Author Archives: Sobieski

Caring for others…

Some times it’s crucial to think of others first…this is that time….Click on the mask… Our thanks to Randy Filinski

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July 6 – Some like it hot!

The heat is becoming relentless, not letting up for a day. Rotzy found a solution while watering the back “40” which is less in southern ONT than in Nakina North.

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Chinese tiger unleashed…

China is killing freedom in Hong Kong and Canada’s response is “Meh!”

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Dog owners must respect properties

  Dog owners must be more responsible, all of them.

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Pickering Public Library really blossoming with new CEO Flowers

Early in 2020, the Pickering Public Library received a new CEO has she is proving to be far removed from being “just any old wallflower.”

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Short and sweet – NOTE-MAKING on your electronic device

Making a note while using your electronic device is a very important tool. Instead of working with pen and paper, which may work well for you, you can make notes electronically.

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Operations postponed in ONT – Osteoarthritis and Exercise

If you have osteoarthritis and are waiting for a knee or hip replacement, consider this health advice from McMaster Health Sciences.

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Creating a Will During COVID-19: Exercise Caution ( July 1/20 )

Estate Planning Creating a Will During COVID-19: Exercise Caution In light of COVID-19, many people have turned their minds to their estate plans. One news report indicated some Canadians have flocked to online Will-creation sites — one of which saw sales … Continue reading

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Your Home Office: There May Be Tax Benefits

Adapting to the New Normal Your Home Office: There May Be Tax Benefits For many office workers, working from home became a new reality in light of the spread of COVID-19. Workers who are new to the work-from-home experience should keep in … Continue reading

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Should I Withdraw Less from My RIF in 2020? ( July 1/20 )

Seniors: Should I Withdraw Less from My RIF in 2020? In March, the Federal Government reduced the 2020 minimum withdrawal amounts from a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RIF) by 25 percent “in recognition of volatile market conditions and their impact on … Continue reading

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Find balance with your portfolio ( July 1/20 )

During Uncertain Times:Find balance with your portfolio. How have you reacted to the markets of late? In uncertain times, it may be tempting to take a conservative approach to help protect investments from the downside.

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A will is NOT enough ( July 1/20 )

Estate Planning Reminders: The Will is NOT enough.    The health-related consequences of COVID-19 have prompted many to contemplate end-of-life planning. Many think that this means updating a Will — which is very important. Yet, ensuring your Power of Attorney is … Continue reading

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Maintaining a longer-term View ( July 1/20 )

It has been said that “there are decades where nothing seems to happen and then there are weeks where decades happen.”

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Mama always said

Wash your hands but she never said anything about wearing a mask.

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Counter protesters

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June 29 – back, healthy and with a vengeance

Health issues are always worrisome but less so when the bill of health comes back clear!     This Is A *Memo*….….to ‘Hawkeye’, our long-tyme ‘#2 proof-reader’ here at “F/N”. Actually, he isn’t ‘physically here’ as he lives in a … Continue reading

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Happy Canada way, warts and all

Happy Canada way! Canada has some flaws, some blemishes but we are still the greatest country in which to live in the world. Many blemishesSystemic racism in many institutions: from the RCMP to government civil servants;  police forces with bad … Continue reading

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Who ya kidding?

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‘STEPS’ to keeping kids safe

Jim Boyd is a man who wants to see kids get what they need to succeed.     Jim Boyd is making it his mission to see kids have the “armour” to “succeed.” And he says in today’s world, knowledge … Continue reading

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JULY Newsletter

Keep It Super Simple Keep life simple! A philosophy worth considering. Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends, enjoy your health. Examine all the positive things in your life. Appreciate them. Savour them. Hold them close and enjoy them fully. Life … Continue reading

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The latest scam – GOOGLE scam

Computers users, be aware of this new scam that rides the back of GOOGLE. Just follow this rule, if you didn’t initiate it, leave it.

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Improve the quality of your sleeping

Dr. Phil Hagen, associate MD, Mayo Clinic, offers 8 tips for improving the quality of your sleep.

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So you think you’re an OLD driver?

Eileen Ash has been driving for more than 80 years….on the wrong side of the road, no less! She has to be the oldest driver in the world at 105 and still with gas in the tank for more.

