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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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The last days of the assembly at Valcartier would end for the artillery and for Alec, my Grandfather this weekend. Here is a rare photo of gunners at the camp. On the 20th the artillery would ride the 30+ kilometres... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
If you are diagnosed with a chronic illness today such as Type 2 Diabetes, you have a choice. The medical system will offer you "Palliation". This means a sequence of treatments that do not cure you and that lead, over... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Why do most of us refuse to see what is happening? Why will people just not listen? What is denial all about? Earl Mardle has some insight. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
What our home is like is surely key to being free or not. Is your home a prison cell or is it the core of your freedom? In this post, I attach a conversation with Earl Mardle who, with his... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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No one claims that smoking is good for us anymore. So why do so many still smoke? Why don't they just quit? It is the same with our larger lives. We have become addicted to work and to being busy.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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If you could change the culture at a traditional organization. If you could get everyone connected? Would that transform you into a networked organization that is able to compete with ones that started as Networks from the outset? Many think... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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(Apologies - I pushed "publish" on a draft when I should have just saved it) If your organization is a traditional top down and centralized organization then no matter what you do, you will not be able to change the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Martha Allan in 1920. (Link to a short bio here) She looks like a typical society woman of the time. But the photo is an illusion. She, like many women, had been changed by the war. She had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Hamilton Gault. (More about him here) Not a man to fool with and a born warrior. Look at his eyes! He is the uncle by marriage of my great aunt Frances whom we met a few posts ago.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Uncle Jimmie. James Blackwood Paterson ran the insurance part of Paterson and Company. He was the largest agent for the London based Phoenix Assurance Company. Then the most important insurance company operating in Canada. The Patersons and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The men riding in this picture are called "Drivers". They would have to be excellent horsemen. They are guiding the 6 horses as they pull tons of steel. I mentioned earlier that many of the grooms of Montreal followed the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This picture is of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1915. As their men trained at Vacartier in August and September, many Montreal families in the Square Mile, prepared to follow their men to England. Here is Francis Chattan Stephens, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is the Allan "Cottage" in Cacouna. It is where the family spent the hot summer months away from Montreal. I would guess that as the men left for war, that the Allans had their last summer here. It was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Films such as Lord of the Rings or The Matrix have been very popular. They are based on a myth. The myth is of a person who starts to wake up to the reality that there is something badly wrong... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The web is amazing. I have found an album of photos taken at Valcartier. This shot is of the artillery arriving at the camp on August 17th, 1914. The weather looks lovely. Unlike today when it is so cold that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This a picture of the Camp at Valcartier in Quebec where the First Contingent assembled in August 1914. Alec and the 2nd Brigade CFA had taken a train there on or about the 14 or 15th of August. Men had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Uncle Montagu Allan, the "Laird" of Montreal. He is in the uniform of the Colonel of the Canadian Black Watch. After WWII, my uncle Tommy Bourne was also the Colonel of the same regiment. The Montreal that Grandfather... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This map of a tiny part of Montreal, known as the Golden Square Mile, was the social world of my grand father. It was a place where not only did everyone know everyone but you were likely to be related... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is my grandfather, Alec, as part of a group picture of the RMC Senior Football Team in 1913, the year he graduated. He was mad about sports and played semi professional hockey well into his late twenties. He had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is my grandfather Alec Paterson as a cadet at RMC Kingston. He graduated in 1913. He was one of a few Canadians that had had any military training before World War 1. I post this picture to introduce the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Are boys and girls the same? The evidence tells us not. This post is all about the consequences of this question. In part I of this series, we examined how sensitive men are to external culture and so to external... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Today I got a video of Alfie and Sophia - who are in Turkey - playing with bows and arrows. here is a snip. Nearly 60 years before this another brother and sister were doing the same. Diana and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I am with you all the way Josh. I have not read Sax but will now. "Equality" has damaged us all and I will pursue this idea in the next post - we are Different and understanding this is the key to all that is best for men and for women
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I am in the midst of writing a series on how boys become men. I am doing this in response to how badly men and doing right now and the risk that badly derailed men pose to us all. My... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Are men naturally violent, anti social, anti women and dangerous? Or have they been derailed from a better nature by how they fit into the modern culture? In Part I of this series, I made the case that men are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog