Thursday Tidbits

Posted on October 9, 2014 under Thursday Tidbits with no comments yet

Oak Manor – classy window dressing

With apologies to all other retailers in Antigonish, I think the window dressing at Oak Manor is always among the best in town. Caught this picture at 6:30 a.m. yesterday on my morning walk.

The Fall colors are simply majestic, wouldn’t you say? While most of us enjoy the warmth of the summer, it seems that everybody loves this time of the year. Throw in some unseasonably warm weather over the past few weeks and just about everybody is smiling.

It is Thanksgiving weekend which is always a good time to take stock and be appreciative for all the things we enjoy living in this part of the world. I was chatting on the street corner the other day with a friend and we were marvelling at our town, our province and our country. All you have to do is flick on the TV and watch 10 minutes of the news to realize how unbelievably fortunate we are to live where we do. The late Fr. Pops McKenna , who came to our house for New Years dinner every year , often said, “: we live in paradise but just don’t realize it.”

Life is not all peaches and cream but if you have family, something meaningful to do with your life, have food on the table and enjoy reasonably good health, be very thankful on this Thanksgiving weekend.

On my way to the football game last weekend, I passed by the Psychology building which used to be the old Antigonish High School. So many memories including writing provincial exams in grade 12. For most of us of a certain age, this was our first ( of many ) pressure cooker situations in life. When your entire academic year hangs in the balance, it is pretty nerve wracking. I tried to recreate the sensation in the story, “ All or Nothing,” which will appear on my website soon.

I am still putting the finishing touches on the story about going to the Capitol Theater when we were kids. There’s still time to add a line or two so if you have a memory that you would like to share, please pass it along and I’ll try and incorporate it before publishing. Coming soon, “ A Capitol Idea.

You are about to be “earwormed.” I noticed in the paper the other day, the passing of Paul Revere of “Paul Revere and the Raiders.” This was a 60’s band. One of their lesser known hits of 1967 was a song that a local band, “The Strangers” perfected. It was called “Him or Me.” Go to Youtube and give it a listen. The Strangers were one of my all time favorite bands. It probably had something to do with me being a teenager when they were in their prime. Al, Charlie, Jody and Pat were extremely talented guys. I rarely wish to be 16 again (!) but if I could time travel, I would be beamed back to the mid 60’s to the Parish Center to hear these guys play one more time.

Lots of other stories in the works.

Please keep November 5th at 7:00 p.m. open on your calendar. My sidekick, Phil Milner, will be launching his new book, “ The Antigonish Book of Days” at the Legion. I will be away on vacation but hope some of you can make it out to support Phil on his latest endeavour.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Be “thankful and grateful.”


P.S. Let your eyes roam to the right. Here’s the book cover for my 2nd. book. Hope you like it.

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