Me Vs. The Centre of the Universe?



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When I went to Cowansville High School I loved Public Speaking and thought it was the one thing I could do well in. In essence, I certainly wasn’t getting any gold stars for other things like Math. In Grade 8 they had a Public Speaking Contest and I decided to enter so I might add something decent to my scholarly reputation–I was wrong.


My Grandfather who was on the local School Board at the time warned me that he couldn’t help me as he was in charge of the judges- not that I asked for help anyways. I have always been a lone wolf and done things in my own way. I picked the subject of Ghosts as I have always been fascinated with the paranormal and thought others would be too. I was right, the speech went very well, and ended to thunderous applause. I was excited. I thought I had this in the bag–I was wrong.


I placed fourth, which I was happy with, as most of the students speaking were Seniors. However, when I got home my Grandfather sat me down and told me point blank what my issue was. Issue? I never thought I had an issue. I was wrong.

“Linda, you would have even placed lower except for the fact that your delivery was wonderful,” he said. “Your problem was that your subject was way too controversial”.

Controversial? So after that day I realized that I, Linda Knight Seccaspina, was controversial, and others seemed to know that. Not only did I dress differently than anyone else in school– I now had acquired the name tag of “controversial”. All these years I thought I was like everyone else had been blown wide open. I was part of the gang- wasn’t I? I was wrong.


For the last 55 years I have embraced the controversial part–no problem. I know at age 67.5 I will never change. But, a few weeks ago, since I have been running for town council, I learned that I have been labelled with a new word.  That word would be “polarizing”! This kind of baffled me as I thought only Warren Buffet, those in Televangelism, and telephone fundraisers were polarizing. I am now known around locally as not only the woman that documents daily history, but now also labelled “polarizing”. Apparently, it is now either: “absolutely love, or absolutely can’t-be-around-for-more-than-three-seconds Linda”.  In one nano second I can inspire both awe and revulsion? Wow, I had no idea. Again I thought that I was just one of the regular folks– I was wrong.


So for the last few weeks since the new awareness I have gone around repeating my new found word. In reality I don’t think I have many polarizing messages. It is just about being consistent over the years and wanting good to win over evil in anything I fight for. What you see is what you get–and there is nothing mysterious here, trust me.


It would be great if every single person we met fell in love with us and laughed at all of our jokes (or at least half of them would do for me). But as fantastic as that sounds, it’s unrealistic. No matter what you do (unless you do nothing), you just can’t please everyone. Being open and honest about what you like and doing the things that you like to do is the best way in life. To sum it all up in a nutshell–I guess I just vibrate at different frequencies. In all honesty, that is not bad at all. I just hope I don’t run out of batteries!




Remembering one of the “Tom Sawyer’s” Of Cowansville Quebec

Hobos, Apple Pie, and the Depression–Tales from 569 South Street

Ashes to Ashes and Spins of the Washing Machine

The Days of Smocking and Spanish Bar Cake

Been Caught Stealing– Bank of Montreal

Angry Mobs, Wolves and Bloodsuckers –Selby Lake

Memories of UFO’s Earthquake Lights and Gale Pond

Misty Glen Mountain Snow Bunny Hop

Music in the 60s- Memories of Herman’s Hermits

Back to The Future — Twisting Your Dignity Away

Groovy Hints on How to Catch and Keep a Boy – 60’s style

The Dreams of a Sugar Plum Fairy

I Was A Free Range Child

Scrapbook Photos of Cowansville

6 Seconds of Cowansville High School – Our Miss Phelps

The Benefits of Having a Large Human Chassis for Traction

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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