Tag Archives: memories from childhood

When Did We Last Do This?

Lost Memory My daughters are going to be traveling together for the first time since their teens. They are going to the Netherlands to visit their mother next month. Individually, they told me about it, while reminiscing about the last … Continue reading

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My Great Aunt’s Diaries: 1949-1952

A Look at Life in Toronto Out of the blue, my second cousin, Norah, sent me transcripts of some diaries that her grandmother had written. I suspect she thought I’d be interested in the passages that featured my biological father, … Continue reading

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A Trip Down Cherry Tree Lane

Mary Poppins Returns It took more than half a century to continue the story 25 years later. That’s the magic of Disney: even the math doesn’t add up. I chose the title as my way of paying homage to Cockney … Continue reading

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Writing as Semi-Autobiography

Lucy Maud Montgomery L.M. Montgomery (Lucy Maud Montgomery) was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, on November 30, 1874, to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill. When Montgomery was 21 months old, her mother died of … Continue reading

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Abandonment: In My Life

When I feel all alone… Of all the pictures that Google presented to me, when I searched for a provocative image of ‘abandonment’, this is the one that resonated. It hearkens back to my childhood of feeling like the outsider. … Continue reading

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Replacing the Hot Stove

With Social Media While reading through some Facebook comments this morning (I won’t bore you with the details as it was a post about Brett Kavanaugh), I suddenly flashed back to a childhood memory, which involved the old pot-bellied stove … Continue reading

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Hwy 11 – Memory of a Pit Stop

When I was young, the only route from Muskoka to Toronto that we traveled regularly was The King’s Highway 11. In those days, it went through downtown Barrie. (Actually, it still does, but it’s not the main route anymore: Highway … Continue reading

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