A friend posted this on Facebook, and I though it worth passing on. This has been a rough year for so many people in so many ways. It isn’t always easy to keep a positive attitude. It reminded me of a passage from The Bible, from the fourth chapter of Philippians: Do not be anxious […]

That parcel isn’t for you. It’s for me. An early Christmas present. I should be excited, but I’m not – because I don’t know where it is. I ordered it online. Amazon of course. Partly because that is what you do these days, but mostly because I wanted it delivered to my home in Ottawa. […]

It has been my habit over the past eight months to share with you some of the best COVID-19 humor I could find on the internet. I figure we can all use a laugh these days. As the pandemic has dragged on, it has become more difficult to find images that make me smile, let […]

If you want a quick lesson in the disfunction of the American system, the Congressional hearing on Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee is a perfect example. Justice is supposed to be blind and – but this legal system is all about politics. Democrats automatically oppose anyone nominated by a Republican president (and vice versa). […]

There are days you always remember. Sometimes they are momentous for society. Americans of my generation remember where they were when they heard JFK had been assassinated. For a younger generation it is probably the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Then there are other days, important only to you and your family. Like […]

Given that it is a holiday in Canada I thought it was a good time for some reflections on the day. This is an edited version of my first Thanksgiving post from 2014. Following a Canadian tradition that goes back to English explorer Martin Frobisher in 1578, Canadians today are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. The […]

What a difference a year makes. Have you said that recently? Things are so unlike 2019. Last year the Canadian Thanksgiving fell less than two weeks after my mother’s death, so we made it a family celebration and time of remembrance. This year instead my sister will deliver a turkey meal to my daughter’s doorstep. […]

For some reason, the leaves on the forest trees don’t seem to change colors here. Which explains why so many Germans come to eastern Canada and the US northeast at this time of year. You don’t get to see displays like this in our part of Germany. Friday was a gray day, typical of a […]

This is a holiday weekend in both Canada and the US and people don’t know what to do – at least if you believe media reports. I think it is more likely that people know what they should do – but they don’t want to do it. After all, why should COVID-19 disrupt holiday plans […]

I downloaded this graphic a few years ago, and I thought I had shared it here – but a quick look at old posts didn’t turn it up. So today seemed like a good day. In case you have forgotten what you learned in grade school, two words that sound the same but have different […]