Pleased to report that my short-short play, “The Holy Grail can be Found at Starbucks,” was performed twice earlier this weekend at Kanata Theatre. Thanks to director Cathy Dowsell and a gifted cast for a spirited rendition, and to KT dramaturge Guy Newsham for helping to whip it into shape to be performed. This is the first of my plays ever to be performed. I devoutly hope it won’t be the last
My opinion piece, “The Shorter Work Week: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come,” is up on the CBC Internet News website, in the Opinion section.
The piece has already attracted attention from elsewhere in CBC. This afternoon I am being interviewed for a Montreal Radio 1 news program. And on Sunday, I will be interviewed for CBC TV’s Newsworld show, which runs between 8 and 9 p.m. Who’d have believed?
One Year After
Traditionally, January 6 has marked the Feast of the Epiphany, at least in the Christian year. The date is also of significance even to pagans, as marking the end of the third part of the winter solstice. After today, sunrises will start to become earlier, however gradually.
Since last year, January 6 has come to take on a new and much darker meaning, as the anniversary of Donald Trump’s attempted coup d’etat. It’s most disquieting to realize that had Trump’s unruly horde been better organized and more disciplined, the coup might well have succeeded. No longer can we North Americans look smugly at, say, Latin American countries where such coups have become almost routine, and say to ourselves, “That sort of thing could never happen here.” Last January 6 showed that it could–and damn near did. Welcome to the Third World, U.S.
Let us hope that in the coming year, U.S. President Joe Biden backs up the strong words of his anniversary speech with strong actions. Every single person involved in the seditious coup attempt must be arrested, tried, and locked up for a good long period. As for those contemplating similar action in the weeks and months to come, they must be given to understand that future coup attempts will be greeted with rifles, tanks, police dogs, and drones. It is past time that Biden stopped pussyfooting around, and started treating the enemy as the enemy.
Please disregard the URL address I put out here last night. It was incorrect. Please use the following: amazon.com/author/jp_plaguetakeit21–almanac. Make sure you include the period at the end of the address! I know it looks weird, but a period was a requirement for the site.
As a bonus, you can now see Plague Take It on my author page! Hopefully many of you will order, read, and enjoy it. It is some production, if I do say so myself, written in both French and English and containing poems, short stories, plays (among them one of mine) and performance pieces as well as the more traditional memoirs and essays. At $25 plus shipping for 475 closely-printed pages, it’s little short of a steal.
Happy New Year, all, and to all a good read!
Podcasts Are Coming!
Soon–as soon as I can figure out how to make the pieces I’m now recording available to listeners–I’ll be offering podcasts as well as written blogs. Stay tuned!
Two articles about the COVID almanac I’ve co-edited with Ann McMillan were recently published in an online Stittsville weekly. To view the more recent of these articles, which appeared on Nov. 16, use the following link. https://stittsvillecentral.ca/launch-of-plague-take-it-almanac-leads-to-additional-project/
Donald Trump’s Legacy
Trump’s great achievement has been to turn the U.S. into a giant trailer park full of science-denying grifters, a COVID-infested pest house, and above all a country whose citizens are persona non grata in three-quarters of the nations of the world.
What Our Book Launch Looked Like
Here’s one of the more serious moments from the November 9 launch of the new COVID almanac, Plague Take It co-edited by Ann McMillan and yours truly. This excellent photo is courtesy of Brent Coates, one of the almanac’s more than 50 contributors. Counter-clockwise from the bottom right are Ann, yours truly, contributors Deb Bertrand and Gavin Murphy, and publisher (and contributor) Bob Barclay.
A special website for my new COVID almanac, Plague Take It, is now up and running at plaguetakeit.ca. The website contains ordering information, editor and contributor bios, and more. Check it out!
New COVID Almanac Now Available
This is to let everyone know that a new COVID almanac by and about elders (those aged 60 and over) co-edited by Ann McMillan and yours truly is now available at amazon.com, barnes & noble.com, and amazon.ca. The book is entitled Plague Take It, and it is a multidisciplinary and bilingual (English-French) social history containing short stories, plays, poems (including a performance poem), essays, and memoirs. At $25 Cdn. or $20 U.S. plus shipping, for 470-plus pages, we think it’s one hell of a deal. Enjoy.
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