We've all heard by now that the steroid, dexamethasone, is useful in severe COVID-19 cases, including a current high-profile one. Well, it's also used sometimes after dental surgery, to help keep inflammation in check and promote healing. And what they say about the possible side effects in susceptible people is true! Around six years ago, … Continue reading Me and Dexamethasone
I often feel when I'm posting about vacations or fun times that it seems like I'm posting something blog-perfect (to steal a term from Instagram). Not that what I'm posting isn't real, of course, just that the warts are hidden from public consumption. So, today's post is filled with the regular and irregular ups and … Continue reading Ten Days
https://pixabay.com/illustrations/censored-censored-seal-web-speech-1680266/ I am always intrigued when I see people stridently advocating censorship, particularly even before they have watched or read the work in question. You may have seen the online controversy over Cuties, the new film distributed by BAC Films in France and by Netflix in the rest of the world. To give an oversimplified … Continue reading Wading into Controversy: “Cuties” (2020)
I was very excited this week to receive my new phone case in the mail! These cases are snap-on and, if you pair them with a separate glass screen-protector, do a great job of protecting the phone while making a hidden statement. Of course, given the number of times I drop the phone, the cases … Continue reading Check out My New Phone Case!
Now that things are opening up more in the province, I want to try to take better care of both my emotional and physical health. So, I've started swimming two nights per week, when I can get a booking. The local pool has been doing 45-minute lane-swimming sessions, bookable no more than a week in … Continue reading Exercise, Peace, and Fresh Air?
The other week I was watching a documentary on Netflix, called God Knows Where I Am. It's fascinating and somewhat horrifying. A woman's body is found in an empty house, with two journals detailing her stay in this self-imposed isolation -- free in theory, and yet unable to leave due to the dictates of her … Continue reading Forgotten Joy
Or should I say, back in harness! Either way, I'm definitely wishing I were still on holiday! We continued our tasting experiences with a trip to a local cheese shop, The Farmer's Daughter, whose name elicited some joking among the guys. But it was quite elegant, with wine and cheese flights served outside on the … Continue reading Back in the Saddle
With all of us needing a break, we booked a trip to Sidney -- no, not that one! In the time of COVID, we've gone to Sidney, British Columbia, near Victoria on Vancouver Island. My younger son has only a couple of days between semesters, but has been able to join his classes remotely, and … Continue reading Finally, My August Vacation
One of the things I love about driving to Osoyoos is seeing the changing scenery as we move towards the desert. (Osoyoos is a strange mix, having both desert and lush fruit-growing areas.) I try to snap pictures as we go, but most of them get discarded due to my unique knack of snapping just … Continue reading The Journey and the First Days