Home Ice: Reflections on Backyard Rinks and Frozen Ponds
by Jack Falla
Home Ice is a collection of essays and memoirs celebrating the joys of one family's backyard rink and reflecting on the values and lessons of winters spent together. A bonus chapter explains how to build your own backyard rink.
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by McGregor Publishing
(first published September 1st 2000)
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Jack Falla is a sports writer. I confess to considering that something of an oxymoron. Writing and sports were two things I considered to be on divergent ends of the entertainment spectrum. One is art, the other is brutality. This book proves me horribly wrong. In Home Ice, Falla wrote eloquently about childhood memories, snow shoveling, family life, and Wayne Gretzky, and made me see how all of them are inextricably connected. He almost made me want to be a hockey fan. (Almost.) He definitely m...more
This was a lovely memoir of the home rinks Falla created over the years, and the interest he took in them as a writing subject. I've never skated on a home rink--I've never lived in a place cold enough to sustain one--but it was very vivid from his descriptions, and made me want to go skating. A real pleasure.