Archive for COVID 19

Roxanne Tellier – Just A Little Respect

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2020 by segarini

The last Monday of May is when America celebrates Memorial Day, a federal holiday which honours and mourns the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Patriots observe both this holiday, and the other day of note, Remembrance Day, to signify their appreciation and respect for past and present members of the military. These are America’s heroes.

This year, however, that holiday coincides with something that only a tiny percent of a percent of Americans, if any, have ever seen before – the sudden death of nearly 100,000 citizens in just two months, by the novel coronavirus known as COVID 19.

North Americans have been spoiled for the last hundred years. Sure, there were two World Wars, and a Great Depression, but few under the age of 50 even remember those days, let alone recognize the impact these events had on people. As peacekeepers, Canada felt even less of the sting of loss.

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Roxanne Tellier – Your Money or Your Life

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2020 by segarini

“2020 is a unique leap year,” surmised David Wessel, an economic researcher, on Twitter. “It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March and five years in April.”

Oh yes indeed – there’s been five years in April and May might age me another ten. Ain’t nobody having much fun anymore.

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Pat Blythe – Mind and body in isolation…..losing the connection

Posted in COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2020 by segarini

We all need touch…..human touch. A handshake, a hug, the brushing of legs, a gentle pat on the arm in conversation, holding hands, arms around shoulders, brushing hair from a face, the playful tug on your ear from a baby….it’s all about touch. It’s what we crave. It’s what we desire. It’s reassuring. It’s caring. It’s affection. It’s love. It’s unspoken words. Touch is how the blind “see” us. Touch is what connects us to ourselves and each other and we’re losing that connection.

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Roxanne Tellier – Easterish

Posted in Family, Food, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2020 by segarini

My mother loved holidays – any and all celebratable occasions. She was the Holiday Fairy, sprinkling her magic dust on us, and making special days even more memorable with her joy and enthusiasm.

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Pat Blythe – The new four-letter F word…..and music…..

Posted in life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2020 by segarini

PLEASE NOTE: This piece is “in opinion” only. If there are any facts to relay I will note the source. Whether you agree or disagree or agree to disagree, that’s up to you. I am not seeking rebuttals, a long list of factoids or caustic criticism. If you feel the urge to respond, think first.

I’m heading into my third day off FB. I had to “self isolate” from the ridiculous suppositions, guesswork, predictions, shoddy and irresponsible attention-seeking media coverage, accusations, the idiotic ramblings of the doofus south of the border and the crazy busybodies’ trying to act as judge and jury to those out and about. It’s all beginning to overwhelm the minutest display of humour and especially the music. Then there was the false report of a dog in Japan dying of the virus. But when social media lit up like the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center with the news a Bengal tiger in Boston Zoo had tested positive for corona virus I lost it! (I refuse to post it here)

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Roxanne Tellier – But Enough About Me

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2020 by segarini

Okay, I’m tired of the pandemic game now … can we play something else for a while?

I’ll tell you, I thought I’d be just fine with ‘social distancing.’ I’m not great with staying up late; social distancing is how I basically spend most Saturday nights.

And as the daughter of a hoarder, I was weeks ahead of most when the penny dropped, and people got into panic buying. Way ahead of you guys! I panic when I can see bare shelf in my pantry; I like to have at least six tins or packages of our favorite foods tucked away ‘just in case.’

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Pat Blythe – Is that hand sanitizer in your pocket or are you just happy to be within 6ft of me…..and music…..

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2020 by segarini

I keep checking my calendar to see what day it is. It’s Toosday….column writing day and the last day of March….out like a lamb. With the kinder weather approaching the great outdoors beckons. We still need to stretch our legs, get some fresh air, shop for the necessities and experience some sort of live human connection, even from a distance. We need it to thrive. Zoom, Skype, et al simply don’t cut it 100% of the time. Just don’t be stupid or careless about it. Common sense should prevail. Don’t be breathing down each other’s necks. Hugging and kissing are verboten for the moment. Social distancing is the new norm. When around other humans respect their space and give them some space.

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