Author Archives: Sobieski

BASKET CASE, Carl Hiaasen

A former newspaper journalist, readers are very fortunate Hiaasen decided he would enjoy writing novels more than reporting the news.

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Extensions

Chrome extensions are little program applets that add more capability to your Chrome browser and related apps than you would have normally.

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Sept 21 – Brrr…snow?

Rotzy’s gripes are clearly focussed this week…COVID related. All us old codgers can relate to everything he says except for the longing for the north.

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Mindfulness Self-Compassion sessions

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Seniors’ Centre Without Walls Phone in Programs

Call 905.420.4660 ext. 2080 oremail arose@pickering.ca to register      

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Pickering Public Library does TIFF

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ON THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

Still haven’t decided where to go for Thanksgiving —– The Living Room or The Bedroom

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About OXYGEN

Ever wondered…

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Fall is here…add some FALL activities for your well being

McMaster University’s Optimum Aging Portal suggests some fall activities to add to your activity list for your well-being. We would like to particularly add WALKING IN THE COLOURS and JOINING A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB.

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SWIMS ?

The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims”

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ON DISINFECTANT USE

My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.

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eBorrowing details

Kindle – Kindle eReaders are often not compatible with Canadian Public Library eBook platforms. As such, Kindles can be a great eReader if you wish to purchase eBooks, but not as great a choice if you’d like to borrow eBooks … Continue reading

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Could you benefit from some MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT?

Troubled by any of these issues? I can’t be bothered doing anything. Why do I feel so bad? Why does everything always go wrong? I’m not good enough. How to fix almost anything The things you do that mess you … Continue reading

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Boosting your immune system through the power of food

Fall is a favorite season for many with the beautiful changing leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything! However, one thing that fall brings that is a little less thrilling is cold and flu season.

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ON SOCIAL DISTANCING

I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.

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4 vagaries needing answers…

4 vagaries needing answers…

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eBook borrowing during the pandemic

Escape the stress of COVID with books Libraries are working hard to restore their facilities back to safe and secure use, but there is reluctance among some of the public to return to bricks and mortar facilities too soon. Considering … Continue reading

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Sept 14 – better weather means better mood

Well, something has improved Rotzy’s moodometer which was running pretty grumpy and grimly last week. Might it be the return of warmer weather?

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In memoria…Dr. Vikki Cecchetto

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DEAD IN THE WATER, Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods cranks out murder mysteries like Baskin Robbins does with ice cream flavours, fast, flavourful and really enjoyable but always leaving you wanting more. Dead in the Water is another of Woods’ entertaining creations that is to be read … Continue reading

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A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham

Engaging, entertaining and much more. This book is a pleasure to read on all counts. The narrative is polished prose at its finest, eliciting emotions and feelings from the reader with the turn of every page.

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ON QUARANTINE

Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half, having a drinking problem.

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Prostate awareness month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – an opportunity to increase awareness and educate Canadians about one of the most common cancers in men. Within Canada, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed non-skin cancer in men and the third leading … Continue reading

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Pickering Public Library responds to questions and problems

Jessica Trinier, Pickering Public Library Community Book Club liaison staff executive responds to questions and problems posed by library patrons.

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A bit of PC HISTORY w Reg Rea

Our writers do more than just write light stuff. Reg Rea, one of our foremost contributors, has had a more serious side to his endeavours. He was an engineer who helped launch the personal PC in Canada back in 1973.

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Literary games for creative writers

Only really creative writers can appreciate all the verbal play in the reading below:

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Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead: Complete a few of life’s big tasks now to ease the impact of your death on those you leave behind Living your daily life in the way you do, normally and fully, you can too easily forget that your … Continue reading

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A practical and easy exercise routine from CAA

Though an exercise routine may look very easy, if you have not exercised in a long time, it may be important to consult with your doctor about doing one such as this one, offered by Joanna Marra, CAA wellness consultant … Continue reading

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PRICING PLANS

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Rick Pyves on writing, family history and his creative interests

Rick PyvesPublished Author, Historian & Genealogist

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Sept 7 – Some ‘easy-to-agree-with’ rants and grumbles

As summer comes to a close, Rotzy becomes grumpier and grumps about some very ‘grumpable’ issues.

