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Pat Blythe – Some foody tips…..and music

Posted in COVID 19, Food, Health, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2021 by segarini

It’s Sunday morning, the sun is out, and I’m listening to some Pat Metheny and David Blamires. Toss in a little Wichita Lineman, and it’s a smooth, jazzy kind of day.

Fast forward to Tuesday, and at 3am this morning, the final cut of this week’s podcast is ready to be scheduled for publication…..my fifth one. https://luvthemusic.podbean.com This week is my conversation with Kirk Reed from Toronto band The Reed Effect. He talks about time, creativity, shares thoughts on live entertainment and how to become a computer geek…..plus the new album, 1973. My aim is to have a podcast ready every Tuesday morning at 6:01am. So far, so good….but for some reason this particular morning I’m more tired than usual, and my brain has decidedly turned to mush. Only a few synapses firing, so it’s time for that rare and elusive, but decidedly necessary, second cup of morning coffee! It might even segue into a third!!

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GWNTERTAINMENT #7 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2021 by segarini


The Canadian music community has exploded this week with activity. If people have the February Blues it’s most probably in a song. It’s so great to see that the pandemic has not slowed down our creativity. Without further ado, here’s where the Canadian music action is…

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Roxanne Tellier – Coming Down from the Sugar High

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2021 by segarini

In the last weeks of January, and into the first two weeks of February, I was floating. I would wake each day, nearly bounding out of bed, and ready to take on the world. We were counting down the days to Biden’s inauguration, and even the horrific attack on the Capitol on the 6th was but a speed bump, easily acknowledged by both Democrats and Republicans as an obvious and seditious attack on the Constitutionally mandated work of the Congress.

The Dems impeached trump AGAIN. Biden was inaugurated without incident. And with trump silenced by Twitter, life was sweet.

Sadly, however, a few weeks sans trump had left the GOP with a bad case of amnesia, and, just last week, they yawned like teenagers through video evidence of trump’s guilt, and voted to acquit.

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A Peter Pot Pourri

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2021 by segarini

As today marks my late girlfriend Lois’ birthday, I am thinking of her. I am happy to have had her in my life, and will hold her in my heart. I know that she would be pleased that I have been lucky enough to have found a new love, and it is almost eerie how similar she and Betty are. I will dedicate next week’s column to Lois, as the subject will be “toxic people”, and I want to do a thorough job on the subject.

So this week, a brief “pot pourri” it is.

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Pat Blythe – It’s Been Six Years!!!….and music

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2021 by segarini

Celebrate! Celebrate! February 17, 2021 and I have now been writing this column and contributing to DBAWIS for six years! I cannot believe it’s been that long!! I feel like I’ve barely taken a breath and here we are. So much has changed in what feels to me, the blink of an eye. Personal events, local events, worldwide events……dramatic, heroic, painful, overwhelming, appalling, laughable, funny, warm-hearted, scandalous, joyful, impactful, eye rolling, heartbreaking and heartwarming….it’s all there. Some were life altering, some we felt closer to home, and others we could only look on in shame or awe or pure astonishment. Other events left us scratching our heads wondering if people had lost their collective minds. (They had)

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GARY PIG GOLD: Endless Shannon

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2021 by segarini


Released precisely Sixty (!) Years Ago This Very Month:
One of the absolutely greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll recordings EVER.

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GWNtertainment #6 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2021 by segarini

Well, here we are, half a dozen issues into our rebirth and we’re getting great feedback from the masses. Thank you for reading and thanks for the time you’ve taken to write to use with your new releases and news. The theme in this week’s issue seems to be a leaning toward synth-pop. A coincidence or are we on the verge of a 1980s synth renaissance? Check out the tunes in our Absolutely Indie section below and see for yourself. Anyway, it’s onward we go….

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Roxanne Tellier – Doomed to Repeat

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2021 by segarini

When I was a kid in Montreal, most of the dads (and some of the moms) were veterans of the World War II, and the Korean War, which had ended just a few short months before I was born.

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Chef Tom’s Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2021 by segarini

A Note from Chef Tom – This is my 100th Column here on DBAWIS. Thanks to all.

A Note to Chef Tom from the Editor – Grateful to have you here …and this recipe has my name written all over it. Thank YOU!

I have a supper club that’s been going for over fifteen years with about twelve to fifteen cooking enthusiasts. Having it on Zoom is weird, but we’ve been doing it since the beginning. Each meal has a different theme, which is usually a country, or a region of a country. We’ve been around the world a few times. Once we even did Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.

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Peter’s Exciting Dates with Models

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2021 by segarini

One of the delicious ironies of retirement is the fact that my hobbies are more structured than my day is. It’s not that I’m complaining mind you, I worked directly with the public for most of my 40 years with the Canadian government, dealing with people during some of their worst times, as they faced crises both financial and of self confidence in many cases. Too often I had to face the unpalatable fact that I had done all that I possibly could for some deserving person. Although I developed the necessary ability to “leave my day” at the office, there were rare occasions when I just couldn’t get a situation out of my mind. While alcohol was always available as a crutch, I found it marginally more socially acceptable to immerse myself in plastic aircraft modelling.

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