Maelstrom – 1st Time Free this Weekend

Here’s an opportunity for my wife Francis’ 4th novel, free until Monday – a Maelstrom of a read it tis. Quite different than Fran’s earlier and more humane Crater Lake Series, Maelstrom shows a much darker side of humanity epitomized by Sheriff Bert Calder of 1970’s small town America.

Having read the novel just before it was released in early 2016, and then reading the review of the novel in Fran’s blog post, a flash of insight came to me – Maelstrom is a powerful allegorical read for our times especially considering the dark undercurrent of the 2016 United States presidential campaign.

Ultimately it is warning of how our silence and complacency against terrible injustices can lead us to collective senselessness and individual inhumanity. I recommend Maelstrom as a goodread for our times – but brace yourself… all is not well in small town America.

Click over to Fran’s full post, for the full story – all for free until Monday evening. Cheers – Bruce


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Here’s a chance to try my fourth novel free of chargeSmile

The ebook copy of Maelstrom is free on the from Saturday, August 13th to Monday, August 15th. Enjoy!

Genre: Action/adventure/thriller/romance

The road up to Casa Destion - chalk - Lorna FriesenDescription: A shot is fired into the still night air and a young woman dies on Suicide Ridge. A dangerous game has begun. Over the course of one blistering, hot week, winds of change sweep through an isolated valley in small town America.

Sheriff Bert Calder, with the help of Mayor Amos Thatcher, has held the town of Haddon under his thumb for twenty-five years. As things spin out of control, Calder works the angles, ensuring he can make the most of the upheaval that is to come.

Rafael Destino, facing his own mortality, races against time to gain control of the railroad – a lifeline essential to the town’s survival. His goal – to…

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Summer at the Cabin: Fun & Bears, Politics & Art Collage Therapy!


It’s bit of a slow easy summer at the cabin, with Billy-Bob the bear enjoying fresh un-cut grass in our garden, and especially the wild salal berries. This certainly puts a whole new dimension to gardening  doesn’t it? Alongside the precautionary principle!

To be clear, this is a wild bear and the naming (by Francis) merely gives comic relief. We live on a lake in the forest and it’s the bears home first, more than it’s ours. 


Billy-bob, the bear in our garden July 2016 - bruce witzel photo


It was collectively decided that our younger 4 year–old granddaughter couldn’t visit without her mother – she hasn’t mastered her listening skills yet. Our eldest 7 year old granddaughter Emma did visit for 2 weeks.


Emma helping with the gardening July 2016 - francis guenette photo[16]



Closeup of bear in garden, July 2016 - buce witzel photo


Emma has met a few bears in previous years and she knows the “bear rules”:


1) No walking or playing alone outside, especially during bear season.

2) Always call out to myself or Francis if she wants to come to the garden

3) Always look and listen for rustling in the bush, and make noise herself.

4)  Finally, if she does encounter a bear (especially with cubs), don’t panic but immediately back away from the bear and then head for the nearest door back to the cabin. Pronto!


Emma on the cliff deck, July 2016 - fran guenette photo


Bruce and Emma in the garden, July 2016 - fran guenette photo        Emma on a stool shucking peas, July 2016 - francis guenette photo            












Emma & Bruce, morning reading - francis guenette photo


What sort of world are us as adults leaving for the children of today?


                                                                                         Bailey, Bruce & Emma, July 2016 - fran guenette photo          


This question came up for me when we had some fun with art collaging on a rainy day.


Bruc's collage - July 2016-2


American politics has been on my mind alot and the nomination for the “so-called” Republican Party had just occurred. You can see from my collage above, I was working out some significant fears.

The last item I pasted on was the yellow word “Business”, very crookedly. And of course there is the Alpha Male/Hitler Archetype to contend with. Hmmmm… enemies within.



Butterfly with Sweet William - bruce witzel photo


Let us never forget our unquenchable human urge towards love, change and transformation and commitment towards the common good.

As Pope Francis said in his recent encyclical entitled On Our Common Home. Praise Be!

“Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to make a better world.”


Emma's collage July 2016


Emma’s collage



Emma doing a collage 2, July 2016 - francis guenette photo



We’re on a journey and like it or not, we journey together, interdependent with all.


Emma playing cards at the lake - Francis Guenette photo


Love trumps hate.


Emma's heading home - July 2016 - fran guenette photo



Smiles and good cheer from the lake – Bruce


A wave from Emma & Fran - July 10, 2016

“When you commune with nature, you commune with God” – Fr. Charles Brandt


~ the brandt series ~



charles's lawn -  charles brandt photo


“This is my lawn:  uncut, unwatered, unfertilized, just the variety of natural grasses spotted with Shasta Daisies, Yarrow, Hairy Cat’s Ear, Sword and Bracken Ferns, Snowberry, Salmonberry, Thimble Berry, Dandelion, surrounded by Hemlock and Big leaf Maples.

