Paddy’s Last Word Series #7: The truth about Christopher Clarkson

[Note: This is the seventh of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.] Howdy Folks,  I received a letter from my son Kevin today, and he included an article from the newspaper about Christopher Clarkson which included a photo of … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series #7: The truth about Christopher Clarkson

Paddy’s Last Words Series #6: New Year’s Eve reflections

[Note: This is the sixth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  It’s Sunday morning, 9:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and I’ve just turned off my Sony radio after listening to an hour of N.P.R. (National … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #6: New Year’s Eve reflections

Paddy’s Last Word Series #5: Christmas in Prison

[Note: This is the fifth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  My good friend Jimmy Allen also has been an inspiration to me this past year with the success of his book: “This Firefighter’s Life”.   What … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series #5: Christmas in Prison

Paddy’s Last Word Series # 4: Out of the frying pan, into the blizzard

[Note: This is the fourth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  I don’t know if the term “history repeats itself” is appropriate here, but I was just listening to my radio and heard a news broadcast … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series # 4: Out of the frying pan, into the blizzard

Paddy’s Last Words Series #3: Times have changed

[Note: This is the third of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  Did you get to read the piece about Samantha?   Because of the delay between my writing on this blog and my receiving it via snail-mail … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #3: Times have changed

Paddy’s Last Words Series #2: Chick Lit has changed

[Note: This is the second of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  These places afford people (inmates) plenty of time to read.   Dozens of periodicals come every day in the mail; newspapers come daily from all over the … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #2: Chick Lit has changed

Paddy’s Last Words Series #1: Tool Man

[Note: This is the first of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  I was never much of a handyman; breaking more of what I set out to repair than what I fixed.  If I got a flat … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #1: Tool Man