude.

Even though I published my Science Fantasy story “Ornithanthropus” way back in 1971, I’m still getting comments on it.  Back in the day, it was letters forwarded by publishers.  Now it’s emails.

In answer to Troy S: I agree, Troy, the Winged Human is one of our most sacred images.   Meaning?  It has some fundamental meanings…

 

if-magazine-71-ornithanthropus-b-alan-burhoeOrnithanthropus” A short Science Fantasy story published in…

* Worlds of IF Magazine, December. 1971, editor Ejler Jakobsson, illustrator Jack Gaughan, New York, 1971 [1]
* BEST SF: 71, edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss, New York, 1972 [2]
* BEST SCIENCE FICTION STORIES OF THE YEAR, edited by Lester del Rey, New York, 1972 [3]
* ULLSTEIN 2000 SCIENCE-FICTION STORIES 81, edited by Walter Spiegl, translated by Michael Nagula, Frankfurt, Germany, 1980 [4]

 

“Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves.” – Dr. Erich Fromm

“I fly in dreams. I know it is my privilege.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Angel_Fairy_StatueTo dream of flying is one of the most auspicious of dreams. It’s the ultimate symbol of Freedom. Of success. Of triumph. This is all the more so if you are winged — a Winged Human. The Winged Human is the symbol of Artistry and Creativity. To dream that you are flying over broken land means you have obstacles to overcome, but that you will succeed. To be flying over green and fertile country is a harbinger of a triumphant and creative life to be lived.

Yet there is a caution, even in this motif. Icarus flew too close to the sun, and fell into the Agean Sea. Willie sings of an angel flying too close to the ground. Even in the limitless Sky, we are told, there is a Middle Path.

The Winged Human is known to all dream studies and Mythologies.  The Egyptians had the god Horus and the Cambodians, the bird-headed Garuda. The Greeks had the human-headed birds called Sirenae, usually women with beautiful voices that attracted men. Later the Sirenae, re-named Sirens, became confused with the Northern myth of mermaids…

In Greek mythology, the gods or their messengers often had wings — such as Selene, goddess of the Moon. The true Ornithanthropus — human head and body with added wings is of Middle East origin, passing through Templar and Alchemist studies, Christian art and dream interpretation study.

The earliest known depiction of Winged Humans in art is on a Sumerian stele showing them flying over the head of the Ruler of Ur (Ur-Nammu), dated about 2300 BC.

Angels (from Hebrew for “messenger”) have usually been described in this form. Even today angels in dreams are seen this way.  And depicted in art in this form for centuries.  There are statues — aren’t there? — that almost seem alive, certainly capturing an innate spirituality.  Like a favourite image of mine: the Celtic Angel Statue, combining Christian and Celtic imagery, shown above.

My “Ornithanthropus” was inspired by Joyce’s Hawklike Man and by Roy G Krenkel’s ACE cover of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ PIRATES OF VENUS.  That image of the Klangan — the birdman — carrying the sullen princess into the sky is a primal one — it speaks a Truth only the great fantasists can tell.  [5]

ray-cummings-tama-winged-womanWinged Men and Winged Women have flown alien skies in many literary works, mostly science fantasy, from those of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Cummings [6] and Robert E Howard to Poul Anderson, A.E. van Vogt and Martha Wells.

Even today, some of our top talents are soaring into the clouds.  James Patterson with his Maximum Ride series.  Margaret Atwood’s ANGEL CATBIRD graphic novels (with artwork by Johnnie Christmas and colours by Tamra Bonvillain).

And in a few sentences, James Joyce breathed life into the mythic character:

“He seemed to hear the noise of dim waves and to see a winged form flying above the waves and slowly climbing the air.  What did it mean?  Was it a quaint device opening a page of some medieval book of prophecies and symbols, a hawklike man flying sunward above the sea, a prophecy of the end he had been born to serve…

“His heart trembled…and a wild spirit passed over his limbs as though he were soaring sunward…his soul was soaring in an air beyond the world and the body he knew was purified in a breath and delivered of incertitude and made radiant…an ecstasy of flight made radiant his eyes and wild his breath and tremulous and wild and radiant his windswept limbs.” [7]

For as long as we strive to be Free, the Myth of Ornithanthropus, the Winged Human, lives! [8]

After a long yarn with popular Fantasy editor/writer Lin Carter, who spurred me on to study the common motifs and meanings of dreams, myths and fantasy fiction, I devised this free DREAM DICTIONARY: What Your 12 Most Common Dreams Mean!

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==>> To see links to my published Articles & Fiction, as well as a short Bio and Burhoe Family History, go to THE LIFE AND WORKS OF BRIAN ALAN BURHOE  —  Right Here, Mon Ami!

 

– Brian Alan Burhoe

[1] You might note that “Ornithanthropus” was spelled “Ornithanthpopus” on the title page of the IF magazine story.

[2] This Harrison/Aldiss anthology was published in the UK as THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION NO. 5, London, England, 1972

[3] “All I know of B Alan Burhoe is that he picked one of the toughest kinds of stories to write. A story of this type depends on giving the reader a full picture of strange backgrounds and totally alien life modes. Usually, only novels afford the writer the space needed to develop his exotic world, and to make the reader at home with his creation. Rare as this success is in this length, Burhoe has produced a nearly perfect example.” — Lester del Rey, on my story “Ornithanthropus”

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To see a larger view of this classic cover, SEE: BEST SCIENCE FICTION STORIES OF THE YEAR Edited by Lester del Rey  If anyone knows the cover artist, please let me know.  I’d love to credit them.

[4]  Schadow wurde von seiner Frau geweckt.
Er erhob sich von der Matte aus muffiger Baumwolle, reckte die Flügel über seinem Kopf, bis sie die niedrige Decke aus Schilf berührten.
»Der Himmelsjäger stirbt«,sagte sie.»Wir müssen fort.«…

[5] A detail of Roy G Krenkel’s ACE cover of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ PIRATES OF VENUS is shown at top of page.

[6] Cover art for first Ace Books edition of Ray Cummings’ TAMA OF THE LIGHT COUNTRY is by Jerome Podwil.

[7] James Joyce, PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, 1916

[8] And, in a way, my Civilized Bears also symbolize Freedom.  A Freedom close to the soil, deeper, more fundamental.

 

Updated Dec 11, 2016

ORNITHANTHROPUS: Winged Humans in Dream, Myth & Literature

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OUT OF MY FATHER’S SHAVING BOX: Dad’s War, Algonquin Regiment & Liberation of Holland

 

Out of My Father’s Shaving Box

 

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Dad’s War, Algonquin Regiment & the Liberation of Holland

 

“This is yours now, Brian. He wanted you to have it.” And my mother handed me an old wooden shaving kit Dad had made some thirty years earlier. The wood smelled of shaving cream (it still does) but now held articles of his soldiering years. It was 1967 and Dad had died from “gastrointestinal problems” that had plagued him all the years I knew him. He was only 54, and it took me some time to realize how young that was.

