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Summer in Montreal

September 1, 2018

Where is this French Marines Officer headed? Read on. A couple of weeks ago my daughter called. “Hey Dad,” she said. “I’m a teacher on vacation. Let me take you to lunch...

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The Krugerrand

August 1, 2018

Some time ago, while recruiting Articled Clerks for my professional accounting practice I met a wimpy, whiny and very immature young man, terrorized by his aggressive, arrogant...

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Matisse

July 1, 2018

Summer 1949 … World War Two had ended four years earlier and Europe’s shell-shocked peoples were trying hard to put behind them the horrors with which they had to cope...

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Celia Sanchez

June 1, 2018

Few doubt that the female revolutionary Celia Sanchez played a key part in the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, but just how intimate the two of them really were is a debate...

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Fools in Paradise

May 1, 2018

In 1943 I was a nine year old offspring of an upper-middleclass family that employed three full-time ‘helpers’: a maid, a cook, and a German-speaking governess, plus a...

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Puerto Vallarta

April 1, 2018

‘El Barracuda’ is an excellent seafood restaurant on the beach just inside the northern limits of Puerto Vallarta’s so called ‘old town’ or Centro. Other than the very...

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Troika

March 1, 2018

He was born in the town of Bialystok, Poland. The day the German Army invaded his country on September 1, 1939 he was visiting Warsaw. Instead of returning home, he enlisted in...

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DOPPELGÄNGER

January 31, 2018

Max Stern was a German-Canadian arts benefactor, art historian and owner of Montreal’s landmark Dominion Gallery. Born in Germany in 1904, to a father who was a prestigious art...

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“My” Montreal

December 29, 2017

When we immigrated to Canada after the Second World War, we settled in Montreal, more accurately in the City of Westmount, a town within a town, an enclave of Anglo-Saxon...

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The Plight of Refugees “Then” and “Now”

December 1, 2017

THEN When, in 1947, my family was forced to leave our native land, Hungary, all but one of us became Stateless Aliens with no valid passports. I traveled internationally on the...

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