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General

55 days left… memories are like seashells..

As the boxes pile up, the house is emptying slowly, like blood leaving a body, or like water leaving the  beach at low tide and memories surface like sea shells… I should write an orderly history but souvenirs do not come to me in chronological order… I remember being carried over the threshold as a […]

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Books and Movies

Slumdog millionaire and Second chance Harvey

Once again, a pair of movies. No relationship between the two, save that I saw them in the same week. The first, an Oscar nominee: “Slumdog millionaire”, is a powerful movie. It is set in India and the photography is superb. The story is original…and the treatment very effective. It IS extremely violent and I […]

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Events

OBAMA

I remember I was a schoolgirl going to gym class when John F Kennedy was shot, I was a young woman working my first job when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, I was a grown woman attending a lecture when news broke out about the twin towers being attacked…and now I have added […]

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General

Homeless but not heartless…

I had had a rough day and was feeling sorry for myself so I decided to walk to the train instead of taking the bus to try to calm down… As I tentatively made my way along Ste Catherine street fighting back tears, out of a dark entryway, a homeless man called out to me: […]

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Events

January 17th

Today is the fifth anniversary of my husband’s death….it is as cold today as it was that day…. yet life goes on…and if some of nature is asleep…it will wake up and bloom again …

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Food

Christmas cocktail

While on the topic of Christmas fare,  my drink of the season this year has been this colourful concoction, made of 4 parts Vodka,  2 parts Cointreau, 2 parts cranberry, 1 part pomegranate juice and one part lime juice…served in a martini glass with thin lime slices and pomegranate seeds….

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Food

Croquembouche

After the collapsing wedding cake in scorching summer heat a few years back, I had been hesitant to try my hand at another croquembouche. (literally translated from french, it means croque = bite, en = in, bouche= mouth). But banking on the colder temperatures I made one for Christmas. It is a lot of work […]

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General

Official first post of the year

2009 will be a year of new beginnings. The first one being this new look. I have switched hosting companies and decided to check out their blog templates. This one resembles my life at the moment: colourful, busy and a bit disheveled. But the biggest change is that I have re-opened the comments box. Feel […]

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New Year’s eve parties

Everyone knows that I have a cat living here with me. Well…this morning when I came down for breakfast, there were TWO of them looking up at me expectantly… NO I was not seeing double after a raucous New Year’s eve party. Mine is big and black, the other was tiny and blond…When I shushed […]