James’ Brand New Blog

Where was I on March 8? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- March 7th, 2012

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Image of Jay Macpherson, courtesy of brocku.ca

Wrote French

Studied Latin

– March 8, 1967

Went out to visit Grandpa

Party for Jay Macpherson

– March 8, 1968

Downtown: Heard Ten Years After

Bought ‘The Who Sell Out’ on sale.

Black Light Non Practice/Pen. (???)

– March 8, 1969

The Big Offer to Join from Rick and Lee.

A Good Goat Band Practice — due to the return of Deanne?

Wayne & Schuster.

– March 8, 1970

Lots of music on this day in my life with Rick & Lee (bless you, wherever you may be) apparently figuring JBNBlog & his Traynor amp might be their bass guitar solution.

Deanne was our good friend from Central, Deane (as the Central yearbook has it) Henderson who later worked in publishing & ran one of Canada’s best bookstores in Nova Scotia . . . Latin was wasted on me — & what a fool was JBNBlog.

Visiting my Grandpa Reaney out at Westminster hospital & its Western Counties area started me on a path to be repeated many times over the next 40-plus years . . . Grandpa Thibaudeau, Dad & Mom were all out at Parkwood or its associated areas & I salute them all, & those who cared for them, with love.

The name meaning most to me in 2012 is Jay Macpherson, the great Canadian poet & friend of my parents. She once said, cheerfully, her book Welcoming Disaster (with its huge fish about to devour an ark-like boat) was anti-Boatman (her famous 1957 collection). I send, as always, thoughts & prayers to this Canadian icon.

*An occasional series based on a v. cryptic diary kept as a pen&ink forerunner to JBNBlog during the late 1960s, when our family lived in London, Stratford (parts of summers of 1966 & 1967), Victoria, B.C. (July 4, 1968-July 4, 1969) and then London again until June, 1970 when I was in Grade 13.

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