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Ranger of the Great Park

April 9, 20212 min read

I have been struggling all week to come up with a topic for a blog post. I considered Vaccines, Covid and my general irritation with various situations. And then this morning the news that Prince Phillip had died at the age of 99. Anyone who knows me well would know that I admired Prince Phillip or the Ranger of the…

D.U.O.A.Y.W.H.T.D.U.Y.

March 29, 2021

I’m very suspicious of slogans adopted by protest groups. I always fear they have been gamed out by marketing teams rather than the heartfelt sentiments of the individuals involved. “Make love not war” comes to mind as a wrong-headed slogan that caused many problems and didn’t do much to influence decision makers. Rather it branded anti war protesters as ill…

Kir, Spinach Salad and Expectations

March 22, 2021

Years ago, (if you read my blog regularly many of my stories start that way) my good friend D asked me to join her for lunch with a young woman recently transferred in from Toronto. She was the new reporter assigned to the Atlantic Provinces beat for a national news paper. We had lunch at what was then a hot…

The Great Pause

March 12, 2021

Much will be written about the last 12 months. There will be the inevitable recriminations, finger pointing and some celebration but from me you just get, I can’t frigging believe it happened. Right from the beginning I was over whelmed with disbelief and of course the lock downs nearly drove me mad but not for the reasons you might think.…

International (Some) Woman’s Day

March 8, 2021

First let me confirm I am a Feminist, unambiguously a Feminist. I believe wholeheartedly in the rights of women to have the same opportunities and advantages as men. I echo Justice Ginsberg’s comment “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” This is feminism in a…