Category Archives: Drummond

When the Curtain Grows Thin

On July 4th, Mr. Thomas Gibbons was walking on the road down by the campground where he was staying with family members, just north of the old H&H store. It was around 2 am and there were likely fireworks popping … Continue reading

Posted in Drummond, drummond island, empathy, family | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Ol’ Homestead (Or, Olmstead)

  Those of us who grew up in and around DeTour Village all knew Ardis and Dolores Olmstead. But it’s funny how once someone becomes enshrined in memory, you appreciate them more. The long-married couple lived just around the corner … Continue reading

Posted in Clifford, Drummond, drummond island, empathy | 2 Comments

Don’t Poke the Bear

The first child born on Drummond Island to the Bailey family, Alda Anne grew up in the 1880’s with a pack of brothers in the lumber camps. Drummond then was covered in trees; massive columns so tall they obscured the … Continue reading

Posted in Drummond, drummond island, empathy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Autumn Harvest

Driving the truck around is cumbersome, and slightly embarrassing, today, because it’s still stacked with a tower of hay. The bales are packed so tightly that I can’t get my fingers under the twine, and those suckers are heavy: One … Continue reading

Posted in Drummond, drummond island, empathy, family, morgan | Leave a comment

The Place Where We All Live

The optometrist paused in shuffling through paperwork. “I knew a Bailey up on Drummond Island. She was a friend of my wife’s. Her house blew up.” “That was my cousin.” “What was her name? It started with a J.” “Jolene.” … Continue reading

Posted in Drummond, drummond island, empathy | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Swamped

“I have some slate for you,” my friend Denielle said. “It’s in my barn. There is a lot of it.” She knows I like to paint on slate. But when she started unloading the slate from the trunk of her … Continue reading

Posted in Drummond, drummond island, empathy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Horses and Dogs

Rip and Til playing, “Ring Around the Pony” Remembering a ride on the Island:  It’s Cliffy’s turn to run free and I’ve saddled Trudy up. We are enjoying a lively trot down the road toward the shore. Til the border collie … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, border collie, boxer, Clifford, dog, dogs, Drummond, expo, horse, pet, Ripple, til, Trudy | Leave a comment