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Canada

Inching my way toward important art

By Paul Knowles

“Don’t worry,” they said. “There are ropes,” they said. Well, yes. Sort of.
I was with a small group of travel writers, on the north shore of Lake Superior. Our destination was Lake Superior Provincial Park, home of the fascinating Agawa Rock pictographs – 17th and 18th century paintings on rocks beside the largest of the Great Lakes.
Did I want to see them? Of course!

Canada

My own footstep on the moon

By Paul Knowles (first published in The New Hamburg Independent)

(Photo:  “Your Way Begins on the Other Side”, by Aisha Kalid; Photo by Paul Knowles)

On July 20, 1969, a man named Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
On March 9, 2019, a man named Paul Knowles set foot on the moon. Well, let’s be honest, here – I actually stood on a Plexiglas circle set into the floor, in the centre of which was a three-inch piece of moon rock.

 

Continental Europe

A surprising find in a small Swiss town

By Paul Knowles (First published in the New Hamburg Independent and other Metroland community newspapers)

We small-town Canadians have a lot to learn about how to nurture and celebrate arts and culture. As a guy who has been deeply involved in this field for many years – as a writer, as an arts presenter, and as a volunteer on arts organizations – it’s tempting to throw a few stones at targets around the region. (All photos by Nancy Knowles; shown, the town's original Van Gogh)

Continental Europe

A complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

As Protestants celebrate a milestone anniversary, the writer ventures to Germany in search of the real Martin Luther. (First published in edited form in The United Church Observer). (All photos by Nancy Knowles)

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