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ERIC Number: EJ972675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Striking a Memory the Right Way
Elrick, Mike
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v22 n3 p15-16 Spr 2010
The author has strong childhood memories of sitting on the ledge of an open fireplace after a bath on a cold winter's evening. While the logs crackled and sizzled, he and his brothers would toast their pajamas on the screen and slowly dress themselves before bed. Those are good memories for him. So it was with great joy that he recently bought a secondhand airtight wood stove. The next step was to get it installed in his two-storey house with no existing chimney. In this article, the author shares how he was able to fulfill his strong desire to build a wood fireplace even if everyone was discouraging him from using real wood. He states that what get him more excited is the idea of splitting, hauling, dust and bugs and the feeling of being connected to the heat and light from using a wood fireplace. He is worried about his son growing up believing that gas fireplaces are true wood fires and a whole new generation of kids who will know fireplaces that get started by a switch, not a match, and who think that wood comes from a ceramics factory, not trees. [This article was first published in the "Globe and Mail," Facts and Arguments, Feb 9, 1998.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada