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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…

The Plague-Ground – YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE CITY, BUT…

Jean and I have moved up north for the past month. Last week I looked at my calendar and noticed I had a lunch scheduled that day in Toronto with an old friend. Had I cancelled that? Had he? No matter. Neither of us was going to turn up anyway.…

The Plague-Ground – One to Think. One to Blink.

Two weeks ago, I was searching for toney ways to keep us entertained at night. Enough of Tiger King! Bring on King Lear! Today, I’m drowning in culture. Especially the kind where I have to concentrate for longer than a minute, like The…

The Plague-Ground – In Defence of Curiosity

In the rush to find a vaccine, let’s not forget the rush to find whatever your curiosity leads you to. It’s easy to think one rush is urgent, while the other seems trivial, almost insultingly so these days. But the fact is, basic research…

The Plague-Ground – Would you buy the middle seat?

This week, William Shakespeare will be 456 years old. We should care because the temple to his genius, the Stratford Festival, is in dire straits. Stratford’s problem is shared by most every arena, concert hall and auditorium in the…

The Plague-Ground – Who’s in your basement?

Imagine you tune in to the Prime Minister’s daily pandemic briefing today and hear him say this: “We are now ready to open the American border. As of Monday, Canadians -- and our goods and services -- will be able to cross into the United…

The Plague-Ground – Quick, what’s your postal code?

On Monday night, I logged into my online bank account. I keyed in my Username and my Password, just as I’d done a thousand times in the last years – and a hundred times in the last month. “Invalid Username/Password. Please try again.” So…