Archive for Lois Forbes

Peter – Remembering Lois

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , on September 17, 2020 by segarini

This is my third start on this week’s column. It is a difficult column for me to write, as last week marked the first anniversary of my dear Lois’ passing. I was drawn to write about the incredible sorrow I felt as her health deteriorated, how grim my state of mind became as I plumbed the depths of despair dealing with the death of an intimate partner, a situation which Life had never prepared me for.

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Peter – Lois: The Anniversary and Her Celebration of Life

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2020 by segarini

Today is a hard day for me to get through. 18 years ago, I met Lois Forbes for the first time. I miss her terribly, while admiring her courage as she battled cancer. We made each other try to be better people, and I think that’s a pretty good achievement. I know I would  have rather made her angry than disappoint her. I will always hold her in my heart and I miss her terribly.

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Peter Recalls Jane the Cat

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2019 by segarini

Today I am going to write about cats, or rather, a cat. Not the musical, mind you, or even the upcoming movie.

Nope, I am going to write about the actual quadrupeds, or as some people call them, ” our feline overlords “. Today I am going to relate some of the background of my little buddy Reg’s mother Jane A later column will feature CoCo, who is the current official cat of Chez Montreuil.

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Lois and Reg and Peter and Coco

Posted in Family, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2019 by segarini

As you know, I am still dealing with Lois’ passing. Last week, I had to have my little buddy Reg put down. Depression has been prevalent in my life over the last while, often pinning me into bed until 1:00 P.M.

I dream about Lois and I think of things that I should have said to her, ways that I could have made her feel even more loved than she was… I finally got Lois’ apartment cleaned out and I have a lot of her things at my apartment, so it sort of looks like a submarine before setting out on patrol, with every surface covered with boxes.

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Peter – The Long Goodbye

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , on October 31, 2019 by segarini

 

This week’s effort will be another short one, as I am working hard to clear out Lois’ apartment before October 31st, my publishing date, coincidentally. While I have been working by myself mostly, Lois’ friend Sandra has come in twice from Guelph to help out, and my awesome nephew David Finkelstein not only gave up a precious Saturday from his family, but also rented a van on Wednesday and came to bring me within sight of the finish line. Many thanks to you both. I really appreciate it.

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Peter’s Belated Birthday Card to His Majestic Indifference

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2019 by segarini

 

September 14th marks Reg the Cat’s birthday. He turned 14 this year, but sad events overshadowed everything else this year, and the celebration was muted. However, here is my tribute to my little buddy for this year.

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Peter and Lois

Posted in Family, life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2019 by segarini

I’m sorry that there was no column from me last week. I suffered a devastating personal tragedy. This week, I am going to write about my greatest personal achievement, to whit, the wooing and winning of the fair Lois Forbes. Parts of this will be from previous columns, part from her obituary and part from the eulogy I gave on Tuesday, September 17th. I hope to “pull back the curtain” and give you some insight into the second most important woman in my life. (My mother edges her only on the basis of seniority.)

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Peter Has Band Advice, Festival News, and a Remarkable Young Film-Maker

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2019 by segarini

Summer is finally here….almost. Summer in Canada means barbeques, backyards, balconies, beaches, bathing suits, baseball, beer and badminton. (Enough with the alliteration, already. Get on with it. Ed.)

Summer in Canada also means that the days are growing longer. Gone are the dreary months of only seeing that pale yellow orb in the sky on weekends and sick days. Life moves outdoors as much as possible as we frequent patios, campgrounds and parks, squeezing every possible second of fun that we can out of this fleeting season, for we know that the leaves that shade us in July will need to be raked up and disposed of properly in October. (Mother Nature always bats last.)

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Peter – More on Dear Lois

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2019 by segarini

I want to thank everyone who read my latest column and gracefully ignored the several egregious punctuation errors I made. In my defense, I was typing in a hurry, with a Cat on my lap. I sent it to some of my relatives, so many in fact that Facebook thought I was spamming and kicked me out! If you’re reading this and you like it, follow the instructions to follow us. We have some damned fine writers on this blog, and your eyes and ears will thank you!

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Peter Shares A Lois Update

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2019 by segarini

This week’s column is going to be a little unusual, in that I will not be sharing any music. I suggest that you go through some older columns of mine or Pat Blythe’s or Frank Gutch Jr, for example, and you will find great music to listen to. There is a lot of amazing music being made all the time, and it’s not on mainstream radio. That doesn’t mean that it’s not worth seeking out and listening to! Check out “Ivory Hours” or “James Blonde” or “Vajra” or “Hotel Mira” or “Jailbirds”, to name just a few!(Your ears will thank you.)

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