Author Archives: Sobieski
Some times it’s crucial to think of others first…this is that time….Click on the mask… Our thanks to Randy Filinski
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.
China is killing freedom in Hong Kong and Canada’s response is “Meh!”
Dog owners must be more responsible, all of them.
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.”
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.
If you have osteoarthritis and are waiting for a knee or hip replacement, consider this health advice from McMaster Health Sciences.
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
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
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
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.
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
It has been said that “there are decades where nothing seems to happen and then there are weeks where decades happen.”
Wash your hands but she never said anything about wearing a mask.
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
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
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
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
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.
Dr. Phil Hagen, associate MD, Mayo Clinic, offers 8 tips for improving the quality of your sleep.
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.
Chaos, colonoscopy and corona curves….not stuff we wanna talk about mid-summer…
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.
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
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
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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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
Mario Gregorio lives life to the fullest in western Canada. He offers a number of constructive tips for living with Alzheimers through the pandemic .
Parkinson’s disease may be the fastest-growing disease in the world. So how do you live your life after receiving this diagnosis?
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.
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.
A world without Fathers is unimaginable. Let’s celebrate and honour the dads who are the core of families.
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
Just participated in my first virtual Book Club meeting…a pleasing experience. Small library, so small turnout.
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
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
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
Scare the daylights out of ’em. Take them on a Haunted Ghost Tour…Thursday nights…late!
Some of us are heavyweights workin’ on lightening up. Others are lightweights who’d like to step up a level.
To rrrr is not human but we all make mistakes. Grammar mistakes are the effluence of poor writers.
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
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
CEO of the Pickering Public Library zoomed with the executive reps of the Association of Pickering Book Clubs shortly after taking office.
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
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
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
ZOOM has been the giant in televideo conferencing…
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
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.
Not a happy camper these days. But then, how many of us are?
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.
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
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
How long will it be before we accept the validity of the words, “He’s my brother?”
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
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
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
Strength building exercises are important for all ages, seniors too.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some readers may predict the outcome of the novel, but none will reach a consensus to the dilemma Owens presents in her bestseller.
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
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
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
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
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.
Spring’s here…Rotzy turning green!
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
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
Coming soon…after a bit of celebrating….
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
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
Click on the book covers above. Pyves’ books about war and military history are available at these links: Amazon.caChapters/Indigo
Bristow’s epic is available at Xulonpress. Click XulonEbook edition: Kindle Bristow also suggests considering used editions for less expensive copies.
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
The prestigious American journal of medicine lashes out at the Trump presidency in its most recent editorial.
Kevin James starred in a movie which he co-wrote, “Mall cop”… the inspiration for this humorous video.
Take a moment to pause…and IMAGINE…
Jenn Bricker, a champion gymnast and outstanding athlete with the philosophy, “Never say can’t.”
Rotzy lamenting about too much snow…snowpeas, Snowbirds and snowflakes…it’s spring, for heaven’s sake.
THE COVID IS RAGINGMY LIFE IS A MESSI LIVE IN PYJAMASAND DON’T HAVE TO DRESS
I sat on a park bench today, near some seniors. Each “COVID-distanced” away, so I felt safe. And I listened…
So you received an expected invitation to a ZOOM meeting. What do you do now?
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
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
Now here’s a home fries potato recipe that should go into your “Must try recipes” folder
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
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
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
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