The Return Of “Movie (Slide) Night!”
Beth Smith, Chair, Bylaws & Policy
When we were young (three girls), Mom
took lots of pictures of us, our relatives,
our Siamese cats, and our poodle named
Butch. She had the pictures developed onto slides
– lots and lots of slides. When I was old enough, I
would set up the projector, make popcorn and we
would have “Movie (Slide) Night.”
My niece and nephew loved looking at the funny
pictures of their Mom and 2 Aunties in their funny
clothes, crazy situations and would ask, “What was
the dog’s name again?” We would have these nights
often. These slides were so familiar to the kids that
they knew the names of everyone and where the
pictures were taken.
Eventually, Mom and Dad needed to downsize
and moved into assisted living accommodations, so
it was time to clean out their home. My two older
sisters decided that since I was the one who looked
after the entertainment with the Slide Show that I
should inherit the slides and, of course, I was tasked
to do ‘something’ with them.
Every now and then I get asked about the slides
and somehow, I steer the conversation in a different
direction. Years have passed since I inherited the slides.
March 2020 happened, and the World was told to
Stay Safe, Social Distance, Wash our Hands and Stay
Home as much as possible! After cleaning, purging,
and rearranging everything in my one-bedroom
apartment I came across Mom’s boxes of slides.
I have since made the slides into pictures, put
them on USB Flash Drives and plan to make photo
books for my immediate family members. These
will be my gifts to them along with a bag of popcorn
for each of them to enjoy as they peruse our
family pictures once again. There are now younger
members of our family who will enjoy seeing these
funny pictures of us.
Once our Stay at Home orders are lifted, I will
once again be able to enjoy the old family pictures,
with my family, while enjoying the smell and taste
of newly popped popcorn. Our “Move (Slide) Nights”
will happen again, with just a few small changes!
My Life Has Taken On a New Look
Alison Logan, Chair, Pension Committee
The winter of 2020 certainly brought changes
none of us have experienced in the past. The
work of RTAM has carried on, albeit with
a different look. The Board continues to meet on
a monthly basis, via zoom. Although things have
slowed down, the Committee continues to monitor
On a personal note, my life has taken on a new
look. I managed to sustain a third degree tear in
my hamstring while cross country skiing at the
beginning of February, so I had a head start of a
month in terms of things slowing down.
During that time, I caught up on some reading,
sewed many masks for my family, friends and my
church. I attended church services via computer
which turned out to be very fulfilling. I learned to
bake bread (didn’t everyone).
Come spring, I discovered that I had a passion for
gardening and had a relative amount of beautiful
results. During the summer, through the generosity of
friends, I was able to swim laps in their backyard pool
while public pools remained closed. Happy hour via
zoom took place with my dearest friends on Fridays.
When my “bubble” slowly began to open up, there
are no words to describe the feeling of hugging my
Most of all I feel truly blessed for the gifts I have
been given, and to live in Canada. Stay well.
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