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Jul.07.2013
I'm watching the Murray Djokovic Wimbledon final, with Murray scratching back in the second set. I'm pulling for Murray, because I like underdogs. They just showed David Cameron, which almost makes me want to pull for Novak. And then they showed the President of Serbia. Hmm. I've just published...
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Jun.12.2013
Illusion: If you thought Source Code takes place in Chicago, this shot proves otherwise.  It was another bleak day, 14 and overcast and rain. Clearly last year's sunny dry hot Greek Summer isn't going to repeat.  My husband was watching some low-brow reality show with Hillbillies doing...
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May.23.2013
    In 1907, Marion Nicholson of Threshold Girl the Amazon e-book was in her first year of teaching at Sherbrooke High. She had graduated in Spring 1906 and worked at a summer school in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.   She was 18.   She had been an ambitions student,...
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May.08.2013
Pages from my Grandfather's Montreal City Hall File. His post, Director of Services, created in 1921 was intended to streamline services in Montreal. This is an age of too much information and I don't mean only the news media. (Yes, I couldn't help spending some time yesterday reading the...
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May.04.2013
      One of two shelves about the Suffragettes in the McGill Library.   Why pay 850 for a book when you can spend 10 dollars and a few hours and read it all the same?   The only copy of Annie Kenney's Memories of a Militant on Abebooks is for sale for around...
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Apr.26.2013
  Emmeline Pankhurst, from her 1914 Autobiography. I wonder why no one has ever made a movie about British Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst?  She's got a stamp and statue in England. A mini-series, Shoulder to Shoulder, was produced in the 1970's but that's it. Meryl Streep could do her....
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Apr.16.2013
Magazine-style cover of Polly and the Circus, Margaret Mayo, published 1908, the same year as Anne of Green Gables. Mayo was a playwright and the Polly and the Circus play was very popular. The Nicholson women go to see it in 1912, at His Majesty's in Montreal. Flora Nicholson of Threshold...
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Apr.15.2013
  I see that someone came to this blog  looking up information on Mrs. Philip Snowden's May 6 1913 speech. Lucky for them, I've done all the research! I imagine it is a scholar, probably from the UK,  but part of me hopes it is a  Canadian TV News Journalist. Journalists are...
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Apr.07.2013
Suffragettes march. The Montreal Suffragists didn't want to be accused of being man-haters, so they claimed their only goal was to 'protect the home and children.'  "What's the word for man-hater?" a young man asked me yesterday.   "There is none," I said. "There's misanthrope, the...
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Apr.03.2013
A Suzor-Cote Masterpiece at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts This is the Old Museum on the North Side of Sherbrooke at Drummond. You can't enter by that side.  I'm in the entrance - and am happy to be there. Boy, what a biting wind! And in April. With six inches of snow on the ground in my...
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Mar.31.2013
My husband and Veronica in Salinas County or close by last year. Better late than never? I don't think that adage is true anymore. By the time I've cottoned on to a new technology it's passe. (My 4 year old laptop might as well be a museum relic, my cell-phone is so dumb.. How dumb is it?? well,...
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Mar.31.2013
My 20 dollar haul from Bulk Barn, wheat germ, Scottish oats, spelt spaghetti and millet. Far be it for me to poop on the Easter Bunny, that dentine-detesting harbinger of Spring. But hey. This morning, I drove  to the nearest  Bulk Barn , hoping that their spelt spaghetti was less...
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Mar.31.2013
We all have 'our thing'. This is my thing, or more to the point, WAS my thing as a tweenager. Glimmerick make-up by Yardley. In shades that resembled nothing found in nature, altough Yardley's 1960's advertising was all about transforming us Tweenagers into Earth Goddesses. The design of this...
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Mar.31.2013
Threshold Girl by me on Kindle about 1910 Canada I bought Hillary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety to read on my Kindle... I'm enjoying it, a great history lesson. Her style is not elegant, rather choppy, but oddly effective and perhaps good for the subject matter ( choppy times,...
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Mar.08.2013
The view I wanted (well, with March snow) Lake Placid. Library archives are dreary places to hang out, but this awful dreary spring it's 'six of one half a dozen of the other,' a line I have a character use a lot in my story Milk and Water, about corruption in Montreal in 1927. In my story...
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