Nellie and Albert

It’s easy to imagine the Village of Alliance back in 1937, the year my grandfather began teaching school there.   Alliance is currently described by the town website as “a spirited community where neighbours and friends are like family.  You’ll always be greeted with a smile and a cheerful hello”.   I perceive that nothing has changed. 

Young children riding their bikes greeted us with a happy hello and began a conversation about what we were doing there.  They cheerfully gave us directions to the museum and the Library, our primary destinations.   

Alliance is located in central Alberta, near the Battle River.  I discovered three claims to fame for this little village:

1)  The longest straight section of railway in Western Canada begins here at Alliance.














2)   Another surprise discovery was that of a ski hill nearby, complete with chairlift.  A ski hill… on the prairies!






3)  We came across an old Bandstand that had been relocated from main street to the local playground.  The King of England, King George VI accompanied by Queen Elizabeth visited Alliance during a 1939 Royal Tour of Canada!   At least that’s what the library book asserted. Cool!

After touring the village, which took all of ten minutes, we fortuitously parked in front of the town office, where we engaged the help of the young lady behind the counter.  A local woman, filling out forms, overheard our conversation and quickly determined that the home our helpful assistant rented was, in fact, the old teacherage!  We learned all about the history of the school, that it had burned down in 1925 and was rebuilt.   The NEW school was where my grandfather taught.


My grandfather, in his memoirs, tells this story: “One day, the young hotelman asked Connie, (my mom) age 4, if her Dad drank beer.  She told him to mind his own business.  I guess Connie didn’t think I was doing my part by not getting drunk like the other fathers.  Finally, she saw me one night getting drunk and she proudly went to the hotel and told them that Daddy really got drunk last night!”

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find anyone who actually knew my grandparents anymore.  I imagine they did make a difference in this little hamlet.


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 Hello My Friends,

am embarking on a new venture / adventure, and I know I will be more successful with you by my side. True story!

 My blog – LOLA (Laugh Out Loud Aging) is going to take a new turn. I’m so excited! Check out the blog here.

This summer I am going to start a weekly podcast called “The LOLA-logues”, which will detail the humorous side of the aging process in women.

I am going to “kick off” The LOLA-logues with “LOLA-Live” in June. The live event gives me a chance to do something that I love — tell my stories while engaging with others. AND we all need to laugh a little more. 

 I plan to have a LOLA-Live event every month — in the format of a “home concert”! A home concert is a small-setting performance (typically by musicians) in a house, adjacent barn, or back yard; it is typically by invitation, which makes it an intimate gathering. I am going to host the first one, but will be looking for hosts for Sept / Oct / Nov. What a great way to get your people together!

 Have I told you HOW EXCITED I am?  This has all come about because of working with my intuition — and if that is too Woo-Woo for you then . . . “it is all part of my long term business plan”.

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