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Vikki Cecchetto

Dr. Vittorina (Vikki) CecchettoSeptember 18, 1950 –  September 3, 2020 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our sister, Vikki Cecchetto, Vikki will be sadly missed by her sister Gianna Madsen (Late Tony), her brother Luciano Cecchetto (Maria), her … Continue reading

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Another work by Dennis Gazarek . . . .

Dennis Gazarek’s latest work is available at:  Amazon — https://www.amazon.com/Be-Awesome-Man-Handbook-Happiness/  Barnes and Noble — https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/be-the-awesome-man-dennis-gazarek/  Chapters — https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/be-the-awesome-man-a/                    IndieBound.org — https://www.indiebound.org/book/

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FAILING MEMORY or just HISTORY FADING AWAY?

The Toronto Star has a well written and strong commentary regarding the Ex in its Sunday edition, Sept. 6, 2020. The death throes of the EX is just another example of how our history is being lost every way we turn.

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The letter ‘W?’

Ever wonder…

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A phone call becomes a ticket Down Memory Lane

The phone rang this morning. Little I know it would take me back in time.

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Unplanned child

    Do twins ever realize that at least one of them is unplanned?

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September is purse changing time

Every author practices their craft regularly to keep themselves in peak form. Ginger Kuenzel, author of the very humourous Downtown, practices her craft by writing practice, blogging and communicating with her network of friends and fellow professionals. Here’s an excerpt … Continue reading

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100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT…

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window   A hilarious, crazy, disjointed literary work! Terry Fallis, you don’t need to feel threatened but at the outset of this book, I would have written that you were in … Continue reading

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OBIT: Announcing the death of…

An Obituary printed in the London TimesToday we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were … Continue reading

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“Hey, that’s my cousin,” says Fermo

From Fermo’s desk: Hey, ‘Gap’ is one of my cousins and he can really dance!

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Aug 31 – COVID’S getting to me

Rotzy’s normally, cheery diatribes are hitting greater challenges and bigger obstacles these days…..

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SEPT 2020

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER l_______________________________________________________________________ong version The times they are ‘a changing.’ Our siteWe made design changes to our website to make navigation easier. Notice fewer categories, each with drop-down menus and submenus. Submenus have flyouts. Click on the item to select … Continue reading

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How assistive devices promote healthy ageing and independent living

McMaster University’s Health Sciences department publishes a website dealing with improved ageing, “McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.” We highly recommend exploring the site to learn more about ways to improve ageing.

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How to promote brain health

McMaster University’s Health Sciences department publishes a website dealing with improved ageing, “McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.” We highly recommend exploring the site to learn more about ways to improve ageing.

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‘Faces behind unborn’ – Zoom event “Meet author: Denise Mountenay”

The pain after was not forgotten. Denise Mountenay wrote “The Bride, The Serpent & The Seed” to describe how she was affected by a traumatic event in her life and how she resolved the inner turmoil that came from it.   Meet Denise … Continue reading

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COMMENTS re the USA 2020 election

We are completely opposed to Trump in every legal and peaceful way possible. The man is completely lacking in scruples, principles, ethical values and conscience. We would urge all eligible American voters to vote against this man, even if they … Continue reading

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Doctor, doctor, where are you?

Finding a family doctor; it’s not easy!

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The newest scam – Receipt SCAM

Many retailers now ask “Do you need a receipt?” Say yes, otherwise you don’t get one!! And then you could get scammed. Be wary about this latest scam…ASK FOR A RECEIPT.

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POWER THESAURUS: the workhorse every writer needs

Ever want another word for the one you have used, in an instant? Or wanted the antonym for it? Maybe even wanted a definition for the word? How about getting all three, synonym, antonym and definition all at once in … Continue reading

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GRAMMARLY: the paring knife in a writer’s kitchen

Just as a good chef has a favourite knife, usually a cousin of the ubiquitous paring knife, a good writer should have ‘Grammarly‘ in their kitchen drawer.

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BEST LIAR Award goes to…an easy guess

Every politician deviates from the truth on occasion, twisting facts, altering data, exaggerating reality. Trump takes the art of deceit to incredible new levels. He’s the master of deceit, the king of con, the lord of lies, the epitome of … Continue reading

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Memory decline – tools to combat it

Combat tools against memory decline Memory decline is inevitable as we age but this decline can be slowed with these tools.

