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To Kiss or Not to Kiss

To Kiss or Not to Kiss


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A wife and boarder are missing, and there is trouble in one Almonte home. Fred Greene and his wife made a somewhat small income by keeping boarders. One of the boarders, as reported by the husband, had become very attentive to his (Greene’s) wife.  So much so that the husband  decided to leave for a few weeks until the boarder was gone.

Once Greene left the house he refused to go back until household matters were adjusted. The boarder stayed on just the same. The boarder was unemployed and as Greene said, paid no board. He was literally just a a fixture in the house.

Greene supported the house of his sister-in-law’s children, besides the rest of  his clan. He obtained work in Carleton Place and went away to work a few weeks ago. However he became suspicious and returned to his home in Almonte. He found nothing, as the wife and the boarder had cleared out, and there was no trace of them to be found. Greene laid a complaint before the police and says he will prosecute the parties if he finds them. Why had she left him?

Physicians had started an anti-kissing crusade in the late 1800s, telling some fearful stories of transfer of bacteria from lip to lip,  but whatever of truth and or danger there was in the warnings of the medical men few cared. However, kissing lost none of its fascinations, and everybody, including the bacteria, continued to be happy.

Mr. Greene’s dentist had told him more fearsome tales, and told him that no matter how fine a set of of teeth you may have if you kiss a person — you will soon need the dentist’s services. That information did not sit well with Mrs. Greene, and hence she took up with a man not interested in bacteria. Can you blame the woman?


The Northants Evening Telegraph published an article that raised quite a few eyebrows on December 29, 1900. It seems the local branch of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, spurred on by a “New York Lady Doctor,” had started a crusade against kissing.

Dr. Anna Hatfield, the leader of the movement, was interviewed by the newspaper and quoted as saying, “kissing is a barbarous, insanitary custom, worse than drinking, and should be rigidly abolished.” Apparently Dr. Hatfield thought no person should kiss another without first using an antiseptic wash on the mouth to destroy bacteria.

“As for the moral bacteria,’ she said, ‘that is even more dangerous. Girls are not taught to view a kiss with awe, as they once were. Engaged persons should be allowed only one kiss at the time of betrothal. Mothers of to-day are to blame for imbuing their children

Source: The Northants Evening Telegraph, 29 December 1900.


“Kissing has come to be a greater plague than drink!” quoth the eminent Dr. Hatfield.

And, she cites Judas Iscariot as proof!


Should We Ban the Kiss Kams?




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The kiss cam takes place during arena, stadium and court sporting events.  A ‘kiss cam’ camera scans the crowd, and selects a couple, their images being shown on the jumbotron screens in the arena. The couple are then invited to kiss one another, encouraged by the rest of the audience. A kiss is traditionally rewarded by cheers and whistles, whilst a refusal to kiss is booed.



For Ottawa mother Helen Dabney-Coyle however, she found the ‘kiss cam’ offensive and believes it to be inappropriate for children.

“I took my 16 year old to the arena to watch sports … not to teach him sex-ed,” said Dabney-Colye  said to CBC Radio.

“On the ride home after the game, all he wanted to talk about was kissing. ‘Kiss cams’ need to be taken away from sports.”

When I heard her last statement of: “If this goes on in Ottawa– what the heck is going to go on at a Leafs game?”–well  I fell on the floor laughing. To be honest I just laughed- if I fell on the floor I might not get up at this point in my life.

In January of 2016 the crowd went wild at a recent Kings-Leafs game in L.A., but it wasn’t for the on-ice action. When the infamous kiss cam landed on a gay couple and the pair locked lips, the Staples Centre crowd erupted in cheers. Is this what she was implying- or is there a perception issue with this woman?

Are we going too far too in banning anything that we don’t like?

Providing we don’t go over the top, we should all feel comfortable kissing our partner in public. Kisses are such an important part of a relationship as they allow us to keep our relationships intimate and shouldn’t be frowned upon.

Why is this news–walk down the street and it happens everyday.

You love who you love– and after all unexpected kisses are the best!

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