Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Bless me or not, Lord, just as You please, for I’ll not beg.” Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel

Here’s what I want to do. I want to believe that these words, the ones in the title of this post, come not from the voice of Laurence’s character Hagar Shipley, but from the whispers of the writer herself, always … Continue reading

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Death notices on moving day

Roughly tearing into the death notices from today’s Toronto Star to shroud fine china handed down, down through the generations to gently line the shadows of a Redpath crate, small enough to lift in a slight woman’s strong arms and … Continue reading

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The art of the unpublished memoir

Personal memoirs open a portal into the obscure passages in a life, touchstones to memories and buried moments inaccessible in any other way. For me, as an obituary writer, the impossible becomes possible. Reading memoirs lets me step inside my … Continue reading

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