Archive for the ‘Montreal’ Category

TUESDAY WRITING CONVERSATION

June 20, 2017

 

 

Catharine writes:

 

Today, Friday June 16 is Bloomsday, named in honour of James Joyce’s hero.  I was hurrying out of the Manoir Westmount to attend a reading of ”Ulysses” by Joyce, at the Westmount Library.  This novel, which I had never attempted to read, has been translated in many languages, and is considered perhaps the finest work of its kind in the 20th century.

As I walked away from our front door, I caught sight of a small bed of white flowers, their petals glistening from the rain that had just stopped; they exuded joy.  I stopped for a moment and suddenly I was back in my grandmother’s garden at Donlands Farm on the edge of Don Mills Road, Toronto.  I had just been scolded for some minor misdemeanour by a well meaning but stern aunt.  I was four years old.  I crouched by my favourite stone, thrown up centuries by a volcano.   The sun had melted the snow around part of the rock.  There in the warm brown earth was a single blue flower.

I had the strongest feeling that small flower was trying to send me a message.  I couldn’t quite decipher its meaning.  Years later, I thought, that flower was saying ”Bloom for the day.”  Now here I was on Bloomsday, 2017, and these small white flowers were nodding the same message.

I also attended an absolutely outstanding lecture by Prof. Micheal Kenneally about Jane Joyce’s “Ulysses”.  For many of us there we decided we could dare to approch the complexity of this book.  The book may, however, have to wait until next winter, since Montreal in summer is so captivating, with its flowers and trees and strolling musicians.  I am told Westmount Library has 30 books just about trees.  Which reminds me … but that’s another story.  

If there is that much to say about trees, what could be said about the lives of each of us?  The entire book ”Ulysses” is almost just one day in the life of Bloom.  (Perhaps I won’t wait until winter to start.)

 

 

RADIO SHOW!

June 19, 2017

 

 

Here is an episode of Exchange with Neil on CJAD.

This episode is on welfare.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

* Adjust your volume.


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Jean P.

PIT STOP

June 14, 2017

 

Many of you might not know that Neil use to write for The Senior Times, he had a column called Pit Stop.  Since the weather is quickly changing here in Quebec, I found the perfect article for you.

Resist hibernating and enjoy the outdoors this winter.

 »If you want to enjoy the Montreal winter, you’ve got to join it. »  I wish I had heeded that advice when I first arrived in Montreal in the autumn of 1972.

That first winter I was broadcasting editorial comments on CJAD and producing and hosting  »Prime Time », a program for seniors.  On the week-ends I huddle with my wife, Catharine, (a writer-researcher at the Reader’s Digest) inside our apartment on the twenty-first floor of a high rise near the old Forum, and read the newspaper including the weighty Sunday New York Times.  This regimen turned out to be a recipe for lethargy, lassitude and recurring stupor.

At the time we didn’t have a car (once we toured a good part of the island of Montreal on two metro tickets), but the following winter, Catharine reconnoitred the lower Laurentians by bus to find a place to stay and to ski.  Happily, she discovered on the perimeters of Prévost, then Shawbridge, a sprawling white frame house with many appendages, the Laurentian Lodge Club, founded in 1923.

Catharine and I have now been members of the Club for more than twenty-five years, enjoying chef André’s savoury cuisine and cross-country skiing on trails with such evocative names as The Barking Dog, Fallen Women, The Madonna, and of course, portions of the Maple Leaf, laid out by the famous Herman Smith  »Jack Rabbit » Johannsen himself.

One stormy Saturday, I was chatting with Mr. Johannsen (then more than a hundred, still a skier and long-time member of the Club) in the living room beside the fireplace when the  »Chief » with a glint in his eye, lit a cigarette.   »I never smoke before lunch, » he explained,  »but I usually have lunch early. »

Mr. Johannsen was not the only notable member of the Laurentian Lodge Club, chock-a-block in those early years with young families and their children.  Other distinguished members included the renowned Dr. Wilder Penfield and Brooke Claxton, a minister in federal Liberal governments.

