Rosaleen Leslie Dickson
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Crowning moments are not the attainment
of goals, but the journeys that take us there.

If your own journey is less than joyful, "Ask Great Granny" for free, anonymous, no-strings, candid advice.
or go out and find a new job.

Click on the following coloured items for today's updated National Press Club of Canada Foundation Web Site, other good sites, some books I have written, recent local events, a few book reviews, our awesome family, the Lansdowne Park saga, early Press Club members and mission, or a look back in history with the old original on-line OIW DIGEST, handy references. YOU ARE WELCOME TO COPY anything, with attribution of course.

David Rutherford Dickson
1919 - 1992
Born November 15, 1919,
Westmount, Montreal, Que.
Parents: David Wallace Dickson, ot Glasgow and Christina Smart Rutherford of Edinburgh. David was a King's Scout. skier, camper.
Toured Scotland by bicycle.
Played piano, mostly Brahms.
McGill University: Commerce
Price Waterhouse: Accounts
Joined RCAF, February 1941 Married - October 28, 1942
Taught Astral Navigation
with British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Rivers, Manitoba.
Flt. Lt. Ferry Command, then
RAF Bomber Squadron 214 FMS
OBS     Navigator-Bomb-aimer
"'Avenging in the Shadows"
Pathfinder, Dambuster with RAF.
His name
in Air Force
He loved
the stars
but not
the war.
Queen's University BCom.'49
Revenue Canada, Ottawa
1953 moved to Shawville, Que.
Est. Pontiac Printshop Ltd.
Published The Equity weekly, also The North Renfrew Times, Deep River, Ont., and The Camp Petawawa Post, and local books, was President of the Hospital Board, organized Ground Observers, planted a great vegetable garder and raised horses.
Sailing was David's passion,
usually navigating by the stars.

In 1984 we started researching our ancestors throughout Nova Scotia and Scotland, wintering in Florida. Together we wrote the "Dickson and Leslie Family Histories," and went sailing, but not long enough.
"Loved by all who knew him"
is engraved on David Dickson's tombstone, and is entirely true.
Rosaleen Diana (Leslie) Dickson   
Born July 2, 1921, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 103 Inglis St., home of grandparents James Ward Moir,
"Pot o' Gold" Chocolate pioneer, and his beautiful, invincible, red-haired Irish wife, Annie Price Archibald.     My father, "God's Red Poet" was an ordained Baptist minister and political acitivist. "The Essential Kenneth Leslie." For copyrights to his "Cape Breton Lullaby," or his poetry or other works, contact me, or my daughter, Elizabeth Dickson.
My first school was the Halifax Ladies College, Nova Scotia, then La Maison Blanche in Paris, France, Mount Hebron Junior High, Montclair, New Jersey, and Lincoln School of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York where I also studied folk music, songs and dance, with John Langstaff, and explored Broadway Theatre with Calvin Thomas and Montgomery Clift, then Guilford College, North Carolina, 1941, BA Psychology and Education, and 62 yrs later, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, for a Masters Degree in Journalism, 2003.

Met David bicycling in New England, August 1941. We fell in love. He returned to Montreal, I volunteered at Hillel House Community Center, N,Y., clerked at R.H. Macy's, then interned at Hartford Psychiatric Institute; researched for Edison Electric Inst., and sold condos in New York..
We were married, in Westmount, Montreal, on October 28, 1942.

World War Two interfered immeasurably, but "la vie c'était la guerre."
Taught High School in N.Y. Volunteered at Maple Leaf Canteen, met Cpt. Douglas Rattray, Merchant Navy U.K., whose tanker "Sam Spelga" was in Brooklyn Navy Yard, also Sir Winston Churchill, who had come to persuade America to join the War, which eventually came to an end.
Montreal, Granby, Kingston, Wakefield, Ottawa, Shawville, Florida.
THE EQUITY, Pontiac County's weekly paper.   Aerial Photography with Iverson Harris.   Announced Pontiac news at CKOB, Renfrew, helped organize community radio, CHIP FM, Fort Coulonge, Que.
Produced Children's TV for Ottawa cable, and CHOV, Pembroke.
Moved to Ottawa. The Hill Times, - Canada's Government and Politics..
Artist Robert Hyndman, singer Tommy Makem - gone but never forgotten.
On Sunday, March 12, 1961, I started hosting TV show "Valley Weekly," the first "live" show aired by Ernie Bushnell's CJOH TV, Ottawa.
Co-hosts were Bill Luxton, Lloyd McQuiggan and young Peter Jennings.
1973, with
Pauline Marois and others, started CFVO, first Québec TV co-op.
Also was Director, News reader and DJ, French & English at radio CHIP FM.
Chaired the Hospital Division of Ottawa Citizens' Committee on Children; wrote brief for a Childrens Hospital to Mayor Don Reid. CHEO est. 1974.
"Cyberspace Trailblazer" feature in "Aging Horizons"
Presented at International Statistical Conference, Ottawa.
"Old Folks at Home on the WWW."  "New Canadian Books."
"Ask Great Granny" - on-going world-wide Internet social work,
Director: Canadian Assoc. of Journalists, and The National Press Club.
"Cyberqueen" - by Sharon Rockey, in the North Bay Record.
Taught Print Journalism at Ryerson University,Toronto -
Published "Capital Letter" and Ottawa Independent Writers web site. "Need to know," in "True North Perspective" by Carl Dow.
Judging: "Better Newspapers" for Canadian Newspapers Association.
Books that I have edited and/or co-authored, with brilliant colleagues:
"The Dickson and Leslie Family Histories" ~ with David Dickson.
"Freenet For the Fun of It" ~ with Pierre Bourque.
"HTML - The Basic Book" ~ with Rony Aoun.
"The Mother in Law Book" ~ based on my "Ask Great Granny."
"Avenging in the Shadows - 214 Squaron RAF" ~ with Ron James.
"Adventures of a Paper Sleuth" ~ Hugh P. MacMillan.
"A Theatre Near You" ~ Alain Miguelez.
"For the Love of TREES" ~ R. Hinchcliff and R. Popadiouk.
"Once Upon a Story" ~ Ellie Marshall's Glace Bay memoirs.
Wrote and produced the play: "100 Years of Daring - Day One" for the Centenial of Canadian Women's Press Club, now the Media Club of Ottawa.

