As a child whose mother died young I used to pretend I was adopted to reassure myself there was someone out there that loved me. In reality I can't imagine what people go through attempting to find their birth parents after decades. Almost a year ago I wrote about the black market baby…Continue
"Bella, did you know Grandma Linda was born in Quebec, Canada ?"
"Is she French?" asked Bella
"No, she isn't, but she speaks both French and English, because Canada is a bilingual country."
"Did you know she ate all sorts of weird Quebec food growing up?"
"How weird? asked Bella.
Claudia Allen began a Facebook thread remembering how she used to watch Hockey Night in Canada on her Grandfather's TV as no one else owned one in the immediate family. I soon remembered coming home from school and watching American Bandstand every afternoon or listening to my Mother ramble on about what soap-opera horrors were on the Guiding Light that day. These small thoughts of course got the whole group remembering what their favourite shows…Continue
Unless you lived under some rock on Sutton Mountain most of the CHS kids will remember the square dances at the old school house in East Farnham and the monthly dance at the High School gym. Not to remain in the shadows were Reverend Peacock's dances at the Anglican church hall, and the Knights of Columbus Hall's live band teen extravaganzas.
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Last week on the Cowansville High School Facebook group Massey Vanier graduate John Staton asked us to name the building pictured above that is located in Cowansville. After 79…Continue
One morning last week I woke up and had memories of my teenage years as a weekend hippie. No one in the Knight family could be a full time one according to my father; so I did my best with the limited time I was allowed.
I remember one day in 1966 sitting at the Riviera Cafe/Harry's Poolroom with my friends at lunchtime and hearing The Buffalo Springfield’s new song For What it’s Worth. Everybody in that cafe instantly came together and sang the…
Judith Bell wrote this week on the Cowansville High School Facebook group that the Massey Vanier School Board had installed a new phone system last August and the…Continue
Last week the Huffington Post had a small story detailing what products to try if you had not bathed in a few days. The items they suggested were pricey and none of it made hygienic sense. As a young teenager with a trail of dust following me all the time I would have most definitely tried a few in…Continue
One night when I was 11 and reading the latest Nancy Drew book my bed and wall started to shake. My father screamed and told us to get outside and stand in the street as we just had an earthquake. Living in between the rolling hills and dormant volcanoes of the Eastern Townships in Quebec, it was supposed to be an area prone to earthquakes. No one had really told me what they were and I blamed some bad spirit from my Nancy Drew book instead.
When you write stories every day you figure that just family and friends are reading them and never realize how many people you eventually reach. Yesterday I received an email from a total stranger who had read the blog I did on black market babies in the province of Quebec almost a year ago. “Marie Levesque” asked if I could repost it and also gave me a link where people could look if they were still searching for their birth parents or children in Quebec. She also told me that…Continue
My father used to have a large lumbering Irish setter called Thora. Sad to say she was equipped with a brain the size of one lonely canned pea.Thora would spend the lazy hazy days of summer lying out in the middle of the country dirt road just snoozing her life away. No one could get that dog to move and it's a wonder that she never got run over. On car rally Sundays drivers were advised on their maps that they had to maneuver around one big red dog lying in the middle of the road.…
Many years ago in the days of no seat belts, a beautiful woman was driving way too fast on the icy roads of Quebec. She was to be married the next week and her future husband was sitting beside her and her younger sister was fast asleep in the back seat. They were in a hurry to get to a family dinner and she was not paying attention as…
Fifty-odd years ago, Paula's Pierce’s father folded a message into a Coca-Cola bottle. It was a practical joke, designed to tease his wife, Tina, who co-ran their family business, The Beachcomber Motel in Hampton Beach, N.H.
His message read,"Return to 419 Ocean Boulevard and receive a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of the Beachcomber."
The bottle had traveled an impressive 2,000 miles…Continue
Being a huge fan of the Comedy Central show South Park I am always amused when they blame Canada for everything. Knowing it’s a tongue in cheek parody of us folk to the north, I never take it seriously. Even if they do blame Canada in their minds I know that Trey Parker and Matt Stone realize that it's a joke. But in a “what the hell moment” I am wondering if John McCain thinks twice about what he…Continue
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