Nobel Prize Now A Near-Certainty For Trump After He Does The Impossible And Unites Canada

This is too funny not to reblog. I’ll try not to make it a habit, but it’s the first time I’ve been able to laugh all day after having my stomach churning thanks to Trump’s bullying temper tantrum. Thanks once again to Paul Duncan’s The Out and Abouter.

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lightx-12 Canadians of all political beliefs came together to say they hope that asshole never comes back.

Even as the backlash grows against Donald Trump, and his complex new foreign policy of ‘Blame Canada,’ pundits are saying that while it may not have been intentional, the president deserves his share of the credit for doing what many observers believed was an impossible task: getting Canadians to agree on something.

“Think of him as having the diplomatic effect of an intoxicated bull in a china shop with very, very narrow aisles,” said Sven Bjurn, head of the Norwegian thinktank ‘Dum-Dum,’ which directly translates as ‘The Institute For Observing The Effects Of Trumpism On Bilateral International Relations.’

“Despite his having destroyed the store and then pooped on the carpet, there is nothing left for those in charge of the china shop to do but come together, clean up the mess, and long for…

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Bucket lists, quests, and meaning in life

In communicating with a colleague of mine about a work-related matter the other day (I know I’m retired, don’t ask!), I came to learn that she was in Las Vegas for a long weekend with her 88-year old mother, because her mother wanted to see both a Celine Dion show and the Grand Canyon. I can’t think of a better use of time and money, to help a loved one complete their bucket list and to create lasting shared memories at the same time.

South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a popular bucket list item and for good reason!

Another friend of mine, a former student and successful local entrepreneur, is in the middle of a charity quest that he and a friend of his have undertaken, a quest they’ve called the Long Long Walk. They plan to spend June 10-16 walking along the Saint John River from Edmundston, New Brunswick to my home base of Fredericton, a distance of about 275 kms (170 miles), hoping to raise $100,000 for a local charity that supports victims of domestic violence. They have held pre-walk events, social media blitzes, and charm offenses to local businesses; their return celebration will be held at the popular Fredericton Market, where hopefully they can sit down with their feet in basins of warm water while they attempt to convince the crowd to help them make or surpass their $100,000 target. [These two completed a previous quest where they spent a week camped on the top of a truck to raise $70,000 for the local food banks, the Raise the Roof over Hunger! campaign.] Continue reading

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Terrifying Images Emerge From Within Once-Peaceful-Now-A-Security-Threat Nation Of Canada

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WARNING: The following article contains images of people generally enjoying life and not bothering anyone. They cannot be unseen. In the wake of Donald Trump’s declaration that Canada represents a security threat, and…

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Losing my innocence at 70

For the first 70 years of my life, starting in the immediate aftermath of World War II, I really did believe that the world was progressing towards a common goal, one of peace and prosperity for all. Not just for white people with familiar names who spoke English (or in Canada English or French, or in other countries their main national language), but everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, visible or invisible disabilities, education level, or socioeconomic status. How could I have been so blind to the tribalism and basic self-interest of people for so long? It appears that people much more savvy than I, in particular those who crave power and money, have recognized this trait in populations and have played to this distrust of “others” to sorry advantage. And so, after 70+ years of the world kind of, sort of, creeping towards more progressive, egalitarian societies, we find ourselves taking ominous steps in the opposite direction. The walls are coming up; compassion and mutual respect are retreating. Continue reading

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The votes are in and … money is not what brings happiness

Earlier this week, an article appears in Canada’s self-proclaimed national newspaper (which no longer provides print copies here in Atlantic Canada!) that immediately caught my attention: “Money really isn’t everything: The surprising new ranking of Canada’s happiest – and most miserable – places to live”. Needless to say, I was anxious to see what it had to say. Although our town isn’t large enough to make the “Cities” list, our two provincial “sister cities” made it and, lo and behold, one came in at 6th out of 34 Canadian census metropolitan areas (Saint John) and the other made 9th out of 34 (Moncton). I know, surprising, right?!


Even more interesting than Canada’s happiest cities (Saguenay, Que., Trois-Rivières, Que., St. John’s, Nfld., and Sudbury, Ont.) and most unhappy cities (Toronto and Vancouver) is that the happiest region in Canada is Atlantic Canada. [Take that, Stephen Harper, one of my least favourite politicians, who infamously declared that Atlantic Canadians have a defeatist attitude.] According to this study, people become less happy as you go west in Canada, even though their incomes rise! Now, although I was, not surprisingly, delighted to read this, living in Atlantic Canada, the reality is that Canada overall is a pretty happy place by world standards anyway. And of course there are plenty of pockets of high satisfaction with life throughout the country, including in Toronto and Vancouver (especially if you inherited your house!). It’s all relative within our borders. But still, it’s now official; if you want to be really happy, just move to Atlantic Canada! The big question is: Why? Continue reading

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5 advantages of running in old age

Earlier this week Facebook showed me one of their “Memories” posts, reminding me of a truly family-filled Mother’s Day 10K in Toronto 5 years ago, shared with my husband, 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 brother, and 1 nephew. Pretty special. This FB memory happened to pop up as I was recovering from the 10K I had participated in the day before – Mother’s Day this year – as part of our local Fredericton Marathon Weekend. The only other family participation this time was my husband dropping me off and picking me up, but it was still lots of fun with lots of fellow participants. What a great way to start Mother’s Day, and what a spectacular spring day it was.

Sporting Life 10K, Toronto, 2013

Thinking of the two Mother’s Day runs, 5 years apart, got me contemplating changes in the approaches to running in our household and in our family at large. The younger people, who actually do what most people would call running, are too busy with their work and family lives to take the time to run (even though it would help alleviate all that stress!). The older people, my husband and I (and to a much lesser extent my brother), have slowed down because of various body parts telling us that our past enthusiastic schedule doesn’t mesh with the recovery times necessary for these aging bodies. BUT, once you’ve got this message from your body, you can work with it. And, with that in mind, I’m here to preach for the advantages of taking up (semi-)long distance running as a retirement activity. Continue reading

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Planning for retirement isn’t just about having enough money

I don’t mean to start this blog post off with a downer, but its impetus is in some way due to the sudden death of a friend of ours this past weekend. Along with shock and sorrow, the news got me thinking about the many opportunities for retired people in our community to get involved in new and abiding interests and to develop new friends in the process. This is how we became friends with this lovely man we’ve just lost, through community bridge groups, which led to many shared experiences and happy occasions.

Retirement is the one phase of life that arrives with little to no planning for what we’re going to do when we get up in the morning. When we’re very little, we learn everything we need to start our lives as students in school. When we’re in school, we learn what is needed (hopefully) to become successful participants in the workforce. When we are in the workforce, we learn (with varying degrees of success) to prepare financially for life past a paycheque, our retirement. But we never really learn what is required to have a successful retirement. We are never given the lecture on thinking about what you would do when you wake up if you didn’t have to go to school or to work. Interesting. Continue reading

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