"Great Scot!"
We'd rather be sailing . . .
"Per ardua ad Astra"


Not just another pencil-
"The Internet from
  a Senior's point of view"

A Dedication
from Tom Kyle's Diary.

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Genealogy and Lore
Dickson, Leslie, Aikman, Archibald, Begbie, Bent, Boutilier, Bowditch, Brown, Bryden, Brydon, Buck, Butler, Church, Douglas, Dugwell, Fraser, Gray, Jost, King, Lawlor, Mason, Moir, Monteith, Parker, Prest, Putnam, Remby, Ross, Rutherford, Sleigh, Smart, Starratt, Wallace, Wentzel, York and many other related families.

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Our children ~ "Chance favours only the prepared mind" ~ Louis Pasteur.

David Ross
Perth, Ontario
PhD. Cambridge
"The Hill Times"
Diana Bracegirdle

Jennifer Leslie
Toronto, Ontario
Law. Ottawa U.
Unitarian Council
Freedom of Religion

Elizabeth Putnam
PhD. Rockefeller
Molecular Genetics
Can. Health Research
Parkdale Symphony
Rideau String Quartet

Marjorie Monteith
MA Ed. McGill
High School Teacher
Guidance - Phys. Ed.
Antiques in Canada
Peter Bayfield *Adventures*

Charles Rutherford    {Tom)
New York Uniiiversity and
London School of Economics
United Nations, NYC
International Development
Erica Phipps

Andrew Moir
MBA. Ottawa U.
Printer- Publisher
"MyFM" Radio
Stations in Ontario

Karen Williamson

                On Mother's Day, to the ones I love -
     Each day they show their love in ways I always knew they could doing what they do the way I always thought they would.
     I didn't need a Mother's Day to make my joy complete, but just the same, they all came through and swept me off my feet!
     First, Jennifer sent flowers, to give my day a lift, then Ross came, with Diana, for a visit, with a gift.
     Elizabeth came Sunday for a special Lansdowne Brunch, with Marjorie and Peter, Andrew, Karen, the whole bunch!
     Having them all at my table, really thrilled me to the bone, then, frosting on the cake, a call from Charlie on the phone.
     They made the Mother's Day event as perfect as could be. They are the best and I am blessed, because they all love me.        (rld)

Our children's children

Audrey and Eric, embracing Stella

Ross: with Heather Alberti
      Leslie Maria Dickson - '79-05-03
      David Alberti Dickson - '81-05-29
Jennifer: w. Peter Cotton
      Christina Jane Matthews '64-02-23
      Matthew Ross Dickson '65-03-07
Jennifer: w. John Matthews
      Tamara Leslie Matthews '68-10-10
      Elizabeth Marjorie Matthews '73-02-04
Marjorie: w. Ronald Burke
        Kathryn Leslie Burke Phadnis '78-12-25
        Michael Bruce Burke '80-08015
        Daniel Rutherford Burke '83-04-01
Charles: w. Tineke Kuijper
      Anne Sophia Kuijper Dickson '93-07-04
      Willem Arthur Kuijper Dickson '96-04-02
      Kenneth Alex. Kuijper Dickson '99-05-14
Charles -- w. Erica Phipps
      Thomas Andrew Phipps Dickson '03-03-29.
      Eric Rutherford Phipps Dickson '06-01-02
      Audrey Estelle Phipps Dickson '07-07-24
Andrew -- w. Karen Williamson
      Sarah Diana Dickson '82-04-14
        Kate Moir McGregor Dickson '84-10-28
      Emma Rosaleen Wallace Dickson '90-05-16

