Happy new Year of the Snake

| Jan 6, 2013

Happy new Year of the Snake

Before long now, coming hot on the tail of a Year of the Dragon, it will be a Year of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac; a year that’s supposed to be lucky. Obviously, though, you shouldn’t push your luck with any snakes you ...

Minamata: a saga of suffering and hope

| Oct 7, 2012

Minamata: a saga of suffering and hope

The last job I had that paid me a real salary was with the Canadian government’s Environmental Protection Service in the mid 1970s. Back then, as an Emergency Officer responsible for the Pacific west coast and British Columbia, I had a very fine office ...

A lesson in respecting river life

| Jul 1, 2012

A lesson in respecting river life

I recently had the pleasure of my eldest daughter, Miwako, coming to stay at my Kurohime home in the Nagano Prefecture hills together with her partner, Don McCubbing, and their 4-year old twin daughters Aila and Zanti. Miwako and Don met when she was ...

Long journey home for a soldier-journalist

Jun 17, 2012

Long journey home for a soldier-journalist

MARCH FORTH, by Trevor and Debbie Greene. Harper and Collins, 2012, 272 pp., $29.00 (hardcover) On March 4, 2006, a Canadian patrol led by Capt. Kevin Schamuhn was on security operations in the Gumbad Valley, in the Shah Wali Koi District, an area known ...