Monthly Archives: December 2010

Formica and fallen petals

She was cleaning. There’s always that to do. After a funeral. She found his old silk vest at the top of the closet and lifted it down, calling for her daughter to come, come look, unrolling it carefully, “like something live … Continue reading

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Expressions of Life–look at their faces!

  One man is a cop and the other is a doctor. The scene: a tangled, ramshackle, pressed down Manhattan brownstone circa 1950, standing unsteady beneath memories and slated for demolition. The men are brothers reconnecting for the first time in several … Continue reading

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Dead Walking

Walking Alive, I was. South along Jones Avenue toward Lake Ontario when a bus passed by with these words emblazoned in three-foot text above the wheels: Walking Dead. Some movie, I guessed, maybe a Christmas flick but I knew nothing … Continue reading

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Toast to the Mothers of Ottawa

The obituary I wrote on Dr. Stanley Mercer appears in today’s Globe and Mail. I hope you get a chance to read it–best, for me, if you could actually plunk a coin into the box or hand it over to … Continue reading

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