Bargaining with the Past
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“You have to know the past to understand the present.”

– Dr. Carl Sagan, American astronomer, writer and scientist


“The berries are certainly big and juicy this year.”

Eileen nodded. “Imagine how wonderful they’ll taste with fresh cream.”

Birget popped a plump saskatoon berry into her mouth and sighed.

“Delicious,” she declared. “I’m going to make saskatoon pies.”

The saskatoon trees grew in abundance around the old farmhouse. Looking back, I wondered if someone, years prior, had planted the trees there or if they had simply grown up around the old homestead property once the home and outbuildings had been abandoned.

It was summer – perfect, lazy mid-July. Fat bumblebees hovered over wild...

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