They Still Call Her Mrs. Blackburn!



One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, and with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. Doris Blackburn turned 80 on July 23, and at 80, you know everything, but nobody asks you.


Some teachers just have a knack for literature– but at eighty-you still read the print edition of the newspaper, and what you like best is “Forty Years Ago Today


The best teachers teach from the heart-not from the book. At eighty-you tell your great grandkids that when you were their age, going to the movies cost less than a pack of gum today.

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At eighty however-you no longer chew gum because of what it does to your dentures.


Teachers want their students to feel impassioned and empowered, and at eighty, you’re not elderly, you’re “chronologically gifted.”


At eighty, people shouldn’t eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.




What perks do I now get at 80? ( I’m still waiting for mine at 65 Doris-please let me know)

Just a note– everything you see in the photo is edible– the teapot, teacup and saucer,cake, place mat– all edible.

Cake by Twisted Sugar Cakery–Kelly Lloyd



To teach is to touch lives and thanks to Facebook, Doris will never forget the birthdays of people she doesn’t really know–even at 80!



A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others. However,maybe Doris don’t necessarily agree with everything they say, and certainly not what is going on behind her right now.


Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students. But, those numbers still aren’t right- what the heck are they doing back there? Contemplating a group hug?


Balloons only have one life-but education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students- and as seen today at St.James Hall- as we celebrated the 80th birthday of this wonderful lady of Carleton Place. She will be forever known to most as— Mrs. Blackburn.

Happy 80th Birthday Doris! You’re just starting over!


Great picture of Mrs. Blackburn. It’s hard to break old school habits–I still call her Mrs. Blackburn-Sandra Hurdis Finigan


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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