My Mum

She kept cigarettes in the freezer, for when Dad was away or at Christmases, when the boys were home and she’d sit around the kitchen table with Jamie and me and Michael, drinking liquor and her smoking illicit Players Navy … Continue reading

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Muriel’s Piano

  Not long ago, I found a small music studio around the corner from my apartment where the instructors specialize in adult students, and so, I finally made up my mind to take lessons. But learning to read music is … Continue reading

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My Life With Fellini

  Out of eight other people, Fellini singled me out, for no apparent reason. It happened on a warm summer night more than twenty years ago as my friends and I were sitting out on the back veranda of Ken’s farmhouse. … Continue reading

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Wet snowing for 24 hours ..

That Gull … ~ Does he know how pretty his markings? ~ When he soars so sweet and precise ~ Does he boast? ~ ~ ~

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Hair So Soft II

Now watching a “Paleoanthropological video”, that shows young students mostly from the University of Wisconsin (rings in noses, baseball caps) at their first escavation at the Olduvai digs in Tanzania. Work in the video was spliced with local colour – … Continue reading

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Other People’s Parents

  I was always overly fond of my friends’ parents. They would ask me questions about my life, and listen to my answers with what appeared to be genuine interest. Perhaps I was drawn to them because my own parents … Continue reading

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Hair so soft ..

I remember … My cousin Mary relating to me, about how she was talking to ‘coloureds’ in Dartmouth NS downtown one day .. when a woman stroked her hair and said in wonder .. “Hair so soft” I’m reminded of … Continue reading

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Talking with Karen Melady

This is a verbatim Facebook session with Karen. An experiment. But hopefully it allows Smarty to put her good stuff in. For my part I think sometimes one is hot, sometimes one is not. So. From Facebook just now … … Continue reading

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Mary Michaela O’Loughlin

The word that best defines my maternal Grandmother would be “formidable”, a word which my Oxford Dictionary describes with a certain degree of accuracy the Mary Michaela O’Loughlin that I once knew: “inspiring fear and dread” and “inciting respect and … Continue reading

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Portrait of David

It was the watershed week of my life. More than forty-five years ago when I was nineteen, four student nurses and myself rented a small, raffish cabin in Shantytown, Rondeau Provincial Park on the northern shore of Lake Erie. It … Continue reading

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