My name is Robert G. Longpré. I am currently living in Elrose, Saskatchewan, the town in which I served my last three years of my professional life as a school principal. In my retirement I have continued with my other lifelong interests, Jungian psychology, writing and photography.
In my previous incarnation, in the world of working people, I was a school principal. I worked for more than thirty years in schools in Saskatchewan, Canada as either a teacher or as a principal or as both at the same time. In my last posting as principal, the school sports teams had the name of “Eagles”. This one fact seemed to tell me that I had finally arrived at the place I wanted to call home. You see, I have always had the eagle as a totem. Eagles have figured importantly in my family history going back at least twelve generations to when my ancestral family left France on a ship called the golden eagle “l’aigle dor” for a new home in New France (aka Canada). Naturally, my office became the Eagle’s Nest. Today, the Eagle’s Nest is located about two blocks away from the school – my home office or in whatever location that I find myself in this large world. This is how I came to be known as the retired eagle.
I am a father and a grandfather – my children and grandchildren are at the centre of my outer-world universe. I am an uncle, a cousin, and a nephew. Family is important to me in a good way. I am a poet and philosopher who loves to write and read. I am a photographer and journalist and artist. I am a golfer in the right season when other things don’t claim my time and attention, and I love the out-of-doors, especially the quietness of nature, the warmth of the sun, calm moonlit nights and the empty trails through nature – empty of other humans, that is.
I am a husband. My wife is my soulmate. We are about as opposite as can be in just about everything when it comes to typology. We have been together nearing forty years. Another forty years would not be too much in my opinion. I can’t imagine going through this journey of life without her.