Tag: aging

The real reason that we returned to Canada: My wife Anne missed Simons too much to remain in France

The real reason that we returned to Canada: My wife Anne missed Simons too much to remain in France.   Here is an excerpt from the story “Excuse My French” from the book entitled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny. Simons, a clothing and department store, is a Quebec and even..

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Returning home… Adieu à notre belle vie française

Returning home… Adieu à notre belle vie française After two and a half years of living in beautiful Dijon, France, a city that we have grown to love, my wife and I are returning to Canada for keeps on Easter Sunday. Friends on both sides of the Atlantic – and our two sons as well..

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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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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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Still Life Georgetown, Ontario Summer 1961

  Still Life                          Georgetown, Ontario, Summer 1961   His name was Mr. Inglis. We called him the Merry Mailman. He delivered every envelope with the warmest of smiles. I would meet him in the streets of our neighborhood, especially during summer, As he made his daily rounds. He was also my baseball coach. So we..

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Instagram…a musical lament

Instagram…a musical lament Lyrics by Robert McBryde Music by Andy McClelland I’m a fledgling pseudo writer, Just a flash in the pan, A decrepit low tech geezer, But I’m told I need Instagram. My book has very few readers, I’m an also-ran, But young folks say that the solution, Is a presence on Instagram. They..

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Instagram…a lament

  Instagram…a lament   I’m a fledgling pseudo writer, At most just a flash in the pan, I’m a decrepit low tech old geezer, But I’m told I need Instagram.   My book has very few readers, I’m not but an also-ran, But young people contend that the solution, Is a presence on Instagram.  ..

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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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