Montreal’s Microburst: A Tale of Two Parks

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Colin Earp-Lavergne (@coco.earp) What a difference 12 blocks make. Yesterday afternoon Montreal was hit by a line of thunderstorms. This is not an uncommon event; after several days of high heat and humidity something has to give. But around three o’clock something called a microburst hitContinue reading “Montreal’s Microburst: A Tale of Two Parks”

Checkers: Harbinger of Summer

I have lived all of my 56 years on a street that borders a lovely park. On average I would imagine I have visited the park at least once a day. It plays a major role in my life. Smack in the centre of the park is a game area. After a couple of decadesContinue reading “Checkers: Harbinger of Summer”

A Tough Summer For Park Trees

It has been a tough summer for some of the trees in my local park. As I posted a few weeks ago, a large diseased tree snapped in a heavy wind. Fortunately there were no injuries. The latest trees to be felled have been healthy, and done intentionally. I live in a community with aContinue reading “A Tough Summer For Park Trees”

April Showers, May Flowers, and Ugly Snow

They say that April showers bring May flowers. Well that’s all fine and dandy, but what those April showers really do is clean up all the dirty snow that remains. December’s beautiful fluffy white blanket of snow that is featured on so many greeting cards has by now become piles of ugly, dirty, icy snow.Continue reading “April Showers, May Flowers, and Ugly Snow”

Melville Avenue: Then and Now

The original photo of my grandparents was taken during the mid-1940’s as they returned from an Armistice Day parade and ceremony (now Remembrance Day). Using the little knowledge and skill I have when it comes to photo enhancement, I have positioned them at precisely the same spot on the street as it is now.  FortunatelyContinue reading “Melville Avenue: Then and Now”

Blogger’s Apartment Featured in Museum Display

Each year in Montreal, The McCord Museum puts together an exhibit for display outside on McGill College Avenue in the city’s downtown.  This year it is called Harry Sutcliffe – Strolling Through Montreal and features photographs from the 1920s and 30s. The photo below from the exhibition shows Sutcliffe’s foresight. To some this will appearContinue reading “Blogger’s Apartment Featured in Museum Display”


tran·quil·i·ty traNGˈkwilitē/ the quality or state of being tranquil; calm. 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 andContinue reading “Tranquility”

Ducks and Model Consent Forms

Yet another visitor from the animal kingdom dropped by my place yesterday. This time as I looked out my window I was struck by the sight of a lovely duck on my windowsill. The pond in the park up the street from my building serves as the summer home to ducks most years. Repeatedly peckingContinue reading “Ducks and Model Consent Forms”