2020 OPA Winter Sward

Musings - Winter 2020

“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.” Amy Rees Anderson

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets.” Leonardo da Vinci

“Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.” Keith Richards

Venus is the Evening Star...really bright in the low sky to the south east. I asked a local astronomy member what the bright star more to the north east in the mornings was called. It is also Venus, it is called the Morning Star. He said it depends on which side of the sun it is on. It is more to the south during the evening and more to the north in the morning. Patience is taught to and practiced by every kid [or older] when she or he gets a “backlash”when fishing with a casting reel. The lesson is so good it should be used in schools. Good problem solving as well as being patient. Here and there ...heard from Donna andWayne in Thornbury who were close to the Tornado that hit there in October as Donna was out kayaking and watching the storm roll in. They are doing well now! Loewigs and Hergott are back in town and not going to fly south for a while, unless they use the helicopter to drop into Buffalo Airport. Costeas are doing well as Dan and heart issues have settled down but dealing with some other health related issues. Jay and Jamie, fishing buddies, are not happy we didn’t get on the water this year but maybe twice as long next season and the fish will be even bigger by then!! Fishing resorts in the north had a huge upswing in customers as that was one place you could easily distance and many people wanted to get out of Toronto. The south shore of Nipissing could hardly accommodate all those who wanted to book time. I am told fishing on Erie was equally busy and good.

significantly, so reaching out and contacting friends you haven’t heard from in a while is and was a very worthwhile thing to do. The world has changed and will likely change even more. I heard from a high school classmate that I had not seen since 1955. Catching up was fun. Reach out to see how your friends and relatives are doing. Another classmate from NPC called and we had an hour long chat about ‘school days’ and how they were some of the best days we had. California’s record-breaking heat wave sparked wildfires and raised health concerns as smoke shrouded many west coast cities up to Vancouver. The temperature reached 121 degrees F and the heat sparked many wind-blown fires. At one point, 24 wild fires had consumed almost 2 million acres. Battling the blazes were over 300 crews, 1,800 fire trucks, 82 aircraft and 300 water bombers, including some from Canada. A number of homes were lost and people starting over as their properties had been burned, some for the third time, so they are leaving the California valleys, particularly around wine country. In early fall more fires broke out in Colorado, burning 7 huge areas totalling 500,000 acres near national parks north of Denver. Finally, two feet of heavy snowfall helped stop the spreading fires after burning for 80 days. Atmospheric buffer gone? Denver, CO had a temperature of 101 on Labour Day weekend, and then four days later had 6 inches of snow. I have mentioned that James Kay, a noted Environmental professor at University of Waterloo, during the 93

COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s lives


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