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Let’s go to the EX !

Canadian National Exhibition 2020…the pandemic has shut down the live version of the EX but they created another way to attend it safely.

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Aug 24 – COVID, maskin’ and gripin’

Quarantining, isolation and limited socialization are beginning to wear some of us down…we need some escape, soon.

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trees

For decades, urban planners and arborists have had a bias toward male trees. No wonder we’re sneezing so much. In front of Peter Prakke’s condo townhome in Hamilton, Ont. is a katsura tree. To the untrained eye, its beautiful rounded … Continue reading

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Sexism in the Garden

If you are an allergy sufferer, this article from Maclean’s magazine will blow you away.

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Spotlight Series – Aug 26

Join us for the Seniors Centre Without Walls Spotlight Series – Local History Stories! The Library’s local history collection tells the story of Pickering from its earliest people to today’s growing City. Join us to hear a couple of exciting … Continue reading

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Smell sense?

Q. Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C? A. Only the nose knows !    

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Fotheringham: May he rest in peace

For many years, Allan Fotheringham was the last word, the last page of Maclean’s magazine. He was a curmudgeon, a reprobate, a satirist and a verbal swashbuckler pricking balloons of the high and mighty everywhere. He did what he did … Continue reading

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Caponata…relish dish

Caponata is an Italian relish that goes with sandwiches, deli trays and meat suppers. It is tangy, sweet, a little acidic but amazingly good as an accompaniment to meat dishes.

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Poisonous gas….

If poison passes its expiration date, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

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IngramSpark PUBLISHING

If you’re an independent author or publisher looking to publish quality print books and ebooks with global book distribution and free resources to help you self-publish successfully, explore and examine this publishing company. Once you write and format your book, … Continue reading

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419, Will Ferguson

 Internet fraud, scams from Nigeria, suicide or murder by remote control…419 touches many bases.

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Current state of progress of the Coved-19 virus in Mexico

Todd Stong is a retired US military engineer. For many years, has wintered in the Lake Chapala region of central Mexico where he has been deeply involved on clean water projects for the Mexicans in that region. His comments about … Continue reading

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Aug 17 – Lots of gripin’

More whinin’ n complainin’ than commentin’ n explainin’ this edition…

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unborn, untold

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Looking after your mental well-being

McMaster University has an “Optimal aging portal” that offers much useful advice relating to aging. Check out:  MENTAL WELL-BEING

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DONATE

We appreciate any donation you can give. Each helps us with the expense of this site. Consider sending an eTRANSFER to Richard at  zippyonego@gmail.comor mail a donation. Thank you everyone for whatever support you give us.

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BOOK PROMO

Promote your book or your website. Have an image of your book or your website placed on our front page. Site visitors will see it at a glance. This promotion is available for a limited time at a discounted rate: … Continue reading

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WEISS, John

From police chief to artist and philosopher, John Weiss often has some wonderful ‘food for thought.’ Click JOHN

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NIMBUS PUBLISHING

Nimbus Publishing is the largest English-language publisher east of Toronto. Nimbus produces more than fifty new titles a year on a range of subjects relevant to the Atlantic Provinces— children’s picture books and fiction, literary non-fiction, social and cultural history, nature … Continue reading

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PRINT MEDIA NEEDS SUPPORT

We read the Toronto Star, unapologetically. We don’t defend it. Rather we commend it. Let it fights its own battles, against those who criticize it for being too this, too that, too left, too right, too liberal, too conservative, whatever. … Continue reading

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They weren’t wearing masks

Strip club patrons unmasked! Patrons at Toronto strip club, Brass Rail, caught without their masks on.

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Bingo! Bingo! Bingo!

Wanna sharpen up the memory? Sharpen up the cognitive skills? Prime the cerebral pump? Spit and polish the old noggin’? Try Bingo…contact the City of Pickering to see if they still take registrants. As simply as it looks, this is … Continue reading

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FRIESEN PRESS

The Friesenpress is 100% owned by its employees, a very dedicated group of young people whose mission is to embrace each book as our own and empower our authors to share their best stories with the world. Employee-owners lead by … Continue reading

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Putting your mind more at ease, just a little bit more

A professor of pharmacy at U of Toronto sent this clearly worded update to his family.

