I’m Back: Titanic Undertaking

Hello faithful readers…if I have any left. My apologies for being gone so long but I needed the hiatus to get some clarity. While I was gone, I took a part-time job designing kitchens at The Home Depot, I joined the Humanist Association of Ottawa (so far have attending only one meeting), I maintained my usual parenting and domestic responsibilities, and grappled with a semblance of a social life. So I generally ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. No time for writing…or rather, no energy. Boy! Did I miss it. I also missed my kids which was the biggest part of my decision to quit my job and return to being the “woman of leisure” that I once was. Penniless but happy. Before you start sobbing at my tale of woe, let me tell you that I’m quite giddy at the prospect of returning to writing. I do have to warn you, however, that I’m taking a new focus. Close to Home. There are many things in the world that I would love to change but have no power to do so. There are many things, however, that I do have control over and these are things in my own life, things that affect me directly, my family, my friends, or my community. To be honest, I feel more empowered focusing here. So those of you who enjoyed my international political and humanitarian rants, I’m sorry, but hopefully you’ll find my new discussions interesting as well. The experts always say, write about what you know. Ok. Here I go!

Month of the Titanic

April 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the maiden voyage and the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It’s been all over the news as has the much-anticipated release of the 3D version of James Cameron’s 1997 epic “Titanic”. This is a particularly important event at our house. My son, who turns 9 on April 6th, has an avid interest in all things Titanic. It all started last year with a book called “Tonight on the Titanic“, one in the series of the Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osbourne. After reading the book, he had to know everything about the ship, the passengers, the sinking, and the wreck. Aside from buying him several books on the Titanic, taking him to see the model of it at our Museum of Science and Technology, looking up videos of recent dives to the wreck on YouTube, I decided that perhaps he should see some excerpts from the film. I looked everywhere for that movie and couldn’t find a copy on any shelf in any store. That’s when I discovered they had stopped selling the older version and it was going to be re-released for the anniversary. My son has been waiting a whole year for April 4th. Now I have to decide whether I’ll go with him, kleenex box in hand, or send him with his father to avoid the emotional cataclysm that, without a doubt, will ensue (on my part, not my son’s).

Luckily there are other events in the region that will allow me to maintain my emotional equilibrium, such as it is. Recently, on a community show called Regional Contact, I learned of a man named Rene Burgeron who happens to be a collector of articles from the Titanic and the White Star Line (the Titanic was one of 3 sister ships on the line). His vast collection, which includes various pieces of china unique to the White Star Line, a piece from the railing of the grand staircase, life jackets worn in the making of the James Cameron film, and styrofoam cups taken down on submarine excursions to the wreckage, will be on exhibit in Cornwall from April 9th to the 14th, 10am to 6pm at Bergeron Sleep Shop and Hot Tubs (located at 1005 First Street East). I’ll definitely be taking my son to see that as well as to the Museum of Science and Technology to see their presentation of Titanic Remembered where you can “Meet various experts, learn how an iceberg damaged the Titanic’s hull, and see how distress signals would have been sent at that time. Enjoy beautiful chamber music, build your own ship model and explore the science of icebergs.”

Last but not least, I will be putting my creative abilities to the test by making a birthday cake for my son in the shape of the Titanic. No, it won’t be half sunk, nor will there be small figures afloat in the waters, nor, as my cheeky friend suggested, will there be a half-naked Kate Winslett in the back of a car on the lower decks. It will be as close as I can get, cake-wise, to the ship as she left dock at Southampton – swiss rolls for smoke stacks, chocolate covered pretzels for the masts…well, you get the idea. This is when my true genius as domestic goddess will be either proved or terribly shattered. I figure, though, if the cake looks like hell, I can always claim I was aiming for a likeness of the wreck on the ocean floor. Wish me luck! Photos to follow…

If you have any plans to mark the anniversary of the Titanic or know of any local activities, I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for dropping by.


10 thoughts on “I’m Back: Titanic Undertaking

  1. As one of your loyal readers I am thrilled beyond words that you’re back on your blog. My writing has taken a hit, hopefully not a devastating one, as Syria spirals further into violence. I’m kept afloat by hope that we the people will emerge free when the mayhem and dust settle down.
    Until then, reading is my best friend and you know how I always felt about reading you in particular. Your take on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic is an example of how you bring a ray of hope in the midst of tragedy. You inspire me to write in the same way about my sinking country. I have to thank you for that and for the smile you’ve planted in the heart of at least one reader.


    1. Dear Abufares, thank you for sticking with me. It’s wonderful to be back and to know I haven’t lost my treasured group of commenters. I hope that now I’ll be able to do some more reading as well and return to visiting my favourite blogs, including yours.

      My heart is with Syria and it’s people. I follow the news closely and keep hoping for that moment when it’s clear that the mayhem has ended and freedom is on the horizon. My thoughts are with you and your family. All the best my friend.


  2. Hey! Love the new direction of the blog. The masthead picture of Anna is truly beautiful. I can say with some authority that your return to blogging is sure to leave me suffonsified, sufficiently! So welcome back to what you love doing and the life you love living. Thrilled for you, my dear.


    1. Hello Jayne! I’m so happy to see you here. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic words of support. They are much appreciated. I will add your blog to my blog roll shortly so I don’t miss any of your wonderful posts! Hope to see you again soon!


  3. First of all, welcome back! It was so nice to see an update on my blogroll. Today I really feel suffonsified.
    As for the Titanic, I can tell it’s a fascinating topic. Lots of points of view from where to see it. But Cameron’s movie is not among my favorites, I must say.
    Let me wish your son a very happy birthday. And a great day for the whole family.


    1. Ah, my dear Gabriela! Thank you so much for being here too. Just like Abufares, I certainly value your comments and presence here.

      Well, whether or not you enjoyed the story told on the Titanic movie, you have to admit that, visually, the movie is quite exciting. Being able to see the grand staircase, the magnitude of the ship, the boiler rooms, etc is quite fascinating. That’s the part of the movie I’m sure my son will enjoy. The love story will hold little importance to a 9 year old boy. Lol!

      Thank you for your wishes. I’ll be sure to tell him. All the best to you and see you again soon…either here or at your place. 🙂


  4. ISOBEL! You did have a hiatus! Glad I chose to stop by today – prodded by seeing your name pop up. I’ve slowed down a bit…nasty stalkers, a blogger getting stabbed in Amman, more work at home all contributed.

    I am glad you did so much, added a new image and so love your new focus!
    Abu Fares’ comment is so sad. God help Syria.


    1. Hi Kinzi! Yes, I was on your blog briefly yesterday. I was going through my blogroll, narrowing it to the blogs I actually do follow, and clicked on each link to make sure they were still active. I saw that your posts were brief and not your usual topics. I’m sorry that your freedom to write about such important issues has been infringed upon. I’m sure it must have been unnerving. I’m glad, though, you haven’t stopped entirely.

      I thought of you many times during the trial of the Shafia family here in Canada. I wondered if you were aware of it. It was big news here and I imagine it made international news. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/03/16/montreal-honour-killing-shafia-harper.html. Fortunately, in this case, justice was served and served well but it will never bring back the girls.

      The state of Syria saddens and frustrates me beyond belief. The best we can do is to hope it ends soon before 1000’s more are killed. I just wish that there was some indication that I could be that optimistic.

      I’m so happy you stopped by. Glad you are well and busy. 🙂


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