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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Polar Bears

The Bear Den

How to Avoid Being a Meal

Timothy Treadwell, who didn't follow the above..

A tribute to him, and the home page of the website he founded, Grizzly People


Carve Magazine - outstanding short fiction..

The Milk Crate - slightly rant prone, almost a blog! (..but always interesting, and nice links too..)

The Fiction Warehouse - more online writing..


In the small and unique state of Rhode Island in which I grew up, there is one community which is even more unique. Woonsocket, at the very north of the state, has been a bastion of French Canadian civilization. Things might finally have changed a bit, but until the 1970's, most of the children went to Catholic schools, with instruction in French through high school. And, little old ladies served heaping bowls of my favorite legume delicacy, French Canadian Pea Soup!

Problem was, though, these folks were firm Catholics. FRENCH Catholics, who looked to Montreal for spiritual leadership.. but Woonsocket falls within the Diocese of Providence. Which, by the 1920's, had become dominated by Irish Catholics, who knew a thing or two about building strong political machines, secular or otherwise..

So , this leads us to the 'affair'

A Quebec perspective

Mentioned here , in context of filmaker exploring 'invisible' Franco-American culture..

Franco-American Women's Ezine..mentioned too, especially the stigmatic, Rose Farron..

Local Diocesan Newspaper looks back..

As a brief coda, when I was 10 years old, Louis Gelineau was appointed bishop of the Providence diocese. I can still remember the jingle that went around the French parishes..

"Hail Mary, full of grace / now the Irish are in second place!"


Blue Note Records - arguably the finest jazz label, the resurrected Blue Note maintains a great site, including web radio and other music links..

The Jazz Web - fantastic resource maintained by WNUR in Chicago..

All ABout Jazz - nice online magazine..

'If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn't be enough to go around.'

Christina Stead

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