The box held his few military items.  His discharge papers, showing that Pte. Albert Chester Burhoe, known to his friends as “Chester”, was demobbed from the Canadian Army (Active) in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Aug 20, 1945.  Old Paybooks.  Medals, including a France-Germany Campaign Star.  Assorted pins such as his Army Active Service badge and well-worn Legion pin. [1]

And three items that he had shown me years before. Each had a story.

Every Remembrance Day I take out that shaving box and replace last year’s poppy with a new one, the one I’d just been wearing.

And I look at those three items.

First, his REGIMENTAL BADGE. Which I shine every November. Dad belonged to the Algonquin Regiment and never hid his pride in it.

Formed on Dominion Day, 1900, the Algonquin Regiment was considered a Northern Ontario unit, although Dad, with a number of fellow Nova Scotians, joined and trained with the regiment at the Debert Military Camp.

The Algonquin Regiment was a rifleman unit, including many lumberjacks, trappers and hunters from the Northwoods.  Many of them were First Nations, especially Northern Cree. Hence the motto emblazoned on the badge under the moosehead: NE-KAH-NE-TAH, in the language of the Algonquin People: “We Lead – They Follow”. First in. Often the task of the infantry, eh?

Dad fit right in. My Uncle Fulton told us the story of how, as boys (after seeing a Western), “I dared Chester to shoot a coin — a quarter — out of my fingers, as in the movie. I held it up as high as I could and Chester took his hunting rifle and — BANG! — he did it. We got a whipping for that! I was just glad that I still had all of my fingers.” In the mid-Thirties, Dad, being the youngest son, had gone to work in the lumber camps of New Brunswick, sending money home to keep the family farm going.  He was working as a carpenter at the Saint John shipyard when the War broke out.  Although he was designated as having an essential job, he enlisted in the No 7 District Depot on June 3, 1941.

The Algonquins steamed out of Halifax’s Bedford Basin on the ocean liner Empress of Scotland on June 10, 1943.  The Empress dodged German U-boats on its long unescorted voyage to the bomb-damaged city of Liverpool, England.

For a year, they continued to train and prepare on British soil, mostly at an Army base in Ripon, Yorkshire.  They trained with other Canadian units, including the Argyll Highlanders, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, and the South Alberta Regiment.

In that year, he took leave when he could, meeting a young double-decker bus conductress, a Yorkshire lass who took his fancy.  Together, they took long walks on Ilkley Moor, saw the latest movies (Alan Ladd was a favourite of theirs) and stopped at the Hope & Anchor for a “wee drop of Scotch.”  Before he left for Normandy in July ’44, they married.

The Algonquins’ battle-filled progress from Juno Beach through France, Belgium, the Netherlands and into northern Germany is well recorded. [2]

In the early days, supplies and material were low — at one point, ammunition got so scarce that the order of the day was, “One round, one German.”  The Algonquins found themselves battling the 1 SS  Panzer Division, described as “quite the toughest troops the Germans had in Normandy.”

The “Long Chase” through the summer and autumn would make regimental history: Tilly-la-campagnethe Seine district, the Scheldt, the Lower Maas, the Month of Dikes — the Liberation of Holland, especially Waalwijk and Steenbergen.  And, in winter, into the Rhineland…

Dad spoke little of the battles they endured.

He told me of the better times. His friendship with First Nations soldiers, who taught him (although he was already an experienced woodsman) how to “listen” to the forest — something he tried to pass on to me. Out of those yarns, I developed an image of Native and English Canadians, not antagonists, but standing side by side, with the word CANADA on both their shoulders. Fighting our common enemies and building our uncommon nation.

And the cold night he and a Cree buddy were at the front line “along the dikes” when suddenly the night lit up above their heads. A jeep had stopped at the top of an embankment behind them. The jeep’s bright lights began to draw German fire. A lot of it. Bullets spattering in the damp soil, and more loudly off rocks. “Got to be officers,” said Dad. “Chester,” said the other, putting his bolt-action Lee Enfield rifle to his shoulder. “You take the left headlight — I’ll take the right.” So they did. And the night went dark again. And two young officers jumped out of the jeep and ran off. Dad heard later that the two had been fresh from an officers’ training centre in Canada. The official story told by the brass was that an unknown drunken Private had stolen the jeep.

The welcome the Canadians received when they liberated Holland has forever after brought tears to the eyes of aging soldiers who were there. The Algonquins were certainly given a warm welcome.  “We were treated like family,” said Dad, who years later, was still touched by the memory.

Which leads me to the second item, THE DUTCH GIRL IN THE PHOTO.

 

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That photo says a hell of a lot. The Dutch girl in the old snapshot is showing where the girls escaped to when the German soldiers were heard approaching. Under a hay stack, in an underground hideaway. And that says it all, doesn’t it? When the German soldiers came, the girls hid away. When the Canadian soldiers came, they showed the Canadians where they had hidden from the Germans. We were the Good Guys.  Family.

Christmas Eve, 1944, was spent in Sint-Michielsgestel — a cold, clear day where they enjoyed an early Christmas dinner, beer and carols sung by Canadian nurses. Christmas day began the storming through Belgium and the drive into Germany.

And by frigid February, Operation Blockbuster would be underway.

The road to Germany lay through the Hochwald Forest.

The Battle for Hochwald Gap has been called one of the “Greatest Tank Battles,” and it was. As the History Channel said, in introducing the Hochwald episode in their televised series: “In February 1945, the First Canadian Army launches an attack to cross the Rhine and enter the German heartland. This is the story of the struggle for the Hochwald Gap – the final obstacle blocking the Allies, which the Germans are determined to hold at any cost.” [3]

But First: The Germans controlled the Hochwald Forest and were hidden and dug in with artillery, mortars and anti-tank weapons, which overlooked the open area through the forest called the Hochwald Gap.  The Gap was a wide, cleared stretch through which a road and railway tracks rolled.  Supported by Canadian Sherman tanks and possible Allied air cover, it would be the job of the Algonquins, who were trained and experienced in forest warfare, to cross the exposed Gap and engage the enemy among the tall silver fir trees.  “The main Canadian effort was the infantry’s, for until the enemy had been driven out of the woods and particularly from the commanding ground south of the railway there seemed little chance of our armour breaking through to the east.” [4]

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Men of Algonquin Regiment, Hochwald area, March 1, 1945
 

March 2, 1945.  Morning.  Hochwald Gap.  Due to winter storms, Allied aircraft were grounded.  For Dad, who was in D Company who were tasked with capturing the bridge over the Hohe Ley Stream, it got really bad when the Canadian Sherman tanks suddenly withdrew from the field, leaving D Company totally exposed and on their own. Their only protection was their hand-shovelled slit trenches and fox holes, hastily dug in the muddy ground within clear sight of the evergreen forest, their objective.  The mystery of why our tanks retreated was never fully explained, and not even mentioned by the men of the tank division who were quoted in the History Channel episode.  Although the Official History of the Canadian Army blamed it on “deadly anti-tank fire” from the Germans in the forest.

