Monthly Archives: February 2011

Larger Valentine

Family allows one to replicate circumstances of one’s childhood, such as the practice of giving a Valentine’s Day card to everyone in the primary school class. Experiencing same when my own children reach the same age. General feeling of happiness … Continue reading

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Mosque Visit

Ended up discussing a will with a prospective client. He ended up inviting me to the mosque. We still haven’t done the will. He took me to the major mosque in Ottawa, for the Friday service. Had the Qur’an to … Continue reading

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Imperial Public Library

The internet tells me it is still there, some thirty-five years later. Same place on Dundas Street East, just off Yonge. The upstairs bar with old jazz on the jukebox. First place I appreciated Peggy Lee. Mills Brothers’ “Cab Driver”, … Continue reading

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Bent Lens on The Valentine

Went to the shopping centre, via younger daughter’s route to the photography store, where she likes to go through her school yearbooks and have favourite pictures photocopied, enlarged and plasticized as treasures. She always asks for Santa pictures and can’t … Continue reading

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Music Missed The First Time: Friends on Friends

Wrote about Wayne McQuaid, then went to the same Irene’s stage for a set of Friends on Friends. Third time seeing them. Every time as recommended by Harvey Glatt, who kindly calls me late on Friday afternoon to remind me … Continue reading

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Gone, but never left

Went with my ex-wife to see Jesse Greene, local blues artist, hosting the Thursday night blues jam at Irene’s. Regular Thursday night engagement, with house band featuring 40-year music veterans Vince Halfhide on guitar and bass, and Corky Kealey on … Continue reading

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Late Night Tapping

In the midst of a major snowstorm. Pass by the women’s shelter near the office; returning from evening class. Woman tapping on the shelter door; doesn’t look like she was expected, or that she expected to be there. My age … Continue reading

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