Author Archives: Terence Byrnes

About Terence Byrnes

Terence Byrnes is a writer and photographer who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. Visit www.terencebyrnes.com to see his photography.

Back from a Deep Winter Slumber…

Or not. After I speculated about ending the blog, a few kind and disappointed readers urged me to attempt heroic measures to revive it, so I’ll give it a shot. Last fall’s labour was exhausting and expensive, leaving me scrambling to pay … Continue reading

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Death of the Blog

Part I: Prologue I started this blog a little over five years ago with the intention of writing about life and home renovation in Point St. Charles. It was to be a diversion from the unrelenting labour of single-handed demolition and, … Continue reading

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Mortar Bored

When you gut a house, you get to see how it’s been messed up. The carelessly notched joists, outdated wiring, crotchety plumbing, and uselessly soggy insulation are boldly on display, and the necessary fixes are usually pretty evident. If the joist sags, … Continue reading

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The Number of Electricians It Takes to Change a Light Bulb

The sorry truth is that I write a new entry in this blog when I’ve been charmed, appalled, defeated, or flushed with victory.  Clearly, my long absence suggests that it’s been a pretty dull winter. There was reason to be … Continue reading

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Chipman, NB

  The matter of the concrete pavers in the back yard was starting to look dire. I offered them to the world in the last blog, but the world responded with indifference. A listing on Craigslist produced Joe from Vermont, who … Continue reading

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Fall Offcuts

Once again I’ve been outed as a member of the advance guard in the barbarian invasion of Point St. Charles. What follows are quotations from Facebook responses to my last blog entry: He is not the only one that has bought … Continue reading

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Social Vitality

Derrick, the counter man at a local electrician’s, recently told me about a boyhood scare. He was a young teenager walking home on rue Centre one night when a car pulled up beside him. The passenger door swung open, and … Continue reading

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This Is Not a Fence

The signs of my dereliction of duty to this blog are mounting. Folks are writing to ask if I’m well or if the house has collapsed or if the urban bears that terrorize Point St. Charles have eaten me. Here it … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

When I stepped out my front door a couple of days ago, it was very, very hard to believe that the vernal equinox was exactly one week away. It has been a mean winter, with record hydro bills, and countless … Continue reading

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Entr’acte

Our mean-spirited winter and my recently acquired physical debilities have made me a little more philosophical about this project. We’re now 3 ½ years into it, with no end in sight. I’m particularly conscious of this because our new neighbour … Continue reading

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