Their children's children

Christa and. Steve Hannah's
Isaac Gaelen Matthews-Hanna'98-03-01
Oliver Gabriel Matthews-Hanna '00-11-16

Matthew and Nancy Maynard's
Caleb Peter Michael Dickson '93-01-14

Matthew and Beth Schilling's
Benjamin Joseph Solomon Dickson '01-11-02
    Beth's Satinka Schilling '95-10-07
    Beth's Kelly Margaret Schilling '97-02-04

Tamara and Jeff Woods'
Elijah Matthew Woods '94-02-28
Aiden Ross Woods '96-08-27

Leslie and Jason Barton's
Owen Ross Dickson Barton '05-07-13
Tessa James Dickson Barton '09-02-14

Kathryn and. Neal Phadnis'
Ellora Xaouen Phadnis ''10-05-18

The Children will be the Change

       Tessa James and Audrey Estelle




John Mason Dickson

Born July 11, 1957
    Died November 13, 1957
        (congenital heart defect)

This child was born but didn't stay
To fill his role on earth,
He seemed to hold a secret
From the moment of his birth.

Fourteen weeks we cherished
This precious little son.
Then he returned to heaven;
His short, sweet life was done.

Before he found his place in life
He found his home above
And left an empty cradle here
But took our endless love.

Though we don't know what he might
Have done, had he remained
John Mason Dickson blessed us,
His presence preordained.

In cosmic family gatherings,
When we've all gone to rest.
The man this baby would have been
Will shine, among the best.



The computer swallowed granny. Honestly its true! She pressed 'control and 'enter' and disappeared from view.
I've searched through the recycle bin and files of every kind; I've even used the Internet, but nothing did I find.
In desperation, I asked Jeeves my searches to refine. The reply from him was negative, no Granny was 'online.'
So, if inside your 'Inbox,' my Granny you should see, Please 'Copy, Scan' and 'Paste' her and send her back to me.
(Valerie Waite, Derbyshire, England)
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"Our Board of Directors"

Charles, Peter, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Andrew, Ross. Seated: Erica, Marjorie, Rosaleen, Karen, Diana.

Verses dedicated to David's cousin, Sir William Lowrie Sleigh (pronounced "slay") of Edinburgh

A gentleman from Canada came knocking on my door. He'd come to visit Edinburgh and study family lore.
Though a Dickson, Sleighs are found upon his family tree but strange to say he didn't call them Sleigh, he called them Slee.
His mother was a Rutherford, whose folks, in days gone by, descended in the lineage from a man called Peter Sleigh..
Now, as you know, my own name is William Lowrie Sleigh, as is my son's, my father's and his father's, by the way.
And father to Sir William, who from Lauder town did hie, was Peter Secondus, the seventh child of Peter Sligh.
To add to the dilemma, it pains me here to say, old Peter Primus named his ninth child Wiliam Lowrie Sleigh.
There had been only one with such a name as this until Sir William's pater Peter named him for his uncle Will.
That uncle's granddaughter - was David Dickson's mother, which clearly means third cousins we must be to one another.
Confusion reigned when we began unraveling this mess. Yet my Canadian cousin cleared it up, I must confess.
But even David Dickson, though he's looked most everywhere, can't find old Peter's ancestors. And this I find most rare.
Because with research through the files of numerous registries, he'd lined up many, many Sleighs, and Slighs, and even Slees!
Along with myriad other names included in his clan, he has them all computered in a tidy master plan.
With Rosaleen, his helpful wife, he's aimed his concentration at chronicling the family for the future generation.
Their search has gone from Canada to Scotland and the States, through libraries and graveyards, recording names and dates.
For Dicksons, Leslies, Rutherfords and Begbies, Browns and Grays, Archibalds and Aikmans, Masons, Moirs and Sleighs,
Putnams, Smarts and Elliotts, Wallaces and all the dozens more I'm sorry but I just can not recall.
When their work is finished, I'll take another look, to see the ways they list the Sleighs in the Dickson Family Book.   (rld)

Every day I thank God and David for this awesome family of truly great Canadians.

Thanksgiving Day, 2007, at Charles and Erica's farm on the River Road in Pontiac.   (Photo by Elizabeth)

The Rideau String Quartet
Enjoying and sharing great classical chamber music.

Peggy Florida, Violin I,     Elizabeth Dickson, Violin II,
            Stans Van Wijk, Cello,     Barbara Jeffrey, Viola.

