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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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AWOL…Not

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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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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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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Open House

Patricia and I, like a lot of other Quebeckers, abandoned our usual political affiliations  during the last federal election and voted for le bon Jack–NDP leader Jack Layton. More accurately, we voted for Tyrone Benskin, the NDP candidate in our riding, … Continue reading

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