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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
Many wrong things happening, ‘virtually?’ Readers WriteAnd this one was wondering how I’m doing with my ‘learning how to park in the big city’, seeing as how I hadn’t made mention of it lately. Well, thanks for asking, and at … Continue reading
I am NEWS junkie. I enjoy reading the latest NEWS, from local to International, mostly for its news value and angle. Each reporter approaches his or her news story from a different perspective which I appreciate and enjoy. I also … Continue reading
The chapters of history are filled with pages of debauchery, vice and depravity, along with scheming and conspiring. Revisit those days of sin and amorality with these reads. A SHIELD IN THE SHADOWS by Cheryl Bristow A love story … Continue reading
CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) has some news that may interest book lovers and authors. Click the following link to access their latest news: CELA
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
It was only after I finished reading the first section that this well researched non-fiction book became an unexpected treat.
AriaBy Nazanine Hozar In the fall of 2019, Aria appeared on the special “Heather’s Picks” list for Heather Reisman of Chapter’s Book Store. This is usually a recommendation for a good read so I was anxious to begin this 434-page … Continue reading
Akinby Emma Donoghue This delightful story about an ageing octogenarian and his unexpected parenting of a great-nephew was totally engaging. After reading Emma Donoghue’s books, The Wonder and The Room, I was prepared for a challenging and perhaps dark or … Continue reading
A Delhi ObsessionM.G. Vassanji M.G. Vassanji has won the Giller Prize for excellence in Canadian literature twice and is a recognized Canadian author with a current body of nine books. He is also an Order of Canada recipient so it … Continue reading
Never stop learning Online courses during the COVID pandemic. Here is a list of short courses online, via ZOOM teleconferencing.They are an easy and quick way to learn with an veteran teacher: ZOOM: 1 … Continue reading
Readers Write And a large number of them have taken to emailing out funn stuff on an daily basis, I suppose in an effort to lift peoples’ spirits and maybe get their minds on other things, whilst other cartoons, jokes … Continue reading
It’s a very sad situation. Here is a comparison of the number of mortalities internationally. It’s not a competition but merely an attempt to put a little perspective on how well different countries are doing in fighting the pandemic battle.
It could be time for a bit of escapism…ya think ?
Staying home may be helping. It may be flattening the curve. It may be inching us closer to ending this pandemic. But staying home may be killing some of us, speaking metaphorically. After all, how much TV can one watch, … Continue reading
Americans are great people. However, they wear blinkers. They see themselves as the greatest nation in the world, the nation with the greatest innovators, greatest thinkers and the most creative people in the world. They were, at one time.
Some new ones, some old, but all good chuckles in here I’m having a quarantine party this weekend! None of you are invited We are just two to three weeks away from learning everyone’s real hair color. Gonna ask my … Continue reading
Your financial matters still need attention even during this very challenging time of the COVID pandemic.
Teleconferencing, the whole Internet communications world for that matter, is changing so much, so quickly and so frequently, it is becoming very difficult to keep up. ZOOMZOOM has been criticized for being insecure and vulnerable within months of its creation … Continue reading
In these unprecedented times of isolation, quarantines and social separation, it is crucial to have some skills with technology. You need to be your own information manager. If you do not have electronic/technological skills, get some. If you don’t have … Continue reading
on the iPad is very easy to learn. These instructions assume you are the PARTICIPANT in the meeting. HOSTS have a few more wrinkles to work out. Host menus differ from the Participant menus. HOSTS have more controls, more managerial … Continue reading
I Always Keep….….a note pad handy during the week for anything that might make an interesting subject/topic for an item in next week’s “F/N” column and scribble something down in such a haphazard way that I’m sure only yours truly … Continue reading
Tutorial Friday, Apr 24th, 11 am RegistrationRegister by email to [email protected] with “ZOOM” in the SUBJECT LINE. Or click “ YES “ Approximately 1-hour tutorial covering ZOOM menu icons, what they mean and how to use them. Instructor Richard has years … Continue reading
Having been out of the country and then in quarantine for 14 days, our food supply in our house was seriously depleted. Time to bravely venture out to the store to get some groceries. I had not been to our … Continue reading
Our investment broker has been in touch regarding investments. Of course, it’s too early to buy, but he sent along some suggestions to keep an eye on when this crisis starts to turn around. Wanted to share with our friends… … Continue reading
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What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders Avivah Wittenberg-Cox Click to link to source post: Forbes Looking for examples of true leadership in a crisis? From Iceland to Taiwan and from Germany to … Continue reading
Too many times we have receive cautionary messages about imports from China. In the case of food, buying from China can be fatal. Be cautious and wary. Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producing farm in the USA, was sold in September … Continue reading
Recently, more and more criticism is being applied to ZOOM teleconferencing. Some may be valid, some not. Here are our thoughts about the application…. RISKS/VULNERABILITYZOOM was originally created by a Chinese based company. It took off beyond belief, the pandemic … Continue reading
Trump never ceases to amaze people. He is the very best at pivoting, deflecting and distracting. He arguably mismanaged the American response to the coronavirus pandemic, but rather than own up to it as a mature individual would, Trump deflects … Continue reading
MEETING ETIQUETTE ZOOM meetings will be more effective, productive and successful with these guidelines: HOSTS RESPONSIBILITIES: Meeting settings need to be configured with appropriate mic and video controls; Waiting rooms should be used to screen/vet participants before admission; Passwords should … Continue reading
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Many claims have been made about the vulnerability of ZOOM video-conferencing. This American company has created patches and notified users about procedures they have installed on ZOOM to minimize the risks associated with the app. Here is a list of … Continue reading
Renaming consideration: “Report from Nakina outhouse?” Happy Easter….….belated as it may be, and seeing as I’m writing this on Good Friday, starting into the long weekend, please join me in song (tho Easter will have passed by the … Continue reading
PICKERING’S OLDEST RESIDENT CELEBRATES 101st BIRTHDAY Happy 101 Birthday Ama ButtRead her at “BIO“
Life is becoming too complicated. I’m old. Life is too complicated now. I am faced with a constant barrage of change. I learned to use a desktop computer. They threw a laptop at me. I learned to use a laptop. … Continue reading
Week 3 in isolation….cabin fever’s settin’ in.
