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A Not-So-Phony $3 Bill…

When Ruby ran a restaurant on The Manitoulin, the Tourist Association put out “The Haweater 3-Dollar Bill”. It was valid currency in most businesses, as well as every bank and credit union on the island. She doesn’t think it’s still in circulation now, but I think it was a really cool idea to keep visitors […]

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The Father Chronicles

Ruby’s Right – You Can’t Trust That Internet.

Team in Winter – Source Unknown I found this info while looking for links for this waaaaaay back story of my dad’s that he told me on Saturday. I’m still shaking my head. Ruby says you can’t trust that Internet – and I guess she’s right, this time, at least. This is not a “Ghost […]

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Great Aunt Emma

I must apologize to the memory of my Great Aunt Emma, for this horrible photo of her painting. It’s a water-colour, framed behind glass, hanging in an awkward niche in my parents’ small space. To get the shot at all, I had to jam myself between the fake gas fireplace and the stereo stand, straddling […]

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Jimmy Prentice & the Radio

Philco Radio, 1941 Jimmy Prentice was somewhat of a local oddball, to hear my parents talk. I don’t know if he actually had a home, or not. My mother talks about how sometimes, just before dinner was set to be “lifted”, Gramma would be looking out the kitchen window, and say, “Better put another plate […]

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The Bee Keeper

My dad was the youngest of the six boys, and the only kid younger than he was, was my Aunt Lynne – the only girl in the family – and probably pretty much spoiled for it. Since my Dad was the youngest of the boys, he was the one left on the farm to help […]

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Almost Perfect…

Yeah, yeah, if it was all perfect what would I have to look forward to, blah, blah, blah. I wish I could remember the actual quote for that – it was killer. BUT, regardless, it really was an almost perfect day. And the one disappointment isn’t getting me down much, because it may yet happen, […]