Performing for special occasions,
Weddings at the National Arts Centre, John Royle's Music Events, Concerts at Residences, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc..  Contact

World-wide members of our Extended Family (via Gloria Elizabeth Leslie McHugh - Wenk)
     Dermot McHugh and his wife, Anita - volunteers at Ruaha Secondary School in Iringa, Tanzania.
Daughter Mwangaza Ba nurse, Columbia, Marylad, m. Ousmane Ba, airline pilot; 2 chileren Baidy Dermot and Melody Gnilane.     Sons: Oloron Vahid, Ag. Engineer in Lesotho, Southern Africa, (heading up a water catchment management project with his wife Gnilane, and daughter, Tening Anita) and Amani Nabil,, doctorate, Environmental Science and Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Ndieme Madelaine McHugh, was born 19 July 2010 to Oloro and Gnilane in the Mediclinic in Bloemfontein, South Africa. They live in neighboring Lesotho. But went over to South Africa because of the better hospital conditions.
     Brigid (McHugh) Wendover is in Louisville, Kentucky,   Her daughters are, Dipa Artursdottir, in Toronto with a son, Anthony, and Tara Artursdottir, in Lousville, with her son, Cameron.
     Conal McHugh, in Durango, Colorado.
     Neil McHugh, professor of African and Middle Eastern History at Fort Lewis College in Durango, with wife Messel
Sons are Aman (m. Adline, lawyer, living in Melbourne, Austrsalia,) and daughter, Fana, studying and working in Denver, Colorado.
     Stefan Wenk teaching in Sacramento, California.   His sons, Stefan Alexander Wenk, Bryan Leslie Wenk, Zachery Maxwell Wenk, and daughter, Jazlyn, are all in Davis California.

The Mother-in-Law Book    Based on
"Ask Great Granny" - the on-going computer-mediated phenomenon.     Mothers and wives generally learn early to live and let live, for the benefit of the men they care for. But also sprinkled profusely about the population are those who can't manage the generosity of spirit needed for such co-operation. These are the people about whom the tired old "mother in law" jokes are written, and who send letters to advice columnists for help. This book is based on letters from mothers and wives who haven't yet figured out how to manage their delicate relationship. The reader will not agree with all the suggestions made by Great Granny in her replies to letters she receives. They are not intended as directions or rules of procedure, just random ideas to help troubled people think through their own problems. Many alternate solutions come to mind and in thinking through these other ideas, the best for each individual case might be found. Most mature women, and the wives of their sons, are able to achieve good relations for the sake of the man they both love, and all the other family members involved. This book is for those who are still working on it.   General Store Publishing House. ISBN#1-897113-30-7 Available from any book store. 

Freenet For the Fun of It
Getting connected and making friends on the Internet. A great book to give friends beginning to get acquainted with freenet. Explains email, newsgroups, gossiping online, and hundreds of places you'll be welcome. Co-author, Pierre Bourque, is Ottawa's most prolific computer columnist. His research into the best of the Internet takes you around the world "for the fun of it". Published 1995, useful for beginners.

HTML The Basic Book  -   Hyper Text Markup Language
for people who would rather Do it than Read about it.

Accents, colour charts, links, blinking features, borders, tables, images and lots more. Co-author, Rony Aoun, is a computer programer. With this primer you can handle your own material on the world wide web. It's spiral bound to lie flat beside your computer for instant reference.    .

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HERE THEY ARE: MY SPECIAL LINKS to special Web sites, by special people. . . . Tell them I sent you.

      Some favourite gospel songs; lyrics and music Heavenly Midis
      Flora Community Web. Founder and sponsor Russell McOrmond
      News Watch - Simply most potent news force online Pierre Bourque
      Quirky Bs "Pop art for this millennium" Shannon Lee Mannion'sl blog
      Passionate About Life - "Bits and Bites" by Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair
      Fast, Expert, Reliable Translation, English into French Anabel Associates
      Absolute Arts Contemporary Art Portfolios News. Roxanne Brousseau-Félio
      News Weeklies: The Hill Times politics & EMBASSY diplomacy 59 Sparks
      Communication Matters - will help you communicate effectively. Elaine Kenney
      Guerilla- Ottawa Culture at Ground Level - Magazine and Online - Tony Martins
      Writers' Deadline - Ottawa-based information for writers and readers Patrick Meikle
      Simon Teakettle Ink - Training - Commuications - Consulting. Barbara Florio Graham
      Living Lightly life-style, with a positive impact on our environment. David Chernushenko
      Custom Printers of Renfrew Ltd, and General Store Publishing Company. Andrew Dickson
      True North Perspective Archives: for different opinions- not reported in all newspapers. Carl Dow
      Antiques in Canada - Looking for the best Canadian antique shops? They make it easy. Marjorie and Peter
      Lord Lansdowne "The Elegance of Retirement Living" Seniors' Residence, 920 Bank St. -- Contact Pat Sousa

And the following Handy References can be VERY useful.

Find MPs and Senators helps you contact them by mail, phone, email or in person at their offices.

NEW - CAR POOL whether there is a bus strike or not, car pooling makes sense, and here are people looking rides and others looking for riders.

The Hill Times is the current copy of the Newspaper of Parliament with some archived material.

