Soft, Shining Peace

Silence Falls The echoes die, the smoke-clouds thin and pass, The cannons are, like statues, dumb and cold: Silent the crosses wait, and in the grass The spent shells gleam like gold. All spent he lay and dreamed till the moment came: Now, waking with a cry, he looks, all wonder To see the empty [...]

Forever Young

At dawn of April 25, 1918 three years after the landing at Gallipoli, the Australian Imperial Force broken through the German entrenchment at Villers-Bretonneux in northern France. By the next day the town was secured creating a new front line to the east. The town did not fall into enemy hands for the rest of [...]

Forever Summer

Here, in this land across the mountains and far from the sea, I found sun bleached dry grass plains and a sky of intense azure blue A wide river with red soil banks of eucalypt and willow providing dappled shade; dragonflies and midges hovering at midday above languid pools. Pelicans and screeching black galahs flying [...]

Darkness and Light

“So it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her .... and the waters of the Seine, contained and [...]

For the Fallen

ANZAC Day 2016 100 years ago, in the carnage of the Somme battlefield, Bois Grenier, Northern France, my great uncle Rudolph Schulstad wrote in his diary ..... "Commencing at 7.30 until 9.35 pm yesterday, we were under a terrific bombardment, the enemy sending on one sector about 8,000 shells varying from 6 inch to 9.2 inch. One came [...]

Alaska – The Passage

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. The finest of the glacier meadow [...]

Remember. Dream. Believe

“And suddenly it came to him. That Strawberry Fields garden he'd come from, and the Freedom Tower he'd been thinking of: taken together, didn't they contain the two words that said it all about this city, the two words that really mattered? It seemed to him that they did. Two words: the one an invitation, [...]

Breakfast in Jasper

“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.” Beatriz Williams - Along the Infinite Sea Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta Canada - Winter 2011

Memory of Northern Skies

“And the mist of snow, as he had foreseen, was still on it - a ghost of snow falling in the bright sunlight, softly and steadily floating and turning and pausing, soundlessly meeting the snow that covered, as with a transparent mirage, the bare bright cobbles. He loved it - he stood still and loved [...]