Major G L Cassidy, a commander in the Algonquin Regiment, later wrote:

“At any rate, they (the Canadian tanks) pulled out about 7:45, and the infantry force had to cling to their slits (trenches) in desperation from that time on.

“As it became evident that there were no tanks in D Company’s position, the German armour became bolder. A German Tiger tank appeared very close in on the left flank, with infantry behind it…

“Meanwhile, on the right flank, a group of enemy tanks supported their infantry on a move to the rear of D Company’s feeble little handhold and little could be done to stop it…

“In the next few moments, the enemy had succeeded in virtually encircling D Company. Capt. Jewell was killed by a shell-burst, others were wounded, and the little garrison, leaderless, bewildered, and far from assistance, was overrun.

“The bold gamble had been lost, not because of any lack of determination or courage of the men and their leaders, but because of a heart-breaking series of difficulties and misfortunes.” [5]

That battle was over and Mum would receive a telegram telling her that Dad (she called him “Canuck”) was “Missing in action, presumed dead.”

Dad regained consciousness with a German soldier treating his left side. He was numb there, a lot of blood. He gradually learned that, being in a lone observation fox hole ahead of the rest of the Company, he had been picked off by an enemy sniper.  The bullet had torn though his left collar bone and gone out the back with bits of bone and making a bigger jagged wound.

“We hated the German snipers,” Dad told me years later.  “But this one was a good shot.  I didn’t give him much of a target.”  For the rest of his life, Dad would have trouble getting full use out of that arm.

What followed was a grueling trip under dark German skies. Marching on foot, cold open trucks, colder railway cattle cars, lots of high-pitched shouting and a German officer, complete with monocle, asking Dad, “Why do you fight our Fuhrer?”

Stalag 11B, Fallingbostel, was in the Lüneburg Heath region of North Germany. Not much fun. There were already British paratroopers and American GIs imprisoned there. Close by were Russian prisoners — the Soviets had no active Red Cross and their captive soldiers, abandoned by Moscow, were dying by the hundreds from brutal treatment, disease and starvation. [6]

Dad, weak from his wound, developed yellow jaundice and lockjaw (tetanus), and would soon be suffering from malnutrition. The Germans basically provided turnips for food, little medication and no clothing. Dad always praised the Canadian Red Cross for their packages, which contained some canned food like corned beef and luncheon meat, dried fruit, tea, milk powder, chocolate bars, as well as knitted wool socks and mittens handmade by women back home.

And he had the third item: A NEW TESTAMENT. He was a Baptist and he loved to read, so he read the Biblical passages. He may even have been inspired by the introductory message from H M The King, who made sure that all soldiers fighting for Britain got a copy of this little gold book. But what really inspired Dad was the little bow of orange ribbon pinned in the inside cover.

The bow was given to him by a member of the Dutch resistance movement. The Resistance  was a group of daring men and women who carried out sabotage, smuggled out downed Allied airmen, performed intelligence gathering and much more — always aware that getting caught got you beaten and shot. And the Gestapo had its own turncoats out there looking for them. The only form of identification among these freedom fighters was this little orange bow, pinned secretly in their clothing. “I give you this in gratitude,” the Resistance fighter told Dad.

Dad would open the Book and look at the orange ribbon. If the people of Holland could survive for four long years, he could hang in there…

On a rainy April day, after hearing explosions in the distance, their guards suddenly disappeared and a tank of the British 8th Hussars Recce smashed through the fortified front gate of Stalag 11B.  The prisoners were liberated.

Gaunt from malnutrition, the freed soldiers weren’t allowed to raid the well-stocked German store-rooms. On orders of the British medical staff, Dad was fed a small serving of pea soup. “It was all I could hold anyway.”  For the next few days meals consisted mainly of orange juice and vitamin pills.

In his letter to Mum from the prison camp, dated April 20, 1945, he began: “Edna Dear, Am going to drop you a line or two to let you know all is well with me. As you may know, I’ve had a brief spell as a prisoner and can’t say that I’ve enjoyed the experience. That’s over now tho and I hope to be seeing you very soon…

“…I do hope Edna that all has been going well with you and you’ve not been doing too much worrying.  Give my very best wishes to your Dad, Mum & All.  I’m looking forward to sampling some of your mother’s cooking.  And if I feel able, maybe some of my wife’s too.  I ducked then just to be on the safe side…  Your Canuck.”

 

Thanks, Dad.  Miss ya.

 

DEDICATION: This post is written in remembrance of my Father, of course.  But also in proud memory of all the other war vets it’s been my honour to know and grow up with — and of all members of the Algonquin Regiment, especially those my father served with and who he never forgot.

 

To see more of our family history, including Dad’s life after his liberation, go to The Life & Works of Brian Alan Burhoe

 

[1] NOTE: To See the Full Sized Image of the Shaving Box & Contents, Click Here: Pte. Albert Chester Burhoe, Algonquin Regiment.

[2] To read more about the Algonquins, Click Here: Algonquin Regiment – Canadian Army

[3] The “Greatest Tank Battles” series was produced by National Geographic and shown on the History Network in Canada, the Military Network in the U. S., and on Discovery Networks throughout western Europe and elsewhere.

[4] “…until the enemy had been driven out of the woods…there seemed little chance of our armour breaking through to the east.” Official History of the Canadian Army.  HyperWar: The Victory Campaign, Chapter 19, The Battle of the Rhineland, Operation Blockbuster, 22 February – 10 March 1945.  http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/Canada/CA/Victory/Victory-19.html

[5] “…a heart-breaking series of difficulties and misfortunes.”

Warpath-PaperJacksMajor Cassidy’s account of that battle was based on a report from a D Company survivor who was able to escape back to Canadian lines.  From G L Cassidy’s book, WARPATH: The Story of the Algonquin Regiment 1939-1945, published in 1948 by Ryerson Press, Toronto. And later reprinted as a quality trade paperback in 1980 as #3 in the PaperJacks Canadians At War Series, retitled WARPATH: From Tilly-la-campagne to the Kusten Canal.  Illustrated with photos, war art and detailed maps.

Major Cassidy served with the Algonquins for the entire Second World War and writes with firm knowledge of the subject, as well as understanding and moments of sentiment and humour.

With the many books being released celebrating our stories of the two world wars, this one surely should be back in print.

[6] If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then this photo of “Newly Liberated British POWs of Stalag XIB” says a lot: Collections US HMM

OUT OF MY FATHER’S SHAVING BOX: Dad’s War, Algonquin Regiment & Liberation of Holland – by Brian Alan Burhoe

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HOME COOKING: Chick-fil-A’s Best Chicken Recipes You Can Do Home

Chefs constantly run down “fast food” restaurants (in the industry, they’re referred to as “Quick Food”).  But here’s a secret: It’s something a lot of chefs won’t admit: but this ol’ cook does it — I like to recreate some of the meals we get at the top restaurant chains.  It’s fun, it’s easy and (when you do it at home) it’s cheap.  Of course, I only cook the more healthy recipes.

