Attack on hilltop town ‘bloody suicide’, Rocky Mountain Outlook

“This is bloody suicide.”
Those were the last words Major Bruce Trotter said to my grandfather, Capt. Laurence Guy Alexander, shortly before Canadian soldiers and tanks began an attack on the small village of Motta Montecorvino, located high on a ridge in south central Italy overlooking the Foggia Plains.


Disaster at Dieppe, 'the sage of LCT No. 8', Rocky Mountain Outlook

The hydrogen tanks exploded, followed by shouts for help. Hunter and Smith went forward and found at least eight injured men and a five-foot hole in the bulwarks above the water line. Oil and gasoline burned on the deck near the remaining tank. A black plume rose above the landing craft.



  • Pulling Up Stakes, an essay in Imagine This Valley, Rocky Mountain Books (2016)
  • The History of Canmore, Alberta, Summerthought Publishing, author (2010)
  • Survival in Paradise: A Century of Coal Mining in the Bow Valley, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (2008), editor, layout and design, sidebar writer
  • The Exshaw Cement Plant: Foundations for the Future, Lafarge Canada (2006) co-author, layout and design
  • Exshaw: Heart of the Valley, Exshaw Historical Society (2005) co-author, layout and design



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  • Wiping out the fear: Using our brain’s chemistry to battle PTSD, Apple Magazine, Albert Health Services, Summer 2016, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Puckstruck: Distracted, Delighted and Distressed by Canada’s Hockey Obsession, A double review with Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 (book reviews), Canada's History Magazine (April-May 2016)
  • Tools of the trade: Were the first North Americans more connected than we think? Canada's History Magazine (Feb.-March 2016)
  • The return of the rooster toque, Highline Magazine (Winter 2015/16)
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  • Play2Sleep, Apple Magazine (Winter 2016)
  • Eliminating barriers for people with chronic diseases, Apple Magazine (Summer 2015)
  • Morleyville story, Canada’s History Magazine need date
  • 1812 in Living Colour, Canada’s History Magazine (April/May 2012)
  • Jane Ash Poitras, November 12 to 22, Galleries West (Spring 2012)
  • Wheeler House becomes artist group’s inspiration, The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette (Winter 2010)
  • Bonny Books, Legacy Magazine (Winter 2009)
  • A Dark Secret: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Fall-out Shelter, Highline Magazine (Winter 2009)
  • Previews and Profiles: Silke Otto-Knapp, Galleries West (Summer 2009)
  • Previews and Profiles: John H. Burrow, Galleries West (Summer 2009)
  • Reviews: Alex Janvier, Galleries West (Spring 2008)
  • Annie Staple: Gatekeeper, The Midlands Ancestor (2007)
  • Great Galleries: Corridor Collective, Galleries West (Spring 2008)
  • Previews and Profiles: Dieter Schlatter, Galleries West (Summer 2008)
  • Process: Diane Colwell, Galleries West (Summer 2008)
  • Annie Staple: Chief Gatekeeper Rocky Mountains Park, Experience the Mountain Parks (2007/2008)
  • Cycling with Grizzlies: Moraine Lake Highline, Pedal Magazine (Fall 2007)
  • Archaeology lessons at the Nickle Arts Museum’s Ancient Peru Unearthed Exhibit, Legacy Magazine (Fall 2006)
  • Heroes in Holland, Legacy Magazine (Winter 2005)
  • Rob Bosinger: Last Run, Ski Canada (Fall 2005)
  • The Sound of Drowning, Standing Wave Literary Journal (Fall 1996)
  • Tall Peaks on Thin Air, Explore Magazine (Aug./Sept. 1995)


  • The Military Museums, Calgary, Hub Gray biography (2015)
  •  The Military Museums, Calgary, Andrew Hamilton Gault biography (2014)
  •, regular monthly freelance writing (2004-2008)


  • First place, Best Historical Story, Canadian Community Newspaper Association (spring 2014). “Attack on hilltop town ‘bloody suicide’.” Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper.
  • Third Place, Best Local News Story, Alberta Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Competition Award of Excellence (Spring 2011). “Life and times of a cougar named Doug,” Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper.
  • Third Place, Best Environmental Writing, Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Competition Award of Excellence (Fall 2010). “Hike Highlights Burgess Shale Creatures,” Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper.
  • Nominee, Community Builder – Individual, Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, (2009)
  • First Place, University of Alberta Writing Award (2008).
  • Best Headline Writing, Canadian Community Newspapers Association (2006). “Sorcerer spells doom for local lad,” Rocky Mountain Outlook.