A case for conversation

Texting has contributed to the lost art of talking on the phone.

I think we’ve forgotten about how fantastic phone calls really can be. We mistakenly think texting can serve the same purpose. Alas, it cannot.

When there is no voice, there is no originality. You can’t copy and paste a telephone conversation. A phone conversation is one of a kind. It is a wildly rare and fabulously distinct jewel shared only by two people.

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What If?

On Sunday, January 12, the Ontario Emergency Measures Office issued and then withdrew an emergency alert for the Pickering Nuclear Station.

Scary.

Sent across the province around 7:30, you may have received the alert on your cellphone, heard it on the radio or seen it on your TV. Then Ontario Power Generation sent out a tweet about 40 minutes after the emergency alert saying it was a mistake. It took two hours after the initial alert for the follow-up alert to be sent.

The province’s solicitor general said the error occurred during a routine training exercise being conducted by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC). In the course of that testing, she said, it appears someone mistakenly pushed the alert on a “live pathway” instead of a “test pathway.”

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Happy New Year

Resolutions – do you make them? Do you keep them?

At the beginning of each year we resolve to change an undesired trait or behaviour or to accomplish a personal goal, which in turn – we believe, will change our life.

According to “the internet”, only three in 10 Canadians will set a New Year’s resolution, and of those, 73 percent eventually break them. I think societal pressure to make New Year’s resolutions – is the culprit. The very word – resolution, means the act or process of finding a solution. Maybe, its the burden we place on ourselves to ‘fix’ something, is why so many resolutions go bust.

Every year – as many do, I set myself up with these lofty goals that are usually so unattainable. This year, as a New Year’s resolution, why not turn the focus on our planet. It’s not hard to find practical things that can be done to help the planet by reducing our own carbon footprint.

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Winding down

Here we are, the last paper of 2019.

How wonderful it has been over the last few weeks in our corner of the world. We are lucky to have two Santa Claus parades – one during the day in Orono and one in the evening in Newcastle. The anticipation of having breakfast with Santa, followed by the pure joy children experience when he visits their community. None of which would be possible without our amazing community members and volunteers.

And the Christmas Bazaars. How I love these. You are instantly transported back in time, to simpler, unwired times. Homemade goodies and handmade gifts being sold for a good cause.

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We are all family

Growing up in a town so small, nothing really changes. The people you went to high school with, you also went to pre-school with. Not many move away, and if they do, they often make their way back to raise their families – as I did. When someone new comes; it’s usually for good.

Little changes day to day, and everybody seems to know everything about everyone’s life. When something happens, the best part about living in a small town comes out: people are there to wrap their arms around each other.

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Making way for a new holiday tradition

You either love it or hate it – by ‘it’ I’m talking about the controversial ‘toy’ – The Elf on the Shelf.

The Elf on the Shelf is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun.

Wildly popular, these elves are assigned to homes – sometimes classrooms, with the explicit charge of observing children’s actions all day on behalf of Santa Claus, who is referred to as “the boss”.

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