Category Archives: the Netherlands

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH


REMEMBERING ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH. My siblings on our memorial trip to Ommen — the place of my sister’s birth — and where MY family survived the war years (before I was born). The locals hold … Continue reading

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ARE THE DUTCH BECOMING COLOUR SENSITIVE?


ARE THE DUTCH BECOMING MORE COLOUR SENSITIVE? This is a post about the international links of the Netherlands and its jerk towards the right of the political spectrum, with uncharacteristic, overt racism expressed freely in the national discourse. WHOSE COUNTRY … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED AFTER WORLD WAR II?


What happened after the war in the Netherlands? This is a primer on my next novel, called The Dutch Nazi Lover (in development). On April 30, 1945 Hitler committed suicide. On May 7, 1945 Germany surrendered to the allied forces. … Continue reading

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ECHO OF WAR


Canadian troops entering a small town, liberating the Netherlands (in Dalfsen) Seventy years after the end of World War II at the height of summer, the Van Noorden family got together on a typical Dutch day with rain drops and … Continue reading

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CANADIAN CHILDREN & POLITICAL WILL TO CARE


CANADA’s CHILDREN AND THE POLITICAL WILL TO PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS What does political will have to do with the care we have for our children, you ask? Plenty, really everything. Canada is a nation that since … Continue reading

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HERE COME THE DUTCH!


HERE COME THE DUTCH! On Saturday a week ago I happened to watch an update on the Olympic Games with speed skating going on. I heard that the Dutch team won 24 medals, 23 in speed skating. They apparently won … Continue reading

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BETWEEN THE STACKS


BETWEEN THE STACKS Vern was an awkward boy, built square, as wide as he was tall, a pale-skinned boy and very shy. Each time he was called on in class and met the teacher’s demand for a certain fact, I … Continue reading

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Vacation in the DORDOGNE, FRANCE


A few years back on a trip to the Netherlands, I also made a side trip to France, and saw the Dordogne, the river, and the Lot, also a river. Friends of mine have a so-called Gite, a vacation house … Continue reading

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Aftermath and sober thoughts on the mayhem in Boston


On March 17, 1776 the British departed from Boston for Halifax, Nova Scotia, and American forces entered the city. Having been taken after an eleven-month siege, Boston remained in American hands for the remainder of the war. This is a … Continue reading

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Book Reviews


Book Review Please, rate this essay with stars above. In the book publishing world book reviews seem to have taken an inordinate position in the self-publishers’ arsenal of market strategies. How else is anyone going to decide to buy this … Continue reading

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