Tag: 1960s

Seen but not heard/ A legacy of bad parenting

Seen but not heard My father’s attitude toward children was simple: They were to be seen but not heard; Or preferably not seen… nor heard. That was the simplest solution of all for Jim McBryde.   Dad had a particularly hard spot For rambunctious boys, Especially from my mother’s side of the family; Cousins Johnny..

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My Mom had a crush on Perry Mason

This is Academy Award week and one the films in line for best picture is a brilliant courtroom drama titled Anatomy of a Fall ((Anatomie d’une chute). My family has always loved courtroom dramas. So I created trials with and for my students. Here is a first piece about courtrooms. Another one, about Duddy Karavitz,..

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The marathon is almost over: I’m staggering to the finish line

The marathon is almost over: I’m staggering to the finish line   November 1966  Grade 10 Oakridge Secondary School London Ontario   The boys’ phys ed teacher, Madman McCarthy, sent us off to run cross country,   Through the desiccated bogs and wasteland surrounding our school.   We wore little white shorts and tee shirts,..

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Valentines Day and a Box Social Grade Two Georgetown Ontario 1960

Valentines Day and a Box Social    Grade 2     Miss Betty Jean Anderson (teacher) Georgetown, Ontario, Canada        February 14, 1960  Chapel Street School Valentine’s Day…frenetic activity. Who would get the most cards? Popularity depended on volume. Messages: Be mine….You’re so sweet. Corny puns: Some Bunny Loves You (accompanied by a drawing of..

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How my mother became a pedant

How my mother became a pedant…an excerpt from My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny https://robertmcbrydeauthor.com/ And a grammar song by the great musician https://soundcloud.com/andy-mcclelland   Stream The Grammar Song by Andy McClelland | Listen online for free on SoundCloud My mother, Angelina Reiser, was born in 1918 of parents who had..

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Physical mis-education: Bilingual story

The French version of this excerpt from my book titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny follows the English. The French version of the book will be published in a very few weeks. Stay tuned! La version française de cet extrait de mon livre Le temps passé avec vous fut bref..

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Leonard Cohen: They’ve got you covered

Leonard Cohen: They’ve got you covered   First off…a confession …until very recently, I had no idea what a “cover tune” meant. Second confession: Now that I know that “covers” refer to artists interpreting other artists’ work, I have to say that there are a great many cover versions of tunes that I prefer to..

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David Sedaris and little old me

David Sedaris and little old me Most of us have been told at one time or another that we look just like “X” (i.e. my favorite cousin’s best friend’s elder brother/sister/wife/uncle).  Well, what happens when someone tells us that we write a whole lot like “X”? Since my book My Time with You Has Been..

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Skinned alive… surviving by the skin of my teeth

Skinned alive… surviving by the skin of my teeth For a great many years, I contemplated suicide on a near daily basis. That I didn’t actually follow through on these ideations had much less to do with principles or consideration for others than with an abiding terror of disappearing forever into the yawning abyss of..

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Mythic family figures/Les figures familiales mythiques…New Years 2024

Mythic family figures La version française suit la version anglaise. Happy New Year to one and all!  Bonne année à tous et à toutes ! When I was a little kid, New Years Eve and New Years Day always had a particular resonance for my family because January 1 marked my parents’ wedding anniversary; they..

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