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Your mama don’t dance

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 22, 2015 in Houses

It was a simpler time back in the early 1970s. Or maybe that’s not true. Maybe it was just a different time. And in many ways it couldn’t have been a more different time than today. At least by then we were ‘allowed’ to wear pants to school, the boys having long moved on to [...]

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School’s out for the summer

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 16, 2013 in Middle Age, Travels

When you are a kid, there is nothing better than the day you are let out of school for the summer with two whole months to do pretty much nothing. And there is nothing worse than being sentenced to go to summer school as penance for lack of judgement during the school year. The worst [...]

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The Babysitter

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 9, 2012 in Middle Age

Like many things, the childcare industry has become more complicated since the laissez faire times of the mid-century. There was certainly room for improvement (evidence for which we will discuss shortly), but when everyone who looks after little Sophia and Desmond during those unavoidable gaps in parental supervision needs a certificate from CSIS and a [...]

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Dressed to kill

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 2, 2012 in Middle Age

According to Google, Mr. Dressup’s (aka Ernie Coombs) 85th birthday was this week. Well actually, he died 11 years ago so no need to run out and buy a belated present although flowers might be in order. Anyhow, this got me thinking about the show, which unbelievably remained on the air until 2006. Obviously some [...]

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Country comfort’s any bus that’s heading home

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 5, 2012 in Travels

You learn a lot by travelling by bus. Okay, you could probably learn the same things when travelling by car, but you just don’t. That’s because when you travel by car you don’t have to pull off the road every 40 km or so to pick up or drop off passengers at places like Trout [...]

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Everything stops for tea

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 27, 2012 in Middle Age

It appears that the ‘tea’ is making a bit of comeback, if you can judge a trend from lifestyle magazines. This is a good thing for me because I absolutely love tea sandwiches – aka party sandwiches. In the 1960s, when they weren’t hanging out the laundry or Hoovering, our mothers were setting up a [...]

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Baby you can drive my car

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 4, 2012 in Middle Age

When you grow up in a small town best described as on the outskirts of nowhere, you don’t need much more than two wheels or your own two feet to get around. That is, unless you wanted to go somewhere exotic, like a place that had more than one clothing store. Back in those days [...]

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A field guide to the Ottawa Valley: Part 2 – Seasonal Pastimes

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 25, 2012 in Travels

Whatever season you decide to visit the area, you will find citizens of the Ottawa Valley enjoying a variety of activities. Here are some examples: Huntin’ Once the leaves are off the trees, hunting season cannot be far behind. It is first heralded by the festive orange quilted vests and the matching flash of orange [...]

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Pizzas I have known

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 15, 2012 in Middle Age

As a general rule, fine dining is not a concept that is familiar in small towns and my experience has certainly proven this rule. Not that fine dining is the only acceptable form of food you pay someone to make for you, but when chips with gravy are the pinnacle of the available taste experience, [...]

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Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 15, 2011 in Middle Age

Bert Schneider died yesterday. You may know that Bert produced Easy Rider, which was made for less than $200,000 and grossed over $20 million in its North America theatre run. But this is not my topic for today. What you probably don’t know is that Bert was a co-founder of the Monkees television series, and [...]

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