We’ve been living with this coronavirus, COVID-19, for more than six months now. Are you as tired of it as I am? Last night, as I considered today’s post, I realized I wasn’t in the mood to finish a travel piece, or the political commentary I was working on. So you’ll have to wait for […]

I downloaded and installed a new fitness app on my phone, Every Monday I get a report, filled with praise about my progress. Except I have no progress. Not that I am physically inactive. I walk at least 20 kilometres weekly, much of it uphill. But I haven’t bothered to record it with the app. […]

I know it’s a typographical error, but you have to admit, it is still funny. Six months into the restrictions (more some places) and everyone is tired of COVID-19. Which may explain the spike in cases in some areas as people ease up on their precautions. Humor helps us get through tough situations. We need […]

I’m not sure if the castle in the spa town of Bad Wurzach has guided tours or is even open to the public. But its chapel is. Having a few minutes before my bus, I dropped by. Today the building houses a school, some apartments and a religious order. In the early 1940s it was […]

Suppose you threw a party, invited everyone you knew, and no-one showed up? What would you do? I didn’t think to ask that on a recent visit to Freiburg. Maybe I should have. This is a big year for the biggest city in my area. Founded in 1100, Freiburg had lots of events planned for […]

Monday was the first day of school, always a big day. My neighbor will remember this one all her life. It’s a familiar ritual, packing the book bag and getting on the bus or walking to the school. You did it when you were young. Perhaps you are at the age where your children or […]

There’s an election coming. There’s always an election coming – and that means political parties need money. Feel like making a donation? In Canada we have strict limits. I can contribute $1,625 ($1,227 US) to the political party of my choice this year. That’s the maximum, though admittedly I can give that amount to each […]

It was almost three years before someone asked my to show a ticket on my local commuter train. I was so surprised, I fumbled to produce it – I just wasn’t expecting the request. The train runs from Basel, Switzerland, to Freiburg, Germany, and is used by thousands daily. There are no turnstiles. At many […]

One year ago today my mother had her favorite pizza as her birthday meal. We had a family gathering in the palliative care unit of Ottawa’s Bruy√®re Hospital. We didn’t know it would be her last meal. We knew she wouldn’t be with us much longer, but her spirits were good and she loved the food. […]

What does it say about the internet (and our society) that every reference I can find for this piece mentions it is the most valuable sculpture in Offenburg? Does it have no other significance? I would have thought that content or artistic merit would be more important. But obviously I am wrong. (And admittedly I […]