Jeff, what prompted you to write this story?

As a tourism consultant living in South Porcupine, Ontario, I travelled my James Bay Frontier route by train and by plane. I fell in love with the landscape at Moose River Crossing where the train tracks cross the mighty river before the train rolls into Moosonee. It was there that I would dream of opening a birder’s lodge. These wonderful memories provide the setting for the story. I am also a soapstone carver, having learned the art from a Cree elder, with roots in Moose Factory. He gave me lessons and provided me with my first piece of stone. I carved a bear cub. As well I am a conservationist and someone with a deep appreciation for the northern landscape and the people who call the James Bay Frontier their home. All of the above came together and the result is my story “Soapstone Signs.”