• Life

    Algonquin Park

    by COVID has changed the way a lot of folks look at travel, I think. In our case, we’d been planning a big bucket-list trip for our 25th anniversary. The basic progression of that went something like: Two weeks in South America exploring Machu Picchu and/or the Galapagos Islands plus other “nearby” really cool things. (The Nazca figures and the Rainbow Mountain come to mind.) International travel not looking so hot right now. What if we defer that trip a year or so and do some cool touristy stuff on the eastern seaboard of the US. We’ve never been to New York city and there are some pretty awesome things…

  • Life

    Will COVID Change the World?

    by Seems like an obvious answer: yes, it will. It already has in some ways, but there’s a lot more to come as we, and a variety of other countries, realize that a lot of the systems we’ve set up and rely on really aren’t working. I’m not just talking about policing, but that’s up there. Policing, on the whole isn’t working. While I’m not interested in rehashing all of that here again, we need to take away most of the things we’ve made the police responsible for so they can get back to doing what they’re supposed to do, and then we need to set some real definitions on…

  • Life

    Seven Days of Selfies

    by As time goes on and the list slowly grows shorter and I spend more and more time by myself, I have to find new challenges and new ways to entertain myself. This week, I’m going to try to take a selfie every day. Which is a weird challenge for me. I do the occasional selfie with Ollie, but that’s more for a picture with him than it is for a picture with me. Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to see how we’re basically the same size. The last time I did any significant amount of selfies was for Movember a couple of years back. Before that… here and…

  • Life

    You’re Wearing a Mask, Right?

    by So you wear a mask when you go out in public, right? When you can’t be physically distant enough from the people around you? Not everyone is, though in the various jurisdictions of Ontario, it’s quickly being made a public health order or an actual bylaw everywhere. By tomorrow, nearly everyone will have to wear one to go into a store almost anywhere in the province. And in some places which probably should go unnamed but are located in various spots in the United States, things are not so cut and dried. Well, they are, but for some reason, there are people who don’t see it that way. Hardly…

  • Life

    I’m Actually Not Missing Work At the Moment

    by Meaning, I’m currently at a mental place where I don’t miss work. Really. Some of the people, certainly. But being out of the house 50-55 hours per week to see those people while I bring home a paycheck, not so much. Oh, I’ve been there during this enforced shutdown of my industry, and I’ll get back there too, but right now I’m good. Since I’ve been off, I’ve pounded down the list of household projects to about a quarter of its original length. Of course, there are a couple of big projects (<cough> kitchen <cough>) we can’t afford with me off work, or even very easily if I’m back…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Indie Publishing Update

    by So, beyond the inconveniences associated with sheltering in place and only making a weekly trip out for supplies, the COVID19 shutdown in Ontario has offered me the chance to catch up on a few things and even get ahead in certain areas of my life. One of those is creative work. I’ve written several times that I didn’t plan to do a lot of drafting of new material for the first half of 2020. There are too many things that are in various stages of editing that I need to get to readable so I can either publish independently or look for markets for. The second piece of that…

  • Life

    #CovidCooking

    by I’ve been making the occasional big deal out of learning how to cook during the shutdown. Under ordinary circumstances, my wife does most of the cooking while I do most of the dishes and related cleanup. This division suits us both. She’s a much better cook and seems to enjoy the process, and I don’t mind handling the dirty dishes or dealing with spills and wipe downs, though I’m sometimes entertained by just how many dishes can be generated in the preparation of one meal. But the truth of the matter, and I suspect it’s true for a lot of people who are in similar boats right now, is…

  • Opinion

    Opinions on the Internet (Or in the Real World)

    by It seems likely that anyone reading this in the moment knows that there’s a worldwide pandemic going on. There are certainly people out there who don’t get what that means, but it’s likely there are fewer folks all of the time who don’t know that something is going on. I’m personally in a non-essential industry and have been off work for two weeks now. Staying busy, so it’s not so bad yet. That may change. My wife works for an essential service, so her stress level is higher than it needs to be. That probably won’t change for a while. Busy or not, I’m spending too much time on…

  • Life

    How Are You Coping?

    by There are as many ways of coping with the current isolation practices and how they’re reshaping our lives and society as there are people coping with it. New hobbies or a return to old ones, learning new things, bursts of creativity, exercise, extra housework or jobs around your living environment, reading, binge watching, social media, and on and on. For myself, now on Day 14 of true isolation in the aftermath of my place of work being shut down, I’m doing most of these things. Not because of some drive to make all this extra down time productive, although I’m sure there’s some of that in my psyche somewhere,…