Selected Posts

Secretariat’s Jockey:  Ron Turcotte, a 2013 NFB film – wonderful.  (Mar. 6/14)
The Beatles, Feb. 9 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show – yeah yeah yeah!  (Feb. 6/14)
Pete Seeger 1919-2014 – flowers, and young men gone for soldiers (Jan. 28/14)
Thoughts on Hayley Cropper‘s wonderful 16-year tenure on Coronation Street (Jan. 23/14).

Latest Corrie - Two Petes (Apr. 20/14)

two-petesPeter Barlow in a pub, drinking himself legless, trying to forget his wife is pregnant and his girlfriend might be. Steve comes in to take him home.

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Newfoundland Mi’kmaq

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Cultural and family history of the Mi’kmaq people of western and central Newfoundland.  For on-line resources and discussion of Newfoundland genealogy, see particularly Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History and Genealogy.


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Information on the histories of my families.  Four, at least, are United Empire Loyalist.  See AngerBurwellLymburnerMabeeMcConkey pages.  For PDFs of my grandfather’s poetry book (1974 ed.) see  C. H. Burwell Poems.

Coronation Street

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I’m a fan and analyst of continuing serials.  I gave up watching American soaps several years ago but Coronation Street is must-watch television for me.  I pick one scene each week and post about it on Sundays.  It is at Corrie Scene of the Week.

Society and Culture

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“Cherokee Indian Eagle Dance as performed in the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills… portrays the history of the Cherokee Indians from 1540 up to and through their tragic removal to the west over the infamous ‘Trail of Tears.’”  This postcard shows history, culture, economics and societal adaptation packaged as entertainment:  all parts of Anthropology and Popular Culture.

Seeing the World

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A photo of my friend at the Taj Mahal made me think about seeing: the sought-out and the accidental, far away and at home. Staycation wasn’t a word when Clark McDougall created his art within bicycling distance of his St. Thomas home.  We all have a bucket list of cultural ‘Greatest Hits’ and our own interests.  But ‘misses’ and unsought ‘hits’ provide memories too.  Our perceptions differ with changes in time and space, both in nature and our lives.


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I’m a self-taught cook, and not a great one. But I enjoy it, find it relaxing (usually) and like to experiment.  Here are some of my favourite recipeshints on cooking utensils and simple kitchen tricks, easy ways of preserving food and stretching food dollars and stories of dinner parties, cautionary tales of what not to do and successes that may inspire you to take a risk.

Musings & Stories


My thoughts on random topics.

And stories:  “A Tale of the Sea” was written in 1912 by Sir Edward Morris, Prime Minister of Newfoundland, about  a storm on the Grand Banks in 1883.  Rescue of a survivor by the people of Little River on the south coast of Newfoundland solved an old family mystery.

El Perro de la Playa” is my story of a wondrous stray dog in a wondrous place, Manuel Antonio beach in Costa Rica.

For book & movie reviews and posts on animals and cars, click the pictures below.

Reviews  Animals  Cars

For more reviews and writings on animals, see my St. Thomas Dog Blog.

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16 Responses to Home

  1. Patricia Stuart says:

    Hello Dorothy,
    How fortuitous it was that I stumbled upon your website today and was thrilled to find such an extensive documentation of the Burwell family tree. I was born Patricia Lee Burwell in Mount Forest, but did not grow up with my father, Earl Leroy Burwell, of Tillsonburg, ON and did not meet my sister Judith until I was 13. I had to giggle when I found my name and the note indicating that I died before 1975. I am here to tell you that I am alive and well (…) and would love to fill in a couple of the gaps and a few changes in the tree you have created. After my limited research, I thought that the best thing for me would be to visit the St. Thomas archives to, hopefully, learn more about the Burwells. I will keep it short for now, but would love to connect with you in this regard. Although, from the copious amount of information on your website, you must be an extremely busy person. Please let me know if you would be willing to communicate with me.
    Regards and Happy New Year, Patricia

  2. Patricia Stuart says:

    P.S. – I, too, am a dedicated fan of Coronation Street.
    Cheers, Patricia Stuart

  3. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi Patricia, how nice to hear from you. Indeed it is fortuitous that you found this site since I have you entered as dead! I will fix that immediately. Unfortunately it’s very easy to make mistakes in genealogy. I started the Burwell tree in Family Tree Maker to learn the programme. I didn’t realize at the beginning how important it is to put in sources! I found out when I’d find new info that conflicted with the old and didn’t know which was likely to be more accurate. If you get any sympathy cards, you’ll know why ;) I’d be delighted to hear from you further and would love to have whatever updates, corrections and additions that you can give me.

    So nice to know there’s another Corrie fan in the family too. I’m waiting for CBC to put the past week’s episodes on line so I can get the pictures that I want for my last Scene of the Week. As of 10 pm, they still weren’t posted!! Thanks for writing, and very sorry for that huge mistake. The New Year must look even brighter for you now!

  4. Patricia Stuart says:

    Hello Dorothy…no need to apologize for listing me amongst the deceased. I know how difficult geneology searches are. I gave up in frustration but your information has me quite excited. I have bits of information scattered about and, once I gather it all up, I will be able, hopefully,to provide a few more dates for us. The photo is wonderful and, after scanning the Anger family tree to see how you connected to the Burwells, it would appear that we could be quite closely related through our grandparents. My grandfather was Merritt (in the photo), brother of Charles, Ruby’s father.

