My Biggest Lie of 2020

I'm usually a pretty honest person, partly because of morals and partly because I'm a terrible liar. But 23 years ago, when I became a parent, I discovered that parenthood ushered in a whole new era for me, one in which lying often made things easier for everyone, and lies were told to an audience …

The Suckiversary

Yesterday, March 11, 2021, was the one-year anniversary of the day the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Canada declared a day of mourning and remembrance for the more than 22,000 people who died of COVID in that last year. I remember March 11, 2020 -- still three days before we got our first case …

Mother, May I?

Kids probably have more interesting pastimes nowadays, what with video games and everything, but does anyone Of A Certain Age, like me, remember playing "Mother, May I?" One kid would be "Mother" and stand facing a row of other kids some distance away. "Mother" would say something like "Take three giant steps," or "Take two …

Lighting Candles in Corners: Some Thoughts on Charity

Above is a not-very-great picture of me doing the thing that has, hands-down, given me the most personal satisfaction and enjoyment during the long weeks of pandemic lockdown: preparing food hampers for home delivery out of our (otherwise unused) church basement. For five years we've been running a hot meal program every second Sunday, but …

Strange Times with Trudy, Day 100: End of an Era

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjra8ELd2uM&lc=Ugy0N4zZVN_erfL7m7N4AaABAg I like round numbers, and the school year is really over now, so Day 100 seems like a good time to say this is the end of my "strange times" videos, though not the end of the global pandemic. Mostly for my own benefit when looking back later: here's the whole playlist of my Strange Times …