The Weather is today's and a forecast, for here and elsewhere.

Dictionaries are many, including definitions, translations, or searching all dictionaries, all in one place.

Quotations include Bartlett's, Columbia and Simpsons. You can find quotes several ways, by word, phrase, or author.

Gas Prices, high and low priced gasoline in the Ottawa area, updated daily.

MapQuest shows you how to get almost anywhere from almost anywhere else.

NewsWatch is Pierre Bourque's late breaking headlines, the complete list of world media, columnists and useful sources.

Google Find is the most comprehensive search engine.

World Press is a list of Press Clubs and Associations in many countries with addresses, phone numbers and Web sites where available. You could make contact with colleagues ahead of time through these organizations, when you plan to travel to distant parts.

Radio & TV puts you in contact with the people who make these things happen, courtesy of Hal Doran.

The Hammer is an outrageous spoof on what we're all doing.

Editor's Sidebar carries useful resources for every writer.

Movies in Ottawa tells us what is playing, where, and at what times.

If you find a special reference site you feel would be useful to the rest of us, send me the URL, I'll check it out and add it to the list.

A few of these, above, are accompanied by advertising which also may provide useful information and, as with all other media, advertisers support our industry.

        My Interim Solution
Life is a perpetual challenge, exponentially growing with age.
              "Old Age" is a book with no index, a new language on every page.
              There isn't a list of instructions, you just have to find your own way.
              No day can be taken for granted; each one is like no other day.
              Because there are so many questions to answer, so many places to go.
              So many words that still must be written, so many poeple to know.
              Some of my projects are not yet achieved. I still have some poems to pen.
              To get this all done, my only solution is," Live to a hundred and ten."
              Then, quoting James Joyce, in Ulysses, . . . writing in his fashion,
              I will "pass boldly to that other world, in the full glory of some passion."

   Monty Clift           Jack Langstaff               DAVID              Bob Hyndman     Tommy Makem.
To be with David, and all the friends that I will never forget,
I shall pass boldly to that other world.. . But not . . . just yet.

Life over eighty is a challenge, but old friends remain constant, family rallies; life goes on.
I see it as an adventure not to be missed, despite the countless obstacles and inconveniences.
Good Night to my Children

Now I lay me down to sleep, counting on tomorrow,   but if I don't awake do not be overcome with sorrow.
I have never thought, or wanted, to forever live; always having got from life much more than I could give.

Let neither grief nor sorrow spoil the memory of the ways that jokes and smiles and laughter, brightened all our days.
Let "Mom" forever be, the household word it was. Say it without effort, without an awkward pause.

We will be tomorrow; the same as yesterday. Keep the continuity, let nothing slip away.
I never need be out of mind though maybe out of sight. Until we meet again our love will keep the memories bright.

I gave you all the good advice I thought was worth the giving, And here's one final warning, about how to go on living.
Do what I have always tried to do, you will recall:. "Be the best you can be. . . . that, and love, will conquer all."

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"The Emperor's New Hydrogen Economy"
by Darryl McMahon
       This book is a great read for the energy conscious person that is concerned with the environment and how ours and future generations will cope with our depleting fossil fuels. At present, McMahon believes that hydrogen is not the answer. He reviews the many ways that hydrogen can be produced.
       McMahon points out that although hydrogen is an exceptional environmentally friendly fuel, it's production uses fossil fuels which contribute to global warming. Hydrogen is not viable at present but can be a very clean and efficient 'future fuel' when technology finds ways of manufacturing it using alternative energy sources.
        With the world's fossil fuel supply quickly running out, the author uses the latter portion of the book to suggest ways of conserving energy. This section is a must read for everyone who wants to use less energy and save money at the same time. (Review by Peter Bayfield)

Available at Perfect Books, 258 Elgin Street, Ottawa, and at:,,

"A Good Man's Life" by Wayne Kehl        The "good man" is the father of this author, who calls the book fiction although it is entirely true. Knowing this, heightens the drama of the remarkable story of the protagonist, Jack MacDonald, who left the farm as a young lad and engaged in World War 2 which brought him face to face with other young men he had to kill for his own survival. As with that whole generation of young men, his "growing up" included the trauma that leaves permanent psychological scars.
       Recognizing and recounting the profound goodness of his father, Kehl favours the reader with a loving assessment of a great Canadian who will be recognized as one of the many whose life-long heroism might otherwise have gone unheralded.
.        That's what I love about this book; the author's open and easy way of engaging the reader in every nuance of the character's being - innocent and adventuresome on the farm, unswervingly devoted to duty in the army, brilliant and studiously attentive to the details of turning his post-war life over to the serious work of the business world, and above all, his loving gentleness with children and total commitment to his joyful, everloving, and resourceful wife.
        This delightful narrative all comes to life through Wayne Kehl's home-spun prose and honest reporting of his father's remarkable life and times. Readers may recognize their own fathers in that generation of so many "good men," on the same jorurney.

