"What am I doing here?" I've asked this question repeatedly throughout my life, but as my days become inexorably fewer, the self-questioning assumes an air of greater urgency. "Here" - for now - is Val Marie, Saskatchewan (Canada), population 100 (maybe). I described some of its charm in Part 1, and mentioned the local tourist attraction, Grasslands National Park. I am being only slightly facetious. Grasslands currently pulls in eight to ten thousand visitors per year, and park management…
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July 15, 2013My internet has been down for two days. Poor internet service is one of the disadvantages of living in an isolated rural location. How isolated? The village of Val Marie, Saskatchewan (Canada), has a population of 100. Maybe. If we counted all the babies, maybe 100. My friend Colleen says, "People don't realize we live at the end of a goat track." The isolation is a mixed blessing. This is a quiet place; traffic is minimal. There is no crime. Well, okay, there are small crimes. Five years ago…