Harry Drabik


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Thu. Dec. 24th, 2015

The trails of words

Harry Drabik

The immediate present, such as the Holiday Season that is so often no longer publicly recognized as Christmas, gives us an opportunity to peer into a few of the tracks and trails contained in words

Wed. Dec. 16th, 2015

Our Annual Family Crime Wave

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At a point in later years mom and dad switched to an aluminum artificial tree with three color spots rotating as decoration. I’m sure none of that was stolen.

Wed. Dec. 2nd, 2015

North on 61

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What I call the “Canadian 500” was in full force this weekend. Five hundred kilometers along the shore is roughly the distance between the Twin Ports and Thunder Bay. On holiday weekends those 500 Km come as near a race course as I care to see.

Tue. Nov. 24th, 2015

And then there was light

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As a youngster I was curious about the very many slogans saying Jesus Saves that were painted clearly on every rock cut of substance all the way up the shore to the border.

Thu. Oct. 22nd, 2015

The Gift of Aggression

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The gift of aggression is the side of aggression that keeps individuals and societies from being totally savaged by the other form of aggression.

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Another term is needed

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Racism is the heavy weapon in that arsenal. Greed and ignorance are humdrum next to racism which did not exist on the two new continents until we brought it here.

Wed. Sep. 30th, 2015

Further North

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I could get through our hour plus on MN 1 without getting sick if I hung my head out the window like a dog. Getting smacked in the face by a big bug every few minutes was worth the far worse pain of sitting in air soaked with eau de Pall Mall as my p

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

A little like Alaska

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When we moved here one of those I most admired and enjoyed had been a run-away from an unhappy home at age 14 when he found refuge in a logging camp where he “slept” among the steam engines to keep them fired through freezing winter nights

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

Some of the other inmates

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ears of picking up basic survival skills under the eyes of ever watchful Nuns meant hearing my name called in class I’d pop from my desk like one of Redenbacher’s best kernels ready to recite

Wed. Aug. 26th, 2015

Asylum Two

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It turned out that as novices to the North Shore we helped clear out old stock that no seasoned resident would have fallen for, bargain or not.

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015


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I looked at my questioner and said, “You mean like that guy who looks like he came here intending to go on safari?” A “leopard” band around a bwana hat isn’t at all north woods.

Thu. Aug. 13th, 2015

Weekend Asylum

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I’m proof the vagaries of birth can be matched by those of even the most careful adoption.

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

The hell is that about?

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The main reason to avoid blatant insult and rude challenge is that doing those things raises hackles rather than intellect. So in an effort to get at system and meaning I’ll skirt the minefield of culture, politic, and faith

Wed. Jul. 29th, 2015


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People living along the North Shore have learned to accept, not always with appreciation, the entertainment provided by urban drivers. I’ll be first to say that outside my element and on a crowded freeway I am out of my league.

Thu. Jul. 23rd, 2015

Self and Being

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A great thing about going psychiatric was no one (including me) could get clever with it and ask what particular kind of nut bar specialist I planned to be.

Wed. Jul. 15th, 2015

Fleeting Fame

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My shot at fame came without scripture to aid it. I was doing laundry and there it was. All I had to do was open the washer lid and Eureka was upon me. I gaped in awe at a miracle.

Thu. Jul. 9th, 2015

Fireworks and Freedoms

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Because it’s something so easily overdone I’m not much of a flag waver. I take my duty and patriotism in the form of principle and action rather than symbol. Not that I do very much, but I make an effort in what I hope is a balanced manner.

Wed. Jul. 1st, 2015

Stories gone north

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Many talented geologists and prospectors passed by the red gold looking for the yellow. Longyear and the Merritt Brothers were the wiser exceptions.

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

Just Sayings

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Among my favorites these days is going down a produce aisle in a North Shore grocery and seeing a cheery sign alerting me to Organic Bananas. The first time I saw such an alert I must have stood there entire minutes trying to conjure up an inorganic

Wed. Jun. 17th, 2015

Irreplaceable and Irrevocable

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It will amaze some that consultants and engineers were not brought in beforehand to study and propose. The case was one of the most competent and experienced locals putting their heads together to plan and execute the job.

Thu. Jun. 11th, 2015

Green Winter

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Up the shore summer was so far been little more than a six letter word about a condition so far in the past it is difficult to remember. We’re having, instead, what I’d call a mild form of Arctic life I’ll call Green Winter

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

Vox Populi

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In American culture there are surprisingly few true areas of common ground. You can hardly find a public event or holiday that doesn’t get some form of negative response from one zealous view or another.

Thu. May. 28th, 2015

Public Meeting

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But then, what can any speaker in the midst of today’s information say about what future lies outside the auditorium door? None of the wise, well-intended, encouraging, or ruminating speakers at any of my High School, College, or University

Thu. May. 21st, 2015

Town Halls

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A contemporary role for town halls is their place in grass roots politics. This is an old term but in some instances explains the drift of people going in and out during meetings.

Wed. May. 13th, 2015

The first flush of green

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But, saying an ore boat looked like a log lit up on the water isn’t a particularly successful because nature provides so few examples of thousand foot long electric logs.

Thu. May. 7th, 2015

Counting Days

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Seen at its start, looking forward fifty years seems an impossible long time with nothing ahead but time tick-beating monotonously into an unseen and unseeable future.

Thu. Apr. 30th, 2015

The Return of Scents

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The waking of spring is a return of scent replacing the chill of winter air made bone dry by sub-zero wringing everything from it.

Wed. Apr. 22nd, 2015

The sprung of spring is everywhere in the air and frost

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Much as, and I truly do, I dislike the cool, wet, muddy weeks of a traditional North Shore spring its chilly side has the great advantage of retarding the twin nemesis (nemi?) of black fly and tick.

Wed. Apr. 15th, 2015

More thunked thought

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Do the rights of a supremacist need as much protection as those of a pacifist? Do the aims of a supremacist represent the same danger as those of a pacifist?

Wed. Apr. 8th, 2015

Some thoughts I have thunk

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*Why is it that people with little to contribute are often the most insistent to do so? Why do persons with nothing to say take so long to get the job done?

Wed. Apr. 1st, 2015

Suitable Subject

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Going through household things (a task many of us have done or face in future) after mother’s death I found a small suit of clothes that set off sharp recollection.

Thu. Mar. 26th, 2015

Local Colours

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But as spring-number-whatever-it-will-turn-out-to- be came and went I was reminded of footlockers and simpler times in my life that are not without some merit in review