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To traverse a pandemic people must separate their wants from their needs
On occasion I enjoy sharing a short story or anecdote that I have come across and this is one that was shared by my 81 year old neighbour via her elderly friend in England. I felt it spoke volumes about what is important in life – particularly in these disconcerting and uncertain times. Perhaps if everyone believed what they had was “enough”, it would be an easier journey through the pandemic. Here is the story…
Climate emergency should be front and centre
Our climate is changing due to human behaviour. It’s getting warmer all over the world. World leaders from across the globe will be meeting in November of this year in Glasgow to get an update regarding the Paris Agreement of 2015. Will the targets to reduce Green House Gases or carbon emissions have been met or not, and what will Canada’s target be for 2030? On a local level, will flooding occur along the Bay of Quinte? All of these events are interconnected. Even the snow storm down in Texas is related to climate warming.
COVID hair presents style problems
When COVID-19 struck, suddenly all visits to beauty shops and barbers were suspended. During two lockdowns, we developed “COVID do’s”, longer and often unflattering versions of our usual styles. During these periods, I thought back to my grandmother’s day, when there were no hair salons in Picton.
An A-plus library in Prince Edward County
In a year full of “firsts”, the County of Prince Edward Public Library experienced yet another. For the first time, the library underwent a virtual audit. Every five years, the library undergoes the audit process for voluntary accreditation through the Southern Ontario Library Service.
No winners in coyote hunt contest
Usually, contests are harmless fun. They appeal to the competitive spirit most of us share to some degree and serve to promote good causes. Frequently, in fundraising, a prize is offered to the individual securing the highest number of donations or pledges. Contests like this are win/win events. However, the competition launched this month by Chesher’s Outdoor Store in Belleville is a disgusting example of a contest gone wrong. Hunters have been invited to compete in a sport kill to see which one can bag the ten largest and ten smallest coyotes.
The challenge of the opening lead
On many deals, the opening lead can make or break the defence, yet at no time during the defence do you have less information available to you. It is important, therefore, to make the best start possible. All that you can rely on at this stage is the bidding, the strength of your hand, and the strength of the suit you have chosen to lead. Like a detective, you must piece together the clues available to you and decide on the best plan of attack.
Funny Side Up: Can pet universal translators be far off?
Ever wonder what your pet is thinking? You know, you step out of the shower to reach for a towel and your cat is sitting there, looking at you like she is stifling a smile and thinking, Is that all you got? or Have you thought about doing a few crunches and pilates ? (It’s a darn good thing that laughing hyenas cannot be domesticated.) Maybe your troubles will be over sooner than you think:
Consider sharing your stories to make history
When Hastings County Historical Society’s “Preserve Your Memories for Future Generations” plea arrived in our mail I thought it a terrific idea but, immediately wondered whose accounts would materialize as HCHS sincerely seeks “stories of 250 – 400 words” in an effort to chronicle local citizens’ experiences which “can make for interesting and valuable stories for future generations.” Because, for generations our archives’ focus has been predominantly, and practically, white, and European.