Archive for Peter Montreuil

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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Peter – What a Difference a Year Makes

Posted in COVID 19, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , on March 25, 2021 by segarini

What a difference a year makes! Over the last 12 months we have learned a lot about a lot of things, including ourselves and our society. Civilization has been challenged by circumstance, and the future promises us even more uncertainty than usual, if that is possible.

I blame the previous occupant of the Oval Office for introducing a veneer of intolerance not only to the American political system, but also to the public’s perception of the mass media.

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Peter is Grateful

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

I went out yesterday morning to get our 6/49 ticket. There was a person at the scanner in front of me, checking their tickets………..their tickets…….their tickets. Having finished that particular task, why of course they would buy more tickets…….but only after careful consideration and much nail biting. Loyal Reader, I have bought a new car in less time than this person took conducting their business at the counter. I said nothing, but I do confess to glowering at the floor in exasperation. I said nothing to them as they finally left , and was my usual pleasant self to the employee behind the counter. It wasn’t their fault that the previous customer had taken as long as they had to, and as a longstanding veteran of “dealing with the public” myself, I knew that the shopkeeper would appreciate my treating them with courtesy.

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Peter Honours International Women’s Day

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2021 by segarini

Monday, March 8th was “International Women’s Day”, so that’s what I will be writing about, or at least one aspect of it.

Let me begin by restating how much I support the strong women whom I am lucky enough to have in my life. I admire your enthusiasm, your tenacity and your strength. Many of you have been a major influence on me, and helped me understand a lot of things that life has thrown at me, both personally and as part of a collective, be it music, work or basic human rights issues.

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Peter, Coffee, House Rules, and Snoopy

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2021 by segarini

Last week’s column generated some positive feedback, and I appreciate those who took the time to get in touch with me. As a writer, I want to inform people and let them know that they are not alone and that there are resources and opinions available to assist them in resolving the situation that they are dealing with. I will be doing more writing about toxic people, but this week I will write about something a little more pleasant, a bit easier to read.

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Peter – Toxic People

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , , on February 25, 2021 by segarini
I am dedicating this week’s column to my dear late girlfriend Lois. After her passing, I had to go through her private papers and found proof that she had had dealings with toxic people in her past. It made me very sad to know that even that part of her life had not been pleasant. So this week, my topic is toxic people.

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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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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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Peter Loves Betty

Posted in Family, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2021 by segarini

Normally we celebrate Love this month by giving our beloved dead flowers, going to dinner and then returning home for a more private celebration. Due to the sensible COVID restrictions, and more importantly the fact that my sweet Betty does not like flowers, I am choosing to use the medium of my column to offer her my Valentine wishes, my opportunity to publicly thank her for bringing so much happiness and love into my Life.

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Peter Talks About Mental Health

Posted in Family, Health, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2021 by segarini

Today is “Let’s Talk Day” in Canada, a day when we are encouraged to talk about Mental Health by one of our good “corporate citizens”. I will not mention them by name, I will not give them free advertising. They treated a family member of mine shabbily, made all the more unbearable for me because of my background in Employment Insurance. Loyal Reader, I swore “off them” as a result and am pleased to say that they have absolutely no presence at all in Chez Montreuil.

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