Book Review: David Macfarlane’s The Danger Tree (2014)

The Danger Tree artfully combines family memoir and historical nonfiction. Just as author, David Macfarlane, introduces readers to his maternal family, the Goodyears of Newfoundland, he establishes the major events of the early twentieth century. The event Macfarlane most prominently features is the First World War. For the Goodyears, WWI means “three dead sons paraded […]

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CORNER BROOK IS PLANNING A COME HOME YEAR IN 2019. YOU SHOULD COME. HERE’S WHY.

At eighteen, I moved away from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador for university in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I didn’t fully know then what a gem of a hometown I was leaving behind. Fast-forward twenty-plus years and I now get goosebumps driving into this city. Tree-covered and nestled in a valley at the bottom of the […]

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Dory Stories

My father told me about the one-room variety school he and my uncles attended in Little Bay East, Newfoundland. The community didn’t have an adequate number of students to accommodate separate classes. So, the school children up to grade five shared their own classroom, while the preteens and teens from grade six onwards shared their […]

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IF POP COULD READ THIS NOW: LITERACY LESSONS FOR NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

The spring 2018 issue of Maisonneuve magazine includes my story called “Letters from Pop.” In this reported feature, I explore a legacy of low adult literacy in my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). There, people traditionally learned their skills on the land and the sea more so than in the formal classroom. For […]

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In Gros Morne National Park: “Leave only footprints, take only pictures, and kill only time”

In Gros Morne National Park, these words are sacred: “Leave only footprints, take only pictures, and kill only time.” Plan on doing a lot of each of those things when you visit. There are countless lists of must-dos, must-sees, must-stays for the area, but let me tell you about one must item on my list, […]

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Relocating Newfoundland Outports

Dr. Jeff A. Webb is a professor in the Department of History at Memorial University and author of Observing the Outports: Describing Newfoundland Culture, 1950-1980. I interviewed Dr. Webb for the January 2018 issue of Downhome Magazine (see “Abandoned Architecture As Art: Newfoundland Resettlement In Photographs”). This is our full edited interview. Q. What were […]

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