Living in the Friendly Town

Recently I read an excellent Millstone article written by a young single mother who grew up in Almonte, moved away and then came back to raise her son. It made me happy to note that the place we chose to retire isn’t just a senior citizen’s home. However, Almonte does have its attractions for the oldsters and we ...

Back to the Past

So we have three (count ’em) TV outlets in the old homestead. Two are HDTV and these have fairly modern TVs hooked up. The third is an old CRT TV and SDTV PVR that used to belong to my daughter and son in law. That one’s in the basement and Maria watches it from time ...

Ganga Din

I never have used pot – never smoked a roach, never ate any of Alice B. Toklas’ brownies. I’m sure lots of kids did it 50 years ago when I was at Queen’s – but not me. Having said that, I am not a “Reefer Madness” fan, nor do I think that possession of a bit ...

Five Alive

Well maybe she’s not a total juice blend, my younger granddaughter – but she is a juice girl. She loves her apple and orange juices – especially when she goes to McDonald’s. Susannah turns 5 tomorrow. It is hard to believe that the time has flown by so fast. She is her mother’s girl for sure. ...

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When I was a small boy, I was fortunate enough to get to know my dad’s uncle Eddy. Born in 1884, Uncle Eddy was a lifelong railroader. He started out with the tiny Bay of Quinte Railway, then worked for Canadian Northern and later on joined Canadian National. He was a freight engineer most of ...

Message In A Bottle

It’s a great Police song and a useful metaphor for a tiny personal blog like this one. Let’s be realistic – a site like Almontage is not ever going to be Google-esque when it comes to traffic. There will be limited interest in the articles here – there’s not much in the way of politics or ...

Blog-O-Versary

That’s me in London in 2008. Cheers! By this time, my Almontage blog had been going for 6 years or so – although not very frequently updated. I started off in 2002 using Blogger software and publishing the text from my personal website. This became increasingly impractical and slow so by 2007 I switched to publishing my ...

Changes in Social Media

I read recently that Google is shutting down its social media platform Google+ over the next few months. They claim it is for security reasons – they had to patch a big breach last March – but it looks to me as if it’s more a case of $$$. If you have never heard of ...

Three Life Lessons

On last Saturday, Maria and I were privileged to attend a Celebration of Life for Tom Abraham. It was good to see Laura and her grown-up sons again, to meet their wives and children. We got to sit with Tom’s sister, her son and his family. I was pleased to meet an old General Foods colleague. ...

In The Cloud(s)

Back in my youth, I was accused on more than one occasion of “having my head in the clouds.” I suppose there were worse places to have my head. Of course “in the cloud” (singular) has a much different meaning today. Simply put, it means keeping your data on virtual servers on the Internet instead ...

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