Hello Darkness my Old Friend-I’ve Come to Dye the Grey Again



Linda Knight Seccaspina -1954- at her Grandmother’s Mary Knight’s home on South Street in Cowansville, Quebec.

The aftermath of turning 65–July 24, 8:36 PM

So how did I get here?  I really don’t mind turning 65.  Actually, I had a harder time on my 41st birthday. Then, there was the year I seem to have lost somewhere. It doesn’t matter if I am 60 or 65- no one is going to tell me to get ready to enjoy an early- bird senior special at some restaurant. I am also not sitting here wishing I had done this and that, because I honestly gave life that old college try. You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.


Following one’s true passions can mean following the heart’s true desire which, being a heart-centred approach, requires getting out of one’s own head and into one’s own heart. Some people will never get that there exists a variety of folks-they want everyone to fit into the same box like clones. I have never changed who I am.  After all, if you don’t do something stupid, or take a chance when you are young, how in the heck are you going to remember the funny things when you are old.


I think I have done it all, and I have no regrets except typing away on a laptop knowing that if it ever breaks down I will cry like a baby. I might be creative, but I am lacking a gene of good old common sense on many things, no matter how old I am. Nothing makes feel older than to sit there filling out some form and having to scroll down a page or two to find my year of birth.


It’s weird how people hate getting older–I may be older, but I most certainly am never becoming a classic. So live your life and not your age- and the government better have my first old age pension in my bank account next month. Remember, the biggest challenge in life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else. Of course as my son said last night,

“We were going to put 65 candles on the cupcakes, but thought better lest a jet mistake them for a runway!”

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! It was so overwhelming!



Linda Knight Seccaspina, July 23, 2016- learning how to play PokemonGo from her friend Paxton whose mother runs The Crunchy Cabin at the Carleton Place Farmers Market. Old dogs can learn new tricks! Well, maybe!

My two favourite singers are Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells- I was lucky to see Kitty in concert at the Spencerville Fair years ago. It was on my bucket list.


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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