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The Plague-Ground: Will how you voted determine if you live or die?

I’ve not written about Donald Trump because bashing my head against the wall is not one of my top self-care activities. Besides, reading about Donald Trump is crazy-making enough, in the way a bad drug or an old flame can be. But ages ago…

The Plague-Ground - They are not failed versions of us

“Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. It's almost uplifting to know that virtually everyone on earth is sharing the same concerns and uncertainties, with all focused on the well-being of their families and communities.…

The Plague-Ground - Are Your Lungs Older Than Your Denial?

Mine sure are. They’re 70 years old. My wife Jean’s are seven years older. This puts us both in the high-risk category for dying from COVID-19 if we test positive. So our roulette is different. Of the 65 Canadians who have died so far…

The Plague-Ground - Women’s Faces in Urgent Places

I think one reason Canada’s doing ‘okay’ in beating back COVID-19 is that we have so many women in charge of fighting it. Half of Canada’s 10 chief provincial medical officers are women, as is Canada’s chief medical officer, Dr.…

The Plague-Ground - “Not much use being anything else.”

Many years ago, I interviewed a medic who flew with Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance service. My job was to write up a personal profile of him for the Ornge website. In our brief phone call, he taught me a lesson in life and leadership that…

The Plague-Ground - THERE AIN'T NO MUSIC UNLESS THE WORDS SING.

Raise your hand if you don't like music. Good. Not one person raised their hand. It’s amazing that 100% of us can agree on one single thing these days (even staying away from each other, as these darkly funny appeals from Italian mayors…

The Plague-Ground - COMFORTS AND JOYS

  COVID-19 isn't the only thing going viral. It took just a week for us to be swamped with astounding new ways to help us cope with the dark days ahead. We can learn to cook everything in our fridge just by taking a picture of…

THE PLAGUE-GROUND - PRACTICE SOCIAL TIGHTENING

My 39-year-old step-daughter dropped off some toilet paper at our condo this morning. While we don’t need toilet paper, I was touched by her gesture. In return, I gave her one of our three tubes of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Before last…