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ART IN THE PARK, City recreational activities continue…in spite of…

The City is making every effort possible to maintain as much normalcy as it can for its residents. Events, such as the ART IN THE PARK are still being offered and done but with all the necessary precautions being used … Continue reading

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Pickering Public Library reopens…with great care

The Pickering Public Library reopened August 10.  The reopening gave much deference to COVID-19, taking many precautions to protect and safeguard their patrons.

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BAYSHORE HOME HEALTH, Aug 19, 1pm

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WORD ALIVE PRESS

Word Alive Press harnesses the power of conventional royalty-based publishing and distribution, infusing a new partnership approach to the process. They claim that they are easy to access and will broaden exposure of your titles. 

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XULON PRESS

Xulon Press is the largest publisher of Christian books in North America. They are the original on-demand book publisher for aspiring Christian authors. They have helped more than 15,000 authors publish their books. Visit their site and explore the details … Continue reading

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BRISTOW, Cheryl – Romance in Roman times

Click on the Shield: View the author:  Bristow  

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A great espresso in a very inexpensive way

The least expensive way to great espressos – the Moka pot This little coffee maker produces excellent expresso at a low price. If you enjoy espresso coffee, the Moka pot is the least expensive espresso maker you can buy. Yet, … Continue reading

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A Different Drummer…a bookstore with a different beat

Book stores are the instruments that play the symphonies of BOOKS. They are the lifeblood of authors. We need to support them in their concerts of literary symphonies.  A  DIFFERENT DRUMMER performs its work in Burlington, Ontario.

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Aug 10 – RAGES: Road, pc, Leafs

Crashes, crunches and ‘the finger’…Road Rage Stuff….Rotzy’s had a few bumps in the road and hopes the road ahead flattens and smooths out a bit from now on.

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A DELICATE TOUCH, Stuart Woods

A Delicate TouchStuart Woods

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Services guide FALL 2020 – City of Pickering

The City Services & Leisure Guide FALL 2020 offered by the City of Pickering is now available.

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The journey back home through America…

After spending the winter in Mexico before the COVID pandemic hit everywhere, the time came to head back home…home to the scenic beauty of our state and encountering the welcoming of our fellow citizens…but then the reality of COVID took … Continue reading

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So gramps asks grannie…

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A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES, Gil McNeil

Life hasn’t been a bed of roses for Londoner Molly Taylor lately. Newly divorced and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, she’s stunned when her beloved Aunt Helena dies and leaves her … Continue reading

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Pandemic casualties in Canadian retail

Retail businesses are suffering mortal wounds during the pandemic. If you have gift cards from any of the retailers below, use them immediately as they may lose commercial validity imminently.

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Mask it or casket !

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Notes from Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC doctor in charge of its COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Dr. Bonnie Henry is the doctor in charge of British Columbia’s COVID-19 Task Force. She offers medical words of wisdom relating to the coronavirus.

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How to promote brain health

McMaster University has a department devoted to promoting better ageing. The McMaster web page offers site visitors valuable information regarding the ageing and ways to promote brain health.

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COVID is killing us in more ways than we think

The pandemic is killing us in more ways than we think. Grocery costsAs more and more workers book off sick, production slows at grocery providers, distributors and suppliers. As production drops off, sales decreases follow and profits decline. The companies … Continue reading

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Even dogs have more common sense

Fermo howls that even dogs have more common sense than some people

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Free Programs in the park

City-sponsored FREE PROGRAMS in the park

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Final notification: Meet author Cheryl Bristow

Here’s your chance to engage with a Canadian author in person, to learn how she writes, how she works and how she developed her greatest work, A Shield in the Shadows.

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Aug 3 – Lillies, Harry Caray and toilet brushes

A ‘First’ For Brant’s Ford    Today….Sat Aug 1st….is M/R Day in the Telephone City. ‘M/R’ being Mary Rutherford, Miz. Jo’s Mother, a ‘centurian’ who passed away few years back in her 102nd year. When Mary reached the age of 75, … Continue reading

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AUG 2020

August Newsletter Summer’s half gone and we’re still in the Twilight Zone of COVID-19 which is transforming our world in every way. But there are other major issues which need our attention and corrective action. Consider your own position of … Continue reading

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August newsletter

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Six ways to promote Brain Health and reduce risk of dementia

Ageing affects the brain as it does the rest of the body. The brain deteriorates, diminishes in capability and reduces its productivity. Learn how to slow the process down.

