Happy New Year and Bonne Année!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I shot this in colour but it came out in black and white. Or, put in another way, the moon was dancing on a frozen patch of water, and it was in fact a high-contrast composition. Or, a most astute observer may note that the image does in fact attempt to capture the period of transition between the liquidity and sombreness of Autumn and the cold and rigidity of Winter. But who cares? The cats loved it!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
During our trip through Algonquin Park, we encountered these gray jays, which have become accustomed to eating out of the hands of visitors.
I do not know who was more thrilled -- the birds who got a free meal, or Ronna who wanted to share all our worldly goods with the friendly creatures. But both emitted noises of delight.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
We just got back from a great week in Tennessee, where we enjoyed that proverbial Southern hospitality, great barbecue, an installment of the famed Grand Ole Opry radio show, and a new appreciation of the Civil War. And that was just the beginning!
At the Ryman Auditorium, we posed with a statue of Minnie Pearl, with her famous price tag, and enjoyed a typical country show -- one moment we were laughing at a beer-swiggin' song, and the next we were almost sobbing when violonists played the mournful Ashokan Farewell, better known as the theme from The Civil War TV series.
Tennessee is stepped in history, much of it tragic. We visited Franklin, a tiny community where on November 30, 1864, one of the bloodliest battles of the Civil War was waged. Bullet holes remain embedded in buildings at Carter House. At Carnton Plantation, the McGavock family's fields became a Confederate Cemetery.
But the visit was far from grim. Stay tuned.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
At the Festival de la poutine in Drummondville, Ronna had a chance to offer cooking tips to famed Montréal chef Martin Picard, who co-hosts the Wild Chef on the Food Network. Actually, she was complimenting him on his lobster poutine, and his hair.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A few months before our beloved Chicago Blackhawks ended a five-decade drought and won the Stanley Cup, Ronna gave me this Stan Mikita action figure, which has since been perched on my computer while I have kept track of Hawks' happenings on the internet. As you all know, Stan was a small, classy playmaker who only in the latter years of his career donned a helmet. He was one of the best in the game, but, alas, he never hoisted the Cup. But he is now an ambassador for the Hawks and his spirit helped keep our spirits up during the many tense moments we experienced in the drive that ended in springtime delirium. OK, so the Habs had a good run, too.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
When the phone rings at 4 a.m. and somebody mentions "fire," you know this is going to be a long day. When fire consumed the Long Sault bar in Grenville, just across the bridge from Hawkesbury, fire fighters hosed the 100-year-old building down, oblivious to the danger posed by propane tanks. Some people got bricks as souvenirs from the landmark, which contained two businesses and lots of happy memories.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
They say you are wicked, and I believe them for I have seen your painted women under gas lights luring farm boys...
That lad Card Sandburg had a way with the words, eh?
Ronna and I spent the weekend in Chicago, our kind of town, for a double celebration -- her milestone birthday and the Hawks' long overdue capturing of the Stanley Cup.
We arrived downtown in time for the aftermath of the parade and rally.
We discovered that even at the Art Institute, hockey fever had gone to the heads of art lovers.
And we vowed to change the medication after checking out the Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean.
A good time was had by all.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
There was something compelling about this child looking through a window as the world passed by him outside. In fact, although he seemed isolated, he was watching the crowds of bargain hunters converge on the Trash and Treasure sale in Vankleek Hill.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Sylvie Lormand takes a sneak peek at the memorial dedicated to her son, Corporal Patrick Lormand, who was killed at the age of 21 while serving in Afghanistan last fall. The newly-created playground at Pleasant Corners Public School, midway between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill, Ontario, has been named Patrick Lormand Park. Since Patrick's death, we have all in our own way been sharing his family's grief and their celebration of his life as a fun-loving, caring daredevil whose motto was "Share The Luv." When I look at this shot I took of Mme Lormand, I wonder if her first instinct was to return the blanket to its original place and bundle up her son.