Category Society

Thoughts on America

Is it a failed state, as many seem to think these days? Or does it remain the best example of democracy and a hope for the world? It seems appropriate on July 4, as Americans celebrate Independence Day, to give some thought to the state of the United States in 2022. Are things as bad […]

No Trucks

They’re back! Well, not really. And certainly not like before. For months, organizers of the Freedom Convoy that paralyzed downtown Ottawa last winter have been calling for a July 1 return to Parliament Hill to protest government policies. Some residents have expressed concerns that their lives will once again be disrupted.  That isn’t going to happen. […]

Overturning Roe

Imagine the outcry if it was the other way arouund. Imagine the reaction if the American president and vice president had referred to a Supreme Court of Canada decision in such a fashion, Canada’s government would have made a formal protest. It would have been a major diplomatic incident.  Feelings run high on all sides of […]


At first I thought I had missed the announcement. There was only one person on the bus, besides me, not wearing a face mask. Was the mask mandate back in force? I checked my news feed. Apparently not. A day after the mask mandate for public transit was dropped, the vast majority of people were […]

Heading Home?

Canada’s airports are in chaos, especially Toronto’s Pearson Airport. That is the airport I am supposed to fly to today. I’m not looking forward to the experience. When reports of problems processing passengers first surfaced a few weeks ago, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra placed the blame squarely with air travelers. People had forgotten the routine […]

Are Names Important?

We continue our series of old posts while I am traveling with some thoughts on children’s names first posted in 2015. William Shakespeare has many memorable, oft quoted lines, including the one about the rose. You know the one, from Romeo and Juliet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The implication is […]

Simple Logic

Our re-runs continue, but I thought we should take a break from travel for a couple of days. I wrote this one in 2015. I’m not sure if my mother ever read it – she didn’t make it online until 2017, when she was 88. She read the daily posts here, but she never mentioned […]

An Unusual Grave

Welcome to re-run time. Some of my favorite posts, mostly older and travel related, while I myself am on the road. Sometimes it isn’t the big tourist attractions that strike you. I had never heard of East Mersea before 2014, but found it an intriguing place to visit. I have mentioned that it is my […]

A Picture Is Worth…

Welcome to re-run time. Some of my favorite posts, mostly older and travel related, while I myself am on the road. This post, from 2014 gave new meaning to an old proverb. If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then I don’t need to say too much today. Maybe it’s my eyes, but […]

Second Thursday In May

Each year there is a pro-life rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to bring attention to Canda’s lack of abortion laws. I think that this year the rally will take place in person once more, after two years of pandemic restrictions. I won’t be in town, so I can’t check it out. Instead, these thoughts […]