The Plague-Ground – I See What You Say

I’ve noticed something odd in my Zoom calls, and maybe you have too. It’s that they sound better when the video is Off than when it’s On. By this I mean the experience is richer and more ‘real’. This may not be as true when there…

The Plague-Ground – Is a pandemic a good time to have an affair?

No, and for three reasons: it’s hard to get together,  and even if you do, you’ll likely get caught. What’s more, if you get caught and get thrown out of the house, where exactly will you go? But I ask because affairs generally unravel…

The Plague-Ground – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I wouldn't want to be an airline these days. Even more, I wouldn’t want to be an airline passenger. Those long waits to go through security will feel like recess compared to the technology that will save us from infecting each other before,…

The Plague-Ground: Daddy, tell me the one about the virus again.

Like you, I’m growing numb to the torrent of advice about how the world can/will/must change after the fog lifts.  Looking at pictures then and now of Venice with its pristine canals and Delhi with its crystal-clear air, makes me…

The Plague-Ground: We’re not all in the same boat. But we are all in the same storm.

On the weekend, Spain redefined the meaning of stay-cation by letting its people leave their homes - but go no further than a kilometre from them.  Such is the nature of travel these days. But that will all change once we have the all-clear, and a…

The Plague-Ground – If you’re feeling anxious, join the herd

The pandemic has taught me you don’t have to be facing a fist or a pistol in order to feel threatened. You don’t have to face eviction or lose your job or your clients. You don't even have to be on a respirator, or just be old. All you…

The Plague-Ground – “If I had but one word to delete….”

It’s only April and already we know what the Word of the Year will be: “Coronavirus.” It was first coined in 1968, but no one outside the world of science had heard of it until January, and now, like the pandemic it describes, it’s…

The Plague-Ground – I didn’t say I hate America

I didn't say I hate Americans. I didn't even say I hate America’s institutions. All I said in yesterday’s blog was that it’s time Americans stopped viewing themselves as the best nation on earth, and that we Canadians could help them…

The Plague-Ground – What you must never tell an American

Thank god for the pandemic. Now, even we Canadians can speak truth to America’s lack of power. Yet until now, in the way we would not discuss gun control or health care with our American friends, we would also let them get away with saying…

The Plague-Ground – I am calm

I’m calling my bank now. They left a voicemail for me at 5:15 yesterday afternoon.  It sounded serious.  So I called them back right away and got a message saying they were open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s now 8:01 Friday morning, and…