Category Society

Uncomfortable Memories

I live in a town haunted by memories. That no-one talks about. At least to me. Sulzburg was once the center of Jewish culture in southern Germany. In the middle of the 19th century, a third of the town of 1,200 was Jewish. There was a synagogue, a rabbinical school, a choral society, a cemetery. […]

Doing The Traffic Math

Municipal politicians in Ottawa frequently complain that the provincial government in Toronto has no idea how to find Ottawa on a map. This week the province’s premier proved that in dramatic fashion. Rob Ford announced new COVID restriction measures, including checkpoints at provincial borders. No-one is allowed to enter the province without a good reason. […]

Ticked Off

Things have been a little intense here lately (both in terms of blog topics and whatever else happens in the rest o my life). I figured we could all use a break and a chance to lighten up. Today I’ll get my second vaccination. No, not that one. For COVID I’m caught between countries. I […]

The Naked MP

I hope they catch the perpetrator. At the every least it should be a firing offence, if criminal charges aren’t laid. It has been in the news around the world: A member of the Canadian parliament appeared naked during a sitting of the House of Commons. Needless to say, that is a breach of the […]

What Do You Think?

How do you react to something you find offensive? Does word choice matter? Would you dismiss ideas because you didn’t like the way they were phrased? Many people do. I remember a phrase I first heard in the early 1970s, though it wasn’t new then: “My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the […]

Before The Revolution

In early 2020 the politicians and public health officials botched the initial response to COVID-19. I can forgive that – they obviously had no idea what they were doing and were trying their best. That health officials should have been prepared instead of making things up on the fly would seem to be a reasonable […]

Anyone Else?

Every time I look at the news, it is all COVID-19. Everyone seems fixated on it. There is no other topic of conversation. I must admit, I think I’m getting a little bored with it all. But when society is locked down, there doesn’t seem to be much else to talk about except the virus. […]

Somewhat Famous

Do you know who this is? I thought I would do a travel post today, even though no-one is traveling. We can still hope and dream. When I opened a photo file, this face came up. Since there is no cost to a digital image, I always try to take a picture of the caption […]

Changing Times

It seems like a lifetime ago, but it is really only a year. Can you believe that? A year ago, if you purchased a sausage on a bun at the Freiburg Market you had the choice of mustard, ketchup or curry sauce condiments. After you were given your sausage by the vendor you grabbed a […]

Our Second COVID Easter

So here we are again. Didn’t they tell us last year was a one-time event? But let’s not go down that rabbit hole, or at least not today. We may be in the middle of an apparently unending global pandemic, but there are some universal truths that still remain. The biggest is that which we […]