Not that the Club was an elitist conclave or luxury resort.  Far from it.  The original iron beds were purchased from the Montreal General Hospital for three dollars each.  Their springs were so dilapidated the mattresses had to be propped up by large sheets of stiff brown paper that crackled down the halls whenever the sleeper turned over.  Still, the spartan bedrooms were merely a counterpoise to the charm and gentility of afternoon tea served in front of the blazing fire by ladies in long gowns.

From its beginning in 1923, the Club was at the heart of early ski developments in the Laurentians.  Just beyond the first door across the river and through the trees loomed the Big Hill where in 1932 Alec Foster, using an old Ford engine for power, installed the first rope tow in North America, charging skiers five cents a ride.

From those early days, the Laurentian Lodge Club developed and still retains a distinctive élan marked by enthusiastic and warm camaraderie.   »The atmosphere, » as one senior member described it,  »was set by people in their eighties who had nothing to prove, » and who, it might be added, encouraged a tradition of fun skiing which meant taking time on the trail to stop to eat an orange and feed the birds.

This spirit continues, epitomized by the Club’s oldest active member, a vivacious ans elegant lady in her early nineties.  She still skis and still serves afternoon tea in a long gown.  She joined the Montreal winter a long time ago.  Obviously she had never regretted it.  Neither have I.

Published in February 1999

Jean P.

NEIL’S RADIO SHOW

June 7, 2017

Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

 

 

On today’s episode, Neil talks with live callers about visitors and tourists in Montreal.

 

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

May 31, 2017

 

McKenty Live with host Neil McKenty.

On today’s program, Neil talks about the environment with guest David Suzuki.

What’s on your mind? Victoria Day, Dollard Day or Empire Day and much much more

May 22, 2017

What’s on your mind? on Exchange. Discussion of various subjects, including Montreal and Ottawa conference of the United Church and the ordination of homosexuals.


https://neilmckentyweblog2.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/whats-on-your-mind.mp3

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

May 18, 2017

Here is Neil on the other side of the microphone taking part with another guest for a program discussing  »learning in retirement ».

Haven’t lost his touch!!

 

 »Montreal AM Live » Originally broadcast on 01/28/93

BLAST FROM THE PAST

May 15, 2017

McKenty Live.

On today’s program, Neil talks about train transportation with Transport 2000 director Guy Chartrand. And the live callers.

MEMORIES OF NEIL

May 12, 2017

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NEIL MCKENTY

Dec. 31, 1924 – May 12, 2012

The Lines are still blazing !

Neil’s life and work continues to inspire people on both side of the Atlantic, through new editions of his books and an ongoing blog (www.neilmckenty.com)that carries some of his radio shows at CJAD.  Neil courageous battle with bipolar and depression haven given a rise to the Neil McKenty Memorial Lecture which will be given, again this October at the Health Care Conference Canada Event.

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at CJAD

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———————————————————————-Neil and Catharine McKenty on the dance floor

”Catharine, Don’t Panic”

”In the end, no matter what, Neil could always make me laugh.  I remember one particular December evening in our beloved farmhouse home in the heart of Victoria Village.  On dark nights such as this one I always made sure to place candles of all sizes on an ancient dining room table which we bought for $35 from neighbours who were moving out as we were moving in.  On this winter evening I had set a scrumptious shepherd’s pie in front of Neil so he could serve us both.  As he reached across the table to hand me my plateful, the fuzzy sleeve of his bright red dressing gown caught fire.

To my horror the flames began to run up his arm.  Neil quietly stood up, stepped out from the table, and moved steadly towards the kitchen saying calmly to me ”Catharine, don’t panic.”

I followed him out to the kitchen, picked up a big green canister of flour from the counter and threw the contents over himself.  The fire went out.  Neil returned to the meal as though nothing had happened, sitting there in his black-tinged dressing gown while I dissolved in near hysterical laughter.

Many times since, in moments of crisis, I hear those words, ”Catharine, don’t panic!”.

They have often returned to stand me in good stead.

 

 

 

NEIL’S RADIO SHOW

May 11, 2017

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Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!

On this one, its mostly miscellaneous interviews on different subjects and something special at the end.


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