Pandemic Relics, Get Them Now

The Internet has changed the world of collectibles. People on the hunt for Coca-Cola items, or wartime artifacts used to troll flea markets and rummage sales in search of something of value. Whether monetary value or just a missing piece to their collection, there was legwork involved. … my family being Irish Catholic, in honestyContinue reading “Pandemic Relics, Get Them Now”

Quebec Referendum Forty Years Later

Today, May 20, 2020, marks the fortieth anniversary of the first referendum in the Canadian province of Quebec. I recall casting my vote on that day at the school across from our home. It was, much like today, a beautiful sunny spring day. … were those who wanted to begin the process of establishing anContinue reading “Quebec Referendum Forty Years Later”

Dublin: History You Can Touch

My wife and I recently took a trip to Ireland. There are so many aspects of this wonderful country that strike the visitor. But perhaps chief among them is the history, both ancient and modern, in which Ireland is steeped. … and you thought Jesus Christ was the only one who rose on Easter One-hundredContinue reading “Dublin: History You Can Touch”

Happy 100th Anniversary George and Madge

Exactly one-hundred years ago today – it was a Tuesday – December 3, 1918, London was enjoying an unseasonably mild day. With the Armistice having been signed just weeks before, one can easily imagine the sense of relief and happiness that must have pervaded the city after long years of war. Locals could once againContinue reading “Happy 100th Anniversary George and Madge”

Watching Baseball with a Hall of Famer

This year’s version has been an exceptionally entertaining World Series. Some late nights due to extra innings, but very enjoyable. If you read this blog regularly you may know that I have a difficult time with fantasy and time-travel, yet even I can appreciate the greatness of 1989’s film Field of Dreams. So it wasContinue reading “Watching Baseball with a Hall of Famer”

Tweet From History: Morse Granted Patent for Code

  DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail!Continue reading “Tweet From History: Morse Granted Patent for Code”

Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today

My maternal grandmother’s brother, which I believe makes him my Great Uncle, Earnest Deegan, was a well traveled man. During the early part of the last century he was what was then known as a “Gentleman’s Gentleman” – a butler or valet. This profession took him to places far and wide, exotic and remote. HisContinue reading “Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today”

Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today

My maternal grandmother’s brother, which I believe makes him my Great Uncle, Earnest Deegan, was a well traveled man. During the early part of the last century he was what was then known as a “Gentleman’s Gentleman” – a butler or valet. This profession took him to places far and wide, exotic and remote. HisContinue reading “Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today”

Montreal’s historical upper level; original architecture maintained one floor up

While walking along busy rush-hour sidewalks it isn’t recommended to look up, lest you run into the person in front of you, or have someone bang into you from behind. Keeping your eyes on the sidewalk, as it were, is a much safer way to get to where you’re going. Safer indeed, but you areContinue reading “Montreal’s historical upper level; original architecture maintained one floor up”