sitting in their sunroom at the condo.
heading to the cottage
The cottage was on a 2 acre island in Big Cedar Lake north of Peterborough Ontario Canada. It was a summer retreat for about 30 years.
Mom and Dad were on one of their yearly visits with me. We always skied.
We didn't ski every day.
On my yearly Thanksgiving week visits we always played a few rounds. Golf and the cottage were Mom and Dad's retirement activities.
the best hole
Playing golf with my parents in a setting like this was never a good walk spoiled.
the last canoe ride.
Paddling the canoe around the lake was a frequent activity over the thirty years. This picture was taken during our last outing.
Dad and Brisko
Brisko is my brother Don's dog. He jumped up to say hi, stayed awhile and said goodbye.
The explanation of life and related writings.
While earning a B.A. and B.Phys.Ed. at McMaster U circa 1970 I learned conflict pervades our lives, and I asked why. After years of looking outside the existing boxes I found the answer is the question of meaning I call "the last why", for it will never be answered. Still humanity has tried to "fill the void" behind "Why am I?" ever since, according to one story, it was first asked, by 'Eve'. The ways we try all conflict. The result is our history of optional, increasing conflict that will end in one of two ways.
In 2005 my Mom's need allowed me to see if I was a fool for asking why by seeking reaction to my detailed analysis in my epic "The Last Why: the poem" the only way an anonymous carpenter could, with a website. I first tried to attract visitors with prose posts but when I realized I could also rhyme reason in short verse I did for my poetry is unique and so much easier to remember. I've had to advertise so I could be twice the fool but likes suggest I may not be.
If you like the reason in my rhymes please at least click the new 'like' (heart) button. It will help keep mine beating. Sharing may help keep the heart of humanity beating. Thank you. Doug.E.Barr