Prospero’s Isle

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  • Margot - In Memoriam

    by Ray

    None of those who attended the funeral ceremony for our mother Margot Marne Smith, in St. Aidan’s Church in the woods near her home on Curran Lake in Quebec on February 17, 1996, can ever forget the emotion and spirit of communion intensely felt by all those present.
    The talks that were given (...)

  • Kingsley Amis "SF-drink" stories

    by Kingsley Amis

    These two unusual and very original stories are examples of a rare genre invented by the brilliant author of Lucky Jim: "SF-drink".
    They had me chuckling and even hooting, an enjoyable and all-too-rare experience indeed, and I dare say that they will have you doing the same! 1. The 2003 Claret (...)

  • Wedding Toast

    by Ray

    For the record, here is the toast given by the bride’s father at Michelle and Thomas’s wedding on August 23, 1991:
    Hello - as the proud father of the bride I have the pleasure of welcoming you all here to this happy event, and of starting the festivities off with a few (very few, don’t worry) (...)

  • Un dictionnaire littéraire allemand-français (avec définitions en allemand)

    by Ray

    Le cœur de ce dictionnaire bilingue et littéraire est constitué de tous les mots recherchés dans des dictionnaires bilingues ou de langue allemande depuis le début de mes aventures germano-livresques commencées depuis bien longtemps.
    Pour chacune des entrées nous avons intégré la traduction et la (...)

  • Extracts from the Minutes of the annual Smith-McWilliam picnics (1907-1945)

    by Ray

    23.09.2012 - re-issued with only extracts from the period 1907-1945, with kind permission of the publisher, Nancy H. Conn. The first Smith-McWilliam family picnic in Embro in 1907, which brought together almost all of the descendants of the McWilliam and Smith pioneers who had emigrated to the (...)

  • Pioneer Days

    by Ray

    This is the initial chapter of the booklet issued in 1982 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Zorra Presbyterian Church in Embro in 1832.
    It recounts in vivid detail the atmosphere of life in the Presbyterian community of Zorra township in those pioneer days, and is not (...)

  • The Maisley McWilliams in Canada family history book (1846-1939)

    by Ray

    Reinstated after having been previously removed from the site because of privacy issues, with pages referring to persons still living removed to respect their privacy rights. This carefully-researched little 51-page book, kindly provided by our cousin Robert McWilliam, is a complete history of (...)

  • Hommage à Serge

    by Cybervinnie

    Mot lu lors de la cérémonie funéraire de Serge, le 30 juillet 2012:
    Montpellier - Lundi 30 juillet 2012
    La mort a beau faucher au hasard, sans logique ni principe, la disparition brutale de Serge nous a d’abord inspiré incrédulité et sentiment d’injustice : jeune retraité de quelques mois, il (...)

  • Avraham BERGER (12.2.1946-27.3.2012)

    by Ray

    Cousin Nina’s beloved husband Avraham, father of their three children and grandfather of five (soon to be six), died of an aneurism in Jerusalem on March 27, 2012 at the age of 66.
    Avraham was head of Operations and Infrastructure for the Rehovot campus of the University of Jerusalem.
    All of (...)