Some of my favourite restaurants include Kenny Rogers Roasters (yes, Kenny’s restaurant chain is still going, mostly overseas), Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, TGI Friday’s, The Cheesecake Factory and Chick-fil-A…

Chic-fil-A has a variety of chicken recipes such as nuggets, chicken salads and chicken sandwiches.

Chic-Fil-A is known for their famous chicken sandwich, but also has flavour-filled wraps, salads, soups and much more. And the Chic-fil-A Breakfast: they offer a delicious breakfast menu and the only restaurant “you get biscuits and sausage gravy at a drive-through window in your pajamas in the morning.” The chain (as of this writing) has over 1,800 locations in 40 American states and the District of Columbia, with it’s newest site opening at the Calgary Airport, Alberta, Canada. It’s distinct among quick-food chains in that its stores are closed on Sundays and it’s owners celebrate family values.

The company’s TV ads have featured cows parachuting on to a football field during a college football game, complete with “EAT MOR CHIKIN” banners, and attacking the hamburger vendor.

Just this month, Food News Media awarded its first time HALO award for 2014 to Chick-fil-A. “HALO stands for Healthy, Active Lifestyle (and if you need the O to stand for something, it’s Objective).”  The award honours quick-food and full service restaurant chains that “have made meaningful contributions to a healthy, active lifestyle for consumers.”

Their most popular items include a new Chick-fil-A Chargrilled and Fruit Salad with Harvest Nut Granola topping, Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips that are 50% larger and are complemented by a new proprietary dipping sauce called Chick-fil-A Sauce, a Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich served on a new premium Wheatberry bread with green leaf lettuce, and Cool Wrap selections that come in a new multi-grain flatbread.

So — if you want to really impress someone — take them to Chick-fil-A’s!

But if you want to save money — and impress them too — here’s the recreated recipes — easily cooked right in your own kitchen… you can make their most popular items at home:

–Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich–

3 cups peanut oil

1 egg

1 cup Milk

1 cup flour

2 1/2 Tb. powdered sugar

1/2 ts. pepper

2 teas. salt, 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved

4 plain hamburger buns

2 Tb. melted butter

8 dill pickle slices

Heat the peanut oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat to about 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, beat the egg and stir in the milk.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pepper, and salt. Dip each piece of chicken in milk until it is fully moistened.

Roll the moistened chicken in the flour mixture until completely coated. Drop all four chicken pieces into the hot oil and close the pressure cooker.

When steam starts shooting through the pressure release, set the times for 3 1/2 minutes. Important: Do NOT close the steam release!

While the chicken is cooking, spread a coating of melted butter on the face of each bun.

When the chicken is done, remove it from the oil and drain or blot on paper towels.

Place two pickles on each bottom bun; add a chicken breast, then the top bun. To make a deluxe chicken sandwich, simply add two tomato slices and a leaf of lettuce.

Mayonnaise or mustard also goes well on this sandwich.

–Chick-Fil-A Coleslaw–

6 cups shredded cabbage

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 – 1/2 cup milk

Mix & Chill 15 minutes.

Meanwhile combine:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. celery seed

2-3 drops hot sauce

3 Tbsp. dry minced onion

1/4 – 1/2 cup buttermilk

Mix well with cabbage.

Chill.

Allow flavors to blend for several hours before serving.

–Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets Recipe–

2 Cups Chicken Breast (Boneless, Skinless, Cubed)

1 Cup Flour

1-1/2 Cups Cracker Meal

1/4 teaspoon Paprika

2 Cups Water

2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

2-1/4 teaspoons McCormick Season-all

Place cool water in bowl, add 1/4 teaspoon season-all and dissolve bouillon cubes in mixture.

Place cubed chicken in water, mix, cover and place in refrigerator for 12 hours or next day.

When ready to cook nuggets, mix flour, cracker meal, 2 teaspoons season-all and paprika in bowl.

Heat oil for deep frying. Drain chicken.

Coat nuggets in flour, cracker mixture and fry until golden.

Chicken will be flavourfilled and juicy.

–Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad–

2 Cups Cooked Chicken Breast

1/3 Cup Finely Diced Celery

1 hard boiled egg, minced

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

1/3 Cup Sweet Pickle Relish

2/3 – 1 Cup Mayonnaise

Texas Toast or Thick Cut Sandwich Bread

Boil chicken until completely cooked.

Remove from water and cool meat.You can save the chicken broth, seal and refrigerate no more than a week. After chicken is cool, cut into tiny pieces.

Place in a mixing bowl with all other ingredients and mix well. Butter one side of sandwich bread and grill. Place salad in between grilled bread slices and serve.

And there you are!

Dig in!

Brian Alan Burhoe

 

 

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Golden Corral Restaurant Recipes for Home Cooking

We love buffets, don’t we?  Especially when it’s good quality down-home food, served fresh and hot and delicious.

Golden Corral has gained a top reputation in the buffet niche, becoming a fave.

The first Golden Corral Buffet & Grill opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973.  With the idea that they could serve good home style cooking and still build a thriving business, they’ve expanded into a top restaurant chain.

Let them speak for themselves: “Golden Corral’s legendary, endless dinner buffet features an enormous variety with 15 proteins including USDA, grilled to order sirloin steaks, pork, seafood, shrimp, and chicken.

“We are especially proud to serve USDA sirloin, aged and hand-cut daily by our in-restaurant butchers. The endless lunch buffet features a wide variety of home-style classics like our pot roast simmered for 12-hours, made-from-scratch meatloaf, crispy fried chicken, creamy mac and cheese, made-from-scratch mashed potatoes, beloved Bourbon Street Chicken…”

Their breakfast buffet serves “made-to-order omelettes, fluffy pancakes, hot-off-the griddle sausage and bacon, fruit, French toast, pastries and much more. Our bakery and dessert buffet are filled with freshly baked breads, like our famous yeast rolls, homemade cakes and pies, delicious cookies, brownies, pastries, and ice cream.” [1]

Now that’s worth bragging about.

>>> I love recreating the best restaurant recipes.  Here’s the recipe for their excellent GOLDEN CORRAL’S SEAFOOD SALAD — and Golden Corral’s BOURBON STREET CHICKEN served with their Brass Bakery Bread Rolls…

 

–Golden Corral’s Seafood Salad–

1 lb. imitation crab meat, shredded

1 cup diced celery

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sliced green onions (with the green too)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 hard boiled eggs, chopped.

Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate for about an hour to allow flavors to blend. Serve either a salad, on lettuce, or on split croissants.

