Archive for the Opinion Category

CHRISTMUSE RISING by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in COVID 19, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2020 by segarini


One thing the nine months of The Eternal COVID Darkness has given us is a short reprieve from the rampaging assault of shopping mall music. Without the frequent stops at the McMall a few times a week to lose hours of one’s life jockeying for parking, hitting the food courts, and indulging in one’s fetish for window shopping at stores no one can afford, we have been spared music dialed in from Satan’s radio station itself.

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Roxanne Tellier – No Law Just Disorder

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2020 by segarini

Generally, writing about the continuing political clown show in America is more exciting than writing about what are often picayune matters in Canadian politics.

Canada has practically sailed thru the pandemic, in comparison to other countries. We’ve been lucky, overall, and much of that success is because the majority of us are happy to comply with regulations that will help stop the spread of the virus. Things could most definitely have gone much worse.

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Chef Tom – Caldo and Collier

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2020 by segarini

Caldo Verde (Green Soup), a nutritious bowl of sausage and greens, thickened with potato, originated from the Minho Province in northern Portugal, where it has been eaten for centuries. It is a simple, modest, yet comforting dish that’s often served at the beginning of a meal, but with a nice hunk of whole grain bread and perhaps a simple salad, can be eaten as a light dinner.

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Peter’s Ad-Versity

Posted in life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2020 by segarini

Welcome to this week’s hastily assembled melange of letters, punctuations marks, numerals, images and ideas, aka, my column. This week, I am going to write about something which is inescapable. I hope you like it. I appreciate your feedback.

Loyal Reader, are you vaguely dissatisfied about some aspect of your life? Are you looking for a fresh outlook, some change which, if not earthshaking, will at least allow you to address some “personal” shortcoming, whether perceived or actual? Well, there are folks out there counting on that in order to buy themselves a fancier car or spend an extra week at some fancy holiday destination.

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Pat Blythe – Christmas lockdown…..other stuff and music

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Health, life, music, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2020 by segarini

This whole COVID thing is getting long, tiring, confusing and extremely exasperating for most of us. People start to rebel like children in a sandbox who don’t play fair. They confront each other in anger like the bully in the schoolyard. In many instances we seem to live in a rather thoughtless society whose three favourite people seem to be me, myself and I. It doesn’t seem to matter what part of this mudball we inhabit, everyone is infected…..not by the virus, but by fear, bad attitude, frustration, annoyance, (add your own descriptive here). Information, misinformation, ignorance, conspiracy theories, protests and riots, the numbers are over/under inflated/aren’t real….the list goes on. It doesn’t really matter what you believe, it’s affecting all of us. COVID fatigue is real and should have been considered by minds much greater than mine, long before now.

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Darrell Vickers – Have Mercy Part 2 – There Is No Easy Way from the Earth to the Stars

Posted in Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2020 by segarini

Back to the Future:

As Part Two of the Have Mercy saga commences, Larry Hagman was still tethered to our plucky little pilot. The outline had been okayed and fluffy-fluffy joy-joy was falling down upon the land like the screaming Wallendas, but now we had to actually write this sucker. All things being considered, pounding out 40-odd pages of funny shouldn’t really have been that much of a biggie. Andrew and I had written other pilots. Egad, we’d cranked out about a dozen of them in the previous year but there was something disquietingly different about this pile of paper and ink. Perhaps we were just tired from a non-stop year of wearing out typewriter ribbons. Perhaps it was little Davey mouth-breathing down our necks with his inane suggestions and dicta. For some reason, the all-important first major scene was not rolling out like Gene Simmons’ tongue at a Kiss concert.

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Gary Pig Gold with AXES: BOLD As JIMI’S

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2020 by segarini



On what could have been – should have been – James Marshall Hendrix’s 78th Birthday on the 27th we pay, and play, due tribute to he …and these other supreme six-stringers:

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Roxanne Tellier – Lockdown Letdown

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2020 by segarini

I don’t want to play Pandemicanymore. I really don’t. I’ve had enough of not seeing my friends and family, of scarcities and lineups that make me feel like I’m in post-Communist Russia, and of people being cranky. I’m sick of worrying about if there’s enough of this or that and if not, how to figure out when and where to get more, and I’ve had it with not being able to just go out to restaurants and socialize like normal people… I’ve had enough.

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Chef Tom Melts a Tuna

Posted in COVID 19, Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2020 by segarini

A Tuna Melt is the ultimate comfort food sandwich, especially if you spend a little and make it with the good stuff. Flavorful tuna fish salad, slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and freshly sliced tomatoes all melted together in a skillet on a thick, crispy golden bread. Your favorite chips, a crisp pickle, and a good beer. And the game. What else is there.

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Peter’s Engaging Column ….

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2020 by segarini

As I settled back into bed, my senses took stock of my surroundings. I heard Betty stirring peacefully in her sleep beside me. My eyes flicked over the dim shape of CoCo, who was also resting quietly, unafraid and unworried. I then looked up at the ceiling and sighed contentedly, finally at peace. As I drifted off to sleep myself, I couldn’t help but think back a year, to when my life had been different, very different indeed.

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