Friday, July 13, 2012


I will always be grateful to Dr. Susan Ingersoll for introducing me to one of my very favorite pieces of Canadian Literature, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" by Stephen Leacock. I was doing Canadian Lit courses as part of a prerequisite for my Canadian Studies minor, the book assigned reading.

The fictional characters who inhabit Leacock’s masterpiece are instantly recognizable from every small town in Canada. As a political staffer, I saw Mariposa in Stephenville, Marystown, Port Aux Basques and many other communities in which I interacted.

Sketches helped provide levity, comfort and sanity over the years as I dealt with some really interesting individuals who were not as unique as one might think. Often they were characters right out of Leacock's imagination.

Imagine my pleasure when I learned that CBC is selling the "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" DVD.

The world of narrator Stephen Leacock’s memory and imagination unfolds with Canadian (Newfoundlander) Gordon Pinsent as both the narrator of the film and an actor.

I ordered a copy today!

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