View Post MONTH BOOK MODERATOR JAN FEB – – Barbara MAR – – Karen APR – – Paula MAY 11 – DOWNTOWN – Richard JUN 8 – What the psychic told the … Continue reading
Home delivery is becoming something used by an increasing number of people. In these times of the COVID pandemic, it is crucial to minimize the risk to you and your family by what you bring into your home.
LOBLAWS has issued an update regarding food shopping at its stores. Click LOBLAWS
Dear COOKz, BOOKz & NOOKz site visitor, Please help us update our mailing list When I started publishing this website many years ago, there were no laws/regulations about spam, emailing and Internet confidentiality. I created my subscriber list via personal … Continue reading
Here’s some very disturbing news if you are a senior who needs prescription refills regularly.
Rotzy hits a new high, 75, and he’s in the best form of his life on here…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
The Broward Library in Florida offers some very good advice in regard to your pets and the coronavirus. Click COVA and your pet
Isolation can become a problem by elevating levels of anxiety and stress.
The steps to action: 1. RECOGNIZE, 2. REJECT, 3. REPORT The crooks, hackers, fraudsters never let up. So be wary, be cautious. 1. RECOGNIZEAny incoming message, be it phone, text, email, or computer, if you do not RECOGNIZE the sender, … Continue reading
Here’s an interesting exercise to try the next time you are watching a news broadcast during this pandemic: divide a page on a page of a notepad; one side becomes NEGATIVE, the other, POSITIVE. Now, rank each news story with … Continue reading
This message came across our desk recently. The message is so powerful, it has to be shared.
We are snowbirds who escape the frigidity of Canada’s winters by going to Florida. This year our Florida migration was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Florida situationThe news media in the US is a strange beast, focussing reports more on local … Continue reading
There opposing camps regarding disinfection of foods brought into the home from grocery stores.
Hand sanitizers are highly flammable. Hands should be thoroughly dried after using them. DO NOT COME NEAR AN OPEN FLAME AFTER USING A HAND SANITIZER.
Consult with your doctor whenever considering medical advice such as suggested in this link. Vitamin C is highly recommended as a means of bolstering the immune system. Studies have also shown that it benefits persons who are being treated for … Continue reading
The 2020 American presidential election may be the election of all time. Trump’s impeachment failed. It had no chance of success given the Republican dominance of the American congress. However, another spectre, even uglier than the failed impeachment proceedings has … Continue reading
Here’s a doctor that goes beyond doing just the bare minimum.
A reference guide to VITAL PHONE NUMBERS for emergency and life threatening situations. for info on community & social services that can help you with life’s challenges. for customer … Continue reading
In the beginning of March, we moved from Kissimmee to Hallandale for the second part of our winter get-away. Already at that time Coronavirus was in the news in Canada, where, as a result, a whole new way of life … Continue reading
Graphs are easy ways to digest information from visual displays. Data is easily processed and information is often easier to understand and quicker to comprehend. Below are LINKS to some graphic websites we find to be informative and interesting: Visual … Continue reading
Crucial precautions you should use to stop the spread of the COVID-19 VIRUS:
First and foremost, we are not trying to scaremonger, raise anxiety levels or instil fear in anyone. We are directing people to information which may be food for thought. We are not in any way suggesting COVID-19 is a hoax, … Continue reading
Protect yourself from cancer by adding these anti-cancer foods to your diet.
Can Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machines be considered as emergency substitutes for a Hospital Ventilators if the need warrants it?Source: Prof. JOHN F. BANZHAF Valuewalk.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2020) – A growing number of medical … Continue reading
The COVID-19 virus is not the worst plague in history and we do not want to sensationalize aspects of the virus as some newscasts seem to be doing. It is a very serious epidemic which is being researched and explored … Continue reading
The best of times became the worst of times.