 

–Golden Corral’s Bourbon Street Chicken–

1 Pound Chicken leg or thigh meat

Cut in bite size chunks

4 oz Soy sauce

1/2 cup Brown sugar

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1 tsp. Powdered ginger

2 tbs. Dried minced onion

1/2 cup Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey

2 tbs. White wine

Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour over chicken pieces in a bowl.

Cover and refrigerate (stirring often) for several hours (best overnight).

Bake chicken at 350 for one hour in a single layer, basting every 10 minutes. Remove chicken. Scrape pan juices with all the brown bits into a frying pan.

Heat, and add 2 Tbs. white wine. Stir and add chicken. Cook for 1 minute and serve.

 

–Golden Corral’s Brass Bakery Yeast Rolls–

1 envelope Active dry yeast

1/4 cup Very warm water

1/3 cup Sugar

1/4 cup Butter or margarine

1 teaspoon Salt

1 cup Scalding hot milk

1 Egg — lightly beaten

4 1/2 cups Sifted all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons Melted butter or margarine — for brushing rolls.

Sprinkle the yeast over very warm water in a large bowl (Very warm water should feel comfortably warm when dropped on wrist.)

Stir until yeast dissolves.

Add sugar, the 1/4 cup butter or margarine and salt to hot milk and stir until the sugar dissolves and butter or margarine is melted. Cool mixture to 105 to 115 degrees.

Add milk mixture to yeast, then beat in egg. Beat in 4 cups of the flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Use some of the remaining 1/2 cup of the flour to dust a pastry cloth.

Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes, working in the remaining flour (use it for flouring the pastry cloth and your hands). Place dough in a warm buttered bowl; turn greased side up.

Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Punch dough down and knead 4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth.

Dough will be sticky, but use as little flour as possible for flouring your hands and the pastry cloth, otherwise the rolls will not be as feathery light as they should be.

Pinch off small chunks of dough and shape into round rolls about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Place in neat rows, not quite touching, in a well-buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.

Cover rolls and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with melted butter or margarine, then bake in a 375 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Serve warm with plenty of butter. This recipe yields about 2 dozen rolls.

Bon Appetit!

Brian Alan Burhoe

 

 

[1] Golden Corral’s latest annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner was a huge success honoring over 433,500 veterans and active duty military with a free dinner buffet and beverage. All Golden Corral restaurants nationwide participated in this event to honor our military heroes, past and present.

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Anthropocene Defaunation: From Endangered Species to Mass Extinction

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When I read the latest reports on the state of our Living Earth, well, I just have to Rant!

Is Humankind THAT stupid?

Okay, maybe not ALL of Humankind.  There’s still you, me and our loved ones isn’t there?

But it sure seems that those all-powerful forces of Global Corporations backed by international banks and Big (and getting Bigger) Govs — so-called conservative govs that are controling our lives with a socialist glee, using our own hard-earned money against us — are winning (told you I had to Rant).

It just seems so simple to me: We must protect our Wilderness and its wildlife.  Animal rights are essential.  If we can find the heart to do THAT, then we can do all kinds of things wise and wonderful.

A recent report from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment declared the “loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event.”

Ouch!

They call it “Anthropocene defaunation.”  A long phrase with a very ugly meaning.

“We tend to think about extinction as loss of a species from the face of Earth, and that’s very important, but there’s a loss of critical ecosystem functioning in which animals play a central role that we need to pay attention to as well,” explained Rodolfo Dirzo, lead author of the study.

“Ironically, we have long considered that defaunation is a cryptic phenomenon, but I think we will end up with a situation that is non-cryptic because of the increasingly obvious consequences to the planet and to human wellbeing.”

While scientists have blamed those previous mass extinctions on volcanoes and asteroids, this one, my friend, is being caused by those bumbling, erratic primates who call themselves Humans.  Hence, the “Anthropocene” (Age of Humans) part: geologically, we’ve just arrived — doesn’t look like we’ll be around much longer, eh?  You’ve already caught on to the “Defaunation” part: the deliberate mass slaughter of animals of all kinds.

They also reported that “animals such as gibbons, orangutans and various types of foxes, bears and rhinoceroses have been steadily disappearing from large, protected areas of land around the world.

“Where human density is high, you get high rates of defaunation, high incidence of rodents, and thus high levels of pathogens, which increases the risks of disease transmission,” continued Dirzo.

Their report also detailed a troubling trend in invertebrate defaunation: “Human population has doubled in the past 35 years.  In the same period, the number of invertebrate animals – such as beetles, butterflies, spiders and worms – has decreased by 45%.

“As with larger animals, the loss is driven primarily by loss of habitat and global climate disruption, and could have trickle-up effects in our everyday lives.

“For instance, insects pollinate roughly 75% of the world’s food crops, an estimated 10% of the economic value of the world’s food supply. Insects also play a critical role in nutrient cycling and decomposing organic materials, which helps ensure ecosystem productivity. In the U S alone, the value of pest control by native predators is estimated at $4.5 billion annually.”

The report concludes: “Since the year 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25% average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.”

Of course, there continues to be good news stories that give us some hope.

In Canada, it seems that our last surviving democratic institute is our Supreme Court.

In June, the Court awarded title to a piece of British Columbia’s Interior “roughly the size of Prince Edward Island” to the 3,000 member T’silhqot’in First Nation.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin concluded: “Aboriginal title means that governments and others seeking to use the land must obtain the consent of the aboriginal title holders…” adding that “what is required is a culturally sensitive approach to sufficiency of occupation based on the dual perspectives of the aboriginal group in question — and the common law notion of possession as a basis for title.”

The First Nations continue to refer to their “Sacred Land.”  Protecting that land for all time is culturally much more important to them than short-term “resource development.”

That love of the land, that love of all living creatures who share it with us, isn’t just a First Nations concept, of course.

Standing firm to protect the land we were born on, the land of our blood, the roots of our culture, is an ancient and powerful force.   Those of us of Northern European ancestry know it also.

So do we all…

– PAPA BEAR (aka Brian Alan Burhoe)

 

Source: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/july/sixth-mass-extinction-072414.html

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FLEAS ON DOGS: How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally

Tick season is supposed to be over — at least here along the ragged coast of Nova Scotia.

But it isn’t.  We’re still finding ticks on Mocha, our German Shepherd.  Those little dark ticks — the Lyme Disease carrying ones…

And now Flea Season is here with all the ferocity of an undeclared war.

And it IS a war.  And we don’t feel bad about eliminating those blood-sucking Siphonaptera.   Insectoid vampires!  They’re not an endangered species.  After all, there will still be billions of fleas happily doing their thing long after Humankind has self destructed.

Lately, we’ve been trying heroically to cut unwanted chemicals out of our lives.  And that includes pesticides of all kinds.  Natural methods that are safe for pets.  And also, as we head into retirement, we want a balanced family budget.

