Read for free…or trying to do my bit during this madness


Okay, how many of you have a scratchy throat at just the mention of coronavirus? I'm sitting here with my MS and immune system malfunctions and etc and I probably can talk myself into a case of something, even as I keep myself inside. I am avoiding contact, trying to keep from adding to the…

Like no other… or phrases I’ve grown to hate.


It's everywhere. A graduation... like no other. A school year... like no other. A walk down the street... like no other. A dental floss... like no other. I mean, come on, lazy journalists! Isn't it time for a different phrase to describe out current state of ambiguity? Sure, maybe we haven't experienced these things in…

Women await onslaught of pandering posts by corporations for International Women’s Day


Atlantic Canada — International Women’s Day is March 8, and women everywhere are preparing for a tidal wave of false appreciation and generic …Women await onslaught of pandering posts by corporations for International Women’s Day

Losing and gaining


Two more days in paradise (aka Nova Scotia), and then on to new adventures in Kingston, On. Well, new and old adventures, Kingston being a familiar place from my college years and some other years where I thrashed my way through a career. I’m excited. But this IS 2020, the year of random hellishness being…

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay


"Sittin' in the mornin' sun I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes Watchin' the ships roll in Then I watch 'em roll away again.." Ah, Otis. Such an apt description of my last weeks here in paradise (aka Nova Scotia). It has been perishingly hot and humid and I've been forced to sit, beached carp-like,…

The heat, the humidity, or how big can my hair get?


I’m at the end of my tether. It’s so humid here every bit of my furniture is soggy. The boxes I’ve already packed for my move are looking saggy. And the cat is three times his normal size. I love the Maritimes. I love the smell of the sea, the ships going by, the feel…

Seagulls, or perhaps the odd man out


There’s a seagull who flies by my balcony every morning that has a broken tail - her tail feathers stand straight up, like a mast on a seagull ship...looks a bit like she's punking out. She swoops by and I wonder, how do the other seagulls treat her? Do they mock her behind her back…

Ant sac, or disturbing my nest again…


You probably have seen what happens when you kick over an anthill and all of the ants panic and run all over the place, carrying the egg sacs, looking for safety? Back in the days pre-divorce, the ex and I used to call our regular sorting and rearranging of stuff “ant sac” activity - we’d…

(39) George Carlin Talks About “Stuff” – YouTube


George Carlin's classic standup routine about the importance of 'Stuff' in our lives. This was from his appearance at Comic Relief in 1986. Farewell George 1... — Read on http://www.youtube.com/watch

Last night I went to Manderley again, or how excavating one’s old writing can be a godsend


Pandemic blues. That’s what I put it down to, the lethargy caused by being trapped in place, uncertain of the future, a bit frightened of it, eating way too many carbs all day and they waking at 3 AM vowing to do better, only to rewake at 7 and head directly to the carb cupboard.…

Conflagration, or oh help, la!


I can't bear it. I am beyond the ugly crying stage and right into the moody despair phase, and I can't seem to shake it. It's that being surrounded by bad things you can't do anything about feeling... The riots in the US and the return of Black Lives Matter protests (followed by the expected,…