This is the natural world, the other than human world that we must learn to love, because it is a sacred world.  We only love something (someone) because it is sacred.  Only the sense of the sacred will save us.”


Charles Brandt

~  hermit priest of Vancouver Island ~


Fr. Charles Brandt at his hermitage - photo from Bishp Gary's blog (3)

                  Charles at Thomas Merton House: “The hermitage”                         (photo by Bishop Gary Gordon)

LOOK UP (an appeal)

Southern Utah - bruce witzel photo (2)


Aspire not to have more,

but to be more.


Oscar Romero


Downtown Tuscon Arizona (edited) - bruce witzle photo


I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police and the garrisons.

Chapultapec, Mexico City - 1991 - bruce witzel photo


Brothers, you belong to our own people. You kill your own brother peasants;


Heard Museum Art Mura (edited) 2, Phoenix Arizona -bruce witzel photo


And in the face of an order to kill that is given by a man, the law of God should prevail that says; Do not kill!

Mural at Heard Museum in Phoenix - bruce witzel photo (2)


No soldier is obliged to obey an order counter to the law of God.

No one has to comply with an immoral law.

Downtown Los Angeles, 2012, looking up to Bank of America (3) - bruce witzel photo

It is time now that you recover your conscience and obey its dictates rather than the command of sin.

Living Memorial Sculpture Garden - created by Vietnam veteran and sculptural artist Denis Smith - photo by Bruce Witzel2b (2)


The Church, defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of the dignity of the human person, cannot remain silent before such an abomination…


Mural in downtown Los Angeles, Oscar Romero with the people and the Risen Lord - bruce witzel photo

Therefore, in the name of God and this longsuffering people, whose laments rise to heaven every day more tumultuous,

I beseech you, I beg you, I command you in the name of God:

stop the repression!


Saint Romero of the Americas, May 23 1980 

(one day before he was assassinated during prayers in an El Salvador church.)


Artwork 2 (edited)  from Tubac Arizona - artist unknown (2)




             Art from Tubac Arizona (edited) - painting entitled Grief Knows No Boundaries - artist unknown

























Young girl 1910, Northern Mexico - photo of a photo(edited) by C. Waite


A young girl in Mexico in 1910… average life expectancy (30 years)



Crater Lake, Oregon – a benchmark of purity


My wife Francis is a novelist and she writes about the healing grace in the

community around the fictional Crater Lake, British Columbia…

Book Cover for  The Light Never Lies by Francis Guenette - photo taken on Northern Vancouver Island by Bruce witzel



In Oregon, the real Crater Lake’s unique geography creates one of the most

untainted watersheds in North America.


Crater Lake  - cold and windy - bruce witzel photo



Crater Lake, Oregon - francis guenette photo



Researchers use Crater Lake as a benchmark of purity.



Crater Lake - by Bruce Witzel



I’ll be heading off-line social media for a month or so.



~ Cheers to you all ~



posted for “Pure”                                                                                  For a link to Goodreads and my wife’s novels click here

Fellow earthlings… we need metamorphosis! (the unsettling numbers)


Butterflies & People


What do your numbers show?


Monarch butterfly @ Pismo Beach California Nov. 2012 - bruce witzel photo



A World Bank Report on Loss and Damage… said that by 2030, 325 million people could be both very poor and living in areas very susceptible to extreme weather events. By mid-century, the report estimates the losses due to climate change to the world’s coastal cities alone could come to $1 trillion/year, every year. . . 

The issue called “loss and damage” comes to this: the community of nations, particularly the industrialized world, having failed to reduce emissions sufficient to avoid climate damage, having failed to assist developing countries to put in place robust adaptation measures to reduce damage from killer weather events, the poorest of the poor are getting hit with massive storms for which they are unprepared. . . 

This is like the point on the Titanic when lifeboats were only available for First Class passengers.

Elizabeth May


Monarch Population @ Pismo State beach - bruce witzel photo



Let us live more simply so other beings can simply live


~ Bruce ~



Spare (v) – to refrain from harm


Eagle at the lake May 26, 2016 - bruce witzel photo



. . . in God’s wildness lies the hope of the world –

the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness


John Muir


Eagle pecrched, taken from the deck May 26, 2016 - bruce witzel photo


To our North American neighbours in the United States,

may you have a good Memorial Day weekend.


Rainbow at the lake - bruce witzel photo (3)


peace & love





Eagle taking flight - bruce witzel photo




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