Scripturient: 1914: My Grandfathers’ Year

As I read further into Max Hastings’ book, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, I wondered, as I have done in the past when reading similar books about that time, what my grandfathers must have felt when that war broke out. What it meant to them and their worldview, and to their imagined futures, both ...

Scripturient: In Praise of Audio Books

Although I had listened to them in the past, I really discovered the joys of audio books several years ago, when my 92-year-old father entered hospital for his final months. As I travelled to and from the city frequently that summer, audio books kept me entertained and my mind from dwelling on the more serious ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Family, a Century Ago

The gentleman in the uniform on the right is William Gordon Pudney, Chief Petty Officer and engineer on the cruiser, Niobe, one of the earliest ship’s in Canada’s fledgling navy. William (Bill) was born in Canada, in 1893. He is perhaps in his early 20s in this undated photograph, taken a century or more ago, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Reading Old Family Photos – Did My Nana’s Sister Have a Disability?

My Nana, Christina Mary McLeod, was a strong woman.  I remember washing a grey, hooked rug with her at our family cottage on a Quebec lake.  She filled the old claw-footed bathtub with some warm and soapy water, then helped me roll up my trouser legs.  She dropped the rug into the bathwater, then lifted ...

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair are distant cousins

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Oh, crap! The looming NDP-Liberal battle to replace Stephen Harper and the Conservatives in 2015 is only a family feud. Soon-to-be Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democrats, are distant cousins, according to Ancestry.ca. Their connection goes back 400 years to […] The post Justin Trudeau ...