A Good Man's Life by Wayne Kehl, - 215 pgs,     Friesen Press, Victoria B.C.- 2010
Also available at; Barnes and; Chapters, Indigo, Coles; as an ebook at

The "Manyberries" books, by Ron Wood
       There really is a small town called Manyberries, about an hour south of Medicine Hat, Alberta.   Never set foot there myself, but Manyberries is where I am; in spirit. You will be there too, when you delve into one of these books.
       Early in my life I became aware of the charm of small towns; where everybody knows your name and all that. Whenever I find myself navigating crowds in the great cities of the world, I hearken back to the less threatening places like Granville, Nova Scotia, Villars, Switzerland, St.Martin, France, Burnstown, Ontario and then, of course, Shawville, Quebec, where we chose to raise our children. And now it is Manyberries, vicariously through these engaging books by Ron Wood.
        After years dealing with the highest level negotiations and intricacies of politics in Ottawa, he draws the reader into Manyberries. This is clearly his higher calling. In so few pages, you are one of them.   Parliament seemed more colourful when Ron was in Ottawa, but avid readers and true appreciators of Canadian literature at its best will be happy to see this author stay in Alberta and write on about the town he has made famous. There are hearty laughs and crazy antics, and then there is this:
        After Harry Charles passed away, we all decided without discussion, to make sure that his beloved Irene did not spend any days alone. We gave her a little time to grieve and mourn but after that she had visitors every day.
        Despite the author's disclaimer, every line in both these books is true. This is how it really is, in Manyberries.     (rld)
        Meet Ron at the Book Launch.   Available in Ottawa and online at Smithbooks, 56 Sparks Street, Ph 613-236-0637
And God Created Manyberries (2007) $15.96 ~ All Roads Lead to Manyberries (2010) $16.68 ~ Frontenac House Ltd.    

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Open the photos to refresh your memory.

WARNING! - "Later may never come."
It breaks my heart when someone dies, to whom I've been meaning to write,
But somehow I never could find the time; thinking that "later, I might."
And "later" never happened, so we never talked again.
And then they died, leaving me, regretting . . . but in vain.
The lesson learned is, "send the note, or phone them now - today."
If you put it off 'til later, they may have passed away.        (rld)

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The National Press Club was born about 80 years ago in a courtroom.

        Since then, the Club has used the Ottawa House Hotel in Hull, the Chateau Laurier, a room above Jack Snow's Sparks Street Jewelry store, the Connaught Restaurant on Elgin Street, rooms in the Booth Building on Sparks Street and the adjacent Press Building at 150 Wellington, and in 2008 we moved two blocks south to the Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street. At present, we have no official home. Our Directors meet in the Delta Media board room, at the Delta Hotel.
        It started in 1928, when Francis Rowse of The Ottawa Journal and Guy Rhoades of The Ottawa Citizen posted a notice at the Journal, the Citizen, Le Droit and in the Canadian Press office, inviting local editors and reporters to gather at the city police courtroom and discuss finding a special place for fellow journalists to rendezvous and talk shop. Twenty men came to the meeting and organized a small committee to establish a Press Club.
        Subsequent meetings took place at the Ottawa House Hotel in Hull, and they held a "First Annual Press Club Ball" at the Chateau Laurier. In 1953, Jack Snow, provided them temporary quarters, rent-free, above his Sparks Street jewelry store, where the Press Club was officially opened by His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Governor General Vincent Massey, and attended by Federal, Provincial and Municipal officials and other dignitaries.
        On September 11, 1961, the Province of Ontario granted them a charter as "The National Press Club Canada" and in the following year, His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Governor General Georges P. Vanier presided over the opening ceremonies in the Connaught Restaurant on Elgin Street. Five years later we moved into the" Press Building" across from Parliament Hill.
        As was the case with many press clubs at the time, women could not join the Press Club but in May, 1970, the National Press Club of Canada changed this outdated policy, and let the ladies join. (The much older "Canadian Women's Press Club" established in 1904, then changed its name to "The Media Club" including men.)
        Over the years, the NPC has been the social home for distinguished journalists, the venue of historical events, and as Canada has evolved, so has The Press Club. After several months of renovations in 1990, the Club was reopened by His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Ramon Hnatyshyn.
        Membership was broadened to include other communications industries, and our excellent catering facilities were made available to the public for private functions requiring dining rooms, lounges and bars and a full-time office and kitchen staff. This revered Canadian institution became engulfed in irreconcilable financial circumstances, and finally had to declare bankruptcy, wind down, and eventually dissolve.
        When we were required to vacate our space in the Press Building, now used for Parliamentary purposes, we moved into the Sheraton, one of Ottawa's most prestigious hotels. While this voluntary action was taking place, a small group of members formed a transition committee to build the current National Ptess Club of Canada Foundation, with the support of the extraordinary goodwill created by the Club's time-honoured role in media, networking, education and promotion of iocal issues of the day.
        Many of our former professional press members left the club and gather occasionally to reminisce abiut the good old days. Meanwhile, our Canada-wide Scholarships Program, evolves ss an exciting new Press Club initiative. With the support of generous sponsors, we have built a strong program to assist worthy journalism students in the years to come.
        The National Press Club of Canada Foundation organized co-sponsored events with the Ottawa Diplomatic Organization, the Media Club of Ottawa, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Carleton University, and other valuable associates. The intention of the three founding members, Timothy Michael, Kane, Ahmad Eed Murad, and Rosaleen Leslie Dickson, was also to support the Press Club's original mission, and in 2008, we celebrated the Press Club's 80th anniversary with the ambitious motto: "looking back on a rich history, while keeping a firm eye on the future."
        National Press Club information has been available on my Web site since the Internet came to Ottawa. (rld)

