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The Plague-Ground – Is time just nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once?

One April 1st morning long ago, my clock radio awakened me to the CBC host announcing that since Canada was shifting to metric for measuring distance and temperature and weight,  it was now time to adopt metric time. As of that morning,…

The Plague-Ground – A Masterclass in The School of Life

Feeling a vague need to lead a better life? Time hangs heavy on most of us. We’re feeling under threat and floundering for a new and better way to……not quite sure what?  Well, a  world of online learning is a click away. In other…

The Plague-Ground – The pundits pile on.

The past week has seen a sharp rise in the number of cases of punditry. It’s especially harrowing in countries with large numbers of columnists, intellectuals and prophets-for-hire. Hand-washing has had little effect because hand-wringing is…

The Plague-Ground – WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY? MOMMY?

A month into the greatest cataclysm since World War II, its effects on us are beginning to become clear. Aside from a lot more baking and binge-viewing, here’s what I’ve noticed is shifting in my life and likely yours. 1.Time.  I asked…

The Plague-Ground – The Cruelty of Strangers

Remember the final scene from A Streetcar Named Desire?  Blanche DuBbois (played by Vivien Leigh) famously says to the doctor leading her away to an asylum: “Whoever you are, I will always depend on the kindness of strangers.” Canada…

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…