The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

Don’t Put Anything Near The 2 Windows

When we were at Florence’s last week, I didn’t take pictures of the interior. Another time, perhaps. However, I did see some rustic outbuildings that caught my eye. She gave me a very short tour of the grounds. Unfortunately the black flies descended and drove her indoors. Now that means I not only would like permission to document the original dining and living rooms, I need to get the answer […]

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Wide World of Sports

Dan (the “other” Dan) wrote a great piece about his childhood baseball experience as the team’s bench-warmer and his subsequent “disaffection,” shall we say, toward a prevailing obsession with sports. It’s not that he was poor at the game. Far from it, as you will learn when you read the story. I share a similar cynicism. I, on the other hand, was lousy at sports. I couldn’t run. Good grief, […]

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The Cobalt Train Station

I have a thing for trains. Trains are connectors and symbols of community. When you hear the whistle blowing, you feel a surge of anticipation, of arrival. Trains mean prosperity, commerce; the rumbling, powerful engines command respect, and in my opinion, reverence. It’s difficult to explain it to those who don’t share the same sentiment. Take, for example, our real estate agent. He didn’t know what to make of my […]

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Share Your World – June 12, 2017

Remember this past winter when I was bemoaning the fact that I had too much time on my hands? I’m pleased to report that the change in seasons has removed that challenge. That and the fact that I’m busy with the Cobalt Historical Society, big time. Early in June, we held a Speakers’ Symposium, a first for our group. We had no idea how well-attended it would be, especially given that […]

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In Defense of Mining

I live in a mining town. Technically, a former mining town. From 1903 to the late 1980’s, silver mining was the name of the game in the Town of Cobalt and Coleman Township. Our house sits on the Nipissing 404 Mine property – one of the largest producers in the area. The view from any window reveals evidence of the former industry. Bare slopes of rocky hills, gaping gouges on […]

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Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?

… parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme…* ***   ***   *** *You know, of course, why the second stanza is “parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme” don’t you? No? Well, it’s because “celeriac, sage, rosemary, and thyme” doesn’t scan. Not in the least. Besides, what IS celeriac and furthermore, who in the world would confuse celeriac with parsley? …um. That would be me. Brought to you by near-sighted green thumbs and Linda G […]

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Share Your World May 29, 2017

Toward the end of my career with Bell Canada, I had racked up considerable vacation privileges. Five weeks vacation, all of the statutory holidays, two “SDO’s” (scheduled days off) in each ten-week period, PLUS a couple of freebies at Christmas. I did the math and it added up to nearly ten weeks off! Man, did we have it good. I wasn’t first in seniority, but close enough to be able […]

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