Monday, October 31, 2011

Bombshell's Birthday Bash‏

On the drive to Bombshell's surprise, birthday dinner, the
sky was filled with the most magnificent cloud formations,
backlit by the sun. The dinner party was held at La Molisana,
a family restaurant in the heart of Ahuntsic.

'Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general
observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the
ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time,
and still retain the ability to function.' ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

When her Grandparents journeyed from the outskirts of Gaspé
and landed in a quaint, picturesque neighbourhood bordering
Montreal-North, along with their 7 daughters and one son,
they settled in Ahuntsic.
They have called that area home since the 50s', and have
all evolved into their own very different and special individuals,
and for some in that same environs.
From the beginning one of the activities that brought them
together, as a family, was dinner at that eatery. I felt it
was apropos that she celebrate such a milestone soirée at
this storied establishment that carried such history for the
Couture family.

'And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.' ~ Abraham Lincoln

The food was delicious, well-presented and mouth watering.
Every dish was a chef-d'oeuvre. The liveliness and ambiance
were unparalleled and the entertainment top tier.
Our beautiful and talented Godchild, Chanel, who is our very
own Adele in-the-making, provided the entertainment. She belted
out her rendition of 'Aleluhia Acapella', with that magnificent,
Angelic voice. Hearts melted and minds imploded of the forty
family members and close friends who were present, including
those lucky patrons who were present by happenstance. The girl
brought the house down!

'To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds
our life.' ~ Pablo Neruda

* From Where I Sit! *
October 15, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Mount Stephen Club

Let us begin with a meeting at the once, grandest and most
opulent gentlemen's club located on Drummond, between De
Maisonneuve Blvd and Saint Catherine St. The setting for
hosting elegant weddings, speeches and parties for Montreal's
elite. The Cuban mahogany front doors of The Mount Stephen
Club opened up for me on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon.
The former home of Lord Mount Stephen - formerly George
Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen (1829–1921), was built as
an example of late Victorian architecture, with 24-karat
gold doorknobs and hinges and antiques filling its rooms.
The home was converted into a private business club for
men in 1926 - by Noah Timmins, J.H. Maher and J.S. Dohan.
Women were only later admitted.
The mansion, in which the club is housed, has been used
by various Hollywood stars for period films. The mansion
was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1971,
as the best example of a Renaissance Revival house and due
to its association with George Stephen - the Scottish-born
founding president of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

'Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over
materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession
of his own earth.' ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

I was there to meet a man for a job interview . . . of
sorts. Kenneth Beaumont, the scion of a real estate empire,
had decided to start a new venture in housing. Through the
years, his family had accumulated vast swaths of industrial
properties, and due to the recent economic downturn were now,
mostly vacant. Beaumont came up with this novel idea of
converting these large behemoths into cool units, but did
not want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on newspaper
and magazine advertisements, but rather do it online. Of
course it had to be catchy, with cool phrases and enticing
content, aimed at the young and hip 'nouvelle vague'. Through
a business associate, Beaumont was informed that I may be
just the right candidate for the task at hand . . . being
a prolific writer of fantasy. Hence our luncheon.
I thought about how the course of life has shifted and
evolved, in such a brief moment in time and space, into
a whole other plane of existence. I look around the room
and thought about being from another world. This was a
moneyed world of fundraisers, cottages on the lake, old
iconic institutions, flying south on a whim, and houses
on the mountain. I thought how several obscure encounters
have brought me into this very private and exclusive

"Good afternoon, young man," said Kenneth Beaumont, as
I entered the foyer.

"Good afternoon, Mr. Beaumont." I returned the greeting.

"Please call me Kenneth. Here is our table," said Beaumont,
as he motioned to a corner enclave set up for three.

At that moment a very tall, slender and gorgeous woman
dressed n a Herringbone skirt and jacket, with a crisp white
blouse and a foulard. As she was walking towards us, actually,
as she was slowly swaying every man, even some of the ladies,
turned as she went past them and made her way to our table.

"Good afternoon, sir. Good afternoon Mr. Borsellino. My name
is Wendy Carr. We have a mutual friend . . . Caitlin Rainn."

I turn to Beaumont and say, "Whatever you need . . . I'm your man!"

As he chuckled, he began, "We would like you to write content for
our online pages. I was shown several of your articles and I think
it's exactly what we are looking for."

'When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the
conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my
talent for absorbing positive knowledge' ~ Albert Einstein

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Published @ Amazon Kindle Store‏

Ladies & Gentlemen,
A short story I submitted to KDP was published @ Amazon
Kindle Store. It is for lovers of thrillers, mystery and
intrigue . . . and avid readers on the go. It is about illegitimate
offspring, family inheritance and art theft.

Here's a link to the book in the Kindle store:
'The Heist' |

My friend Nadine Hennelly (
directed me to this new medium as well as contribute
the book cover.

'All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing
them for the first time.' ~ Ernest Hemingway