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Recent local happenings

Murray Brewster, Canadian Press Defense reporter, president of the Canadian Association. of Journalists (CAJ) National Capital Chapter has been proclaimed winner of the Ross Munro 2010 Award for defence reporting, CAJ (Ottawa) Past president Bill Curry, Parliament reporter, Globe & Mail, represents Ottawa at CAJ National office, Toronto.   CAJ professional press events will include: "The Nature of News Today" and a "Multimedia Workshop".

5th annual National Press Club Iftar Dinner, Thursday, Aug. 26, attended by diplomats, journalists, and religious leaders, heard Professor Shafique Virani, Chairman of Historical Studies at Toronto University, deliver an inspiring, unambiguous and timely speech, fostering understanding between the West and the Muslim world.

Arab and Muslim Writers' Union launched August 30. Pres. Albert Jabara, author, poet, and businessman, urges members: "to be that human eye and human voice through which truth is revealed and falsehood exposed."

Guerilla at Media Club. September 20, Tony Martins, editor and creative director, presented his "Guerilla Magazine" at the National Archives and Library. "Guerilla is a quarterly publication about Ottawa at ground level, online and in print.

Public Première screening of David Chernushenko's thought-provoking, inspirational new film - "POWERFUL" - September 28, at Unitarian Church, Ottawa, including discussion with David Chernushenk.

"Taking action on postsecondary education for Aboriginal Canadians" Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and Paul Davison, President, CEO, Association of Universities and Colleges, Canada, November 3, at National Press Club Newsmaker Breakfast in the Marriott Hotel.

The Tree Poetry series presented poems of Kenneth Leslie (1892-1974), in the Library Room, Ottawa Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa, on Thursday, evening, November 11. Leslie's poetry was read by three local poets Stephen Brockwell, Peter Richardson, and Zach Wells, whose collection "The Essential Kenneth Leslie" published by Porcupine's Quill, was available. The documentary film "God's Red Poet" by Envision Halifax producer, Chuck Lapp, was also shown. The photo, left,, by John MacDonald, is of Zacharia Wells, author of the collection, talking it over with daughter of the poet, Rosaleen Leslie Dickson.

"Transforming Ontario's Economy" was the topic Thursday, November. 25, for a National Press Club sponsored Infrastructure Forum at the Bell Theatre, Carleton University, with guest sopeaker the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontarui Minister of Infrastructures.

"Alternative Dispute Resolution That Works" and "Is Everyone at the Table - Life Lessons in Problem-Solving," by Ernest G. Tannis were launched Nov. 29, by the National Press Club, at Dominion Chalmers Hall, with MC Dave Brown, and guest speaker Ottawa Police Chief Vern White, far right, with Patrick Meikle and Rosaleen Dickson..

Afghan Ambassador Jawed Ludin. spoke on ."Afghanistan 2011 to 2014: Canada and the transition to Afghan-led security" at the Thursday, December 2, National Press Club Newsmaker Breakfast, introduced by Senator Pamela Wallin.

"The Cape Breton Lullaby" . . . .

  Driftwood is burning blue, wild walk the wall shadows.   Night winds go riding by, riding by the lochie meadows
  On to the ring of day, flows Mira's stream singing;   Cadil Gu La, laddie, la, laddie, sleep the stars away.

  Far on Beinn Bhreagh's side wander the lost lambies,  Here, there and everywhere, everywhere their troubled mammies
  Find them and fold them deep, fold them to sleep, singing;   Cadil Gu La, laddie, la, laddie, sleep the moon away.

  Daddy is on the bay, he'll keep the pot brewing.   Keep all from tumbling down, tumbling down to rack and ruin
  Pray, Mary, send him home, safe from the foam singing;   Cadil Gu La, laddie, la, laddie, sleep the dark away.

"Cadil Gu La" is Gaelic for "Sleep until morning,"

Kenneth Leslie wrote this lullaby, now well known in eastern Canada. It first appeared in print in 1964 in "Songs of Nova Scotia." The melody is adapted from an old Scottish air. The song was first recorded by Catherine MacKinnon on "The Voice of an Angel" Arc A-628.

