Parrywinkle, August 24, 2017

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Hudson resident and stellar photographer Diane Piacente exhibits at recent Hudson Street Fair.

It's been a while since I've been on a rant in this column, dear readers. Call me a Luddite, anti-social (as if), or a cranky curmudgeon, but I can contain myself no longer. To directly quote Peter Finch in the 1976 movie Network, “I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.”


STOP BUGGING ME! - The reason? A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail inviting me to share “your experience of interesting stories, join groups to see what people are saying about your interests, watch videos, find friends, and more.”

It came from Facebook. Its tag line? Discover more with Vaudreuil-Soulanges - Connecting Communities and other Groups.

While I'm sure this is appealing to some (and why not?), I junked it. The very next day, I got three more identical e-mails. The day after. Four. Like Elvis - who died 50 years ago last week on August 16 incidentally, I 'returned to sender' insisting they cease and desist. The day after, I received another five. And it hasn't stopped!


LET'S FACE IT - But if anyone out there just happens to be reading this and can put an end to this nonsense, here's my reasons for not signing up. I'm not on Facebook, don't want to be, and nothing will convince me otherwise. Many of my experiences and interactions with others, I would like to think, make for interesting stories together with photographs here in Parrywinkle and elsewhere in Your Local Journal week in week out for the past several years.

Also, my beautiful Sunshine and I have friends of many years who know our coordinates and how to reach us and, if we want to watch a video together, we will probably borrow it from one of them or rent it from the Hudson War Memorial Library of which we are members. As for that 'more' category? Well, I'm not sure what the hell that means. Suffice to say that I'm equally disinterested.

And in closing, and now that I've got that off my chest, we have a life off the computer which for us, in essence, is a working tool. Not a chit chat room with people we don't even know. Which reminds me. I still have the balance of this column to write!


NEW HORIZONS - Speaking of friends, congrats to former YLJ writer, Céline Pilon, who just told me that, in addition to her other professional assignments including a book project in the making, she was recently appointed on a part-time basis Constituency Assistant-Communications (in both English and French) with Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP, Peter Schiefke.

And still on friends and politics, in a manner of speaking, it seems we have a new professional photographer in town who - as a Hudson councillor and interim mayor during the last administration - was certainly more accustomed to being on the other side of the lens. Namely Diane Piacente, now a graduate of the Photography Institute and a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada.


POW WOW PROMOTING PRIDE - Meanwhile, all in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region are invited to head across the Ottawa River this weekend, August 26 and 27, for Kanehsatake's 8th Annual Pow Wow, a non-profit, community-based event that promotes culture, spirituality, and traditions while providing a sense of pride.

It's a drug and alcohol-free event, the grand opening will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, general admission is $10 although there will be no charge for those aged 55 and over and kids aged 10 and under and, oh yes, there will be no pets allowed. For further info go to or call (514) 892-8731. Enjoy!


ANOTHER RANT - Did you catch the Solar Eclipse on Monday which, according to the U.S. space agency NASA, was the first to move from coast to coast south of the border in nearly a century? Neither did I here in Hudson as I had more important things to do. Like cutting the grass. But I did pop in to watch it live on CNN which was treating it like the Second Coming.

And then, suddenly and live from Brisbane, Australia, commenting on the eclipse, there was Chris Hadfield proudly introduced by non-blinking Wolf Blitzer as a U.S. astronaut. Twice! Despite the fact that everyone here north of the border and many elsewhere on the planet knows that Chris was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, operate Canadarm, and command the International Space Station. Shame on you Wolfie. Fake news. Sad!

And that's a wrap!


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