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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.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

August 15, 2007 at 7:56 pm

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  1. I love your photography. My husband travels and takes pictures of people also. You really capture each person showing who s/he is–very transparent–moving photographs.


    November 28, 2008 at 5:03 am

  2. Absolutely lovely work!


    February 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    • Thank you for the positive comment. Such comments are always good to hear.


      February 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm

  3. This is classy and oh so richly viewed…..I am there with you as you see through your eyes for me.


    March 25, 2009 at 6:53 am

    • Hi Gwynne, I am glad that you find the site worth while. Now, if I could only find some one who might be interested in publishing this type of approach to Jungian psychology.


      March 25, 2009 at 8:30 am

  4. Hi! I like your blog. Im specialy interested in mayan culture and how we let co-creation emerge in the next few years to build up the new future. My blog is about how we are learning from the future.
    I put your blog on my bloggroll.
    here is my blog:


    November 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    • Good to hear from you Jonas. Good luck with your plans to become an educational leader in your home country. Thanks for putting me on your blogroll.

      Robert G. Longpré

      November 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm

  5. This is a beautiful biography… I am sorry it took me so long to find you. You links always failed to open to me… but here I am and I am happy


    February 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    • Welcome, friend. I am glad that the doorway finally opened. I look forward to your comments and your presence.

      Robert G. Longpré

      February 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  6. Robert,

    I am just making my own blog on wordpress. How can I make my format like yours?

    Sandy C


    March 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

    • Hi Sandy. I guess the best way is to note the structure (I’m using The Journalist v1.9 for the theme) of photo and blog entry in the main body of the blog with the use of a variety of widgets on the right-had side of the blog. Getting help from the WordPress forum on the use of widgets is a great idea and can likely have your site surpass mine in many ways. Good luck with your new site.

      Robert G. Longpré

      March 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

  7. Many thanks! I am headed the right direction, but don’t really know what you mean by “structure”. Most of all, how do you get images to run large, like yours?

    Many thanks,
    Sandy C


    March 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • Sandy, when you upload a photo and are ready to insert it into your page, you get to choose the size you want. I typically choose large (700x###) for my photo size. Once the photo is embedded in the blog post, I then click on it and click on the little photo icon (beside the red crossed circle) and then choose either reduce to 70 or 60% then click on “update.” I hope this helps.

      Robert G. Longpré

      March 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

  8. Am sorry it took so long to find your site. Stumbled on it yesterday because of the photo of the volcana which was on the WordPress dashboard. Clicked on it and suddenly felt like I’d found home.

    I am a retired writing Instructor, disabled, but continue to keep a journal, a couple of blogs, an artist, and am currently working on a story I’ve wanted to write for years. My main totem is a red-tailed hawk, my anscestry is French and Native American (originally settled in Canada). We seem to have a great deal in common!

    As I read through several of your essays, I felt a deep sense of confirmation, as well as synchronicity. I have, for years, been attracted to Jungian theory, but often find it difficult to wade through on my own. Thank you for your clarity and coherence. I intend to return often, and feel I have a great deal to catch up on.



    March 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    • Yes, it does seem as though we have more in common than would be expected. I look forward to your continued presence here.

      Robert G. Longpré

      March 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

  9. What a gentle soul…and thoroughly compelling. I’m eager to spend more time here. I’m at work right now and look forward to my evening when I will be able to visit longer.


    March 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

    • And the blog entries will be here, waiting for your return. Welcome.

      Robert G. Longpré

      March 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

  10. Would you mind, Sir, if I added you to my Blog-roll? Please take a look at my blog before answering, so you can be comfortable with the company you will be keeping. I would love to share you with my family, friends, and other readers.

    Thank you for considering my request.



    March 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

    • It would be an honour to be included on the blogroll. Thank you.

      Robert G. Longpré

      March 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

  11. Hi Robert, I came across your blog from a comment you left on Paul Lester’s blog and it’s been a pleasure hanging around, reading your poems, looking at your photographs, reflecting on your posts and generally becoming totally immersed.


    April 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    • Welcome. I am enjoying your frog pond where things go “plop!”

      Robert G. Longpré

      April 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

  12. Hi, nice to meet you !


    September 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

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