***So this is my 20th Post! I'll have next part of the deconstruction coming up tomorrow, but since this is a (modest) milestone for me, I figured this was a good time to post a slightly more philosophical essay.*** ***Also, like I said in a previous post here, I wrote the first draft of this … Continue reading Why Am I Losing My Shit Over a Stupid Book?
***This is going to be both a review of a novel dealing with violence against women and girls, as well as a discussion about alcohol use and abuse both within Indigenous communities and within the CAF. These are uncomfortable subjects and I think I managed to discuss it with care and tact, but be warned … Continue reading Additional Reading: ‘The Break’ by Katherina Vermette
Before we get into this next part, it’s going to be necessary to give some background information about the Rangers. I’ve had the privilege of serving with these amazing men and women on a couple of our longer ‘Winter Warfare’ exercises, and encountered them by chance on a couple of other occasions during my career. … Continue reading The Canadian Rangers (in real life)
Okay enough talk about offices and ID cards. It’s time for the big meeting! "The room was arranged as usual for morning prayers. Name cards ranked in a never-changing order sat with parade-ground precision down each side of the long, dark, rectangular table. This odd habit always amused Ian-these people know each other, he thought. … Continue reading 7-al-Queda Style!
I want to begin this deconstruction with a fairly simple and straightforward example from the start of the book. As I mentioned before, part of this novel’s appeal is that its ugly conclusions can be excused by the expertise of its author. It’s not racist! This guy’s a professional! He’s just telling it like it … Continue reading 1-Tonight, we raid Petawawa!