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May.22.2012
(This is  the kind of thing I did for a living a few years ago. I got good press too, often front page stories. I was amazed at how my 'pressers' were often used verbatim or practically verbatim by the busy reporters. Top reporters, too! It's a good way to ensure the info in the article is...
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May.22.2012
  I changed the named of my eplay about Montreal in 1927 Mixed Drinks and also to 1927 and also to  Montreal Story.   We'll see which name becomes more popular.   I love it when in Shakespeare in Love everyone says "Good Title."   Milk and Water...
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May.20.2012
  Marion Nicholson and friends get picture taken in 1905 at Normal School. She writes about in in her Normal School Letters, which I included in Biology and Ambition, the follow up toThreshold Girl and Diary of a Confirmed Spinster.   Biology and Ambition is in the epistolary...
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May.15.2012
  Probably from September 1917..Marion Blair and kids I have decided where to start Biology and Ambition the story of Marion Blair in the 1910 era, the follow up toThreshold Girl about sister Flora and Diary of a Confirmed Spinster about sister Edith (all part of a big volume called...
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May.15.2012
  Education in Quebec is getting worldwide attention these days, and many would say 'negative' attention, although not all. Line Beauchamp, the Education Minister resigned yesterday over the issue and the Charest government is struggling with how to deal with the politically charged protests...
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May.08.2012
  Me in 1984 ish.   Mrs Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.   I'm reading out Mrs. Dalloway from a free e-pub version online and watching a certain Youtube video, where a female dancer is shown pirouetting to the right or left depending on what part of the brain you are...
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May.07.2012
Blue Bells from Flora Nicholson's Nature Diary, 1912.   A few days ago, it was the first day of Spring and I believe the high temperature was 25 Celsius or so. (Today it's almost 0 Celsius, what a let down. But it's sunny.)   A hundred years ago, on March 21, it was 14 below zero...
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May.05.2012
  After the 1909 Monterrey Hurricane.   Well, I do have the first rough draft of my story Diary of a Confirmed Spinster, the follow up to Threshold Girl, about women in 1910 Canada. I printed it out on hard copy and am  now editing it and integrating the Nicholson letters into...
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May.02.2012
    Tighsolas in 1910 era   This is Tighsolas, or House of Light in Gaelic, the Queen Anne Revival Style Home that Norman Nicholson, my husband's great grandfather built in 1896, the year Sir Wilfrid Laurier came to power.   I discovered letters belonging to this family in 2003...
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May.01.2012
 Direct mail advertisement Crisco 1916.   Well, back in 2003, the first item I pulled from the old Victorian trunk that contained The Nicholson Family Letters was this Direct Mail Ad, from 1916, addressed to Mrs. N. Nicholson.   Lucky I did, because it piqued my curiosity...
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May.01.2012
  Well, as I write Diary of a Confirmed Spinster, the follow up to Threshold Girl I wonder if I am being too harsh on Edith Nicholson, the heroine of  the Spinster story, as I make her an opium addict.   My husband's great Aunt Edie was a prim and proper Presbyterian,...
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May.01.2012
  In a 1911 letter home Marion Nicholson describes catching up with the Montgomerys who are in town to buy a new car, their second in two years. This may be a pic from that event. They are at Atwater Street. I am writing Diary of a Confirmed Spinster, the follow up to Threshold Girl and I've...
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May.01.2012
    This is the beginning second chapter of Diary of a Confirmed Spinster, (draft 1). The first rough chapter is HERE. This ebook is the follow up to Threshold Girl. But let's go back to the beginning.But which beginning?  The beginning beginning? The I AM BORN  ...
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Apr.27.2012
Madeleine Sherwood in Sweet Bird of Youth   Yesterday, I watched Sweet Bird of Youth on Turner Classics, part of their Tennessee Williams festival.   It reminded me of 1982, when I worked as a copywriter at a radio station in Montreal. I guess Tennessee died in 1982, because one of the...
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Apr.27.2012
  Yesterday I listened to the Saturday Drama on BBC Radio 4. It was An Inspector Calls with  Toby Jones, who I just saw in Titanic and Tinker Tailor, in the lead.   The play takes place in a factory town in the UK in 1912, and covers the same territory as my digital trilogy about...
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