THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Why I’m Not Ready For Christmas – A Personal Update

The lead-up to this Christmas has been out of the ordinary for our family.  Some traditions have been kept: our Christmas tree is up and my freezer is full of baked treats.  Like all seasoned caregivers, I’m used to planning.  I begin my holiday baking on quiet weekends in late October. But I haven’t done ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Preparing for The Holidays – A Caregivers’ Conversation

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with other caregivers about how we prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had this online chat on the wonderful site Caregiving.com which led me continue my reflections on holiday preparations yesterday: I sent this video chat to another caregiver friend to begin a personal conversation about how ...

Left Over: More Layoffs/Less Service? Happy Holidays!

Canada Post to phase out urban home mail delivery Up to 8,000 jobs will be cut, while cost of stamps is going up CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2013 9:37 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 11, 2013 11:53 AM ET   There is something the Feds find irresistible about throwing out some bad news when they are ...

Blevkog: Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November. And Remind Your Government Too.

   Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder, treason and plot, I know of no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent To blow up the King and Parliament. Three score barrels of powder below, Poor old England to overthrow; By God’s providence he was catch’d ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: An Atheist Celebrates a Secular Christmas in a Multicultural Canada

So why would a non-Christian celebrate Christmas. Well first of all from a religious point of view Jesus Christ is not just the Christian Messiah but also considered to be an important prophet amongst both Muslims and Jews so there is no reason they cannot celebrate his birth, while not recognizing him as the Messiah. ...

Trashy's World: This forecast had better change…

…by the time we arrive in P Dot next Tuesday. That is all. (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was mostly just another day. My mother never let me attempt breakfast in bed. Chances are, she cooked breakfast for me. Mom’s right arm was never the same after the cancer, and her tendency to swing hot pans close to my head became a nervous running joke. Mom did housework well until the ...

Art Threat: Quit Stalin and be my valentine – Dictator Valentines by Ben Kling

Illustrator Ben Kling has produced a set of Dictator Valentines, which he acknowledges features some men who don’t really qualify as tyrants. Enjoy a giggle, and feel free to print them off and hand them out to your frenemies.

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 29 saw debate at third reading on the Cons’ omnibus crime bill. And with even some Cons starting to recognize the desperate need for amendments, the government’s obstinate refusal to allow for any real consideration of the bill stood out all the more. The Big Issue At the start of debate, Andrew Scheer ...

On Christmas

Slap Upside The Head: Happy Holidays From Slap

Well, I’m off to the praries for the holidays, spreading all sorts of seasonal merry cheerfulness with friends and family. This does mean, however, that there shan’t be any updates until my glorious return in the new year. Until then, have a great Christmanukkahwanzoliday and an insanely spectacular new year! As always, feel free to ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Faux Wingnut Outrage: Xmas Edition

Former half-term Alaska Governor, wannabe celebrity, and brain-addled Fox News “analyst” Sarah Palin thinks the Obama White House’s official greeting card is “odd” because it fails to adequately highlight traditions like “family, faith and freedom.” Evidently, Palin speaks for many rabid right-wing Obama haters out there… at least insofar as being shamelessly petty, hypocritical, and ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Feliz Navidad

Beware the seemingly harmless fantasies you create – for you may come to regret them later. That seems to be the message of this intriguing short film by Alberto González Vázquez concerning a debate between a father and son about the existence of Santa Claus. Warning: It’s in Spanish and so the dialog goes at ...

theKrellant.ca: A Very Krellant Kristmas

In this special Christmas episode of The Krellant, Frank Feltman tells a story of holiday mishap, and his rescue from one unlikely cat…in verse!