Happy 100th Birthday Stubby

My father’s name was Herman Samuel Stubbs. I don’t know what his precise birth weight was, just that he was a large baby. Indeed, he often joked that his mother tried to get her revenge for a long, painful period of labour, by naming him Herman. If that was her goal, she failed, as everybody,Continue reading “Happy 100th Birthday Stubby”

A Leprechroon’s Irish Superstitions

My maternal Great-grandparents were both born in Dublin, Ireland around 1857. My Great-grandfather Matthew moved to London, established himself, and returned to Dublin to marry his sweetheart my Great-grandmother. As was the case with many Irish at the time, not long after they married in the 1880s they emigrated to England and started their family,Continue reading “A Leprechroon’s Irish Superstitions”

My Grandmother Madge, St Patrick’s Day, and Colcannon

I often think of my maternal grandmother, Madge, particularly around this time of year. She was born in London, England within a few years of her parents emigrating from Dublin, Ireland. As such, on ‘paper’ she was 100% English, yet she never forgot that the blood that coursed through her veins was pure Irish. InContinue reading “My Grandmother Madge, St Patrick’s Day, and Colcannon”

My Grandfather’s Lexicon

I’ve always liked the word lexicon, defined as the “vocabulary of a language, an individual speaker or group of speakers, or a subject”. I wonder if the words and terms used by denizens of Guadalajara make up a Mexicon? Or if those witty utterances of the wee lucky green people from Ireland constitute a Lexichaun? IfContinue reading “My Grandfather’s Lexicon”

Genealogy and Serendipity

I started taking an interest in genealogy about ten years ago. I’ve always been a firm believer in the notion that what makes us what we are today is determined not only our life experiences, but by traits and characteristics of our decedents. You often find families that have generations of musicians, or athletes, orContinue reading “Genealogy and Serendipity”

My Mother Knew How To Handle The Spread Of COVID

While there can be no doubt we are all experiencing a pandemic for the first time in our lives, we are also being pushed and pulled by various levels of government. I understand that there is no COVID-19 For Dummies, but can we just try to sing from the same song sheet? With spring breakContinue reading “My Mother Knew How To Handle The Spread Of COVID”

Irresponsible To Reopen Elementary Schools

As predicted, in an effort to stem the rapid spread of the anticipated second wave of COVID-19, Quebec announced a ‘shock treatment’ lockdown yesterday . The lockdown comes with a new twist – a curfew. In the original lockdown people could come and go – outside – at will. Starting this Saturday a curfew willContinue reading “Irresponsible To Reopen Elementary Schools”

Lest We Forget: Remember To Remember On Wednesday

There is sure to be a plethora of media noise emanating from my southern neighbours for the next weeks, if not months (years?). Even with the election of Joe Biden, after four long days of painstaking ballot counting, the fireworks are not going to end soon. And once again he has, sadly, opted to beContinue reading “Lest We Forget: Remember To Remember On Wednesday”

All Saints And Souls

Halloween has come and gone. This year’s COVID-19 version was somewhat hampered, even sombre, as many parents opted not to take their kids out. Lots of decorated houses, but sadly not much candy-seeking traffic, even at homes with well designed treat chutes to eliminate contact. Hopefully next year will be better. The day after HalloweenContinue reading “All Saints And Souls”