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Languishing in Lockdown

Living life in lockdown seems to have become the norm as there is no talk of when it might end. Our Covid numbers are decreasing slowly and the government has initiated faster vaccinations in highly affected areas but given that … Continue reading

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A Brief Respite From Lockdown

Since last Saturday, the whole province of Ontario has been put into a more strict lockdown. A third pandemic wave has hit us and case numbers are going up everyday with Toronto being the worst affected. Around 50% of cases … Continue reading

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New Beginnings and Happy Easter

My sincerest apologies to my readers for this long hiatus. So long in fact that I’m not sure I have any readers left! I could use the excuse of lockdown and nothing much happening in my life which would be … Continue reading

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A Curious Incident

Cases of Covid are on the increase in Rome but not quite to the same extent as in other provinces. We are not yet a zona rossa but it could happen at any moment. All restaurants and bars have to … Continue reading

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Visit to a Winery in Frascati

The weather is still sunny and warm here and in between trying to organize and get rid of stuff, I’ve been able to enjoy an outing or two. I belong to the Canadian Club of Rome (CCR) which holds various … Continue reading

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Rome Without Tourists

My return to Rome was less nerve racking than I had expected. There were very few people at both Toronto and Rome airports and my flight was practically empty with rows of empty seats on the plane. I was able … Continue reading

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What’s Been Happening

Apologies to my readers for a very long hiatus. It’s not that nothing has been happening though it’s been less than usual given our Covid restrictions . Somehow, the isolation as well as the vigilance required to engage in social … Continue reading

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Ongoing Lockdown in Toronto

I haven’t published a post in a while, mostly because nothing much has happened. Although a large part of the province of Ontario has entered into Phase 2 of lockdown, here in Toronto we are still in Phase 1 as … Continue reading

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Covid-19 in Toronto: Another View

After commenting in my last post about the increase in wildlife in Toronto during the Covid-19 lockdown, I got a couple of messages relating similar stories. One of my friends Lucie Sparham, a visual arts teacher, sent me some beautiful … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Today April 22nd is Earth Day. This day in 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, organized a nation wide demonstration to highlight concerns about damage to the environment. This led to the start of environmental legislation to protect … Continue reading

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