Commercially available products for pet flea control products are not cheap. If you’re spending a fortune on flea killing product for your pet, such as dog collars, pills, pet flea spray, flea shampoo, flea comb, flea bombs, flea sprays, etc — you’ve probably been looking for what our family wanted: a cheap, effective NATURAL home remedy to save your beloved pets — cats, dogs, others —  from the greedy onslaught of those dastardly fleas.

The remedy is vinegar!” says Patricia Miller, author of MASS FLEA DOMINATION: Step by Step Guide to Eliminate & Prevent Fleas Naturally.

Vinegar?  Here is a Guest Blog from Patricia explaining what she means…

You are probably not aware that there is a home remedy that you can use conveniently to get rid of those fleas without having to spend hundreds of dollars on them.

The remedy is vinegar, yes that is right, fleas do not like the smell of vinegar. Vinegar is very environmentally friendly and in some cases works even better than the usual chemical-based medicines flea companies.

Steps you can take to get rid of fleas :

Bathe your pets with vinegar
You can create your own vinegar shampoo for your dog. There is a simple recipe that you can follow to make your own flea shampoo. The ingredients you need are half a cup of white vinegar, half a cup of Dawn dishwashing soap and fill the tank with warm water. You will be surprised to look at a tub full of dead fleas after the giving a bath to your pet. Then, after the bath, you can use a comb (which should be cleaned using diluted vinegar). And this should help you get rid of all the fleas off your beloved pet.

Keep the curtains and furniture flea-free
Make a syringe of vinegar and inject it on furniture, sofa covers, towels, rugs, drapes, cars, etc. To get rid of the sour smell of vinegar, you can burn essential oils or use room fresheners. Make sure to dilute the syringe solution before using .

Carpet Flea Removal Techniques
If you find fleas on your pet, chances are you will find around the house, especially on your carpet. A simple way to get rid of them is to prepare a bowl of water-vinegar mixture. Let it be there for over a night. Then spread the final product on the carpets to get a flea-free carpet .

After getting rid of all the fleas off your pet and from your house; please make sure to follow these necessary steps:

1) Try not to let your pets walk or play in muddy areas.

2) Keep your pets away from stray animals as they almost certainly carry fleas.

3) Give a regular bath to your pet.

4) Inject your furniture, curtains, carpets, etc as often as possible.

5) Repeat the whole treatment if you spot any flea again as it means they still haven’t been eradicated.

Thanks, Patricia!

 

FLEAS ON DOGS: How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally

 

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The Great Pulp Fiction Mounties: From Corporal Cameron to Sergeant Preston

 

The Great Pulp Fiction Mounties

 

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“We want men, and we want men like you. You could enlist as a constable and there is always opportunity to advance.”

“It’s a great service!” exclaimed Cameron. “I’d like to join.”

“Very well,” said the Commissioner promptly, “we will take you.  Inspector Dickson, Mr. Cameron wishes to join the Force. Will you administer the oath?”

“Cameron, stand up!” commanded the Inspector.

With a little thrill at his heart Cameron stood up, took the Bible in his hand and repeated after the Inspector the words of the oath:

“I, Allan Cameron, solemnly swear that I will faithfully, diligently, and impartially execute and perform the duties required of me as a member of the North-West Mounted Police Force, and will well and truly obey and perform all lawful orders and instructions which I shall receive as such, without fear, favour, or affection of or toward any person. So help me, God.”

“Now then, Cameron, I congratulate you upon your new profession.  The Inspector will see about your outfit and later you will receive instructions as to your duties. Meantime, take him along with you, Inspector, and get those horses.”

Men were sorely needed at the Macleod post and the Commissioner had an eye that took in not only the lines of a man’s figure but the qualities of his soul.

“That chap will make good, or I am greatly mistaken,” he said as Cameron went off to select his uniform…

…And so Scotsman Allan Cameron donned his Red Serge uniform, becoming the First of the Great Pulp Fiction Mounties.

When Canadian Ralph Connor published CORPORAL CAMERON OF THE NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE: A Tale of the MacLeod Trail in 1912 [1], he had already become one of the Four Founding Fathers of the Northwestern genre (also called Northerns), along with Jack London, Robert W Service and James Oliver Curwood.

Most Canadians today don’t even know how popular the Northwestern once was.

So listen up, mon ami!

From the appearance of Jack London’s THE SON OF THE WOLF: Tales of the Far North in 1900 and his THE CALL OF THE WILD in 1903, which gave much of the world its first exciting views of the Klondike Gold Rush and wild wolfdogs and desperate prospectors and lone Mounties — to 1958, when Sergeant William Preston, the Last of the Great Pulp Fiction Mountie heroes, mushed his sled dogs off into the Yukon wilderness one last time (“On, King!  On, you huskies!”) — the Northwestern was beloved worldwide in hardcover books, pulp fiction magazines, film, radio, Sunday comics, comic books and television.

It was well-known in the publishing industry that a “Mountie Cover” would boost the sales of adventure and romance pulp magazines, especially in the U.S.  Titles from the family-targeted Adventure and Argosy Magazine to the wildly successful Western Story Magazine and Far West Stories featured brave members of the Canadian Mounted on their covers (and contents). 

The most popular pulpwood magazine was North-West Stories, which was the longest lasting Pulp of them all, in continuous print for almost three decades. [2]

steele-royal-mountedGoing into the Nineteen Twenties, American author James Oliver Curwood dominated the best seller lists with titles like KAZAN THE WOLF DOG, NOMADS OF THE NORTH, STEELE OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED, THE RIVER’S END, THE VALLEY OF SILENT MEN, GOD’S COUNTRY AND THE WOMAN, A GENTLEMAN OF COURAGE and THE COUNTRY BEYOND.  He outsold authors of the time like Zane Grey, Sinclair Lewis, Booth Tarkington, Rafael Sabatini, Edith Warton, Daphnie du Maurier and Willa Cather.

Dozens of the over three hundred Hollywood movies featuring Canadian Mounties were based on Curwood’s revered novels and short stories, as well as the Canadian-made international box office smash Back To God’s Country, starring Canadian actress Nell Shipman.

The first movie my parents took me to when we returned to Canada from Yorkshire was the glorious Technicolor SASKATCHEWAN, starring Alan Ladd [3] as North-West Mounted Police Sub-Inspector Thomas O’Rourke.  Later on, I would learn that the film was essentially a B-Western story set in the Canadian Rockies, with little reference to real Canadian history, or geography, or even our mythology.  But at the time, I didn’t know that.  Loved the movie!  