For a lovely concert version, performed by the Peninsula Women's Chorus, Palo Alto, California. Click Here,
For the inspiring "Ryan's Fancy" recording, with pictures of Cape Breton, Click Here.  Before playing above versions,
turn current music off by clicking near the left end of the bar below. Then Click there again to tiurn it back on.

Torbolton Times
Published by The Torbolton Culture Centre, 3924 Woodkilton Road, Ottawa, Ont.K0A 3M0
In the beautiful, hospitable, accessible, really rural western part of the Nation's Capital
(Editor: Rosaleen Leslie Dickson, 812-920 Bank Street, Ottawa. Phone 613-232-1837 or Email

Watching a miracle
        Having only seen Hank's ambitious web site, my first impression on seeing the actual property was that a miracle was indicated.
      Then, after meeting some of the intuitive people working on the proposed Culture Centre at Torbolton, I realized it could happen.
      Miracles do happen; I know. The longer you live, the more miracles you are privileged to witness.
      All it takes is a few good people to recognize a need and put their hearts into filling it.
     "Come back next year and you'll see what I mean." (RD)

Enthusiastic visitors examine the property
      Twenty interested adherents to the Torbolton Culture Centre project spent about an hour on Tuesday, October 19, prowling around the decommissioned building and surrounding property; an exciting experience for all concerned.
        Among active community workers elsewhere but new to the area, taking the tour, were Dave Smith, Patrick Meikle and Rosaleen Dickson, all of whom were amazed and energized by the broad possibilities for a wide spectrum of cultural activities.

Steering Committee will be established
      Within the next few weeks a meeting will be held at the Culture Centre to proceed wth plans for the realization of the project.
      Heather Lucente-Griesser is organizing a Steering Committee. Heather states, "We need a few passionate individuals to help organize membership and set up terms of reference. . . . . we need to work quickly to establish these terms and get membership in place."
      To contact Heather phone 613-832-9378. or send email to

Our Torbolton Centre Project Vision... by Hank Jones

The future Torbolton Centre, unique in Canada, would bring families in our region and its surroundings into fully sustainable 21st century living, with food security for all, and much more. Here's how we see the possibilties for centre activities so far...
  • With environmental prognostications worsening, our agriculture is at risk and with it our food security for all of us here in the region. Its time to bring our food production back into our 100 mile circle. New methods of farming are tailor made for Ottawa and its surroundings. The City is 80% rural - ready for farming. Our Torbolton Centre could house Canada's first Eco-farmers Training School to ready hundreds of our young families who dream of becoming community shared farmers, and putting them onto the land. By 2020, Ottawa could be feeding itself!
  • Advance everyones' personal fitness, health and wellbeing. How? The Village Fitness Studio, with its advanced programs and deep connections to the YM/YWCA, Public Health and Agroforests (proven vital to feelings of wellbeing), and possibly including Canada's very first 'Mobility Park' for training our mobility challenged of all ages;
  • Onsite demonstrations of green country living such as solar/wind energy, geothermal, light pipes, planted edible landscape, edible nut grove, natural pollinator gardening stewardship , etc., with related information and instruction, applicable to rural, burbs and urbs alike;
  • Ideal for the many and diverse art&craft activities of visual arts, fine arts, photography, arts & crafts and more, for sustainable culture;
  • A large centre for amateur theatre, performing arts and the like (it has a stage);
  • Well situated for regional special, occasional and seasonal events, meeting, smaller conference opportunities for local groups, either indoors or out;
  • Museum, history and related programs;
  • A slow food organic tea room offering local fare made from local produce in season, attracting its customers from far and wide;
  • A variety of local crafts shops, retail outlets for local crafters;
  • Occasional spring/summer/fall flea markets, garage sales and specialty fairs;
  • Headquarters for the Pollinator Gardeners of Canada and other general and specialized gardening groups, such as the Eastern Chapter of the Ontario Nut Growers (ECSONG);
  • A state-of-the-art Ottawa library branch and associated activities, both for centre tenants and visitors;
  • Lectures, presentations and courses on rural green living and related matters (it has eight classrooms);
  • Medical facilities and services of various kinds such as labs, clinics and personal services;
  • A farmers market for local produce in season and cookery demonstrations/lessons in season, indoors or out;
  • Adaptation Action Centre for the 21st century family, the headquarters/learning centre for aspiring family eco-farmers in a CSA Co-op placing newly graduated eco-farmers and recruiting their shareholders, a 100-mile circle of hundreds of new eco-farms earning upwards of a half billion dollars annually, while assuring local future food security for the city and its surroundings;
  • A highly motivated and motivating Torbolton Centre website offering broad and profitable services to tenants and visitors, a strong internet presence and
  • much more yet to be discovered...