Browsing All posts tagged under »Lauriate Roly«

And How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 19, 2017

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As Spring wears into Summer, Lauriate Roly contemplates the joys of the garden. By Lauriate Roly We have a kind of “End Of Winter” evening at my house. I like to do this every spring for my neighbors.   These friends whom I have not seen since they began hibernation, as I did, right after Halloween […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: No Power that Saturday Night

April 10, 2017

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By Lauriate Roly   “I’ll give you ten dollars”. Well, no… What do you mean, No? If people really want to hear me play because they like it, I don’t need money to please them.  It’s enough for me that they enjoy my playing.  I love to play, and I love to hear myself play.  […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: A Kiss is Still a Kiss

February 14, 2017

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By Lauriate Roly Something that never excited me, was to kiss someone. In fact, I hated  it. What an uncomfortable and ridiculous custom having someone grab and crush themselves to you and plant a very uncomfortable and miserably juicy pressure on your comfortable and dry face. My aunt Katy was a horror and demon as […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: The Magic Violin

December 12, 2016

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By Lauriate Roly There’s a lovely church in front of my house. Mountainview is a tiny hamlet.  There are only five houses, five mailboxes, a lonely and hidden cemetery and a beautiful old fashioned style church that never sees a soul enter there except on very special days, such as Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or, […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Cynthia

November 7, 2016

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By Lauriate Roly Would you like to read a story about me?  It’s true and has hardly ever been revealed to anyone. Our newly bought clothes always needed alterations and adjustment, and Mrs. Allen, my mother’s good friend, was a great seamstress and expert on the sewing machine.  An ancient Singer, which she and her […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: The Big… Balloon?… In the Sky

September 5, 2016

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Lauriate Roly recalls a strange phenomenon. By Lauriate Roly In 1952 I lived in the Town of Mount Royal, a sub-division of Montreal. I had just left home at about 8 o’clock in the morning for my drive to work. It was a lovely clear warm day. I drove a convertible in those days and […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Woolworth’s

July 11, 2016

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By Lauriate Roly I’ve been fortunate enough to have dined in some of the greatest restaurants. None sticks in my memory more than Woolworth’s. From where I worked to my night school classes was about two miles, and I would have to walk that distance, if I expected to use the money I had on […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Hughie’s Story

June 6, 2016

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Lauriate Roly recalls a compelling story from an unlikely source. By Lauriate Roly Hughie was a hermit. He was about sixty years old at the time. He was completely uneducated, couldn’t read, nor write, and how he managed to survive was a mystery. He lived in a tumble-down shack, without walls and almost no roof. […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: They Laughed When I Sat Down to Play

March 14, 2016

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I don’t know how I learned to play the piano. It’s such a ridiculous history that I’m having trouble writing about it.  But, ridiculous as it may be, I’m going to try to tell you, as clearly as I, in my senior of senior years, may relate the story and attempt to put all the fatuous […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Crèche – Mom, From Central Casting

December 21, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly The school I went to had a boy’s side and a girl’s side, “and never the twain shall meet.”  It was strictly forbidden for either side to mix with the other. Even in the big schoolyard we shared together, there was a heavy painted line that neither gender child would even think […]

Bandshell (Maybe Forever?)

September 7, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly One of my greatest pleasures is hearing a band playing in an outdoor bandshell.  From earliest childhood days that I can recall, listening to music being played in the open air is just about the most beautiful feeling there is for me. The music is raw.  No enhancing sound devices involved and […]

Lauriate Roly: A Back-Handed Compliment?

July 27, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly   My wonderful daughter Madeline does so many things for me. She and her wonderful husband Larry have lived with Frances and me since they were joined in happy matrimony, when they decided to come and live with us in our oversized house. They’ve always been so supportive in so many ways.  If […]

Lauriate Roly: L’Arbre de Noel – The Bigger, the… Cheaper?

December 12, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly I couldn’t believe the sleek, spotless, black stretch limo coming into my driveway.  Only because it surprised me;  but I knew in an instant that Cheryl from Brussels, the “Belgium Bombshell”  was back in town. She had business to do in Montreal and needed to see me first,  so naturally, since I […]

Oh. Not Again.

November 3, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly   It’s so dark; so early. Was I supposed to set my clock back an hour last night? I used to love the dark, on Berri Street.  I used to feel so comfortable and sure about myself in the advancing darkness and waiting for the streetlights to go on.  Also, I loved […]

Lauriate Roly’s Valentine Challenge: Love Songs

February 14, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly Some time ago, reaction to my Pick-Me-Up article featuring the lovely and inspiring song lyrics, “On A Clear Day,” by one of our best song lyricists, prompted me to assemble a group of some other remarkable and memorable phrases in love songs. If you’re a romantic like people say I am, and […]

Market Day

July 25, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly Probably No Big Deal In NYC – But Amazing In Belleville. There were two things I wanted at the farmer’s market to-day, so I got up early to go there before the torrid zone heat set in again. I quickly found what I wanted: corn on the cob, and a watermelon. The […]

But I Can Dream, Can’t I?

