Beyond Our Windows: Fall Polaroids

While I work to get the planned book for my From Our Windows project completed—and you will be hearing more about that progress soon—I have ventured outside with my SX-70 Polaroid camera in-hand. To start, here is a selection of instant photos taken a mere 100 metres from my front door along the banks of Omand’s Creek. It was already late fall and the leaves, for the most part, had changed colour and fallen. A few weeks later, I returned to the site where I had taken the photos and rephotographed the scene, this time capturing the original SX-70 photos as they fell from my limb to the forest floor. I hope you enjoy the photos and the short film at the end!

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Just Published: On Omand’s Creek by David Firman

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Ordinarily, I would recommend a walk down the frozen surface of Omand’s Creek, the perfect antidote for these COVID-19 days of uncertainty and social-distancing. At its mid-winter best, this is a walk with some risk—crawling on ice through a steel conduit, for example—but spring is closing in, temperatures are rising and water can already be seen flowing over deteriorating ice.  A walk is all but impossible till next winter.

In its place, I offer a self-isolating, fireside-and-scotch alternative: my just-published On Omand’s Creek, the eighth in the Ways To Walk series of small softcover books.

Winnipeg is blessed with frigid winters. Its rivers and creeks freeze over every year, without fail, becoming seasonal sidewalks, opportunities to revisit the city from unique perspectives. Of all those frozen waterways, Omand’s Creek is arguably the most tortured, most compromised. Yet there is an aching beauty to be seen from its white banks. On Omand’s Creek is the story in words and pictures of my trek up this iced-over creek, from its mouth at the Assiniboine River and stretching north to Brookside Cemetery.   

On Omand’s Creek and the other Ways To Walk books can be previewed (in full) and/or purchased at my Blurb Bookstore. Continue reading

Just Published: Navigating Hope by David Firman and Gail Perry

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I’m proud to announce the publication of Navigating Hope. This is the seventh in my Ways To Walk series of small softcover books documenting—through photography, prose and map graphics— a number of my short, mostly Winnipeg walks in search of nothing in particular other than some vague understanding of where I am at any particular moment.

Navigating Hope and the other Ways To Walk books can be previewed and purchased at my Blurb Bookstore.

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12 Days of Styxx, 2019 Edition: Day 12

Welcome to a year in the life of our greyhound/lurcher Styxx, compressed into twelve daily posts leading up to Christmas.

We’ve arrived. It’s Christmas Day. Styxx, Gail and I wish you all the best on this special day!

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12 Days of Styxx, 2019 Edition: Day 8

Welcome to a year in the life of our greyhound/lurcher Styxx, compressed into twelve daily posts leading up to Christmas.

It’s birthday time for Styxx. We don’t know his exact age—most likely twelve—or his exact birthday. Considering he was rescued from Ohio, July 4 seems appropriate.

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This Sunday at 1:00 PM: Join Gail and me for our walk to the airport!

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October 20, 2019

The tour starts at 1:00 PM

Meet at 521 Raglan Road (in Wolseley)

It looks like Sunday will be a pleasant fall day. So why not join us as we wind our way to Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport. Continue reading

Walking to Rome: Another Day in London

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Tomorrow Gail and I will make our way on foot from the Christian heart of London, Westminster Abbey, to Canterbury, a journey of some 120 kilometers over six days. We will roughly follow the trail pilgrims have followed for centuries. A trail colorfully described in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. A trail that, these days, is aptly known as the Chaucer Way.

As a head start, today we will be visiting central London sites significant to pilgrims past and present. Continue reading

Walking to Rome: Winnipeg

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It starts in Canterbury. Gail and I will leave its cathedral, head south, cross the English Channel, traverse France, climb Switzerland’s Great Saint Bernard Pass, continue south through Italy and finally arrive on the doorstep of the Vatican. Continue reading