The War In Me

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This piece originally appeared on Tenth to the Fraser in Issue Zero of our print magazine, April 2016, and was originally presented as a part of the Wait for Me, Daddy celebrations.  

When I was 11 years old, two blocks from my home, a stand of trees grew on a strip of land. You’d cross a few streets from our home, and it would bring you to the place that we called The Woods.

It wasn’t a forest or a nature preserve or a park. Just leftover, neglected, underdeveloped parcel of land, fringed by tall grass and old trees in the middle. I’m sure now it would appear to be a mere back lot but back then it represented a place of freedom, a wilderness.

When there was enough of us to form two sides, my friends and I would head to it with stolen broom handles, broken hockey sticks, and garbage can lids in our hands and we would play our games, wargames.

Absolute anachronology ruled. We were fantastic eternal chameleons warriors. Nazi one moment, then shining elf, knight of the Round Table next, a merry man of Sherwood Forest, or even a Nazi Elf. It was all possible in the Woods.

I don’t remember much about the reasons for our wars. We just wanted to fight it. Continue reading “The War In Me”

Poem: When Great Women Soar

Editor’s Note: In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to be featuring a poem by artist, poet, and photographer Janet Kvammen as a kickoff for our new category here on Tenth to the Fraser – Art Share. In addition to the photo essays we are now sharing, we’ll also be sharing poetry, fiction, and artwork by local community artists. If you’re an artist and would like to be considered, you can contact us via email at info at tenth to the fraser dot ca. 

When Great Women Soar

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Photo Essay: Disconnection

This month’s theme is “connectedness” but we also wanted to explore what might be the opposite of this – disconnection. There are times we all want to be disconnected from this city and from our lives, how can we find disconnection in a urban setting, where there’s free wifi and people everywhere?

We asked local photographer Kevin McConnell to spend some time in the city exploring with this “opposite-theme” in mind and I’m proud to share his photo essay.

Are you interested in contributing a photo essay on our monthly theme? Please get in touch. There’s room each month for more than one interpretation of the monthly theme.