As Pierre Berton wrote in HOLLYWOOD’S CANADA, “Were we actually glued to our seats when redcoated riders dashed past on the screen?  Did our eyes mist up when the White Spirit called and the flawed hero hit the Lone Trail and the Beeg Trapper got Akim Tamiroff by the throat?  You bet we did.  We ALL did.” [4]

 

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Cecil B DeMille’s NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE, 1940

Once we got a TV, I got to see a lot of the old Northwestern movies.  Cecil B DeMille’s North West Mounted Police — starring Preston Foster as Sgt Brett, as well as Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard — was shown often.  And Errol Flynn’s Northern Pursuit.  And The Canadians, starring Robert Ryan.  Pony Soldier, with Tyrone Power.  Mrs Mike, starring Evelyn Keyes and Dick Powell.  And, of course, Rose Marie

My fave was The Wild North, with Wendell Corey as the real-life Constable Pedley and Stewart Granger as Jules Vincent, the madman (in the movie Granger’s character was a trapper charged with murder) he must escort back to Fort Saskatchewan.  Constable Pedley’s three week trek through the winter storm-ravaged wilderness was a true classic Canadian story. 

the-wild-north-coreyI learned later that the plot twist where Granger’s character relents and brings the exhausted, near-insane Mountie back to civilization didn’t really happen.  Albert Pedley actually got his man back safely, although it took him six months to recover from the ordeal.  There was a reason the Mounties called those epic thousand mile dogsled patrols “Lunatic Patrols” — a regular item they packed on the sleds was a strait jacket.

But the plot change allowed Hollywood to play around with Canadian iconic storylines.  Besides a midwinter scene where a savage wolf pack attacks the men and their dog team, they got to add a wild springtime canoe trip through surging whitewater rapids.

And the books?

Jack London’s novels and collections were readily available.  I had copies of THE CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG, and they’re still being reprinted today.

And, back in the day, what Canadian kid didn’t know Robert W Service’s most popular ballads?  Clancy of the Mounted Police.   The Shooting of Dan McGrew.  The Cremation of Sam McGee.  “There are strange things done in the Midnight Sun…” [5]

But Conner, Curwood, George Marsh, Victor Rouseau, Ridgewell Cullum, James B Hendryx, William Byron Mowery, H A Cody, Samuel Alexander White — writers I’d never heard about until older folk, learning that “young Brian who lives down the road” loved wilderness writers like Grey Owl and Sir Charles G D Roberts and Ernest Thompson Seton, would freely give me treasured old hardcovers (usually faded blue or red covers without dust jackets, but with wonderful pen and ink illustrations inside, or even “scenes from the photoplay” — black and white photos from long-ago silent movies) — and I read and kept ’em all!

There was a time when these writers lived on bookshelves throughout our beloved Dominion of Canada. 

And what a mythical time it must have been.

In more whimsical moments I still dream of the return of the Pulp Fiction Mounties…

 

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==>> To learn more about the Most Popular Writers of Mountie Fiction, go to  “The GREATEST WRITERS OF NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE FICTION”

==>> To learn more about the early Mounties in History, go to  “NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE DOGS: Huskies and Other Sled Dogs”

 

And be sure to read my popular online Northwestern short story…

==>> A WILD WOLF, A HALF-WILD HUSKY, A WILY OLD TRAPPER!   If you want to read my free story in the Jack London & James Oliver Curwood Tradition, Click Here to Read My Popular Online Northwestern WOLFBLOOD! 

  • Brian Alan Burhoe – God Keep Our Land Glorious and Free!

 

 

NOTES ON NORTH-WEST STORIES COVER AT TOP OF PAGE:

H-C-Murphy-cover-art-action-stories-mountieArtwork of the September, 1931, North-West Stories cover above is by H C Murphy (Henry Cruse Murphy, Jr, 1886-1931), a popular magazine artist from Brooklyn, NY, who appeared in most of the top pulp magazines of the 20’s.  Murphy’s most famous cover is the September, 1929, issue of Black Mask, featuring Dash Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON.

His Mountie painting for this issue of North-West Stories was one of his last.  At his best, H C Murphy captured real character and emotion in his illustrations — another example: Action Stories, December, 1924, left.

And this North-West Stories issue’s featured writer was Dex Volney, pen name of Volney G Mathison (1897-1965).  Mathison was an American inventor and chiropractor who wrote early science fiction and books about past-life recall and self-hypnosis.  Under the pseudonym Dex Volney, he wrote a number of well-received Northwesterns, besides “Land of the Lawless” some others were “Eagle of the North,” “Klondike Cache,” and “Pirates of the Snows.”

[1] Allan Cameron would return two years later in Connor’s best selling Mounted Police novel THE PATROL OF THE SUN DANCE TRAIL.

“Ralph Connor” was the pen name of Rev. Charles William Gordon.  As Ralph Connor, he had already had international best sellers with BLACK ROCK (1897) and THE SKY PILOT (1899), based on his experiences in the Rocky Mountain area as a minister, and THE MAN FROM GLENGARRY (1901), a classic story of the Canadian North Woods and the wild, rowdy men who lived there.  Each book had sold over a million copies.

In his novels, Connor would create the great Canadian archetypal characters and mythic story lines that other novelists, pulp writers and Hollywood screenwriters would mine for decades.

A believer of Muscular Christianity, his fictional works told stories of strong, red-blooded men and women who thrived in the untamed wilderness.  Jack London said of Connor: “It’s hard to believe the impact this man had at one point.”

In 1921, Canadian independent film producer Ernest Shipman released a rousing silver screen version of CORPORAL CAMERON OF THE NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE entitled Cameron of the Royal Mounted.  The film quickly became one of the top moneymaking movies of that year worldwide, drawing long line-ups of excited film-goers in every town and city throughout the Dominion — and beyond…  Shipman had already established himself with a series of popular wilderness motion pictures starring his wife Nell.  To read more, go to “Canuck Movies: Mounties, Nell Shipman & the Canadian Spirit”

 

[2] To quote Bill Pronzini and Martin H Greenberg, “So popular were Northerns in the years prior to World War II that entire pulp magazines such as North-West Stories (later North-West Romances), Real Northwest Stories, and Complete Northwest Novel were devoted exclusively or almost exclusively to ‘vigorous, tingling epics of the great Snow frontier.'” – Introduction to THE NORTHERNERS: Rough-and-Tumble Tales of High Adventure from the Frontier Days of the Canadian Northland, 1990, Fawcett Gold Medal, New York.  Of the ten popular writers of Northwestern pulp fiction collected in this anthology, only one, Samuel Alexander White, was really Canadian.

Scarlet-riders-pulp-fiction-mountiesJust as only one of the twelve writers reprinted in Don Hutchison’s SCARLET RIDERS: Pulp Fiction Tales of The Mounties — Harold F Cruickshank — was Canadian.

As Hutchinson wrote in his Introduction about the real history of the early NWMP: “In bringing Law and Order to the Vast Lone Land their assignment was not to subdue the Indians but to eliminate the depredations of unscrupulous whites.  Operating with moral rather than physical force, Mountie guts and Mountie justice tamed the wild plains, earned the respect of native tribes and effectively prevented annexation of Canada’s western lands…”

That’s how a few good men — 275 men — brought the Canadian Law to a region the size of Europe.

