Today's date: Monday July 24, 2017
   
column width padding column width padding
The Wellington Advertiser Masthead Logo

We Cover The County...
39,925 Audited Circulation

WEEKLY POLL   |   Community News   |   EQUINE   |   Schools & Buses

Facebook Slug
Enhanced_728x90
column width padding column width padding



Bits and Pieces

by Barrie Hopkins




Digital pantomime

Contrary to the grandfather clock that once stood in the hall and talked to you by signifying each hour on the hour and each quarter hour by the one, two or three dings of its dong, the hands on the wall clock go round, round, round.

Meanwhile the digital on the bedside shelf compulsively contorts in compassionate pantomime.

Though some don’t brag of grandfather ancestry they are all in agreement that time marches on, one second at a time, tick after tick, no tock. The fact is this article is the start of my thirty-fourth year of free-lance writing weekly for the “Wellington Advertiser,” Let me hear three cheers and a clap, clap, clapping of hands for that.

A further fact is that it is being typed, by the biblical system of “seek and ye shall find,” on a brand new to me, computer that features Windows 10, which is an upgrade numerically from Windows 7. The keyboard is frustratingly slightly different and any slight technical differential leaves my mind in miner panic wondering as to whether, as it once was with the Rubik’s cube, a ball-peen hammer would not be in order.

Further to fact number one and two is the additional fact that this article is being typed on a bedside hospital table in which I have been a resident in for well over a week now. A further fact is I wrenched my back a week or more ago and it, so the doctors tell me after scanning the multiple x-rays, from the Owen Sound (doughnut) CT scan, is going to take quite some time to heal. So there you have the momentary update of tell-tale points of probable interest.

I have never been a fiction writer, reporter or journalist and fortunately have never been funnelled down those wobbly educational wagon wheel tracks. I write only what I see, hear or do, in words that I feel paints a verbal picture in the eyes of the reader. Things that have happened during my life have been far too interesting and/or rapidly happening for me to waste time dabbling in the possible quagmires of fiction when Mother Nature has so explicitly much to offer.

Fake ideas have never twanged any cords on my guitar, and should the truth be known I blame this on my Father who taught me early in life that truth is much more easily stored on the book shelves of memory than a scramble of fibs.

He also taught me the alphabet backwards at the age of three, which, in his forethought foresight, is probably the reason why I find self satisfaction in toying with the collection of 26 letters. This to paint, in conjunction with out-of-breath proper punctuation, a verbal picture of what I see, do and hear.

My father, being one of the hundreds of kids who Doctor Bernardo, from England, sent to Canada as farm labourers, was an exception in himself. He developed work ethics beyond fairness and always overflowed with interest in helping others. Small in stature he was a full foot short of my six foot two and never weighed more than 137 pounds his entire life.

Farm labour laws, during his tenure at the Curtis farm, allowed school dropout for spring planting. As a result my father never accumulated formal education beyond Grade 6. Nevertheless, that never stopped him from learning and passing on to others what he had gained by experience.

Perhaps it is hereditary, perhaps it is just a fluke of nature, perhaps it is the reason for the most frequently asked question, why I write. How is one to know? Who is to say?

Take care, ‘cause we care.

barrie@barriehopkins.ca

519-986-4105   

 

Vol 49 Issue 33

 
 

Tell Us What You Think

Login to submit a comment

Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser. Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive, unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. You must register or log in in order to post a comment. For more information, read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines.

       

ReliableFord

Spacer

Community Guide Spring 2017

COLUMNISTS

Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Bruce Whitestone
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Stephen Thorning
Stephen Thorning

Recent Columns

Bits and Pieces

  • Signature bonnet
  • Digital pantomime
  • Connect the dots
  • Generation gap
  • Little things
  • Tylenol kick
  • This Little Piggy
  • Nature's best
  • Canada's Business

  • The decline of civility
  • Irrational exuberance II
  • Speak up
  • An enduring register
  • A government assessment after one year in office
  • Gauge signals
  • Unpatriotic
  • Inevitable
  • Comment from Ottawa

  • The Syria question
  • Reflecting on 2016
  • Open, transparent combat mission?
  • Bad for businesses
  • Have your voice heard on electoral reform
  • Open and transparent?
  • Assisted dying
  • Leadership bid
  • Life-wise

  • Retirement
  • Canadas scarcity of calamity
  • Often we mirror our parents
  • Putting up with put-downs
  • A tale of two landlords
  • A letter from the campsite
  • Two shades of black
  • Precious memories
  • Queen's Park Report

  • Back to work
  • Merry Christmas
  • Remembering them
  • High-cost hydro
  • Six important issues
  • Emancipation Day
  • Great Lakes
  • Happy Canada Day
  • Special to the Advertiser

  • Death of JFK changed the world
  • Split Decision

  • Ministry requirements for cottagers
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Remembrance Day
  • Celebrating July 1 and Canada’s 150th
  • Senior (high school) pranks
  • Quarry capacity quandary
  • Raising Ontario’s minimum wage
  • E. coli testing at GRCA beaches
  • Staying Connected

  • It’s all about staying connected.
  • Stray Casts

  • Final lines: Its been great
  • Thorning Revisited

  • Travelling by automobile in Ontario, 1919 style
  • Joyriding railroaders narrowly avoided jail in 1913
  • Storms of 1890 devastated Wellington County
  • Dominion Day helped start tourist industry in Elora
  • Elora parade continues Dominion Day tradition
  • Drowning of infant caused a sensation in 1888
  • The Browns: Elora’s outstanding horticulturalists
  • Elora led most places in tree planting in 19th century
  • Valuing Our History

  • Hustonville founded, thrived, vanished in 20 years
  • Lack of railway siding frustrated Fergus’ James Gow
  • Fergus mill made oat flour for Cheerios, other brands
  • Railway passenger service waxed and waned over the 1900s
  • Tanner’s woolen mill in Mount Forest burned twice in a year
  • Elora principal George Edgcumbe ended his career in disgrace
  • Peter Perry a memorable principal of Fergus High School
  • Fire gutted Fergus building owned by Robert Kerr in 1931
  • WriteOut of Her Mind

  • Dear Editor:
  • Score
  • Happy birthday
  • Canadian dinner guests
  • 24 hours
  • ...Or what?
  • Bottle it
  • Bird song
  • column width padding column width padding column width padding

    The Wellington Advertiser

    News

    Opinion

    Community

    Deaths

    Digital Publications

    Classifieds


    Twitter Logo

    Free Press News Network Logo