People are contagious very early on in the infection, potentially even before they’re symptomatic. A study conducted by researchers in Germany found that nine people infected with the novel coronavirus were shedding huge amounts of the virus — thousands to millions … Continue reading
From an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.In our community chat, here, they sent this excellent summary to avoid contagion . I share it with you because it is very clear: The virus is not a … Continue reading
Dr. Andy Thompson is a rheumatologist and a founding partner of the arva clinic. He completed his medical training and residency in internal medicine at Western University followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. … Continue reading
Fraudsters are trying to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties, and misinformation. These scammers are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cybercrime.
“What The Heck….….you gonna write about this week Toad”?….I said (to myself) last Sat. Or something like that. Other than the ‘Corona thing’, of course. In fact yours truly did some rough calculations last w/end in regard to our ‘news … Continue reading
Southwest Florida, Venice, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Englewood, all becoming ghost towns. Traffic, if any exists, is absolutely minimal.
Englewood has a lively and very active theatre, the Lemon Bay Playhouse. Every performance, sold out as they should be based on the performance we attended.
The information about the coronavirus cannot be summarized into one ‘quick read.’ However, this summary will help you to learn some fundamentals about it.
Vinegar vs. Bleach While vinegar is not classified as a disinfectant by the EPA, guess what is?
We may stop posting Florida whimsies with this piece as there is nothing whimsical about staying in the region. Everything is either shutting down or closing or being cancelled because of the fear and preventative measures being taken against the … Continue reading
Rene Fisher is a blogger who has had a life of tragedy and devastation.
Improve your immune health through diet! Vitamin C, Zinc & Vitamin A info There are a few key nutrients that can help improve your immune health – Vitamin C being one of them! Oranges are probably what comes to mind … Continue reading
Gordon Sinclair wrote an editorial defending the USA in 1973. It said what all people in the world recognized, the United States was the greatest country in the world in terms of caring, helping and supporting people in need anywhere … Continue reading
Special issueIn light of the COVID-19 situation, our newsletter is modified to reflect the latest updates we have received, as well as our personal situation. We are also including health precautionary notes as received from the Lakeridge Health Services in … Continue reading
There are 5 promising preventive and antiviral therapisin the works that may survive clinical trials and reach the market in the near future. The unstoppable coronavirus Covid-19 is now officially a global pandemic. And we still haven’t found a … Continue reading
March madness includes a rush on toilet paper at grocery stores and big shop retailers…gougers sell toilet paper upwards of $25 a roll. Guy in NYC was selling at $100/roll…he found a buyer. I some swamp land here in Florida….
Here is our shortlist of articles and sites that will help keep you informed. List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.(The U.S. EPA) How to Clean Your Tech Products, According to Cleaning Experts Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Clean … Continue reading
Hello, my name is ‘Fermo.’ I’m a one year old Scottish terrier. I know you are a youngster too and are going to bed, so I want to tell you a little story to help you go to sleep. It’s … Continue reading
Bridge of sighsWritten by [email protected] I am Eduardo Castillo and my story begins in Mexico. I was the head bartender at The River Cafe jazz bar on the Rio Cuale in Puerto Vallarta. The rio splits old Vallarta from the … Continue reading
Fermo and I were out for our morning constitutional this AM, when we encountered a man putting some mail into his mailbox at the end of his driveway. “Good morning, nice day isn’t it?” “Yup.” “That’s very handy. You put mail in … Continue reading
The comments below were written by Dr. A. Bitton from the Ariadne Labs in Massachusetts. Current situationWhat I can clearly say is that what we do, or don’t do, over the next week will have a massive impact on the … Continue reading
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS 1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by … Continue reading
DowntownGinger Henry Kuenzel Ginger Henry Kuenzel has a bio as interesting as the characters of her fictional town, Downtown. A journalist, a columnist, a writer, a translator and a keen observer of everyday life around her. Kuenzel spent a good many … Continue reading
MacLean’s magazine: Canada: how to get tested, what the symptoms are, where to get help
COVA is a horrendously developing problem. The linked article below is eye-opening in its comprehensive explanation of how serious COVA is. It is too late now for many countries hoping to stop the virus’ spread. They should have acted sooner. … Continue reading
As of March 12, Canada had conducted over a thousand more tests than the United States, and we are one-tenth the size. As a result of testing and other measures, the growth rate of the virus is substantially lower in … Continue reading
Alerts in dealing with the Coronavirus have been handled differently throughout the world. ENGLANDThe English are feeling the pinch in relation to the virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, the level … Continue reading
Brain Awareness Week is part of a global campaign that aims to increase education about, and support for, brain science. The brain is the most complex part of the human body and is at the centre of our nervous system, … Continue reading
In 1985, Hollywood star and director, Ron Howard, directed a film called ‘Cocoon.’ Its storyline: a group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they’d left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting … Continue reading