Unforgettable — Waterside Retirement Community –Valentine’s Day


So what makes a good love story? I think all memorable love stories have an element of tragedy. That certainly holds true for Anna Karenina and Romeo and Juliet. But neither of these books is famous necessarily because of the love story… that’s just a plot line, after all. It’s the writing that makes both books really great, and that’s harder to dissect.

Today I had the honour of  listening to love stories written by  some great writers from Carleton Place at  Waterside – A V!VA Retirement Community in Carleton Place. It was hard to hold back the tears as I heard word after word of undying love. Still with tears in my eyes I also told a humourous story that involved the family dog, but it had the same motto:

“Never give up on each other “

That’s the perfect recipe of a great love story 🙂

Here are some photos that made the day unforgettable for me. Thanks Patti Guimond, I was honoured to be part of your celebration.  I was truly honoured to be among friends and be able to share my writing. It was unforgettable.



Remember, it’s not the  years in your life that counts, it’s the life. Go tell someone you love them.



If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

Maya Angelou

Tara Grigg Gesner (contest judge), Debbie and Jerry Flynn (contest judge), Steve Yaver, Elsie Robertson, Elsie Robertson, Sandy Schappert and Carol Dryburgh (contest judge)


One of the winners Sandy Schappert with judge Carol Dryburgh

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
Thomas Merton

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
Margaret Atwood


They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
Bil Keane



All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Charles M. Schulz



Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.
Loretta Young


Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.



There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.
Yoko Ono

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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