Category Archives: Life Otherwise

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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À Qui la Pointe? or, The Road to Recovery Belongs to Someone Else

My two best friends during this endless-seeming recovery from surgery have been Patricia and my Kindle. The first has a large supply of optimism and encouragement and the second has reading material. Neither, as turns out, has done much for … Continue reading

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What I’ve missed! Celebrating the success of BoomJ’s Cuisine, the new Jamaican carryout around the corner. Worrying about the Café Wellington, which has had Kraft paper covering its windows for the last 6 weeks. Kvetching about the lurid, artificially joyous … Continue reading

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Packing Heat

This August, The New Yorker published a cartoon of “Canadian Lemmings” gathered at the edge of a cliff, each politely deferring to the others with “After you.” I suppose there are two possible readings. One is that the politeness is a mask; … Continue reading

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Rail Yard Runaround

Soon after we moved to Point St. Charles, divorce proceedings that had been in the works for years came to an end, leaving us in a precarious financial situation. We didn’t know whether to keep the house and renovate it … Continue reading

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Summer Salad

A while back, I heard an angry mother on a radio phone-in show declare that there was no way she would allow her kids to be transferred from a defunct English school in a nearby district to one in the … Continue reading

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Maple Spring in the Point

Until recently, most eastern Canadians hearing the words “spring” and “maple” in the same sentence would probably have closed the loop with the word “syrup.” No longer. The so-called Maple Spring in Quebec refers, in the first instance, to a … Continue reading

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The Misery of Others

This winter, a spray-painted sign appeared on the failed Star of India restaurant a few blocks away. It said, simply enough, “PSC [Point St. Charles] White Watts.” I wanted to write about it, but it stuck in my craw so … Continue reading

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What the Search Engine Said

The ISP hosting The New Point dutifully provides monthly statistics about visitors to the blog, including the exact search terms that brought them here. After having been sought for more than a year, I think it’s time to open up … Continue reading

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Tales from the Crypt

I’ve always been fascinated in a grim way by those 19th century stories of premature burial. Is it true, I wonder, that some worried mourners interred their loved ones with a line running to a bell on the surface, just … Continue reading

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