Like so many people, staying at home has The allowed many of us the opportunity to start projects, explore new ideas and go back rediscover old joys.
Last week I stopped shaving, I’ll let you decide I this was a project, new idea or a rediscovery of an old joy. However, that’s not the only thing that COVID has allowed me.
COVID has opened the door to a new opportunity. On Friday May 22nd the book, “Not Cancelled, Canadian care mongering in the face of COVID-19” was released. I was asked to be a part of this collection of stories that showed the care, love and nurturing of Canadians after COVID-19 caused most of our lives to come to a screaming halt. Published by Wintertickle Press, stories from across Canada demonstrating the Canadian spirit. Visit your local book shop in person or order the book online at www.winterticklepress.com and purchase a copy. There is so much more, likely better, in the book than my 2000 words.
If you read last week’s post, you’ll know I gave a list of podcasts that I have started listening to. You haven’t read that post? No worries, here is the link for you, https://redheartbluesign.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/whatcha-listening-to/. Out of our discovery of enjoyable podcasts, Liz and I discussed starting a podcast. To want to do this is the easy part, “what” the podcast should be about is the real challenge. It can be about so many things, but what is it I can talk about knowledgably that would make a credible podcast? Recently I thought of turning the blog into a podcast, it has a broad spectrum of topics; books to music and politics. Is that something we can pull off? It certainly allows Liz the chance to contribute regularly, she is very smart, speaks well and has strong opinions – leaving her off the podcasts doesn’t serve the podcast well. Stay tuned…more to come on this.
It’s taken a while, but I have started to pay attention to the Conservative Party Leadership contest. My opinions on the race are mixed; I’m glad the party paused it but in the same breath I am frustrated that the party Leadership Committee didn’t give the candidates that preceded the party’s decision to suspend their campaigns because of COVID an extension to raise the money and memberships to make it onto the ballot. I supported Rudy Husny, while I had a realistic view of his winning, he was a candidate that reflected my ideas of being a conservative and he would have been marked on my ballot. I also believe that MP Marilyn Gladu should have been given the same opportunity to reach the benchmarks after suspending her campaign because of the coronavirus.
There are four candidates that will be on the ballot. As I write this, I do not have a candidate to fill that number one slot. This contest has had errors and missteps from the frontrunners. Of the perceived leading candidates, I have voted for both of them at one time for leader; Peter MacKay to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003 and Erin O’Toole in the 2017 Conservative Party leadership.
I am now engaging in what the candidates are saying about leading the party. I will not permit the negative campaigning be a part of my engagement. The next few weeks as I wait for my ballot in the mail will be my time to hear from all four candidates (some more than others). I have made one decision about my ballot; I will only be marking one name. Realistically, with apologies for the 3rd and 4th persons on the ballot, my number two would become the next leader if my number one doesn’t get 50% +1. I just have to confirm my #1.
One final thing…
Today I shaved, the facial growth provided some balance to the growing hair on top. Now that balance is gone.
What are your new projects that COVID has opened the door to?
One more final thing, this is post #301 of Red Heart Blue Sign. Thank you for giving me a few minutes of your day and supporting this blog since October 2011.
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