Archive for the life Category

Peter and Betty – Together

Posted in Family, Health, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2021 by segarini

This week, Loyal Reader, we start off in a dark, depressing place. However, thankfully, my story does have a happy ending, due to a number of factors.

In the period of misery I experienced after Lois’ passing, I came close to “hitting rock bottom”. I really don’t remember much of the last half of September, 2019, and I was actually happy to have the distraction of having to clear out Lois’ apartment the following month to enable me to focus my energy on something besides my all consuming grief. I couldn’t have finished that job in a timely manner without the help of Lois  neighbour Kathy, who loaned me a dolly, and my nephew David, who came over and helped me out on two separate occasions, including going as far as renting a van to help me with moving the contents of the apartment, something I most certainly couldn’t have done using public transit. ( Happy birthday, David, by the way.) a)

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Darrell Vickers – The Magic Hour Part 7 – Put on a Happy Farce

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , on May 25, 2021 by segarini

For good or for incalculable evil, I have earned my daily crust as a professional comedy writer my entire adult life. During the innumerable decades spent splashing ink onto three-hole-punched paper, I have fashioned myriad ludicrous plots and fanciful situations. I’ve woven preposterous storylines replete with illogical reasoning and nonsensical outcomes. But only once have I found myself trapped inside a full fledged, Loony-Tunes, Ionesco play in real life.

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Posted in Interview, life, music, Opinion, politics, Review on May 24, 2021 by segarini

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington D.C., August 28, 1963)

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash – apparently official – President Kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. Central standard time, 2 p.m. Eastern standard time, some thirty-eight minutes ago.”

(Walter Cronkite, CBS Television, November 22, 1963)

“Houston, this is Tranquility Base. The Eagle has landed.”

(Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11, July 20, 1969)

“There are SEVEN LEVELS.”

(Paul McCartney discovers “the Message of the Universe,” August 28, 1964)

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Roxanne Tellier – Carry That Weight

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Food, Health, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2021 by segarini

If you have recently gone from having a little trouble getting into your skinny jeans, to contemplating buying your whole new summer wardrobe from Omar the Tentmaker, you may have fallen prey to that other pandemic within the pandemic known as “The Pandemic 15,” fifteen pounds being the median amount of weight that many of us have piled on in the last year. 

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Facebookin’ Peter

Posted in life, music, Opinion on May 20, 2021 by segarini

Reading Roxanne Tellier’s latest column got me thinking about Facebook, and I thought about my own recent column about the platform. I too have been in Facebook “prison”, but in my case I got only one day “in the hole”, because I called an idiot an idiot. As I said before, not all liberals are snowflakes, and most certainly not all snowflakes are liberals.

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Bob – My Secret Lives

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion with tags , , on May 14, 2021 by segarini

We’ve been meeting here in the pages of Don’t Believe a Word I Say for going on 10 years, and I just want to thank you all for dropping by when you have a few minutes to kill and spend them reading our stories and looking at our pictures. There are so many other things you could do with the time, like call a loved one, find out where your cat hid your keys, or look in the trunk of your car to see if you missed any spots when you removed the plastic sheets, rope, duct tape, axe, scalpel, and chloroform, and  wiped it down with bleach.

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Peter Revisits Employment

Posted in life, Opinion on May 13, 2021 by segarini

As anyone in my circle knows, July 8th marks the 5th anniversary of my retirement. In the weeks following that auspicious date, I will be writing a series of columns about my career, as there were a number of different “facets” to it which you might find interesting, and will certainly push any concerns which I might have about “writer’s block” well to the background, ( at least for that particular period.)

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Roxanne Tellier – The Hardest Job

Posted in Family, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2021 by segarini

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who play that role in their family, no matter their gender.

“Being a mother actually has very little to do with birthing a child from your body. That might be the most obvious scenario, but motherhood is so much more than a physical happening. I have known some expert ‘mothers’ who never birthed or raised any children of their own, and I have known some mothers with a brood of children who shouldn’t be allowed to come anywhere near them. I don’t think motherhood can be simply defined by having or not having little people under your care.

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Bob’s Annual Mother’s Day Memoir

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , on May 7, 2021 by segarini

It’s that time of year again.

This Sunday, we celebrate the first and longest lasting love of our lives. The woman who gave you life, protected you, encouraged you, unconditionally loved you, and even wiped your butt.

From the day you were born and 9 months previous to even that, she is the one force who gives and forgives, teaches and comforts, confronts and cares and metes out justice with a wooden spoon or a denial of dessert. …and regardless of your relationship with her, in the end, she is alive within you always, because she is your Mother.

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Peter’s Taxing Taxes Task

Posted in life, Opinion, politics on May 6, 2021 by segarini

Well, I just lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I sent in my taxes. Now, I hear you say that you have already done that and you’re disappointed because you had hoped for something entertaining and informative from my column this week, for a change. 

Ahh, but Loyal Reader, while you have filed your own taxes, have you ever filed 6 years at one time? I have, in fact I just did. Let me give you some background on Mrs Montreuil’s little boy and his adventures with Revenue Canada/ Canada Revenue Agency. You may find it interesting, it might simply awaken the “schauenfreud” in your soul. You may even find it amusing. In any case, here we go….

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