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A HOUSE IN THE SKY, Amanda Lindhout

Synopsis: GOODREADS.com The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of … Continue reading

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Don’t mess with SENIORS

If you are a senior you will understand this one; if you deal with seniors, this should help you understand them a little better, and if you are not a senior yet……..God willing, someday you will be…..

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A MAN CALLED OVE, Frederik Backman

An outstanding read! Many of us know a cantankerous old man or two. I see one every morning … when I look in the mirror! Ove, the protagonist of this book, is a widower, desperately missing his wife. In fact, he … Continue reading

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Pickering resident, Gary Henn, does Daytona track

Many people have bucket lists, lists of dreams they would like to see fulfilled in their lifetimes. My husband, Gary, had one item of his bucket list completed…

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A MAN CALLED OVE (another review), Fredrik Backman

 An engaging read. Light, lively, and entertaining.  Truly, a must read if you smile about life!

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You shop at Walmart?

How Big is Walmart? Do you shop at Walmart?

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The American election campaign will be ugly

The American presidential election of 2020 will be ugly, really ugly. Trump could winA few minor changes in the economy, in the quest for a vaccine and in his campaigning style, and Trump will eliminate the poll gap that presently … Continue reading

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Trump re-election a real possibility…whoa !

Could it be even remotely possible? Trump could get re-elected. A quick consideration: Biden may be leading in the polls, even by a lot, but polls have proven to mean little in the last few elections. Also, note Biden is … Continue reading

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Cheryl Bristow, the Shakespeare of historical romance

Cheryl Bristow writes romance novels, not your stereotypical novels, but historical ones based on years of research and academic accuracy.

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July 27 – Some like it hot but not ROT’

Some people can take the heat, but Rotzy sounds like he’d prefer to leave the kitchen! The heat might be getting to him and twisting his normally languid and placid persona.

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When was the last time you explored like a kid?

John Weiss, artist, writer, philosopher.  Here’s a creative person who always has some sage advice to consider.

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A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT, David Baldacci

FBI Agent Atlee Pine returns to her Georgia hometown to reopen the investigation of her twin sister’s abduction, only to encounter a serial killer beginning a reign of terror, in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

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A SHIELD IN THE SHADOWS, Cheryl Bristow

A Shield in the ShadowsCheryl Bristow If you are a student of history, a Latin scholar, are curious about Roman times, this is your book. It carries you into the past on winged and entertaining feet. This book is an … Continue reading

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COVID LUNCH

Just a big thanks to Peggy and Martin for the fantastic COVID luncheon escape. Wonderful food, great discussion, varied opinions.

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Meet author Bristow, a romance writer of historical times

Meet Cheryl Bristow, a romance writer who will surprise you with a romantic narrative written in an unexpected historical setting.To receive ZOOM meeting details, register by clicking: REGISTRATION

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July 20 – Vietnam, Portland, Oregon…it’s a wonderful world?

Here We Go….Again!    Back to the dreaded Stelco Forge #9 (*see last week’s column). I refer, of course, to Heat Wave/Warning Part II, having had a brief respite following Part I. It’s Sat 10:00 AM at the moment and Rotzy’s … Continue reading

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ADULTERY, Paulo Coelho

  Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life’s routine and the desire for something new. [summary from Goodreads] … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan said…

Ronald Reagan may have had the best writers of any president. 

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No, it’s never too late

John P. Weiss is a cartoonist, painter, and philosopher, writing about life. A former police chief and editorial cartoonist, he retired early to become a full-time writer and artist. He writes about life lessons, personal growth, and the creative arts. You … Continue reading

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Night Madness: a book to put on your reading list

Night MadnessRick PyvesA son’s tribute to his father.

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Canadians supporting Hong Kong in its political fight

“Beware the sleeping giant”________Winston Churchill 

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Dr. Fauci interview with Atlantic magazine

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. He was appointed as the medical advisor to the White House in its dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration has been bad-mouthing Fauci … Continue reading

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