5. The itchiness culminated in a triple-murder-suicide. It happened one subdivision from where my parents lived, where I used to and my father still does. Continue reading “5.”


The Ashes

Part One of Two

Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck.

“Any man’s death diminishes me,” John Donne.

Look you’re already doing it, Seb said, perfunctorily, pointing under Kyle’s feet where the open air buffered the ground. Kyle Giesbrecht hadn’t flown since he was a child. Why he hit puberty and the dreams stopped, he couldn’t say. Continue reading “The Ashes”


Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck. Warning: Violent content.

The Giesbrechts moved into their new home on 16 March 1992. The two-storey, built circa 1933, on 2038 William Street was of a deep chocolate brown, and red cedars grew higher than its steeply pitched roof. The up-trade cost them 107,000 Canadian dollars as their previous starter home had fetched 157,500 while this house near Rose Street was priced at 264,500. The Giesbrechts were among that much higher percentile bracket of those growing families selling yet still able to make a viable attempt at remaining in the Vancouver area. At the time of writing, roughly 67% of this demographic chooses to leave the city for affordable housing.IMG_0728 Continue reading “Magrïethé”