Category Archives: Odds and Ends

A new year – a gift of time

A fellow blogger in Australia posted this message for her readers this morning (thanks, Kate). A New Year is like a blank slate, it has 12 chapters and 365 pages, and you are the author. My wish for you this … Continue reading

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A COVID kind of year-end

Usually this is the week when I review my success or lack thereof with my New Year’s resolutions from the past year and decide on my resolutions for the coming year. I’ve been doing this all my life; it didn’t … Continue reading

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Add teachers to the “overwhelmed frontline workers” list

There may be a vaccine ready to be rolled out in some places. But it will be a long, slow process, and meanwhile in many, many places – too many places – the healthcare facilities are overflowing and the healthcare … Continue reading

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Thankful Thursday: random thoughts

Today is Thanksgiving in America, our neighbours to the south. And on behalf of many, many of your allies around the world, welcome back! We are thankful to know that America is now getting ready to rejoin the world in … Continue reading

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When is an award not an award?

Answer to title: When the intended recipient decides to decline the award. This past week I was pleasantly surprised to be one of Brendan Birth’s nominees for the Outstanding Blogger Award. Pleasantly surprised, but I’m still going to say thank … Continue reading

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Let’s try to concentrate on the little things

I had planned to offer some thoughts on the topic of Acceptance today, but that idea got too deep too fast. It seemed better to post something to help lighten our mood. But what?! Lighthearted topics don’t come easily in … Continue reading

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The big blogging question of the day: What lessons have you learned during the pandemic?

Boy, people seem to be learning lots and lots of lessons during these troubling times of pandemic lockdown, if the number of blog posts on this topic are anything to go by. It’s also a question that’s starting to annoy … Continue reading

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Zoo Animals Ask Humans How They Like Being Isolated In Tiny Habitats With Minimal Exercise — The Out And Abouter

Following on yesterday’s post about animals in the wild in Botswana, my favourite satirist, Paul Duncan, gives us an important reminder on behalf of our animal friends in zoos. The COVID-19 pandemic has put us in a human version of … Continue reading

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