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Mar.04.2013
        The inscription under the statue of Edward VII in Phillip's Square, Montreal. Here's a video of the place.     Funny, we don't really look at statues or monuments. They are a kind of 3-D wallpaper. And we only read the inscriptions when we are tourists...
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Feb.25.2013
     The cover of my ebook Milk and Water, about Montreal in 1927, an era when City Hall was beset by scandals and corruption.....Helloooooo.   Technology changes us, but in ways we can't usually predict.   Today,  CBC news online has an article about e-books and...
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Feb.23.2013
A scene from Everywoman a popular morality play of 1910 that used beautiful young actresses in sensual clothing to say women shouldn't be preoccupied with beauty and clothes! Sort of like today's anti-war movies that are full of exciting battle scenes! No Pasta or Rigatoni? Hamburgois instead of...
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Feb.21.2013
  My cat,Foo Foo, must know something. He's started to lie at the picture window, looking out.  And it's snowing more than ever. It's the 21st of February and the forecasts say that the cold weather is over - and the daytime highs are going to hover around 0 Celsius for the rest of the...
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Feb.19.2013
  In May 1919, in  a deferred Annual General Meeting of the Montreal Suffrage Association voted to disband in order that a bilingual group could be set up to fight the Provincial Suffrage Battle.   After all, Borden had given most Canadian women the federal franchise in 1918....
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Feb.18.2013
The female semeur or sower in the vestibule (not the right word) in Montreal City Hall. Sower, not sewer. What's in a symbol? Lots and lots and lots! (Why else such an agrarian theme at Montreal City Hall?) I visited Montreal City Hall to check out the archives there. My grandfather worked  ...
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Feb.18.2013
I wrote hourly ID's for CFQR in the 1980s' heard in elevators everywhere. One afternoon, back in 1983, when I was working as a copywriter at a radio station, writing mostly 30 and 60 minute advertisements for Greek Restaurants and other small businesses, an account exec came up to me with an...
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Feb.06.2013
    Dr. Ritchie England, President of the Montreal Council of women from 1915 to ? not sure. Also on the Exec of the Montreal Suffrage Association.  She would suffer an impeachment hearing in 1918 over her words about Conscription.. but she'd survive to be part of the new bilingual...
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Feb.03.2013
  Here is my facsimile of a flyer sent out during WWI by the Montreal Suffrage Association. There's more I didn't put in. "Who nurse the wounded, feed the sick, supply the helpless and brave all danger? WOMEN.   Who see their homes destroyed by shells and fire, the little ones made...
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Jan.31.2013
  Yesterday I visited the Quebec Archives. They are housed in this beautiful building on Viger. I brought my camera but forgot to take an outside pic and couldn't take an inside pic (was afraid to) but the place is gorgeous inside too. And I had it pretty much to myself! I went to look up...
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Jan.29.2013
My YouTube video promoting Diary of a CONFIRMED Spinster, my new ebook on Amazon.com Kindle. There was a giant water main break in downtown Montreal yesterday, seriously messing up the McGill Campus. The city's pipes are old, 100 years old or more in places,  and we've had...
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Jan.18.2013
  A video captured of a March of Time from 1951, showing my grandmother, Dorothy Nixon, scoring cricket at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur.   Well, I've posted Looking for Mrs. Peel on Kindle and removed the drafts from my website. The background to the story,...
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Jan.18.2013
Ben Affleck gave an interesting interview to NPR (National Public Radio)  after his surprise win at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for Argo, his story about the Iran Hostage Crisis. The movie Argo is described as 'a mostly true story' and addressing this Affleck...
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Jan.15.2013
Read Milk and Water about Montreal in the Era of US Prohibition.  On Amazon Kindle.     "One of these days there is going to be a catastrophe. If a fire breaks out one of these days, many of those inside will not be able to get out." So said Constable Conrad Trudeau during the 1925...
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Dec.29.2012
The Delineator, a thick magazine full of fashion plates, made its money selling patterns.  The Grecian Effect: Hmm. Classical Beauty. There was hardly any advertising in the magazine, just many heavy-duty articles about social issues. Theodore Dreiser, the author of Sister Carrie, would soon...
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