Selected PostsSecretariat’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).
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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.
Information on the histories of my families. Four, at least, are United Empire Loyalist. See Anger, Burwell, Lymburner, Mabee, McConkey pages. For PDFs of my grandfather’s poetry book (1974 ed.) see C. H. Burwell Poems.
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.
“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.
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.
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 recipes, hints 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.
For more reviews and writings on animals, see my St. Thomas Dog Blog.