Trouble was, by the 1930’s, New York editors and Hollywood producers didn’t want real Canadian history any more.   They didn’t want Superintendent James Walsh, with one other Mountie and a Metis interpreter, facing Sitting Bull and his hundreds of warriors after the Little Bighorn and telling the Lakota leader that his people would be accepted as refugees in Canada — as long as they “kept the Queen’s Law.”  And for some reason Sitting Bull and the Sioux did obey that handful of Mounties.  No — New York and Hollywood wanted Wild West shoot-outs.

In real life, Mounted Policemen rarely drew their weapons.  If they did, they had to justify the action to their commanding officer.  “Weapon fired” required a detailed explanation for each shell expended.  Mountie recruits spent long hours facing the Boxing Master in the Depot Ring, bare knuckled.  While fictional Mounties were shown almost always with revolver in hand, real life officers solved most problems the Canadian Way: with a calm smile — or a solid right hook.  Your choice.

[3] My parents were fans of Alan Ladd’s Wartime movies, seeing them whenever Dad got leave while stationed in England in ’44, hence my middle name.

[4] Pierre Berton, HOLLYWOOD’S CANADA: The Americanization of Our National Image, published in 1975 by McClelland and Stewart Limited, Toronto

 

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Robert W Service, Yukon River, 1911
 

[5] What red-blooded Canadian boy didn’t once know the taut, emotional ending of Service’s Clancy of the Mounted Police?

“Far down the trail they saw him, and his hands they were blanched like bone; his face was a blackened horror, from his eyelids the salt rheum ran; his feet he was lifting strangely, as if they were made of stone, but safe in his arms and sleeping he carried the crazy man.

“So Clancy got into the Barracks, and the boys made rather a scene; and the O. C. called him a hero, and was nice as a man could be; but Clancy gazed down his trousers at the place where his toes had been, and then he howled like a husky, and sang in a shaky key.”

And I was really captured by Service’s The Men That Don’t Fit In.  “There’s a race of men that don’t fit in, a race that can’t stay still; so they break the hearts of kith and kin, and they roam the world at will.”

And now? “Who is Robert W Service, say Canadian kids today; there’s nothing about him on Netflix — oh, he was only a Canadian, eh?”

The Great Pulp Fiction Mounties: From Corporal Cameron to Sergeant Preston

Keywords: Back To Gods Country, Brian Alan Burhoe, Constable Albert Pedley, George Marsh, Grey Owl, Nell Shipman, Pierre Berton, Ralph Connor, Robert W Service, Sir Charles G D Roberts

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Maheeshtan – What Does Maheeshtan Mean?

 

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Maheeshtan – What does Maheeshtan Mean?

Since putting my popular Northwestern short story WOLFBLOOD on this site, I’ve had a number of questions about the natural lives of wolves and the folkways and language of Johnny Akumi, including “What’s the meaning of Maheeshtan?”

In the language of Johnny’s Tikah People,  Maheeshtan (Mah-HEESH-tuhn) means “wolf.”  Specifically a northern Gray Wolf.

Shossa: She is faithful

Wicewin: Come with me

 

 

Ungava Huskies: “Watch out for the dogs!”  This was once a common warning to visitors up North.  When European explorers and traders first came into the Canadian Northlands, the huskies belonging to the First Nations people were large and fierce and part wolf.

The Ungava District of Canada’s Northwest Territories is the last area where the wild wolf dogs (written about by such popular authors as James Oliver Curwood, George Marsh and Walt Morey) were still raised as working sled dogs.

In the 1950’s and 60’s, with the arrival of mechanized snow transport, the Canadian federal and Quebec provincial governments ordered the mass killings of thousands of northern First Nations and Inuit “unnecessary sled dogs” by police.  Inuit elder Harry Okpic has described how he had dreamed as a boy of owning his father’s dogs when he grew older, “but because of the Dog Slaughter, I didn’t get to do that.  I saw the sky turn red.”  Harry described the sound of police gunshots echoing in the hills and of the lone wounded husky that escaped and hid under their house, seeking refuge with him and a friend. [1]

Except for the descendents of those suviving Arctic Inuit dogs, our modern huskies are the result of decades of interbreeding with smaller racing breeds, resulting in a much smaller animal.

 

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HBC musket: Known also as North West Guns, these trade guns were provided by the Hudson’s Bay Company to Northern trappers and hunters from the 17th Century into the late 19th Century, and still used in the early 20th.

The HBC trade muskets were made in England by a number of gunmakers including J E Barnett & Sons of London and Isaac Hollis & Sons of Birmingham.   At .58 or .62 calibre, the smoothbore muskets fired both shot (for small game) and roundball (for large animals), making it a reliable, all-purpose long gun.  They had extra-large trigger guards and easy trigger pull so they could be fired with mittened fingers.

These popular guns were distinctive for their stamped brass sideplates in the form of an uncoiling serpent.  The serpent, based on the Algonquin mythic horned serpent Nambiza, was believed to bring good luck to the hunter.

 

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NE-KAH-NE-TAH: “We Lead – They Follow”  A native Algonquin phrase, the motto of the Canadian Algonquin Regiment used on their regimental badge beneath the image of the head of a bull moose.  The regiment included many native trappers from the North Country, expert riflemen.

The Algonquin Regiment proudly served in both World Wars, Korea, and with the Canadian Task Force in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014.  They lived up to their motto by often being sent into battle ahead of other Allied forces.  

My father served with the Algonquins during WWII and was a part of the Liberation of Holland.

To Read WOLFBLOOD, a Complete Story of a Timber Wolf and a Wolf Dog in the Jack London Tradition  CLICK HERE!

 

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[1]  Harry’s quote is from OKPIC’S DREAM, a stirring film documentary from Catbird Productions of Montreal, Quebec.  “Harry Okpik dreamed of becoming a dog musher. But when government agents shot his and thousands of other Inuit huskies across the Canadian Arctic, 11-year-old Harry ‘saw the sky turn red’ and thought his dream forever destroyed…

inuit-husky-pup“Now, fifty years later, Harry Okpik reflects on the tragedy of the Dog Slaughter and the incident that led to the loss of his leg. Follow Harry through the Arctic seasons as he cares for his huskies and prepares for Ivakkak — a 600 km dog sled race across the Canadian Arctic. A race with the greater purpose: to bring back the nearly eradicated Inuit husky and a lost way of life.”

Update: OKPIC’S DREAM won the Grand Prix Rigoberta Menchu Award at the 25th First People’s Festival.  An essential look at one man’s love of his dogs and the fierce, steadfast love these big northern animals give back to him that you’ve got to see.  OKPIC’S DREAM – Okpiksdream.com

Keywords: Maheeshtan, Eskimo huskies, Ungava huskies, HBC musket, HBC trade musket, Flash Lead Dog, George Marsh, Innuit husky, James Oliver Curwood, Northwest trade gun

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