Letter – Not another ‘Celtic Tiger’
My wife and I fell in love with James Bay about 11 years ago. The cab dropped us off at The Medana B&B where Noreen (if I recall correctly) welcomed us into the community. The red phone box is no longer around, but Heron Rock certainly is, thankfully. It was in August and we will never forget that first walk along Dallas and that first outdoor music concert at Cameron Bandshell.
Prior to this brief, initial visit to James Bay we had spent six months in Galway, Ireland. At that time “The Celtic Tiger” was on the prowl and, and the economy was a juggernaut. The city of Galway was hustle and bustle, especially in construction. So much was being torn down. The rebuilding was so slow. The voices of many spoke of the sadness of the destruction of old homes and buildings that had typified Galway. But “progress” was in charge of the thinking and certainly big money was to be made from all indications. Galway’s planning created a good deal of chaos and distress. It was a part of dreaming big, growing rich, we decided. Some of you may know what happened to The Celtic Tiger.
On Poetry Day at the Galway Public Library Nancy and I were asked us to join in. We had been regular visitors and loved the experiences and the kindness of the Galway people. Nancy read from Langston Hughes and I read from Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Chambered Nautilus”. His words from that poem include:
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length are free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!
It was in appreciation and hope that I read this poem in Galway. There is much gained and lost in dreams and in necessary adjustments to urban living. How could Nancy and I be critical of James Bay when we have spent the best part of six summers here and parts of 10 summers in Victoria. We love James Bay and expect to return every summer for as long as possible.
A lot has changed in the past eleven years. Again we hope that James Bay encourages the building of “more stately mansions” at this time of growth and accommodation. It is too beautiful and charming and rich in history to settle for anything less.
“Moon" and Nancy Mullins
Letter - Correction / Update
Thanks to the 'Beacon for having published, "A Patient's View - The Follow-up."
As with the previous letter, the author received several, most interesting, comments.
However, it must be pointed out that an error exists in the writer's text: The previously hoped-for written reply was received, on 26. May 2017, by which time "The Follow-up" was already on route to the 'Beacon. Time-lines prevented correction. For this unforeseen circumstance, regrets, and belated thanks are due the Director of Patient-Care, VGH.