Dan Lundine is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After leaving the RCMP, he became a school teacher. Dan's books come from the heart and share intimate details. In Signpost his style of writing is entertaining and humourous. Making Meaning of the Madness is a real life journey of tragedy, loss and healing filled with hope.
My Mother Married My Boyfriend
ExtraordinaryTales of Everyday Canadians
by Dan Lundine
It's amazing what a person learns while leaning on a garden rake or the tailgate of a pickup…
Honest and real. No spit and polish. I found myself consistently inspired and amazed when reading these unfiltered and often incredible stories told by real Canadians. And what better way to discover who we really are than through the power of storytelling.
Grand Lawrence, CBC Radio
author of Adventures in Solitude
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Making Meaning of the Madness
One Man's Journey Through Grief
by Dan Lundine
Bereaved men are often desperately lost.
Caught trying to cope with society's expectations of strength, their emotions confuse them.
Men flounder as they struggle to maintain equilibrium in their lives.
- they experience pain beyond comprehension
- they deny the natural emotions of grief
Confronted by mortality, men dislike themselves for being vulnerable.
- they discover the world does not turn as it should
- they experience anger
- they suffer guilt
And as they question their will to survive, they are afraid.
But this book is not about the tragedy of death. It is about HOPE. It will offer comfort to the many people who suffer the pangs of loss. It provides assurance that through time, sufferers will discover a renewed purpose in living.
This book is intended to help men (everyone) cope with grief and to let them know they are not alone in their misery. Men need to understand that the insanity they think they are suffering is normal.
Author Dan Lundine knows of what he writes. Early Sunday morning, December 18th, 1994, his twenty-five year old son died suddenly. He tells us:
Death does tough things to people. But through time, if we can accept our reality and understand ourselves, we can begin to heal. We will survive our pain! Lives have been irrevocably altered, but with time and love, there can come meaning out of the madness.
Signpost - A Prairie Town
by Dan Lundine
"Nineteen years old and Ottawa had just given me a gun. And a club."
– Excerpt From Signpost - A Prairie Town.
On a still-as-death July afternoon I asked, “Did you get much rain out here a couple of nights back?” To the west, mushroom thunderheads boiled off the horizon. From bottoms black as Catholic sin, lightning forks blasted the prairie.
Over a clutter of bread pans and floured dough she said, “Yep, it come down pretty good.” And then without glancing up from her baking, “Like a tall cow pissin’ on a flat rock.”
And that kick-started my love affair with the Canadian prairie.
A short sample: Excerpt
Dan Lundine's memoir, Signpost – A Prairie Town is set in and around a fictional community in Saskatchewan. Through the eyes of a rookie cop from B.C.'s West Coast, we observe the little town of Signpost, and become acquainted with a delightful mix of local characters. Lundine's earthy prose sweeps us along with the newcomer, as we come to understand small-town life in the 60's—its people, its challenges and its humour.
– Patrica Smekal
And all about him was the wind now, a pervasive sighing through great emptiness, unhampered by the buildings of the town, warm and living against his face and in his hair.
— W.O. Mitchell, Who has Seen the Wind