My Baby, Just-a Wrote Me a Letter– The Carleton Place Post Office

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Excerpt— From the Carleton Place book Tilting the Kilt
A short fictional account of a young girl’s diary with actual events from The Carleton Place Canadian, Carleton Place Ontario: December 14th, 1950.
 
December 17,1950
The next day after school I walked down to the Carleton Place Post Office which was quickly resembling Santa’s Village. Parcels and bags of mail were piled high and the clerks wondered if they were ever going to get through them. As I purchased my stamp to mail my letter to Santa Mr. Menzies the postmaster smiled and asked about my father, as he glanced back at the long lines of children and adults that stood in front of the wickets. He told me he was not anticipating the arrival of the next train because there would be lots more mailbags to sort. As I left he patted me on the head and he told me to say hello to Santa on Monday.
The Post Office may have it’s ups and downs, but it actually achieves a mission. People complain about trivial things, like lost mail, line-ups, and the price of stamps. But, where do you find a place where the staff all know your name, listen to your rants about life, and agree with you. You can’t get psychoanalysis for free anywhere else.! These ladies from our small-town post office deserve a hug, a medal, and if they could- a BIG tip. Say thank-you next time you are in there! Janet and Jane deserve it!  After all, its cheaper than the price of a stamp:)
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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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