Peace, my soul be still.

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Be still and know that He is Faithful,untitled-2

Be still oh restless soul of mine,

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Be Still.

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Be speechless.

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Words by Steven Curtis Chapman.

Freeze up.

This year winter has been late.

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Last year by the first week of November, freeze up had began. This week is the first week were we have had consist negative Celsius.

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Since Pikangikum relies heavily on the winter road (driving over lake) to connect to the rest of the world some were concerned that it would take longer than usual for the lake to freeze.

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Well it surprised us cause when we went to bed last night the lake was not frozen and today when we woke it was.

Of course we need more ice on the lake for people to be able to drive on it. Last year some people started driving on the lake when the ice was 8 inches (20 cm). I hear its like a competition amongst some men to see who will be the first to drive on it. I would rather watch on the side lines and wait for it to be at least 12 inches(30 cm) 😀

 

The storm that never was

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This and that

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For awhile now I have been wondering what kind of photographer I am.

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I am nowhere near being a professional, neither am I looking to become one but this is a hobby that I truly enjoy and I think it is always good to improve ones skills.

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As it is if someone were to ask me what my style is, I don’t think I would have a good answer. I just take pictures of what I think is interesting, beautiful or informative.

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Is it important to be able to answer that question?

Sirens

Sunset over Lake Superior

                                                                     Sunset over Lake Superior

Sometimes when rookie cops come to Pikangikum ( police come in on a two-week rotation) they play the siren as they patrol trying to make children laugh. Maybe at the beginning of my first month here I would have found that funny but by the end of it I had joined a lot of locals whose hearts quickly seize up in fear over what the siren is telling the community. I realized how deeply that sound affected me when about two weeks ago as I was teaching a class of grade 8s and the intrusive sound cut me off mid sentence, I froze in fear and my mind went completely blank, it took me a minute to gather my thoughts all the while trying to decipher in what direction the police truck was going and selfishly praying it was not going to any home that I know. Even when I leave Pikangikum for a couple of days break and I hear a siren I am filled with fear, it takes time to calm my heart, reminding myself you are not there, you are here.

The rookie cop soon learns that in Pikangikum, sirens for most mean someone is close to death or someone is already dead. Most times that type of death is suicide. The rookie learns the lesson and doesn’t repeat that game again.

Since coming here these flowers are a constant reminder to me of how fragile life in Pikangikum is.

Since coming here these flowers are a constant reminder to me of how fragile life in Pikangikum is.

Between January and May this year, Pikangikum has had 4 suicides and countless attempts.

This is my first time writing about suicide, I cannot over emphasis how extremely sensitive this issue is. Maybe next time I will have the right words to unpack a little of what goes on in my mind when our fears are confirmed and someone has gone.

Life by the lake.

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Our local restaurant and hotel 🙂

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Going grocery shopping whilst others are returning. We only have one grocery store that sells pretty much everything. Back packs are the best bags to use to carry your stuff back home.

Going grocery shopping whilst others are returning. We only have one grocery store that sells pretty much everything. Back packs are the best bags to use to carry your stuff back home.