Please forward this post to others. Thank you, Richard

In memory of all those who died in Toronto on Mon. 23.















Website highlights:

Jutta Van Huss in her studio!

Meet the new resident artist who paints the creative art pieces displayed on our front page. We are very fortunate that she has allowed us to display her work on our front page each month and we look forward to showing much more of her artistic creativity.

Read more about Jutta Van Huss at ARTIST. The details of her work, along with the price of each work, are described there.


 Is all this new technology stressing you? You should have signed up for a City of Pickering Windows 10 or iPad course. But you can still use the manuals which are used in these classes. Click on the highlight titles above to view the manual for that course.


Dining out? Was it memorable?
Give us your feedback. If we publish your review, we’ll buy you a glass of wine. [ Limited time offer and conditions apply* ]

Details at  ‘Too your health!



Elections, elections and more elections

Elections everywhere: national, provincial and municipal. We endeavour to stay on top of the election news at ELECTIONS but we urge you to do your part: VOTEIt’s your democracy; safeguard it by voting. Some elections going electronic to convenience voters. So politicians are doing everything they can. What about you?


Can they be puttn’ us on…as usual?





All three provincial parties were asked for a
policies summary on 
Apr. 11.

The NDP has responded to date with a very lengthy summary.
For the full detailed summary, click on BROCHURE.

Ford says he gets back to everyone. We’re still waiting Mr. Ford!

We aren’t even acknowledged by Wynne’s office. That says something!



City website re-designed but challenging to navigate accesses the LEISURE GUIDE where visitors can find courses and activities covering a wide range of interests. Click on the picture at left to view the PDF file of the guide.

City site: PICKERING
Leisure Guide: GUIDE
Richard teaches:
WIN 10


The focus of the Pickering Public library has changed, numbers supercede people. Sad to see a community institution becoming as impersonal and sterile as institutions in the larger neighbouring municipalities.
Is that Pickering now? See NEW LIBRARY POLICY

March madness in the stacks
Stacks of books but who goeth there? Book clubs. 
Read the new “Kill and fill” policy the PPL is considering at NEW REVISIONS PLAN and the response of the George Ashe Library Book Club at RESPONSE.

Health: body, mind and soul.
Though we have concentrated on memory and the brain, other areas of health are still important. Be sure to visit various categories:  HEALTH and MEMORY

* The painting on our front page is an example of the creativity strategy for improving memory and brain. See Strategy #10.

Check out the new Wellness category to see where you might change some of your lifestyle to improve your health. Click on 8 LIFESTYLE CHANGES.



And  family document preparation: “Estate Organizer
A document that delivered as promised when Nonna passed away. Contact names, phone numbers, email and land mail addresses…all in one place. We did not have to hunt for a thing. Convenient, practice and nothing was missed in doing all the necessary things. Check the details at  Estate Organizer


 From the “great Pickering Prognosticator”

Top 10 predictions for 2018

          TOP 10



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The latest 12 posts:

From NAKINA...: April 23 - The provincial election winds are blowin' and Rotzy isn't enjoying them. He finds the climate very WYNNEdy and would love to escape but he can't afFORD becoming a snowbird and trekking off to Florida at this time. Besides, … Continue reading
EVA's desk...: Americans really do think differently. - After a lengthy stay in Florida, Eva had many opportunities to talk to Americans about many topics. Immigration and gun ownership were two very interesting and eye-opening issues. Read what Eva had to say... We wintered again in … Continue reading
RICHARD's desk...: Love for all; hatred for none - We honour Toronto police Const. Lam and thank him for 'just doing his job.' And in memory of all those victims killed in the horrible incident in North York, we can only offer the victims' families our prayers, … Continue reading
BOOK CLUBS OF PPL: List of BOOK CLUBS of the PPL - BOOK CLUBS PICKERING PUBLIC LIBRARY GAL Book Club 2nd MON 7pm Geo Ashe Lib Richard Szpin 905 509 4321 Happy Bookers 2nd THU 7pm Geo Ashe Lib Susan Croley 905-839-2697 Geo Ashe Lib LAST MON 1pm … Continue reading
PROVINCIAL: Is Wynne showing signs of desperation in this campaign? - Is she becoming desperate or is she correct with her campaign strategy of being critical and bashing Doug Ford? Wynne may also be making a mistake by ignoring Horwath in her criticism strategy. Campaign material from the local PC … Continue reading
PROVINCIAL: Ford ain’t no Trump - "Ford may be brash, but he's no Trump," in the opinion of Jaime Watt, columnist, political pundit and former Progressive Conservative strategist. In response to Kathleen Wynne calling Ford a liar and a bully just like Trump, Watt … Continue reading
TECH HELP: WINDOWS 10 manual - Click on the title below to view the outline of the topics in WINDOWS 10 lessons which Richard Szpin teaches. WINDOWS 10 manual  
TECH HELP: iPad manual - Click on the title below to view the outline of the topics in iPad lessons which Richard Szpin teaches. iPad lessons MANUAL
PROVINCIAL: Voting is formidable challenge for every voter - Choosing a candidate in an election is a daunting and challenging task. Politicians bend the facts to suit their needs; they deflect; they exaggerate; some have even been known to lie. So what should a voter do? Take … Continue reading
BRUNO's ramblings...: Lamentations and complaints - Lamentations and skepticism from Bruno's desk. Spring's arrival, not so sure. Global warming, reconsideration here. Bruno tries to remind us of what we once remember as spring. In my last article I wrote, “Enjoy Spring for all it’s worth.” … Continue reading
ARCHIVES: ART STUDIO opening celebration - City opens new ART STUDIO. Come to the launch celebration.
From NAKINA...: APRIL 16 - The GTA is being hit by "April showers" from the NORTH POLE...and it is crippling us. The northerners in Ontario are laughing at us...and talking about 'Spaghetti suppers!' Spaghetti Supper At the Legion Branch #116 Nakina. Sat April … Continue reading


Want to know more about the HEADER? 


The HEADER has a dedication to the memory of Nonna, Zia Irma, and cousin Chester.

The saga of the “THREE SISTERS and a BROTHER” has come to an end for the two oldest sisters. To learn a little more about them, CLICK on Three SISTERS and a BROTHER

They sing with the angels now!

Nonna Emma


Zia Irma