May 21, 2013

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Lauriate Roly ponders:  is all that we see and seem but a dream within a dream? By Lauriate Roly I knew it would never happen, but each time I bought a ticket, I thought about it. Even if the whole thing came about as it would in my daydreams, I knew it wasn’t possible because […]

The Big… Balloon?… In the Sky

May 14, 2013

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Lauriate Roly recalls a strange phenomenon. By Lauriate Roly In 1952 I lived in the Town of Mount Royal, a sub-division of Montreal. I had just left home at about 8 o’clock in the morning for my drive to work. It was a lovely clear warm day. I drove a convertible in those days and […]

Hughie’s Story

May 7, 2013

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Lauriate Roly recalls a compelling story from an unlikely source. By Lauriate Roly Hughie was a hermit. He was about sixty years old at the time. He was completely uneducated, couldn’t read, nor write, and how he managed to survive was a mystery. He lived in a tumble-down shack, without walls and almost no roof. […]

Moving Situations Can Be Horrifying

April 30, 2013

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The angst of moving a most beloved possession. By Lauriate Roly When it comes around to May 1st, my mind journeys back to my days living in Montreal. The reason is because in Montreal the first day of May was popularly known as “moving day”. Almost everybody moved on that day. No one has ever […]

A Timely Pick-Me-Up

April 22, 2013

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As we gradually gain perspective on the Boston bombing, Lauriate Roly examines the emotional impact such events have on people everywhere. By Lauriate Roly Sometimes things going on around me can really knock me flat. I mean things that I simply can’t do anything about. Like wars, or terrible earthquakes happening somewhere on the planet, […]

… Like the Birdies Sing

April 19, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly Do Birds Recognize Humans – And Know When To Come Around? I recently read that birds recognize humans and that they will come around if they think you might feed them or even if they just enjoy being near you for some reason. I have a feeling this is actually a fact […]

What Do You Hear Outside Your Windows at Night?

April 9, 2013

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As warm weather finally arrives, Lauriate Roly laments the mysterious disappearance of a neighborhood phenomenon. By Lauriate Roly The question would have more meaning to me if I would be asked what I don’t hear. I would tell you how I miss the cute and mysterious musical sound of the “peepers”. I live in the […]

Remembering Woolworth’s

April 2, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly I’ve been fortunate enough to have dined in some of the greatest restaurants. None sticks in my memory more than Woolworth’s. From where I worked to my night school classes was about two miles, and I would have to walk that distance, if I expected to use the money I had on […]

The Dream Merchant

March 26, 2013

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Lauriate Roly makes a discovery about his mother’s imagination, years later. By Lauriate Roly When I was a child, my mother owned a “Dream Book” which she got after sending in a great number of box tops from RINSO. She learned about RINSO’s special Dream Book offer, listening every day to “Big Sister”, her favorite […]

And How Does Your Garden Grow?

March 19, 2013

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As the Vernal Equinox arrives tomorrow, Lauriate Roly contemplates the joys of the garden. By Lauriate Roly We had a kind of “End Of Winter” evening at my house last week. I like to do this at this time of year for my neighbors.   These friends whom I have not seen since they began hibernation, […]

Falling Not Far From the Tree

March 12, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly I was taught that I would be a better person if I could restrain myself accordingly. So I tried, from a very young age. Admittedly, there were times I recall, but only too well, being corrected, quite severely along the way;  but eventually it became almost second nature, though never completely easy […]

Starry Night

February 26, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly My story is not spectacular. It is just something quite simple and I don’t want to make it appear to be anything else. But a lot happened that day. Our aim was to leave Paris very early in the morning intending to go as far south as we could to reach Cannes […]

Goodbye Shirley Schrift, And Your Unforgettable Aliases

February 22, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly No one can ever measure my love for live theatre. It is unique and irreplaceable. Aside from usually being ecstatic about the performances themselves, I seem to be heaven blessed sometimes with unexpected serendipitous experiences where I get to meet and speak with some of the performers. I will never forget the […]

Every Year. February Fourteenth. (Ouch!)

February 14, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly I like St. Valentine’s Day. It’s a great idea, but it still always gives me horrible shivers. When I was young, I had to quit school and go to work. The places I worked always paid their employees twice a month… on the fifteenth and on the last day of the month. […]

No. I Don’t Think So. Not Again.

February 7, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly   Flying was never for me…well, not at first. If I couldn’t go there by automobile or passenger liner, I simply would not go. Then, because airline travel become so popular, Atlantic crossings by ship dropped down to nil. I became quite ill at about that time. I had always said I […]