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June 23 – Corona, colonoscopies and chaos

Chaos, colonoscopy and corona curves….not stuff we wanna talk about mid-summer…

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RAG DOLLS and RAGE, Sheila Tucker

Rag Dolls and RageSheila Tucker The memoir written by Sheila Tucker can easily enrage any reader. The kind of story that should never have happened so that it never needed to be written.

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SOBEY’s new home grocery delivery service spells the end of neighbourhood grocery stores

Home grocery delivery service is already big business in the United States with Amazon and Walmart jousting for delivery service crown. Finally, the service comes to Canada with Sobey’s diving into the deep end of that e-commerce pool. Of course, … Continue reading

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A troubled land with weather that only angels experience regularly.

 Todd Stong is a retired military engineer who has wintered in the Lake Chapala region of central Mexico. He may be retired but his wintering there is far from chaise chair lounging. For nearly two decades, Todd has been actively … Continue reading

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The rights of older adults are human rights

Older adults are making massive contributions to health care and improvements to living better lives as they age. However,  there is systemic failure in our society to recognize, acknowledge this contribution, nor to address the diversity, strength, and rights of … Continue reading

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ATTN SENIORS: a list of sites for information and help with HEALTH AND LONG TERM CARE

ON GOV: MINISTRY OF HEALTH ON GOV: HEALTH AGENCY ON HEALTH TEAMS City of PICKERING site LAKERIDGE HEALTH site DURHAM REGION COVID1-19 updates

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Seniors Care Network

News about “Long term care for seniors” seems to go from bad to worse as you listen to the general news. There are constructive programs being develop and put in place to improve health care for seniors but these programs … Continue reading

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An Alzheimer patient talks about living a constructive life

Mario Gregorio lives life to the fullest in western Canada. He offers a number of constructive tips for living with Alzheimers through the pandemic . 

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You’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Now what?

Parkinson’s disease may be the fastest-growing disease in the world. So how do you live your life after receiving this diagnosis?

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COVID-19 Crisis Shows the Urgent Need for Seniors’ Advocacy

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted critical issues affecting seniors’ care, health, and safety. It invites us to build a better future, an involvement that benefits all older adults.

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Eating well is easier and safer for Seniors with Meal Delivery

Eating right becomes increasingly important for older adults. Often, older adults are on their own and cooking for one is a chore most solo adults dislike. A meal delivery service may be a healthy and beneficial solution.

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Happy Father’s Day Dads!

A world without Fathers is unimaginable. Let’s celebrate and honour the dads who are the core of families.

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Happiness for Dad and Mom, peace for their children

Staying in one’s own home for as long as self-care or assisted care will allow is the goal for all of us. However, other options will ultimately have to be considered. Karen Fonseth, CEO of Direct Action in Support of … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Club meeting

Just participated in my first virtual Book Club meeting…a pleasing experience. Small library, so small turnout.

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Technology and Ageing during the pandemic

The use of technology is a challenge at the best of times as it is in a constant state of change. Just when you have learned to do something with it, it is updated and you must re-learn what you … Continue reading

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Co-pilot your health and well-being care

Many older adults take a backseat to their own health care and well-being and this should not be the case. It’s your life and you should have a big say in this. Some adults are intimidated in a doctor’s office, … Continue reading

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Ageism: younger people given priority over seniors for COVID medical care

Ageism is alive and well in our society while older adults are cast aside as easily as trash. COVID-19 has reared another ugly facet, younger people are given priority for medical care in many parts of the world. Read Zoomer … Continue reading

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Haunted Drive Thru tours $20/vehicle

Scare the daylights out of ’em. Take them on a Haunted Ghost Tour…Thursday nights…late!

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June 15 – Confirmed…Rotzy’s a lightweight !

Some of us are heavyweights workin’ on lightening up. Others are lightweights who’d like to step up a level.

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How many of these GRAMMAR rules do you break?

To rrrr is not human but we all make mistakes. Grammar mistakes are the effluence of poor writers.

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E-books, a confusing and messy world

  The world of electronic books can be confusing when one tries to understand all the various tools used to buy, borrow and read electronic books. The lines differentiating between reader applications and purchasing and borrowing ones becoming increasingly blurred. … Continue reading

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Technology and books in COVID time

Technology and books in COVID time Television can become mind-numbing, repetitive and even stressful. Escape the tedium of TV by borrowing, electronic books via your local library. A library card can be your ticket to travelling the world through books … Continue reading

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Assoc. of PPL Book Clubs ZOOMS with CEO Jackie Flowers

CEO of the Pickering Public Library zoomed with the executive reps of the Association of Pickering Book Clubs shortly after taking office.

