have spent the last few weeks thinking a lot about the upcoming
anniversary. January 8th has loomed large in my mind for a while now. I
have thought a lot about being sad and grieving and what life looks like
without Laurie Kingston.
I think I have come to some understanding of sadness and grief but I am
still at a loss as to what life looks like without Laurie.
know that it ok to be sad. And I know that Laurie touched a lot of
wonderful people who are also sad. I am thankful for everyone that
reached out today, and especially over the last year. I feel cared for.
My kids have been taking music lessons at Metro Music on Bank St. for
a while so I have spent some time hanging out there while they learn.
It is in a old commercial building that in the 1920s was a car repair
and/or a tire dealership. It has been a music store for while.
Here is an ad from 1966:
Much has changed on that stretch of Bank St., but not everything.
Thanks to cleaning out some of my mother’s house we now have a working turntable and a bunch of old vinyl.
Over the last few months the teenager of the house has stared to
collect new vinyl. Mostly singles from current bands, plus some older
stuff. Over the last few days we’ve been listening to almost nothing but
vinyl. I am somewhat stumped as to the appeal. Most of what has been
played we also have in digital format which is easier to use and doesn’t
sound dusty and scratched.
Now, we do have some old albums, mostly folk and blues, that will
never be re-issued. I will get around to digitizing soon I hope. Also it
has been fun to nostalgically recall hunting for used LPs through the
bins at the Incredible Record Store on Yonge St., or haunting the Vinyl
Museum on Bloor. I can remember the exact feeling of finding some odd
import or some unknown collaboration between favourite artists.
I’ve shared items from Library and Archives Canada and many from the
City of Ottawa Archives. I’ve recently discovered that the Glebe Report,
the community newspaper, has put their archives online at http://www.glebereport.ca/Newspaper/Archives.php.
The archive is not searchable or indexed, but the PDF files
high-quality and are easily browsable. Every issue I looked at has
something of interest from the ongoing debate over Lansdowne Park to the
controversy over enclosing the Fifth Ave. Court. It turns out that
renovating/closing/reviewing Glebe area schools has been going on a long
This is a fanstastic resource for local history and heritage.
The school news sections are great, trying to imagine what the grade six students with their science projects are up to 30+ years later. I have copied some examples below.
boingboing has posted this book trailer
for a new book by Art Spiegelman about his brilliant book Maus. Maus is
one of my all time favourite books. It can be read in so many different
ways I’m curious to read what Spiegelman has to say about it 25 years
I haven’t been buying many books lately, but this looks like a must-have.