25 thoughts on “Superficial”

    1. Thank you, Tim. I once read a Norwegian novel by Tarjei Vesaas called “The Ice Palace” about a large ice castle that formed by a waterfall. The symbolism and dangers affecting the community were written magnificently, starkly and very chillingly. I’ve never actually seen one, but it would be quite something.

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  1. “Rivers roar deeply”. Those words sent me back to Northern Manitoba. In the early days, there were no roads to Lynn Lake. Our mode of transportation was by train. It would take 11 hours to cover 200 miles. The scenery that passed by the windows was breathtaking, especially in winter. Between the train cars, there was an opening where we could look out. It was very cold, but when we saw the the Churchhill River come into view, it was worth the frost bite to watch the river surge by, defying any build up of ice. The quiet forest (we called it bush) witnessed it all as the train moved us on.

    By the way, I’m going to look up “The Ice Palace” written by Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas. I understand that iIt is about Siss, a young girl who moves to a small village in Norway and discovers a mysterious ice palace in the woods.

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    1. Your reminiscences about life at Lynn Lake are wonderful, Rebecca! I can barely imagine what that was like for you as a child.

      That novel’s spare language but dense emotional evocation is quite an experience. There is some tragedy, so be advised.

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    1. I’m delighted you felt this, Liz. No doubt you’ve experienced this in your New England woods. It’s quite a phenomenon, that nearly impossible balance between cold, hard surface and warmer, deeper existence. The metaphor is contemplative indeed.

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