My new favourite band. How can you not like them - his crusty voice, she plays banjo, clarinet, and ukulele. The lead guitar plays a a Gretsch 59 Falcon, my favourite guitar sound (same as Luke Doucet). They are a husband and wife team. Allison Russell is from Montreal and still performs in Po'Girl.

Ok, one more

This morning we ran out of milk and it reminded me that if Carol and I want to drop completely off the grid we will have to buy a cow. Although not completely on topic this photo and it's caption always made me smile.

Cow

You may disagree but I think that I avoid sending internet jokes more than most people. The following image really struck my funny bone and I just had to share it with someone.

Art

I have been following many of the Parkland students and parents since the shootings there on Valentines Day. Fred Guttenburg's daughter was among the students shot and killed. Kavenaugh is Trump's nomination for the US Supreme Court. He is a right-wing nut case who will enthusiastically roll back women's rights and support big money in the American political system. If elected he will be a Supreme Court Justice for life. Fred Guttenburg was at the Kavenaugh confirmation hearings. This photo shows the empathy that Kavenaugh has for gun violence victims very clearly. I think that 50 years from now this photo will be recognized as capturing an iconic moment in American history, like photos of the McCarthy congressional hearings and the civil rights marches. Guttenburg vs Kavenaugh

Canada Day

I am in the hospital in Kitchener. It has been a busy week of tests, prescriptions and hydration, more tests, more prescriptions and more hydration. Every day I have felt better but there has been no improvement in my creatinine level. This has been blamed on bacteria in my bloodstream. As the bloodstream has cleared, there is not the expected improvement in creatinine.

I have recounted my medical history several times to hospital staff each time trying to remember it in the same sequence and with as little embellishment as possible.

I have lots of good things to say about St Mary's Hospital. My favourite thing is that they have an "outpatient emergency" process. After an initial diagnosis in emergency, you are treated, prescribed and sent home. A Nurse Practitioner called everyday and scheduled my next appointment at emergency. When we would arrive, the paperwork was already prepared for the next steps. My Nurse Practitioner stayed with me for 5 straight days - arranging appointments, tests, treatment then sending me home.

Everynow and then I come across a hunk of software on the web that is just right, perfect, so topical, or just plain down right nasty. Today's find is the Trump Filter an add-on to Google Chrome that will filter out all news about the Donald. You can get this software by going to Trump Filter. This gets two thumbs up. Trump Filter

Two of my favourite people - one gone; and I do miss him.

Barack and Anthony

Parkland

Parkland Never Again

From Rachel R. Gonzales

Don't forget to set your clock one hour forward this Sunday. Or if you're Republican - about 200 years

We are at our final stop of this vacation. Everything is heading home from here - two days at sea, followed by 4 or 5 days on the road. Carol and I both feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day - every day when we go for breakfast we hope to find something different. Instead if it is Monday I have the lamb chops, Tuesday Carol has the ravioli, Wednesday we see the Michael Jackson show (quite good), Thursday . . .

Here are some photos. Be sure to click on one and then forward through the stack.