Tag Archives: Montreal

Thinking of Travel

I’ve always had an aversion to standing in line. I think that goes back to the Expo ’67 World’s Fair in Montreal. Several of the most popular exhibitions could only be seen if you were willing to stand in line for hours. Which may be fine for an adult who knows what they are going […]

Memories That Last

It was a harebrained idea. We were way too young. I have to admit though, we had fun. It was the summer of 1966. I was almost 12-years old. And my father, I think, came up with an idea to keep two pre-teens from getting bored during a long summer. Send them to secretarial school. […]

The Dream Is Alive

It was so long ago that there were no DVDs. The internet was in its infancy; there was no World Wide Web. No streaming. In 1993 the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. Since then no Canadian team has won the iconic trophy. When my son was very young and just discovering sports we would borrow […]

Cell Phones And Schools

I have a confession to make. I managed to get through four years of high school without once using my cell phone during school hours. When I look back at that, it wasn’t difficult. There were no cell phones when I graduated in 1972, so there was no temptation to use one. From that experience, […]

Waiting For A Plane XXIV

As I sat at Basel airport earlier this week I remembered that I had written a post for my airport series and forgotten to post it. In my defence, it’s been a busy month.   I have been here before. Not just this airport. Once again teary farewells. This isn’t a vacation; we’re not sure‎ […]

Le Grand Charlie

There were a few mentions in the newspaper this past week about it being the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s infamous proclamation of “Vive le Quebec libre!” (That’s long live a free Quebec for those of you who don’t speak French.) I didn’t read the articles – I remember 1967 and the furor over […]

Musical Memories

About the third song this past Friday night it hit me. Living in Montreal, at the end of the 1960s and during the early 1970s I had the opportunity to experience an explosion of creative musical culture that may have been unprecedented. Certainly it was for Canada Last Friday Michel Pagliaro came to town. I […]

Municipal Tensions

Clashes between church and state are never pretty. There is a tension between the sacred and the secular, between worldviews that all too often seem diametrically opposed when you would expect them to be complementary. After all, both the state and religious authorities are ostensibly concerned with the well-being of the people. I guess it […]

Another Brick In The Wall

I didn’t see him spit on the fan. I was too far back. But I did see the kick in the face. Roger Waters, bass player for the British rock band Pink Floyd was back in Montreal last week, reliving the 1977 concert at the Olympic Stadium that gave birth to the band’s 1979 epic […]

Ghost At The Door

Families frequently have secrets. Sometimes not even deliberate ones. Once upon a time of my mother’s “secrets” scared me. Or should that be scarred me? In the summer of 1967, when I was 11 years old, my family lived in Montreal. It was Canada’s centennial year and the centrepiece of the celebrations was Expo ’67, […]