Michael Dougherty

hurt her hurt me

Her eyes were hollow. I don't think I can explain it in any other way. It was if all spirit had been drained from them.

solidarity a concept to be taken to heart

Dry, red soil with a few trees linked the scattered homes and buildings into a village called Oodi some 20 kilometres northeast of Gaborone, the capital of the landlocked country of Botswana in southern Africa.

enemies to friends war to peace

Since the arrival of my first paternal ancestor in North America in late May of 1811, a full two centuries ago next spring, not one generation has gone by without being marked in some way by war.

elections test democracy

Students in my Yukon College political science course got their mid-term exams this week. When I prepare an exam, I try to give students as many options as possible.

two spoonfuls of tuna and a sip of milk

The limited colour spectrum of the Atacama Desert varies from reddish and yellow browns through dark greys. Scattered bits of scrub brush provide some green to nature's palette arguably in what is one of the driest areas on the planet.

What are we looking for?

A one track road twists through the poplar bush off a gravel grid road about 40 kilometres north and then west of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The road forces you to slow down as it works its way around a long slough.

one tough but beautiful land

The night before last, I was phoned from Central America. The call came in over my computer via the Skype program.

false summits must not deter us

If the possible first snows of the season hold off, a Yukon Outdoor Club expedition this coming Sunday will head out from Whitehorse for Stony Creek.

Lines always come to an end

Torrential rains, road construction and Sunday 'coming home from the Catskills' traffic conspired four weeks ago to jam the New York State Thruway from 50 kilometres south of Albany, New York all the way into Manhattan.

mohican memories

The Black Fork River joins the Clear Fork to form the Mohican River just south of Loudonville, Ohio, before heading on into the Ohio River via the Walhonding and Muskingum Rivers.

humpty dumpty has been put back together

Fortunately the security folk at the bottom of the escalator in Montreal's Palais des Congres didn't check name tags. The one I wore in the plastic pouch hanging around my neck said I was named Bernard.

See a thousand flowers bloom

On November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, who lived at the University of Central America, their house keeper and her 15-year-old daughter were brutally murdered.

poutine and participation

The line-up had to plaster itself against the wall of the narrow entryway every time someone wanted leave La Banquise.

Dealing with poverty, a measure of our democracy

The Lonely Planet travel guide editors and contributors recently drew up a list of the world's happiest places. Montreal made the top 10. A walk down a crowded Rue St.

the tears of saint laurent

The Laurentian Mountains run across Quebec from north of the provincial capital on into their foothills in Ontario near Combermere. By Yukon standards they really don't merit the epithet mountains.

the art of rough travel

'To those who meditate travel: If you have health, a great craving for adventure, at least a moderate fortune, and can set your heart on a definite object, which old travellers do not think impracticable, then travel by all means.

Inside out and outside in

Father Marcello Domeco Jarauta stood before a firing squad in Guanajuato, Mexico on July 19, 1848. His crime had been to continue resisting the US invasion of his homeland.

languorous lilies of soulless love

They have been called "soiled doves,""ladies of easy virtue,""fair but frail," and, yes, "languorous lilies of soulless love." They have been reviled as a stain on society, and they have been glamorized in western lore.

bent but not broken

Once the bus door shuts and we pull out of the Greyhound terminal on Second Avenue in Whitehorse the world melts away for me.

What difference does a line make?

A dozen or so mainly farm roads lace together the 632-kilometre border between Saskatchewan and its southern neighbours, North Dakota and Montana. Border crossings have to be maintained at each point.