Archive for the COVID 19 Category

Peter’s News of the World

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Review on January 20, 2022 by segarini

While I was considering the topic of this week’s column, I looked at several options. For example, I could have written the entire column about Mr Duck. I then thought about writing about the online reaction to the news that Airfix, the iconic British plastic model company, has announced that they will be releasing a 1/24th scale Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXc later this year. Let me tell you, Loyal Reader, the electronic outrage has run the gamut from “too big and too expensive” to lamenting that Airfix won’t be producing a Spitfire IXe ! (Definitely a first world problem, in any case.) I also could have written about the unspeakable burden of having a birthday firmly wedged between Christmas and New Year’s, but that would have sounded really whiny 😉 .

So after some consideration, I decided that this week’s effort will be a “potpourri” of the various and sundry experiences which have been part and parcel of Life, at least as I have been experiencing it lately. 

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Pat Blythe- Catch up…..Christmas kiboshed…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, Family, Food, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2022 by segarini

This week’s column is a bit of a mish mash. It’s been six weeks since my last writing and so much has happened (or not happened)! Where to begin?? Let’s see….another variant tanking Christmas and New Year’s Eve for so many of us; a giant roast turkey all dressed up with nowhere to go; dating my couch; a quiet but lovely New Year’s Eve; Christmas decorations still hanging about, and the storage bins to put away; the closing of “indoor damn near everything”; back to dating my couch, but now we’ve got a threesome going with the fridge…..yep, so much has happened!

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Roxanne Tellier – Gift Giving and the Languages of Love

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2021 by segarini

The holiday gift giving tradition goes waaay back … back, back, no, even further back. Before the kid in the stable, even.

Exchanging gifts at a midwinter feast seems to have started as both a magical AND practical way to share the bounties of the year with family and friends. The people that gave the best gifts to others were respected for their generosity.    

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Roxanne Tellier – Musings On Movings and Marijuana for Multinationals

Posted in Books, COVID 19, Family, Health, Humour, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2021 by segarini

Today is the 12th of December, and that means that Shawn and I are exactly one month away from the Big Move, from Toronto, to Windsor, Ontario.  The drive is a mere 230 in earth miles, but, in some integral ways, it’s also the equivalent of moving from the Moon to the Sun.

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Roxanne Tellier – The Frequency Illusion

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Health, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2021 by segarini

Have you ever bought a car, and suddenly noticed that nearly every car you see is the same colour and style? Or, if you are pregnant, have you been surprised to see that it seems that everybody else is pregnant as well?

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Roxanne Tellier – Is Halloween the New Christmas?

Posted in Art, COVID 19, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2021 by segarini

I’m trying to remember the last time I went trick-or-treating as a child. It was in Montreal, and might have been when we lived in Park Ex, which was, back then, really not a place that was safe for a young’un to be out alone late, and especially not to be traipsing around in the dark.

But hey – free candy! Sometimes pennies! Maybe even a free razor blade! Or was that just an urban myth?

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Roxanne Tellier – I’ll Take Mortality for $200 Alex

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2021 by segarini

When did people start ending every conversation with “be safe. Keep yourself safe”? Am I the only one that wonders when it was decided that we are living in a time of war or zombie attacks? And why is it so incredibly sad to know that the enemy we’re being cautioned against is a disease too often spread to us by our own loved ones and ‘friends’?

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Roxanne Tellier – Whose Rights Are They Anyway?

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2021 by segarini

The east end of Toronto has always been an interesting mix of peoples. Heavily treed and with many well tended parks, it’s a beautiful area, diverse and dynamic. 

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Pension Plan Peter

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Opinion, politics, Review, Work on September 30, 2021 by segarini

If you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the conclusion of my incisive analysis of the recent Canadian federal election, you will have to wait, as it has been postponed by events. Now, next week will be my “Thanksgiving” column, and I have a lot to be thankful for, so look for it a couple of weeks down the road…. In the meantime, very recently I saw a post about benefits paid to Canadian seniors, and I thought that maybe I should give you all a “quick and dirty” insight into how the benefit process works.

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Roxanne Tellier – The Long Strange Trip Continues

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2021 by segarini

If you had told me, twenty years ago, that this last decade would be one of the most terrifying/interesting/instructive/growth inducing periods of my entire life to date, I’d have laughed uproariously, and then kicked you out of the room. 

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