Tag: immigrant experience

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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Weetabix: The Song

Weetabix: The Song My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter. Recently Andy has taken some of the silly song lyrics and doggerel that I’ve written and turned this dross into some golden tunes. Our most recent collaboration is “The Weetabix Song” that Andy has created based on a satiric little piece that I..

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Weetabix

Weetabix Each and very morning, my wife needs a quick fix; She’s compelled to devour her Weetabix.   Breakfasts in her native Slovakia were much more eclectic; When she came to Canada at age 10, out went the authentic. A ship without mooring, she ingested every sort of North American comestible; Her parents, non-plussed, found..

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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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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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The Happy Brothers/ Les frères Šťastný

The Happy Brothers/ Les frères Šťastný Two seemingly disparate fragments of history, one with a decidedly personal edge… Fragment one Anton Šťastný and Peter Šťastný chose to defect from Czechoslovakia to Quebec City, Canada, in late August 1980. Older brother Marian defected a year later to join them on the NHL Nordiques. The professional hockey..

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Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home: Song Version

My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter, an Indie musician with an amazing portfolio. He has given me a wonderful Christmas gift by turning two of my poems into songs.   Here is the second tune called… Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home You can give the tune a listen by..

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Mommy Bloggers

Mommy Bloggers Just learned a new designation from my friend the writer Allan Stratton: Mommy Blogger. A term practically everybody seems to know except me. Allan tells me that “Mommy bloggers are stay at home moms who blog and have been able to get into publishing because of their huge number of followers. This happens..

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