Tag: creative memoirs

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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International worst seller list: atteindre le sommet

Atteindre le sommet de la liste globale des pires ventes mondiales Reaching the pinnacle of the international worst seller list   English to follow : Mon livre – la version anglaise ainsi que la version française – a franchi une nouvelle étape : Il a battu de nouveaux records en atteignant le sommet de la liste..

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What’s in a name? Becoming SpongeBob

What’s in a name? Becoming SpongeBob “Sticks and stones will break my bones/ But names will never hurt me.” (An old adage which is a bare-faced lie)   When I was barely eight years old and living in Georgetown, Ontario, an earth-shattering upheaval shook my identity to the core: I lost the name my parents..

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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 Trial of Duddy Kravitz

The Trial of Duddy Kravitz 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 piece about Duddy..

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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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The unhandy handyman’s lament: A song/La complainte du bricoleur malhabile

La complainte du bricoleur malhabile The unhandy handyman’s lament   Mon ami Andy McClelland, musicien professionnel hautement qualifié, m’a dédié cette chanson, mais elle aurait pu être écrite pour mon père.   My highly skilled professional musician friend Andy McClelland dedicated this song to me, but it could have been written for my father.  ..

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Montreal… Capital City of Eccentricity… Chez Ennio R.I.P. 

Montreal… Capital City of Eccentricity                          Chez Ennio R.I.P. Montreal is the capital city of eccentricity. My all-time favourite local wacky location was Chez Ennio, a fine Italian restaurant on Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, a mythic establishment alas now permanently closed. I first learned of Ennio from Bobby D., a friend and colleague, who was an..

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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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