As the new curate at St. Thomas Church, Moose Factory Island, James Collins soon learned about the Crees who were his congregation. He studied their dialect and honed his language skills as he travelled across the North, visiting their villages and providing for their spiritual needs. He observed their ways, listened to their stories, and gained astonishing insights into life.
His eye for the beauty and poetry of the North has created a lasting record of a time that is fading into memory.
The author writes, "I experienced two different worlds growing up in a middle-class, suburban neighbourhood. . . . I lived another life, every summer, vacationing at a rustic cabin on a lake in Ontario. . . . I always dreamed of living in the woods."
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The Rev. Dr. James Collins was raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All of his post-secondary education was completed in the Boston area, where he graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Episcopal Divinity School. In 1974, James travelled to the Diocese of Moosonee, in northern Ontario, to become the Curate at St. Thomas Church, Moose Factory Island. He served as the rector of two native parishes, diocesan Program Officer, and Dean, before leaving the diocese in 1993 to move to the Diocese of Algoma. In Algoma, James served as the rector of Trinity Church, Parry Sound, and Archdeacon. In 1997, James left the North for California, where he began to work with the developmentally disabled population. He is presently licensed in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real and working as a district manager for an agency that serves developmentally disabled people of all ages.
James is married with a blended family of five boys and a girl; they range in age from eighteen to thirty. His wife encouraged him to share his stories with those outside the family. Gratified to learn how much she enjoyed descriptions of events from his past, he nevertheless suspected an ulterior motive. He might have been right. Concentrating on putting events on paper distracted James, even if only for a short while each day, from constantly regaling the family with tales of the North.
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Book Description General Store Publishing House, 2005. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1897113013
Book Description General Store Publishing House, 2005. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1897113013
Book Description General Store Publishing House, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 136 pages. 8.80x5.90x0.40 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1897113013