COVID19 In Our Rear-view Mirror

It’s so close you can almost touch it. But not just yet. I refer to the time when the COVID19 pandemic will be, like Lubbock, Texas in the Mac Davis song, in our rear-view mirrors. I can’t imagine what Mac had against Lubbock, but he was sure pleased to be leaving. Things are getting betterContinue reading “COVID19 In Our Rear-view Mirror”

Why Use Risky Vaccine When Alternatives Exist?

I did not know Francine Boyer. The Quebec woman passed away recently from cerebral thrombosis, a blood clot, some time after having received her first shot of the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine. A rare but devastating side effect of the AZ product. People are quick to explain that the chances of this are infinitesimal – 0.001Continue reading “Why Use Risky Vaccine When Alternatives Exist?”

Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health

I used to be a runner. Every weekday morning, before work, for about twenty years I could be found jogging around my neighbourhood. I was fanatical about doing it. Not about going longer or faster, but doing it without fail – in all kinds of weather. They’d say things like “If I don’t see youContinue reading “Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health”

I Have The Taste Buds Of A Four Year-Old

The legendary Groucho Marx left us with an inexhaustible library of wonderful quotations. One of my favourites is “You’ve got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it”. “You’ve got the brain of a four year-old boy; and I bet he was glad to get ridContinue reading “I Have The Taste Buds Of A Four Year-Old”

A Micro View of COVID’s Burden On Hospitals

In the immediate aftermath of the 2020 year-end holiday season, the COVID-19 statistics in Quebec continue to be at alarmingly high levels. Both the number of infections and the number of deaths attributed to the virus rise every day. It would appear more folks went a visitin’ during the festive season than are admitting it;Continue reading “A Micro View of COVID’s Burden On Hospitals”

I Have High Flavour

I love words. I wish I knew more of them; I envy people who have the ability to pick up second and even third languages with ease. I always figured you couldn’t go on to another thing until you have mastered the first. This goes a long way to explaining why I am a lessContinue reading “I Have High Flavour”

What Part Of Don’t Travel Do You Not Understand?

My next-door neighbour (or neighbor as they prefer), the USA, is a huge country. With a population of some 350 million people, and rising, it is a vast land. It is strong, patriotic, and advanced. Yet it also has one of the highest per-capita rates of COVID-19 in the world. According to Johns Hopkins UniversityContinue reading “What Part Of Don’t Travel Do You Not Understand?”

Interview With The Novel Coronavirus

I assure you this wasn’t easy to arrange, it required calling in some very big I.O.U.s, a great deal of legwork, even some begging and, not a little bit of luck, but finally, I was able to secure ten minutes of time with the Novel Coronavirus for a one-on-one interview. I was, of course, swornContinue reading “Interview With The Novel Coronavirus”

My Neighbour Is Sick

For as long as I can remember we’ve had the same neighbour. We go back years, decades, indeed centuries. We live in what in the real estate world is known as a semi-detached. Which of course means it is also semi-attached; we share one very long partition, I am hesitant to call it a wall, givenContinue reading “My Neighbour Is Sick”