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PICKERING PUBLIC LIBRARY

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AJAX PUBLIC LIBRARY

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CLARINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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OSHAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY

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WHITBY PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Long term care home declares COVID-19 crisis over

A local long term care home has declared that the COVID-19 outbreak at the retirement home is now over. Could such a blanket declaration be premature, especially where older, more frail and residents likely with medical issues are concerned? The … Continue reading

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Working on weight reduction

Weight reduction is a challenge for many of us. Weight control, less so.  If you feel you need to lose weight, get confirmation from your doctor and then think small, think slow. It is a marathon, not a sprint.  Develop … Continue reading

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Frauds and scams during the COVID-19 times

Fraudsters, scammers and hackers never stop. They polish and refine their fraud skills endlessley and relentlessly. DO NOT ENGAGE with them in any way. They are too adept, practiced and skilled in their work to be defeated by you. Give … Continue reading

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ZOOM teleconferencing: Meet Google

ZOOM has been the giant in televideo conferencing…

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Our mayor, a CHAMPION !

He was knocked down, but didn’t stay down for the count.  He’s up off the matt and watch out folks…as Arnold says, “I’m back.” That’s our mayor. He’s convalescing and doing really well. He’s even out walking his dog now. … Continue reading

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They almost got me…it’s a SCAM

Another one for you, another scam using TELUS this time. I just received an emailed ‘billing notification’ from Telus. I have auto-top up in my account, so this was an unexpected notification for me.

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June 8 – Rantin’, reamin’ and rubbin’

Not a happy camper these days. But then, how many of us are?

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No more time for slow and steady

Tiffany Gooch is a freelance journalist and Liberal strategist who regularly contributes to the Toronto Star Opinions pages. Her columns usually usually shine a spotlight on vital issues facing our communities currently.

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Police chiefs now face an uphill battle

Robin V. Sears is a commentator and regular contributor to the Opinions section of the Toronto Star. He was an NDP strategist for 20 years. Usually, his opinions are constructive, extending beyond just illustrating the problem. He often suggests strategies … Continue reading

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Support for?

          These are symbols of protest being displayed in the streets of the US, Canada and many other world cities today. But which symbol does one support? The symbol on the left originated during the 1968 … Continue reading

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I can breathe now…

How long will it be before we accept the validity of the words, “He’s my brother?”

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Plot your next move

You can enter the city lottery for a garden plot in the George Ashe Community Centre garden centre. The details about entering the draw are found below

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EQUALITY: BELIEVE IT AND LIVE IT

George Floyd’s tragic and disturbing death has shocked the world and galvanized millions of people to protest anti-Black racism in the United States, across Canada, and around the world. The City of Pickering and its Council stand in solidarity with … Continue reading

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BRISTOW: On writing your first book

Cheryl BRISTOW is a Canadian writer, author of an epic historical romance novel. Her novel took blood, sweat, and tears, along with an enormous effort that amounted to a great sense of achievement and self-satisfaction. Her book is available at … Continue reading

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Build strength to age well

Strength building exercises are important for all ages, seniors too.

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June 1 – nuthin’ ’bout June being Seniors month

Taking flack from many directions, but that’s ok because it’s SENIORS MONTH and criticizing an old guy is fair game…but just for 3 more weeks! I Happened To Run Into….a regular reader early last week who (rather bluntly) told/dumped on … Continue reading

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JUNE Newsletter

Dear site Visitor, We hope you and your family are doing well during these surreal times. Usually, we see all these things that are happening around us only in the movies. Unfortunately, now we are the movie. Walking ‘Fermo-the-Scottie’ nightly, … Continue reading

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Whitby Public Library – an outstandingly positive experience

I just engaged with the Whitby Public Library. It has been the most positive technological experience I have had throughout this entire COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

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Fallis on publishing and story planning

Terry Fallis has been with an established publisher since day 1 of his publishing. Read why he feels association with an established publishing house is more beneficial for writers than self-publishing.

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A gem of a website for writers: advice, information, ideas and more: WRITER’S DIGEST

Here’s a website that’s a must for writers. WRITER’S DIGEST is a treasure trove of tips, advice, information and assistance to writers of every level, every experience.

