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Legends of Myself 108

September 5, 2017

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PART VI:  Ward of the Court, 1962-64 108.  Cloverdale, 1962: The Temporary Farm Boy In 1899, in a poem urging Americans to take up arms against the Philippines, Rudyard Kipling invented the term “White man’s burden”, which was the burden of spreading White civilization, often violently, always arbitrarily, and despite the foolish objections of the […]

Legends of Myself 107

June 26, 2017

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107.  Vancouver, 1962: Juvie Consider Teddy captured and sobbing in a Woodward’s office.  Consider Teddy now as a child precious to you, a child known to you and under your protection.  You can settle the matter in any way.  How would you settle it?  What would you do? Consider Teddy in a car being taken […]

Legends of Myself 106

March 14, 2017

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Vancouver. Master Thief of the Woodward’s Food Floor I had a friend I made in Miss Daw’s class at Grandview School.  He lived in a ground floor apartment on Cotton Drive hardly two blocks from my address on Graveley, and he was silly in the way that boys of 12 are silly.  Practically down the […]

Legends of Myself 105

March 12, 2017

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105. Vancouver, 1962. Graveley Street We moved to Vancouver, of course, so that I could change schools.  Mostly, that’s not an advantage.  Adjusting to the new, especially mid-term— new rules, new classroom, new teachers, new classmates—is itself a challenge, even with the practice I had had.  There’s always some shade of a lesson that I […]

Legends of Myself 104

August 7, 2016

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Vancouver, 1962. Jimmy Crack Corn in Little Italy Our flight from Schou School brought us to the Commercial Drive neighbourhood, now known as The Drive but then known as Little Italy.  Our first residence in that neighbourhood was on 2nd Avenue.  The Drive itself was just up the block, and there were establishments there that […]

Legends of Myself 102

August 3, 2015

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102.  Burnaby, 1961:  Courtyard and Schoolyard The Sunset Auto Court was laid out like half a squared-off target, with the offices at the bull’s-eye, a driveway around that, and the apartments making up the outer layer.  Behind and parallel to the street was the alley, technically not accessible anywhere from the Auto Court—unless the need […]

Legends of Myself 101

July 6, 2015

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101.  1961, Burnaby:  Becoming a Family As I said, the time at the Sunset Auto Court was a time when we were learning to become a family.  If you had happened to ask me six months earlier, I would have probably said that a father and a boy was the perfect family unit, a perfection that […]