Nuit Blanche: Ottawa gets its art on!

Dear Wendy,

I know many people think of Ottawa (when they think of Ottawa at all) as a bit of a cultural backwater. And in some ways that’s true. As a city we tend toward the stodgy. You’re more likely to see national monuments and well-groomed parks here than, say, an all-night downtown art exhibit like Nuit Blanche. Continue reading

Wendy walks London: the Jewish Quarter

Dear Karen,

The first question we were asked was, “How many Jews are here today?”  About 7 people raised their hands. Continue reading

Sunday Videos: The Sequel

Good morning, readers!

Today is Sequel Day, where we go show you ”’what happened next”. Continue reading

Saturday round-up: All the news that fits

Dear Readers,

Well, that was quite the week, wasn’t it? Here we go with another rollicking Saturday news round-up. To badly paraphrase some famous newspaper or another, we present all the news that fits.

Here on After the Kids Leave, we started with a family get-together involving people beaning themselves on low-hanging crosses and belching at inappropriate times…which raises the question, “Is there ever an appropriate time to belch during Mass?” We’re thinking probably not. Continue reading

A Canadian Scottish referendum party!

Dear Wendy,

As I write this, the rich smell of roasting haggis is gradually permeating every nook and cranny in my house. We have laid by a store of single-malt Scotch whisky, stocked up on Irn-Bru and ginger beer for the teetotallers, and bought enough Scottish meat pies to feed a small army. Oh, and shortbread. Lots of shortbread. Continue reading

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