Monday Morning Musings

Posted on May 14, 2018 under Monday Morning Musings with one comment

William’s Point. A little piece of paradise.


Ser-en-dip-i-ty. Noun. The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

It’s hard to imagine to sequence of events and the serendipity involved in me meeting Linda Kennedy. I couldn’t have possibly imagined being in a sex toy shop in Burlington, Ontario helping to pack inventory into boxes. But when you think about it, life is a series of chance encounters. We meet people in the most unexpected places. Sometimes it is the briefest of encounters and you never see those people again. But other times, you meet somebody who is very special and you wonder what put them in your path.

If you haven’t already done so, please go to the “recent post” section of my home page and click on the Faces in the Crowd tab. “How Our Love Lives and Never Dies” is the remarkable saga of Linda and her deceased husband, Bill. Three days after their marriage, Bill had an accident and became a quadriplegic. It is a story of unbelievable, almost super human strength on the part of Linda. And while the tale is tragic in many ways, at its core, it is a love story.

I expect this chance meeting in the oddest of locations will result in many more encounters with Linda as we look at telling the full story in a book. It was interesting reading all of the comments. I think amazement best describes your thoughts. I also feel that most of us realize that our lives could be much worse.

I have been reading Peter Ludlow’s book, “The Canny Scot,” the story of Archbishop James Morrison of Antigonish. It provides some fascinating historical perspectives on Morrison and the Diocese of Antigonish.

Can-ny. Adjective. Having or showing shrewdness and good judgment.

I have been thinking about the canny Scots lately. I do a lot of walking and lately my walks have been taking me around the periphery of Antigonish to places like Back Road Brierly Brook, West River, Beech Hill Road and William’s Point. I think most of us take for granted the place that we call home. But the Scots were indeed canny when they stepped off the Hector. They knew a good place when they saw it.With all the traveling that I’ve done, I have yet to find another place so blessed with beauty and talented people. It is really quite extraordinary that in so many facets of life, Antigonish excels. I will resist the urge to start listing these as it would run several pages.

“Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them wait.” Charles Dickens.

I remember this quote vividly as it was part of an exam question posed by Rev. Rod “Moonbeam” MacSween in an English class back at St.F.X. in the early 1970’s. He asked us to explain the quote in the context of authors and writers.

I don’t really pay much attention to my writing style. I started out writing strictly humour but now I’m pretty well much all over the map. I have a suspicion that a few of you might have been misty eyed reading Linda Kennedy’s story. I received a nice note from a friend last week who said that her Mondays and Thursday start with a reading of my “musings” and “tidbits.” I am not sure if this is what Dickens meant when he said “Make them wait,” but that’s the spin I’m putting on this quote today. If anything, my stories and musings are unpredictable. Even I don’t have a clue what I’m going to write about most of the time! When you cover topics as diverse as skunks in a grave and packing up sex toys, I guess you can keep your readers wondering what’s coming next.

As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

Have a great week.

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One Response to Monday Morning Musings

  1. Curtis Walsh says:

    Hi Len,
    I hate to be a bit of a downer regarding your canny Scots, but the Irish were in Antigonish first. Fairmont was full of English speaking Irish in the early 1800’s with the Hanrahans, the Brophys, the Walsh’s and Cashins. Otherwise I enjoy your weekly musing!!

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