Onion Paper and Ashes - theHumm March 2020
Onion Paper and Ashes - theHumm March 2020
By Angie Arendt
We were standing next to our lockers waiting for the bell to ring before heading into Typing I for an hour of the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, hoping that today would be the day we would hit the elusive 60-words-per-minute goal — a feat that would let us upgrade from the clunky manual starter typewriters to the coveted IBM Selectrics for the rest of the semester. I was out of onion paper and begging some off of Lisa when I saw a glob of dirt smeared on her forehead.
“You’ve got something on your face…” I whispered quietly, not wanting to embarrass her. How in the world she got out of the house without seeing that blob of black between her eyebrows was beyond me.
“What?” she said as she reached into her stash to retrieve a packet of paper for me. Lisa always had extra everything in her locker: #2 pencils, reams of loose leaf paper, correction tape and Liquid Paper, mittens, Jolly Ranchers, lip balm. Her predisposition for organization and preparedness saved my butt (and the butts of so many others) on many an occasion throughout our high school career.
“You’ve got something there. On your forehead.” I reached over to wipe it off for her because that’s what friends are for: to pull the toilet paper off your shoe, let you know when your fly is open or you’ve got lipstick on your teeth, to share school supplies and to wipe the crap off of your face when you’ve left the house without glancing in the mirror — which is clearly what had happened at Lisa’s house that morning. “Let me get it for you….”
That’s when I learned about Ash Wednesday. I knew all about Fat Tuesday. Well, that’s not quite true; I didn’t know about beads and boobs and Mardi Gras yet. But I did know that one Tuesday a year was set aside as an “all the pancakes you can eat” kind of day — one of my favourite days of the year.
I don’t remember what she actually said while we stood there in front of our lockers with onion paper in hand, but I do know that I discovered that morning that the dirt streaked across Lisa’s forehead was more than a “Catholic thing” (as my grandmother would later describe it, clucking her Protestant tongue in disapproval as she did so). It was a reminder that life is too precious and short to take for granted. That smudge between my friend’s eyebrows was a symbol of gratitude and grace, life and love, not just for her but me that day too — a symbol I needed more than I knew then and one that I need more than I care to admit now.
So thanks Lisa, wherever you are, for saving my butt with your onion paper and oh-so-much-more on that snowy, grey February morning all those years ago. I hope that when I’m out and about tomorrow, full-to-the-gills from all the pancakes and sausage I’ll be eating tonight, somebody will notice that I’ve got something smeared across my forehead and I can pay the gratitude and grace thing forward. I’ll be thinking of you…
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
The mere mention of Transylvania anywhere in the Anglosphere immediately conjures up the occult adventures of Dracula. Having never met anyone from Transylvania before, your intrepid arts reporter was both mesmerized and intimidated by my utter lack of knowledge of the background of this month’s featured artist from Arnprior.
Mária Moldován’s astonishing art is as unfamiliar as her background — and just as fascinating. This accomplished and multi-talented artist weaves he......
Maple Marches into the Valley! - theHumm March 2020
By Sarah Kerr
March! I can’t believe it! We’ve made it through the darkness and are heading to the light — with longer days and spring just around the corner. I find March is a favourite month of mine, not just because it’s my birthday month, but it’s also Nowruz (Persian New Year on spring equinox) marking a new year, a fresh start, spring!
I love planning March with kids because its full of maple goodness; there’s still snow but lots of sunshine to get the sap running. The beginning of the agricultural seaso......
In April 2018, ten Mississippi Mills artists held their first show, expecting 500 people to visit. By the end of the two-day exhibit, more than 1,200 had attended the show and visited the town. In 2019 attendance increased to 1,600. Visitors came from Mississippi Mills, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto. The artists were overwhelmed and sold many of their paintings. It was also very busy weekend for the local restaurants and stores.
“The overwhelming success of the last two shows and......
By Submitted Maureen Running and Nancy Chevrier, Social Justice Committee, CFUW Perth and District
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Stand-Up and Take Notice! - theHumm March 2020
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ADHS Presents Noises Off - theHumm March 2020
By Elizabeth Golding is a grade 12 student at ADHS
Come see Almonte and District High School’s latest play, and don’t forget the sardines! This year ADHS will be performing Noises Off, which was written by Michael Frayn in 1982. It was during a t......
By Sebastian Weetabix
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TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 28, 2020 Support Almonte Merchants, Get Out and Run, and Stay Healthy with Modern Thymes - theHumm March 2020
Destination Almonte has created a wonderful online resource for folks wanting to support their local merchants. At destinationalmonte.com......
TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 27, 2020 Art Kits for continued creativity, and original art in exchange for ordering books! - theHumm March 2020
JB Arts in Almonte and Art & Class in Perth are both offering a creative way to stay creative: custom art kits that can be delivered or picked up! In Almonte, you can email email@example.com and......
TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 26, 2020 Good food for dinner, the history of Fortune Farms, and Mississippi Mudds-wear. - theHumm March 2020
If you find yourself running out of flour (or inspiration), why not order dinner tonight from The Good Food Co? Petra writes: “We are trying to keep food waste and traffic into the storefront to ......
TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 25, 2020 Bubbles & Bites, YouTube Yoga, and band banter with Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. - theHumm March 2020
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TheHumm’s Daily Dose for March 23, 2020 Online yoga, delivering groceries to seniors, and a virtual April Humm! - theHumm March 2020
Starting today (Monday, March 23), Carp’s Yoga & Tea Studio will be offering their daily schedule of yoga classes LIVE online since the studio is temporarily closed due to Covid-19. Find out ......
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