I wish I could tell you how I got into all this and how local history has taken over my life. I know a small bout of depression last year was the beginning, but in reality I understand it was always somewhere inside of me. After blogging about this and that for 10 years and being printed in major US publications, all of a sudden world affairs and rants became lower on the author food chain. Knowing about the local oddities of the Lanark, Ontario population became more important to me, and quite honestly an obsession.
Was it my beloved Miss Phelps who named me the recipient of an award for art honours in Grade 6 even though I can only draw stick figures? What did she see in me? Does creativity count for that much? Miss Phelps went on to becoming the head of the Brome Mississiquoi Museum and Historical Society until she died last year. Was it something I caught from her?
Or was it from Jimmy Manson—ooops, now known as Jim Manson who I won the Twist contest with at Cowansville High School in Quebec? We all know Jim became an iconic history genius teaching at Bishop’s University, and was mentored by Miss Phelps. He is now a prominent figure representing Eastern Townships history and also the Brome County Historical Society lecturer.
You know I always thought I had a tough life. Anyone who thinks that ought to read history books. They say those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. Steven Robert Morrison told me years ago I was a master soul that needed to get it right this one last time on earth. So that’s what I am doing, because to communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.
So welcome to my world. Tomorrow, at the Lanark County Genealogical Society Potluck I am going to tell you some short local stories because that is all my mind is good for these days. Short things– and let’s hope I don’t put you all to sleep.
To answer your question about the title I know that druggies and users of narcotics say that the use of cocaine and heroin is better than sex. I love history because if you look at it closely enough, you’ll likely find a precedent for almost any situation you may encounter in life– including sex I guess:)
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – Annual General Meeting with Potluck Luncheon
Location: Drummond Community Hall/Archives Lanark, 1920 Drummond Concession 7 Rd., Drummond Centre, Ontario.
(hall capacity 50 people)
Potluck Luncheon Table set up commences at 12:15 pm. In an attempt to decrease the amount of plastic and styrofoam used at our meetings, please bring your own cutlery, dinner plate and beverage cup/glass.
Luncheon Guest Speaker: Linda Seccaspina. Linda is the Author of: Tilting the Kilt – Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place; Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac, and four other titles. She is the blog writer for the Facebook page Tales of Carleton Place. Linda will be bring copies of her publications to sell and $5.00 per book is being donated to LCGS.
Annual General Meeting and Election of the 2016 Board of Directors to follow the Guest Speaker’s presentation.
Archives Lanark Silent Auction. The Archives will host a Silent Auction during the meeting. Proceeds will assist them in furthering their funds. Make cheques payable to Archives Lanark. If auction items are to be shipped, additional costs will apply.