Monthly Archives: February 2013

Becoming American–why not?

From We Were Not Spoiled, the memoir of Lucille Verreault Ledoux as told to Denis Ledoux. My father had not come to the US to stay but that’s what happened. Working here to support his family and buying an apartment building that was … Continue reading

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My father-in-law’s 100th birthday

On February 24, 2013, I celebrated my father-in-law’s 100th birthday. Arthur Blowen has been gone now for 28 years, and the people who were his peers and friends are mostly gone. There are many family stories about him. They are … Continue reading

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Writing Time Wasters

I’m no more immune than anyone else to the plague of time wasters. Time wasters are habits we fall into that consume the time we have allotted (or could allot) to writing so that we end up not writing! Here are some of the most insidious that take up too much time and squander my writing energy… Continue reading

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Getting My Dream Coat

From We Were Not Spoiled, the memoir of Lucille Verreault Ledoux as told to Denis Ledoux. My mother-in-law had a lovely black Persian lamb coat. It had large buttons that were very fashionable at the time. That coat was heavy and warm, and … Continue reading

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The Price of Happiness

In 1953, we left our one-bedroom basement apartment on 7th Street in New Toronto to live in the small town of Tottenham, Ontario. We moved into a three-bedroom flat above a hardware store. There was no central heat or hot water, but I thought it was a palace… Continue reading

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Ten Questions On Memoir Writing

(The following interview appeared in the Nov. 19, 2010, Oral History Education blog http://oralhistoryeducation.com/blog) 1. How did you get started in your profession of memoir writing? I started writing autobiography-based fiction. Some of these have won literary awards, and, while … Continue reading

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Writing a Memoir Is Not Easy

Writing a memoir is not an easy task to sustain. A memoir project starts with a burst of energy. “This is going to be a good piece of writing! What am I saying ‘good’… “It’s going to be great!” So … Continue reading

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