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Yesterday, it had been 400 years since Shakespeare died. Today, it has been 74 years ago since Lucy Maud Montgomery died. I can’t believe that she died so comparatively recently! I’ve spoken about her a lot on this blog, and last year made a lifelong dream come true by visiting Green Gables and L. M. Montgomery’s own world on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  I really haven’t written as much about that as I ought to have done, but in this post I mention said visit to Green Gables.  I also grin as calmly as possible, so as not to scare the helpful friendly tourist taking my picture (see below). It really was a wonderful day. (more…)


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Princess (Source:  Battleoftheplanets.net)

Princess (Source: Battleoftheplanets.net)

1980s pop music has a lot to answer for; fortunately, I know that there is no possible way that I will be the only person of my acquaintance who can still sing/”sing” Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero all the way through. This is in no small part owing to my years spent as a faithful worshipper in the Church of Cheesy Pop (when I was an undergraduate), where such songs were the hymns, but my favourite part of the song is the Greek Chorus of ladies in white. The gender politics are annoying, and were annoying, even when I was eight years old, as Bonnie Tyler’s character didn’t quite fit with my other heroines – She-Ra, Wonderwoman, Princess in G-Force, Annie, Anne Shirley, Jo March and Joey Bettany – at the time. Yet still the song was something of a classic, and it does suit today’s Reverb12 prompt: (more…)

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Alas, dear readers, I had to leave Paris after a delightful week of boats up and down the Seine, stunning gardens, sumptuous buildings and beaucoup de soleil. Life must continue, and there is much to be done, within and outwith blogging.

In the meantime, please enjoy this account of a friend’s pilgrimage to the Land of L. M. Montgomery. Once I get back to full strength, I would like to see more of the world and a return to Canada, to see it in more detail and in a more relaxed fashion is very near the top of the list. Anabel may well have convinced me to start on Prince Edward Island.

The Glasgow Gallivanter

I couldn’t come to Nova Scotia and not detour onto Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province and the location for LM Montgomery’s books. I read Anne of Green Gables and all the sequels as a child and have reread the first book several times since, most recently a few years ago when a prequel (Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson) came out. I was pleasantly surprised at how close to the spirit of Anne that book was, and had to read the original again to check if Wilson had got her facts right. She had. It all dovetailed perfectly, and the story ended with Anne sitting on a station platform waiting to be collected – just where the “real” story begins.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (Maud) was born on PEI, and moved to live with her grandparents in Cavendish (Avonlea in the books) before she was 2. Her mother had…

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I realise that I should be considering Thing Four for CPD23, and I promise that I am, but Thing Three is still very much on my mind.  I have been thinking a lot about how I and others use my real name, and have used it, throughout my life.  I’ve always liked my name; it’s very much like that of L. M. Montgomery’s Little Elizabeth (in Anne of Windy Poplars), as I can change it according to my mood and situation.  Kathleen, Katie, Kate, Katya, Katherine, Kath. I have become accustomed to answering to more or less any variation on my name (officially, “Kathleen”) as people don’t always hear it properly or, if I am abroad, find it difficult to pronounce.  It is one of the drawbacks of having a relatively quiet voice, and it makes having clear, memorable business and calling cards considerably more important . And now, in public and in person, not merely online, I will answer to the Victorian Librarian.

Of course, when I was seven, I would only answer to Wonder Woman (so my godmother tells me), and in my first job post-University, I was nicknamed Buffy – I blame the kick-boxing classes – when I’d rather have been Willow, or a Watcher, a redhead and/or a genius book geek and librarian.  I still have all these characters as my role models; geekery is not just for Christmas.  I am also occasionally called Lucy – it was on the list of possible names before I was born, and certain friends (or “friends”, now that I think about it) maintain that it was intended to be short for Lucifer. While I would like to believe that this is because I am as bright as a morning star (after coffee, anyway), I suspect that diabolical comparisons are in fact being made at my expense.

The only real problem that I have ever had with my name is the Irish song I’ll take you home again, Kathleen, as was sung to me by our primary school janitor and various other wannabe comedians (several now coincidentally and curiously missing). For a few years, it seemed to be an accepted salutation in lieu of “hello”, much to my annoyance. Fortunately, the Tindersticks came to my rescue with their beautiful song which bears my name: Kathleen.

Alors … CPD23-ers, as a Thing Three (b), and everybody else, as a general question, what part does  your given name play in your identity, and what other names do you use, and why? Quick! To the comments!

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In a burst of cleansing synchronicity, this week’s thing is a task that I’ve been consciously working on for at least a year (with some pauses) and which I have just recently come back to contemplating; I have also just been drafted in to help a sibling with a similar project.  I’m hoping that writing about it for CPD23 will help me see how to move forward with these. But I have never thought about it as a brand, and I will admit to sharing some of the reservations about such terminology which Jo says were voiced by some of last year’s CPD23 participants. I would rather have a coat of arms than a logo, a seal rather than a standard signature automatically appended to every email that I send.  But much of that can be ascribed to reading too many fantasy novels from an early age.

I prepared for this blog post according to Jo’s aforelinked post at CPD23 HQ, searching for myself on Google, having logged out of my Google account and having checked the “Private Browsing” box to be absolutely sure. My LinkedIn profile was the first result of a straightforward search on “Kathleen O’Neill”, and further down the page I found my Twitter account @kathleenoneill. The next result relevant to me appeared on Page 4 of the search results – my Academia.edu profile.  I also did an image search using the same search terms, and my Academia.edu image was the first result. (more…)

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