    Regarding Earl Leroy, his first marriage was to my mother, Julia Evelyn Irwin (I may have the date somewhere). My sister Judith Anne, was born [...]. She, too, is alive and well (tee,hee). His second marriage was to Lorene (my sister refers to her as Lorraine, so not sure of the spelling). More dates later after I dig a little deeper. I have a few old family photos if you are interested. Is there some way I could email them to you?

    Cheers for now, Patricia

  5. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi again, and thanks for the info on your parents. I’ll update my database and I’ll send you my email address so you can send the pictures. I want to start a photos page, but haven’t got around to scanning those I have. So yours can be the beginning of it. Thanks!

  6. Carrie Anne says:

    Hiya Dorothy. Hope you get this message in the near future. I put up a blog award post and you found your way in there… it was a neat award idea and I have a few more wee heads, so I figured I’d do it relatively properly. Of course you can never get into my blog to comment, but just wanted to let you know it’s there. :)

  7. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi Carrie – thank you! So this means I should do the same thing? Choose posts of mine in different categories? That sounds hard, but fun to think about. I enjoyed reading about your daughter’s first day of school – glad she enjoyed herself. Also your poor little tomato and pepper – so sad, yet so funny!

  8. Melvin Wheeler says:

    Dorothy I see you have a George Wheeler born in Tizzard’s Hr. in 1843 died on May 18 1931. You may have the right birth date at birth place for him but the wrong death date and death place so therefore the wrong person big error. The George Wheeler who died in Greenspond on May 31, 1931 is my Grandfather nothing to do with Tizzard’s Harbour whatsoever. His father was John and his grandfather was Richard they came from Trinty. I have had numerous calls on this wondering about our heritage, bad info.

  9. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi Melvin, thanks for the correct information on George Wheeler. I’ve searched the comments on this site and my database and cannot find anything on George Wheeler born or died on these dates. Was the reference to him in this website or elsewhere?

  10. charmaine mosher says:

    I was looking for info on my family, suppose to be from fortune nl and i came across the following on your website from an email you had rec’d, was wondering if this maybe my great great grandfather as Saul was my great great grandfathers name, do you know if he had a child with a Susannah |Thornhill named wesley Wilson mosher ?
    “Saul Mosher, aka Malzard, was born 1840 in Burin Nfld and died 21 Nov 1901 Halifax NS. His parents were Francis Malzard or Mulzard (b abt 1805 Jersey, Channel Islands or possibly 1790 Lamaline, Burin Nfld and died 31 Jan 1865 Halifax NS) and Mary Deborah Bonnell (b abt 1812 Jersey, Channel Islands, d 20 Feb 1864 Lamaline Nfld).rom someone else

  11. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi Charmaine, I did some digging and I think I figured out your Saul Mosher. Saul, father of Wm Wesley, would be the nephew of Saul b 1840. Your gr-gr-grandfather Saul, or Solomon, was born 20 Sep 1861 (some trees have 1862 or 1863) and died 24 Oct 1942. He married Susannah Thornhill Nov 4 1882 in Fortune and their son William Wesley was born 1882 in Fortune. Saul’s parents were possibly Henry Malzard/Mosher, b 1835 Burin d 1898 Lamaline, and Mary Ann Major, b 1835 d 1919. Henry was s/o Francis Malzard, b abt 1805 Jersey in Channel Islands d 1865 Halifax NS, and Mary Deborah Bonnell, b abt 1812 Jersey d 1864 Lamaline. They are also parents of the Saul you saw in my comment, b 1840 in Burin.

    Some family trees have your Saul as s/o Francis, another son of Francis and Mary Deborah. But I thought it looked more likely that he was Henry’s son. If anyone knows for sure, please let us know.

  12. Hector Pearce says:

    I was wondering if you or your readers could recommend to me, books, articles etc where I could get information on John Matthews.

  13. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi Hector, the only source I know for any information on who John Matthews of Burgeo was is Joseph Small’s diary (link to it on my Nf Mi’kmaq Family History page). If anyone has any good sources on him, his parents or siblings, I too would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks for writing.

  14. DS says:

    Hector Pearce
    I assume you are looking for the John Matthews 1780? from Cape LaHune?
    Not the one who settled in Burgeo. I also am trying to find information on the former. If you find something please post and I will promise to do the same. Also, have you posted a family tree? I think that would be interesting to see.


  15. Janie jestican says:

    I have been trying to get my green card and when it came back it said wrong tribe.MY dad was george Vivian who married Susanna wiseman from hare bay.My grandparents were Arthur and gear tie Vivian and Samuel and Mae wiseman.If you can help me out much appreciated.Thanks Janie Jestican Vivian.

  16. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Hi Janie, I can’t find anything on your Vivians. I did find Samuel T. Wiseman’s parents (John Wiseman and Rachel Wilkins) and his wife Mae’s parents (James Taylor and Susannah Ralph). Not much, but I hope it’s of some help.

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