The response from the vaccine-hesitant would be different

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What if at the start of the Covid pandemic, kids were more at risk instead of elderly vulnerable adults living in long-term care facilities or nursing homes?

I recently wrote an article speculating on if were any lessons to be learned from the Polio epidemic. In that piece, I said…

It took decades to eradicate

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I was born at the height of the polio epidemic.

Public health officials quarantined homes and towns where the poliovirus was diagnosed. Frantic mothers, crazy with worry, kept their children indoors. Concerned parents warned their kids not to use public toilets, drink from water fountains, or use payphones. Public swimming…

Heather Cox Richardson is a rock star in my books

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In the darkest and most dysfunctional days of the Trump administration, when the news was wilder and crazier than the most intense Hollywood political TV drama or tawdry reality TV show, Letters From an American was born.

On September 15, 2019, Heather Cox Richardson, an American History professor, posted a…

Anti-vaxxers are testing our limits

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Outwardly, I am a kind person.

I try to treat everyone with the utmost respect and kindness, and for the most part “outwardly” I succeed. I try not to talk about kindness. I just try and be kind.

The essence of kindness, however, is deeply personal. What matters is what…

Practical advice in difficult times.

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Anyone can have a crappy day — or week, or month. But there are practical and readily available solutions to get to the other side of a bad day.

Perhaps we are similar? I consider myself fortunate, resilient and optimistic. But I have never witnessed a tougher two years. This…

Number One

How do you compare?

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In 2020, for the fifth year in a row, Canada was the #1 country in the world for Quality of Life. I hope our status will remain in 2021.

Canada also ranked as the fifth-best country in the world for women, third in business, and second in terms of citizenship…

What will be your legacy?

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When I came across this quote, it struck a chord.

“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

My local Montreal newspaper has been running the story of Dr. Nadia Chaudhri, a Concordia University neuroscientist diagnosed in…

Where language divides us

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The dog days of summer are supposed to be slow news days and yet they are anything but. The whole world seems to have fallen off its rocker.

In Montreal, we are finally able to gather with friends again and share a meal. Even though there are lots of topics…

The benefits of taking action when this happens

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Good question, eh? Today is the second anniversary of doing something about reaching my lifetime quota.

But any drinker knows that I reached my quota long before I actually quit.

It doesn’t matter what kind of a drinker I was. There is no one size fits all type of drinker…

Gamechangers for your writing

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Each of us writes for a reason. Some of us want to quit our day jobs and earn our livelihood writing; for others, it’s a source of additional income in uncertain times; and for some it’s part of the job — reports, proposals, emails, letters, and internal communications.

The tedious…

Alice Goldbloom

Woman of a certain age. On a good day I am 12 feet tall.

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