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TUCKER on the responsibilities of a self-publisher

The responsibilities behind self-publishing go beyond just writing a polished and refined manuscript. Proper, professional and quality editing must be considered as important as the writing itself.

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Terry FALLIS – humorist

One must work with great care managing Terry Fallis photos as he has an identical twin, Tim and telling them apart is the challenge of a lifetime.

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Lucy E.M. BLACK – short stories

With a personal story worthy of being written, Lucy’s history originates in Poland with her parents. Emigrating, her parents came to England during the days of WWII. Eventually, Canada became her home.

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Terry FALLIS – humorist

A few years ago, I attended a ‘meet the author’ event at the Blum Arpel Library of Toronto. I had been invited to the event by the well-known Canadian humorist Terry Fallis.  The conference hall was lively with excited visitors, … Continue reading

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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, Delia Owens

Some readers may predict the outcome of the novel, but none will reach a consensus to the dilemma Owens presents in her bestseller.

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COVID-19 update: DIY FACE MASKS

DIY Face Mask – How to Make a Face Mask by Cailey Johanna Thiessen No matter where you live, you’re living through a pandemic. As Covid-19 continues to spread, you’ve probably been spending a lot more time at home. This could … Continue reading

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May 26 – Shopping in the pandemic times

To be sure, these are trying times for every segment of society. Trying times call for trying measures to keep people safe, but at the same time to slowly open up businesses to restart the economy to some level of … Continue reading

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Howard PELL – fitness for the ages

Howard PELL practices what he preaches and preaches what he practices. Read his books on improving and maintaining your fitness. PELL’s books are available at: VOLUMES and CHAPTERS/INDIGO

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PELL on self-publishing

Pell on Self-Publishing: 1) Find someone to help. In Kitchener, Ontario I used Volumes. They will sell your physical book (no e-books) on their web site for a far-smaller commission than the big guys. They won’t discount the cover price … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Hook Your Reader (and Reel Them in for Good)

When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.

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May 23 – The Lone Ranger rides Silver, the rototiller

Spring’s here…Rotzy turning green!

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Publishers brace for another big hit

Book publishing is a challenge at the best of times. With the onslaught of COVID-19, it has cause even more problems. Book publishers suffer as sales of printed material wanes. Book publishers, authors, libraries and book clubs need to sit … Continue reading

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BLACK – short stories and more

  Click on the covers above. Eleanor Courtown:  Amazon and Indigo/Chapters  The Marzipan Fruit Basket:  Amazon and Indigo/Chapters However, she is a passionate advocate of Canadian booksellers and asks that you consider buying through Canadian Booksellers. Lucy Black’s works are … Continue reading

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PELL…coming soon

Coming soon…after a bit of celebrating….    

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KUENZEL on publishing,

Self-publishingKindle Direct Publishing has a wealth of information about how to publish. Their KDP university has a wealth of webinars, video guides and other information. Kindle Direct Publishing PublishingSelf-publishing requires minimal financial investment but much time investment. Search the Internet … Continue reading

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As newspapers suffer, so too do publishers, distributors and authors

Amazon is killing us all. Authors should be paid for the work they produce but a giant like Amazon, like Walmart, can pound the competitors into submission by outlandish price reductions. Where the publishing industry is going is not clear … Continue reading

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PYVES on self-publishing & writing…

Self-publishing and writing Write from your personal field of experience if possible Write for yourself first and then the potential audience Consider taking 1-2 writing courses at a local college Self-edit little before completing your first draft. Concentrate on the … Continue reading

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PYVES, Night Madness, Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal

Click on the book covers above. Pyves’ books about war and military history are available at these links: Amazon.caChapters/Indigo  

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BRISTOW, A Shield in the Shadows

Bristow’s epic is available at Xulonpress. Click XulonEbook edition:  Kindle Bristow also suggests considering used editions for less expensive copies.

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Happy Victoria Day…..

Pouring rain and 12C….lovely. Readers Write    And here are some more samples of COVID-related/non-COVID-related stuff landing in the “F/N” inbound email box these days. Check ’em out:  It really sucks that Coronavirus hit during the allergy season. The way I’m … Continue reading

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Keep newspapers alive, subscribe

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NEWSPAPERS are dying. Are you going to just stand by and watch?

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Best source of discount coupons for seniors

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LANCET lashes out at Trump COVID-19 policies

The prestigious American journal of medicine lashes out at the Trump presidency in its most recent editorial.

