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My train

My friends know I love a good train ride. And more than that, I count on one particular line, the Amtrak Cascades, to bring me to and from loved ones in the States. Discontinued at the start of the pandemic, Amtrak restarted partial service a few months ago, and in March Amtrak is bringing back the second train – early morning southbound to Washington State, night-time return to beautiful Vancouver. They’re hiring, and I could not be more pleased.

Below are photo tributes I made to my home stations, in Vancouver and Seattle, a few years back.

The new year

Literally nothing has gone according to plan during my holiday break, except for the love shared with my family and friends. I had to throw away Plan H earlier today.

Classes start next week – two sections of Advanced Professional Communications and one of Technical Report Writing (more fun that it sounds). I am looking forward to meeting my new students.

Grandsons and brothers

With my partner I’ve endowed a student scholarship at my workplace, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, “The Luke Melvin Basil and Colby Joseph Basil Health Sciences Student Award,” to honour my miracle genius grandsons, their parents (both in the health sciences), and their great-grandparents who were so generous to those seeking postsecondary education. The $1,000 student award will be presented each year to a student in KPU’s Health Sciences (Honours) Program whose project thesis is audacious and advanced. This is the third endowed award I’ve supported at Kwantlen.

Luke Melvin Basil

Grandson painting