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Linda’s Books

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ALL BOOKS AVAILABLE IN CARLETON PLACE AT: WISTERIA in Carleton Place-Wisteria (62 Bridge St. – Carleton Place) and The Artists Loft in Smiths Falls. All are available at ALL Amazons in paperback and Kindle.

Linda’s recent book “The Tilted Kilt: Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place” (March 2015) , are for sale 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–North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton)-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books in Almonte and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

 

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“Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac”
(May 2015) Available at amazon.com

Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac (May 2015)

There once was a store on Rideau Street in Ottawa called Flash Cadilac Clothing. After so many years, its history evaporated from my mind, until Webb Dann and Lost Ottawa showed up on Facebook and jogged my memory one too many times. I started to think, and began to remember. That experience was all about the people I loved, the people I annoyed, and the people that prayed for the customers in my store.

Flash Cadilac left an impression on many people, and of all the words written about those times, I have always loved this clip by blogger, chef, and friend, Doff Doppler (aka Devin Goulden): “In the beginning there was Flash Cadilac, a store notoriously known for its apparel: leather, lace, whips, chains, tattoos, and piercings. ”

Yes, that sets the table! Bon appétit!

(March 2015) Available at amazon.com

“Tilting the Kilt: Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place”
(March 2015) Available at amazon.com

Tilting the Kilt: Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place (March 2015)

Gossip is the civilized version of grooming each other for fleas. You can stop gossip with a simple, “That’s none of my business,” but why would you? Somewhere in our deep past we remember when cavemen gossiped over a recent kill, memorializing the one who didn’t hold up his end of the hunt. Stories begun by gossip are a significant channel of informal communication with something like 70% accuracy.

The stories gathered here in Tilting the Kilt began life within 10 miles of Carleton Place. Linda guesses that makes them close to 50% accurate. Gossip-born stories, sharing a standard currency of human connection, will make you smile, then you can pass them along, adding your own layers to make them even more spectacular.

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“Cancer Always Calls Collect”
(April 2014) Available at amazon.com

Cancer Always Calls Collect (April 2014)

“It’s cancer,” he said, “and it’s not looking good.” I hung up the phone and cried because I knew there was almost nothing I could do to help — but I would see him to whatever final chapter there was, either good or bad. I would do whatever I could.

There was a pause, and then he said the word. Cancer. Immediately calling his bluff, I told him he was nuts, and probably just had ulcers. I never imagined a man of his strength being caught by vicious cancer cells — or could they penetrate the strong too? There was no way — cancer was my family’s disease, not his.

Over the phone wires, over the weeks that followed, over the thousands of miles of travel to be by his side, he told me what I had heard so many times in my life.

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“Naked Yoga, Twinkies, and Celebrities”
(May 2013) Available from amazon.com

Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities (May 2013)

Find out … Who is building the Titanic ll and why? Are cell phones dangerous on airplanes? Why does Linda train woodpeckers?

Linda tears apart the weird, the wacky, and the outrageous and tells it like it is. Would you expect anything different?

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“Cowansville High School Misremembered”
(February 2013) Available at amazon.com

Cowansville High School Misremembered (February 2013)

When former students of Cowansville High School, plus some of those who went on to école secondaire Massey-Vanier, meet up on Facebook to gossip and reminisce, this is what you get.

Fred Allen once said, “We have to document times and places as we will always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and — I can’t remember what the third thing is.”

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“Menopausal Woman from the Corn”
(April 2012) Available from amazon.com

Menopausal Woman from the Corn (April 2012)


Stories Your Mother Was Afraid to Tell You – or Forgot:

Linda attempts to find just the right dressing room to try on her life … preferably one with good lighting!

It’s Vintage Vicki Time!

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PLEASE NOTE VICKI HAS CLOSED HER STORE:(

 

From time to time we post our “found” second hand treasures on Facebook so others can see you just don’t need to spend a lot of money to look fabulous. I like to find the beauty in something that was tossed and no longer loved. I furnished my loft for practically free after finding everything I needed in salvage shops and consider myself a part-time freegan. One woman’s donation is my fashion find and joy– and more importantly – money for charities like Lanark County Interval House. By shopping at As Good As New and the other charity run shops we have in Carleton Place you make a difference!

So why should I write about a woman who lives out of town? Well in January, Vicki Racey decided she would bring her wares to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum, and sell stuff to raise money.

She could have picked Almonte, she could have gone to Ottawa, but no, she believed in our Museum and also has been a constant volunteer. This was the very first time that a vintage clothing sale was held inside a small town museum. Most of the time we have to head to Ottawa to search for vintage treasures.

Vicki Racey, who is also a vintage clothing collector, is going to open a summer pop-up store in nearby Almonte. When I was there there, construction was still going on, but Vicki was a lot calmer than I would be. She had racks and racks of clothes ready to be sold in a few weeks.


Of course those few weeks might turn into a teeny bit longer. But, if you are heading through the Main Street arch on your way to Barley Mow, check out the green door (63 Mill Street) on your right, and give her a Carleton Place Hi!

The vintage kitchen wear and the canisters she has reminded me of my Grandmother. I thought I would include a recipe for Molasses Cookies. Enjoy!

Vicki Racey

613-858-6348 store

vintagewear.ware@gmail.com

Vintagewear on Facebook

Original recipe — MOLASSES COOKIES
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup white sugar

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted margarine, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; blend into the molasses mixture. Cover, and chill dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until tops are cracked. Cool on wire racks.

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble