Re. Trump

Give us this day our daily Twitter distractions, insults, stupid foreign ‘policy’ errors, attacks on American security and the Democrats, racist comments, dumbass writing errors, et al.

All to avoid any public attention to the Mueller report, to the Democrat candidates, to the outstanding subpoenas, lawsuits. All the things that could cost him the 2020 election and lead to his arrest on multiple charges.

God help America if they re-elect him or don’t impeach him before the election.

In Canada, Trudeau’s errors need to be long-listed and recommunicated to the public before the fall election. He is the worst leader this country has ever had.

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“Rollin’, Rollin'”: Not the Riverboat Queen!

Must have been fun with 350 poor souls exiting the boat for several hours in the dark amidst clouds of mosquitos and all as the romantic voyage came to a fated halt on E-Coli Beach.

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Not too many people I know

get invited back to the exact same spot 50 years later (as pictured in Winnipeg’s Bannatyne School gym, below, 50 years before, on the occasion of their school’s 100th anniversary as the main centenary speaker. This event is typical of the many lucky breaks I’ve experienced in my personal life.

In the top picture, I was chosen in grade 8 to receive the school painting when the school extension with gym first opened. (My 2012 speech, incidentally, was about what school life and the neighborhood was like in the ’50s.) The lower picture is that of the original school pulled down around 1968 while I was in university.)

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E. E. Cummings’ Best Lines

“since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom”


I have spent much/most of my life in the company of ideals, reason, and rational thinking, but, in the end, it is feelings, emotions, passions, love that give us the most memorable and satisfying personal experiences. These experiences are also much closer to the life of the spirit and, what Johnny Clegg has called “the spirit of the great heart”. More and more these daze, I go back to the Keatsian life of sensations where I spent my first 20 years for the most part.

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So what will be your contacts with

Beauty, Nature, and Art today, this week, this month?
If there are none, why wouldn’t you choose to mingle with any of those three?

(Cherry blossom trees abloom in April, Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver–always a slice)

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After 6 weeks of rain,                                                                                                                             a robin came by at supper today                                                                                                       and sat on the top of                                                                                                                           the neighbor’s dead tree                                                                                                                     behind us,                                                                                                                                                 to chirp and sing about                                                                                                                      the sun and a new blue sky                                                                                                              he’d only just discovered.

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In the world of tv commercials

directed at Boomers, I note the one by BMW that uses the instrumental from The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City” and the one by Entresto (for heart failure) that uses Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On”!

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“Reframing the narrative”=


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(a delightful, born-loser schnook, antihero comedy; impossible to dislike)

Rip Torn, actor, 88.
I will fondly remember him as the flawed defender of Albert Brooks in Defending Your Life.

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Little Peggy March,

was the  15-year-old singer of the ’60s # 1 hit (youngest woman to top the charts) “I Will Follow Him” (1962), with lines like:
“I will follow him”
“He is my destiny”
He’ll always be my true love
For now and till forever”.

She’s still around, now 71. It would be interesting to know what kind of responses she has been getting from women the last few years, from married, single, and gay women to MeToo followers.

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