REPOST: World War One Centenary – Family Lore and Family Loss

I often wonder what those men who managed to survive the “War to end all wars”, my grandfather among them, felt when twenty-odd years later they watched their sons go off to the battlefields of Europe once again. With countless media reports and background pieces regarding the centenary of the start of World War One thisContinue reading “REPOST: World War One Centenary – Family Lore and Family Loss”

World War One Centenary: Family Lore and Family Loss

I often wonder what those men who managed to survive the “War to end all wars”, my grandfather among them, felt when twenty-odd years later they watched their sons go off to the battlefields of Europe once again. With countless media reports and background pieces regarding the centenary of the start of World War One thisContinue reading “World War One Centenary: Family Lore and Family Loss”

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”

Off Target on Poppy Selling

Talk about missing the Target! You really have to wonder sometimes what people are thinking. I don’t mean that guy who just cut you off, or cruised through a red light; evidently he wasn’t thinking at all. I’m talking about those folks who are paid big money to think: public relations professionals. Since the earlyContinue reading “Off Target on Poppy Selling”

World War One, Coincidences and Family Birthdays

This recent post fits today’s Daily Prompt: Home as home and family go hand-in-hand! Talk about coincidences! This Sunday, September 22nd, 2013, will be the 99th anniversary of the day my grandfather signed his attestation papers at Valcartier, Quebec in 1914 agreeing to serve overseas in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in what we now referContinue reading “World War One, Coincidences and Family Birthdays”