Category Archives: Anthropology

War and Peaceniks

“Where have all the flowers gone, and the young men gone for soldiers every one.”  Pete Seeger’s song.  The death of that great warrior for peace made me think also about those for whom he became a teacher, the generation … Continue reading

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Mom, Christmas Postie

In the early ’60s, my mother worked at London’s postal sorting station during the Christmas rush.  It was for a few weeks when the volume of mail overwhelmed the sorting capacity of the regular staff.   It was the only time … Continue reading

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Baby Prince George

In the past three days, the royal baby has been born, brought home, had pictures posted on Facebook, and been named.  A boy named HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. For two days my television was tuned to the … Continue reading

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Queen’s Secret: Review

Last week I saw a book called The Queen’s Secret by Charles Templeton.  Curious to see if it was by the late Canadian journalist of that name, I pulled it off the shelf.  Yes and even better, due to my … Continue reading

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HRH Baby

With the expected Royal baby, there will be a kinship situation that hasn’t existed since Queen Victoria.  There will be 3 generations of direct heirs apparent to the throne:  the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince William’s child.  Like … Continue reading

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Idle No More

Our ancestors wanted this land Canada so damned bad that they crossed the ocean, crossed the country in wagon trains, fought each other, fought the indigenous peoples, and cleared forest for pasture and crop land.  Subsequent waves of immigrants saved … Continue reading

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Newtown CT

When smoking was still permitted in restaurants, you’d sometimes see signs:  “No pipes or cigars”.  That was because the smoke from those is much stronger.  To me, this is a way to look at gun access.  There are many valid … Continue reading

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Library Science

Sometimes a simple thing happens that makes you realize what you should have done.  One day at the library, I was reshelving books that had been left out.  There were a lot of them.  Messy people, I thought, can’t even … Continue reading

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Mr. Otto Kelland

A while back, I was looking online for a family in response to a query.  I found them.  A note on their kinship chart said the wife was sister of Otto Kelland, maker of the model fishing boats displayed at … Continue reading

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Poppies

My dad had a whole collection of poppies.  Mom kept the ones that we bought every year and pinned them on the top of a wallhanging in the dining room.  Every November, Dad would just take one off the hanging … Continue reading

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