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1O1 BEST WEBSITES for writers

An ebook for connected writers that costs $6.99.

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Write an attention grabbing first chapter

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The ART of Flirting

Kevin James starred in a movie which he co-wrote, “Mall cop”… the inspiration for this humorous video.

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Sit back and “IMAGINE”

Take a moment to pause…and IMAGINE…

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NEVER say “can’t”

Jenn Bricker, a champion gymnast and outstanding athlete with the philosophy, “Never say can’t.”

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Editing services

Self-editing can be a problem for writers because they are so closely bound to their work.

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How to self publish

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Sheila E. TUCKER – memoir writer

A poet, a published author, a graphic designer and a broadcaster…Sheila Tucker is creativity unleashed.

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Sheila E. TUCKER – memoir writer, poet, artist

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May 11 – snowpeas, Snowbirds, and snowflakes…yikes

Rotzy lamenting about too much snow…snowpeas, Snowbirds and snowflakes…it’s spring, for heaven’s sake.

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Contests for self published authors

Self-published writers may find this contest a worthwhile consideration. Good luck to all entrants.

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Every writer could use these in their toolbox

A writer should have a toolbox for that little bit of assistance that is needed from time to time.

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Ode to COVID, sorta

THE COVID IS RAGINGMY LIFE IS A MESSI LIVE IN PYJAMASAND DON’T HAVE TO DRESS

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I sat on a park bench today.. .

        I sat on a park bench today, near some seniors. Each “COVID-distanced” away, so I felt safe. And I listened…

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Cheryl Bristow makes the WORD GUILD AWARDS short list

Breaking news: Bristow shortlisted for WORD GUILD AWARDS for her masterful,  A Shield in the Shadows.  Winner announced June 13th at the virtual AWARD GALA. We wish Cheryl the very best of luck. Click :LINK:  BRISTOWMEET: BRISTOWREVIEWED: BRISTOW

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Cheryl BRISTOW- romance in the Roman era

Cheryl Bristow is a Canadian author, living and writing in southern Ontario. She published her opus, A Shield in the Shadows, in 2015. Her book has been highly acclaimed, winning numerous prizes but the highest awards have eluded her, probably … Continue reading

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Cheryl BRISTOW – Romance in Roman times

Click on the Shield: View the author:  Bristow  

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I just received a ZOOM meeting invitation. What do I do now?

So you received an expected invitation to a ZOOM meeting. What do you do now?

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Fire fatalities increase during pandemic

Fire fatalities up by 65% across the province since last year COVID connected to fire increase?The City of Pickering’s Fire Chief is urging residents to keep fire safety top of mind as the province sees a 65% jump in fire … Continue reading

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Frauds and scams during COVID-19

The global pandemic has required people to spend more time at home and has also increased uncertainty amongst many about what the future holds. Criminals have viewed the current environment as an opportunity to target Canadians, including older adults, in … Continue reading

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“Restaurant” potatoes

Now here’s a home fries potato recipe that should go into your “Must try recipes” folder 

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The GUARDIANS, John Grisham

A Grisham journey is always an enjoyable trip. The Guardians is another one of his pleasant rides. Synopsis In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he … Continue reading

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Squash rigatoni is smothered in cheese: Ricardo

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One-Bowl Banana Upside-Down Cake

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Congratulations to new CEO Jackie Flowers ( Pickering Public Library )

Congratulations!Jackie Flowers on her appointment by the City of Pickering as the CEO & Director of Libraries, Pickering Public Library effective May 6, 2020. Jackie has spent the past eight years at the Calgary Public Library (CPL) and was most … Continue reading

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ABC ASSOCIATION a group of subscribers joined by a common interest in the love of books. Subscribers will periodically receive: book reviews; book news; invitations to teleconference meetings with authors; invitations to occasional teleconference meetings to discuss particular books or … Continue reading

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ZOOM…some thoughts about this service

So many people have criticized ZOOM for its connections with China, for its vulnerability issues, for its risk with Zoombombing, it is time an old codger writes some feedback thoughts. I am not a technology guru, but I am somewhat tech savvy … Continue reading

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Are Ontario pharmacies guilty of ageism?

A commentary relating to a recently published column written for the Toronto Star by Rachel Mendlseon. See Mendleson: MENDLESON Recently, CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) proposed that the Ontario government cover the added  prescription dispensing fees currently charged by … Continue reading

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