I don’t know what was scarier in 2020…Donald Trump or Covid.
Certainly, both of them have had me cowering in my house for a few months at the beginning of the year.
But then I felt inspired by Joe Biden: the little engine that could.
Slowly but surely, his campaign started to gain traction throughout the year and lo and behold, he and Kamala Harris won the US Election.
I felt inspired by Joe Biden for many reasons. His old-school talk about having ‘steel in your spine’ made me want to strike a Rosie the Riveter pose and start saving kittens out of trees.
I was also inspired by ‘The Joe Biden Jog’. You know the jog -the five or six little steps that Joe does just as he’s about to take the podium. I now do the ‘Joe Biden Jog’ myself whenever I’m on one of my slow daily walks and I think someone might be looking.
As 2020 progressed, I started to get mad at 2020. To hell with you, 2020.
As Covid raged on, I metamorphized from coward to full- blown ‘Snakes on a Plane’ Samuel Jackson. “That mother ##%$^^&ing 2020 is not going to get the best of me.”
I joined millions of humans around the world as we adapted to the ‘new normal’ by masking up, Zooming, home schooling, isolating, sanitizing and maintaining a responsible six-foot distance from others. That’s right, Winston Churchill would have been proud of us! Okay, maybe we weren’t fighting in the streets with sticks and brooms but, when it comes to watching TV, no other generation can hold a candle to us. Fourteen hours of binge-watching The Crown? Child’s play. Not even a blink or a bathroom break. Hulu- come at me.
I don’t know about you, but I can watch the most obscure, fragmented channel for days. Have you seen ‘Estonia’s Next Baking Star’ on the Umlaut Network? For a monthly subscription of only $6.99, I can assure you that it’s a bargain at twice the price.
Of course, Christmas 2020 was different because of Covid. It was smaller and quieter. I notice that most of my Christmas gifts were chocolates, pajamas and books. Otherwise known as ‘Covid Gear’ or the 92-year-old Grandmother Starter Kit. Either way, I don’t mind! Bring on the comfort and cosiness.
I stayed with my dad this Christmas. We had a great time catching up. One minor observation- could the TV be any louder?
I’m sure even the neighbours know that the mystery on Oak Island is that there isn’t any treasure.
All joking aside, I will take the good lessons from 2020 and keep moving forward.
Family, friends, charity, gratitude and ‘Murder She Wrote’ are just some of the touchstones that have helped me to, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’- as Winston Churchill would say.
Hang in there folks, it’s going to get better. We just have to be patient.
Laugh Long and Prosper.
By the way, in case you missed the most recent episodes of my podcast ‘Laugh Long and Prosper’ -you can check them out here.
Laugh Long and Prosper: Psychic Friday – Friday January 1, 2021- Predictions for the year 2021 with Psychic Nikki
Laugh Long and Prosper -Monday Dec 21 2020 Just Another Mindful Monday with Meditation Coach Cara Coulson Part Two
Laugh Long and Prosper – Monday Dec 7 2020 – Just Another Mindful Monday with Meditation Coach Cara Coulson Part One
‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.’
#InternationalVolunteerDay (Dec 5th)
Thanks to EVERYONE who has donated their time and/or food/clothing/money to City Street Outreach or any worthwhile charity. #BeTheChange
I would like to use this newsletter to give a shout out to a couple of amazing local groups.
Again, if you live in the GTA and you have food, clothing or small housing items that you would like to donate, please let me know.
We will organize a pick-up. Right now, we’ve got two large groups (80 families in total) that we are trying to help on a weekly basis. Thanks to amazing sponsors like Cobs Bakery, Brick Street Bakery, Costco and Little Caesar’s Pizza that have stepped up to bat every week. Here is a little more info.
HELPING OTHERS: TORONTO HOMELESS
‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ – Ricky Gervais
There are some fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for help.
Speaking of Dogs
How-to-take-a-selfie-of-the-year-pic (see Dogstarz!)
‘You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.’
I’m so proud of how Canada is reacting to the Syrian refugee situation.
There are some regular people doing some amazing things all over the world!
Look at these two stories:
A Vancouver property developer offered up one of his buildings to Syrian refugees
Comedy/ Hosting/ Keynotes/ Workshops
I had a fantastic time hosting the the kick-off dinner to Financial Planning Week for the Financial Planning Securities Council in Toronto at the beautiful Old Mill.
It was wonderful sharing ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ with The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.
I also had a great time just going out and doing stand up at Hirut Comedy Night with the very funny Carolyn Bennett and Anna Gustafson! Heck, it was just fun being funny!
‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ Ricky Gervais
Did you see this awesome selfie? Two guys near Barrie rescued a bald eagle from a trap and took a pic of themselves with the eagle just before they released it into the wild! Here is the whole story.
I have lived in and LOVE Ottawa but I threw my support behind the Edmonton Eskimos because Prez/ CEO Len Rhodes and his partner are such huge animal advocates. Here is an earlier podcast that I did with Len about his work with Dogs with Wings and the Edmonton Humane Society.
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There are two fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for drivers.