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Magie Dominic Recently Featured in the National Post

Magie Dominic Recently Featured in the National Post

Sean Mitton, Canadian Expat Network

Magie Dominic: New York, by way of Newfoundland

In an elevator this week, a woman spoke about holidays and our summer vacations, and I mentioned that I grew up in Canada.

“You're from Canada?” she said,” I'm from Ohio!” as if it, too, were a separate country. Most people in New York are from elsewhere. The city is where we work. People get paid to live here.

I grew up in Newfoundland during the 1940s and 1950s. It was the Second World War, and tens of millions of people were dying worldwide. Bette Davis, Benny Goodman, Abbott and Costello. Then Ed Sullivan and Bonanza.

I lived in New York during the explosive years of the 1960s and the anti-war movement. The boycotts and protests. I read on flatbed trucks with remarkable poets. Woodstock, Vietnam, Napalm. Love-ins, long hair, drug overdoses and body paint. Neighbours who looked exactly like Jesus. All we were saying was give peace a chance. The Beatles. Janis Joplin. Miniskirts. A man walked on the moon.