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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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Happy Easter

This year Easter and Passover fall at the same time. Since both of these involve gatherings of family and friends, it is sad that we can’t get together nor celebrate the annual rituals both religious and otherwise. I don’t recall … Continue reading

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Flattening the Curve

My self isolation ended a week ago but little has changed as the whole country is now more or less in quarantine in an attempt to flatten the curve. Those who can work from home have been directed to do … Continue reading

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Views of Vietnam 2: Hue to Chau Doc

I have spent a week in self isolation so far only going out for about 30-40 minutes a day to a quiet area near my apt, wearing a mask, just to get some fresh air and exercise. Somehow, the week … Continue reading

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Travel Tale Interruption: Fleeing Covid-19

I was in the process of finishing Part 2 of my Vietnam adventure last Monday night when The Prime Minister of Italy announced a lockdown on the whole of Italy, to take effect the following morning. The decree not only … Continue reading

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Views of Vietnam 1: Hanoi to Hoi An

Our group, called ‘Sala Uno’ as our co-ordinator manages a gallery in Rome by that name, consisted of ten people including myself. I didn’t know any of them but got to know them soon enough despite my lack of fluency … Continue reading

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From the Fat into the Fire

When I published my last post about preparing to go to Vietnam and Cambodia, a friend who is also a microbiologist like myself, left a comment saying that I should have titled my post ‘A Microbiologist Goes A-Travelling’. Indeed when … Continue reading

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Fall of last year, I agreed to join two friends from Rome on a group art tour of Vietnam and Cambodia organized by the curator of a gallery here in Rome. It seemed like an interesting trip at … Continue reading

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Refugee Boats

For several months last year, there was a space in Piazza San Pietro surrounded by boards. When I returned to Rome, the boards had been removed to reveal a large bronze sculpture depicting people on a boat. The people are … Continue reading

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