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off to Ottawa

Yesterday evening, cried twice listening to CBC radio – one, a report from Montreal on the 25th anniversary of the murder of 14 young women, whose names were slowly read out, one by one – unbearably sad, especially given the hatred against women being played out daily in accusations in the media.

And then an Ideas program on Martin Luther King – a beautiful portrayal of an extraordinary man, who knew he was going to be killed for his beliefs. All that, on my beloved CBC radio. Also reports on the one year anniversary of the death of Mandela and the usual dreadful news from around the world. Otherwise, HUNKY DORY.

Also, a documentary on Doc Pomus, a huge talent who wrote a thousand pop songs, many of them the Brill Building’s greatest hits, including Up on the Roof, Teenager in Love, Sweets for my sweet, This magic moment, Little sister, Suspicion, Vive Las Vegas, and Save the last dance for me. Especially moving when you learn that he was, as he described himself, a “fat Jewish cripple,” afflicted with polio in childhood, who wrote “the last dance” for his wife because at their wedding, he could not dance with her. And then he wrote “Can’t get used to losing you,” Andy Williams’s greatest hit, after she left. An autobiography in song.

I’m off in a few minutes to Union Station. Today Anna, Eli and I are getting the train to Ottawa, to visit Auntie Do, who – as I report periodically – at 94 is still not only living in her condo and driving, but winning against her much younger friends at Scrabble. I have packed enough toys and food for a small army, because it’s five hours in a train with a wriggler. Easier for Eli than driving, I hope – at least he can move. And move and move.

I hope we make it. I have a cold, not too bad but there. Anna has been feeling terrible this last while, and Eli puked yesterday morning. Today she says he sounds terrible but seems fine. So we’re going to go, if necessary to greet Auntie Do and give her her Christmas goodies – all kinds of English treats, mince pies, Jaffa cakes, Eccles cakes and fruit jellies – through surgical masks. But we’re going.

Carol will hold down the fort, if you happen to be passing by and urgently need to buy a book or four.

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One response to “off to Ottawa”

  1. Unknown says:

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    HOW I GOT MY MAN BACK
    i just want to start this way by giving a huge thanks to this man DR. UGO ANDREW for what he has just done in my life and my family . At first i thought it won,t work because many has failed me before but on a second thought i said let me just try and to my best surprise Harris my husband that said and insist he has nothing to do with me and my family again called me immediately this great man DR. UGO ANDREW of generalspelltemple@gmail.com cast a love spell on him and started begging for forgiveness. Well i love him so much and at once i accepted him back and today we are both living in pace and harmony, all the glory is to this man DR. UGO ANDREW of generalspelltemple@gmail.com DOC I THANK YOU once again for you are worthy of all the praise and thanks. forever am grateful and shall ever be to you . i also want to say if you are out there passing through any relationship issues you can contact him today and i strongle believe he will also help you out. once again you can contact him through the following way

    Email Address: generalspelltemple@gmail.com

    WhatsApp Number: +1 (518)855-8371

    Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/generalspelltemple

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