Clearly Canadian


L.M. Montgomery –  “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  ―    Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables.

This is September
L.M. Montgomery –  Lo! a ripe sheaf of many golden days Gleaned by the year in autumn’s harvest ways, With here and there, blood-tinted as an ember, Some crimson poppy of a late delight Atoning in its splendor for the flight Of summer blooms and joys­ This is September.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author best known for Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.  Montgomery wrote 20 novels as well as 500 short stories and poems. Many of her novels were set in Prince Edward Island.

On nature . .

Susanna Moodie: “Never did my eyes rest on a more lovely or beautiful scene. Not a vestige of man, or of his works, was there. The setting sun, that cast such a gorgeous flood of light upon this exquisite panorama, bringing out some of these lofty islands in strong relief, and casting others into intense shade, shed no cheery beam upon church spire or cottage pane. We beheld the landscape, savage and grand in its primeval beauty.” Susanna Moodie, in her pioneer account, Roughing it in the Bush (1852) describes a trip to Stony Lake in 1835 as an early settler to Canada. Stony Lake is 2 hrs. north east of Toronto, Ontario.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau: “If Canada is to survive, it can only survive in mutual respect and in love for one another,” Pierre Elliot Trudeau, ( 1919-2000). From his televised address – (1976-11-24). Born in Montreal, Quebec, Trudeau was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada and served in this position from 1968 to 1979 & again from 1980 to 1984.

Susanna Moodie: “Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.” Susanna Moodie (1803 – 1885), was a Canadian author (born in England) who wrote about her years of hardship and experiences as a settler in Canada.

On hope:

Jack Layton: “Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Canada’s NDP Leader, Jack Layton, in his letter written to Canadians before he died in August 2011.

L.M. Montgomery: “There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.” L.M. Montgomery

Jane Jacobs: “No one can find out what will work for our cities by looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.” Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) Writer and activist who promoted new approaches to the planning of cities which involved the people who lived in them. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities opposed the building of freeways, promoted local neighbourhoods and inspired generations of urban planners. Jane’s Walk is held annually in May in many cities in honour of Jane and her work.

On Winnipeg:

Dorothy Livesay: “We bent our heads back, chins tilted up like noses; and there in a great “V,” marching through the sky like herald angels, came the geese! For the first time I was really lifted from the earth to see the sky itself: a wide blue sky extending over the prairie like a winged bird, dropping soft feathers of light onto the horizon. And I saw the horizon! I saw its farther shores…..My two hands soared upward, longing to sweep them away, longing to break forth free where there was only earth and sky, and a race of geese going north.” From A Prairie Sampler, Dorothy Livesay (1909 -1996) Canadian poet and writer born in Winnipeg.


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