2016 Interlake Pulse - Spring/Summer - (Page 36)
Living on the
By: David Arnason
Interlakepulse * www.interlakepulse.com
f you grew up in Gimli you will be haunted by Lake
Winnipeg for the rest of your life. You will not be
happy living without the sound of water, the cries
of gulls, the thunder of waves and the howling of wind.
Other towns' beauty will be measured by their similarity to Gimli. Oceans can affect people as well, but oceans
have a limited repertoire. They have really only one season, one voice, one limited palette.
But I've probably gone too far with that image. I've
claimed more for Gimli than I can possibly sustain. It's not
just Gimli. It's water in all of its forms. There is something
about water that affects and infects human imagination.
People who live along rivers cannot imagine a decent life
without rivers. Rivers become the metaphors that organize
their lives and their memories. Rivers flow, they bend, they
turn back on themselves. They bring things and carry them
away. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that you can
never enter the same river twice. The river you step into has
already left you behind in its wanderings.
Lakes and rivers are inevitably tied to the marshes that
surround them. Whatever the imaginative power of lakes,
they are always fed and drained by rivers, but when the
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 2016 Interlake Pulse - Spring/Summer
The Jewel in the Interlake’s Shining Crown
Wild Eats – Tasty Treats
Living on the Lake
2016 Interlake Pulse - Spring/Summer