ugly, racist, hateful American

The girl’s father, Denis Hernandez, corrected the Time Magazine photographer: His daughter, Yanela Sanchez, and his wife are being held together in a family detention center in Texas.

Still … the image is legit. This is Trump’s GOP in 2018.


ancient walls of St. George’s, Bermuda

As a kid growing up in ultra-NEW Calgary I became enamoured of a poster from Europe showing a faded, decrepit wall.

I found it very evocative.

Daily walking the lanes of St. George’s, Bermuda — the oldest English settlement in the new world — I appreciated these.

I’m on blood pressure medication

My GP tried me on 3.5 mg Viacoram.

It went down from 160 / 105 to 150 / 100.

He then doubled it to 7 mg Viacoram.

It stayed about the same at 150 / 97.

The third experiment has me on …

Viacoram 5/7mg every morning for the next 90 days.

Apo-Hydro (hydrochlorothiazide) 12.5mg every evening with dinner for 90 days.

I’ll be tracking results.

Jill Prendergast obituary

In Loving Memory :

Margaret Monica Jill Prendergast  

 April 18th, 1937 – May 7th, 2018

             … Vibrant to the end !

       A Crescent Heights Gymnast & Miss Calgary runner-up, Jill Verdi married a Calgary Stampeder football player, raised 3 children with un-conditional love ( and many a puppy too ). Jill dedicated herself, not only to Her children, but to all Her family.

       She debuted the Calgary Drift Races, instructed Aerobics Fitness classes (even before before Jane Fonda). Jill was the Head Judge for Canadian Women’s Gymnastics for a period, and dedicated Her career to the Alberta Gymnastics Federation. Among Her activities : Jill skied, snow-shoed and walked the paths of Calgary City and Provincial Parks. She was a keen adept, right to the end, of yoga, line-dancing, and skating ( Jill skated at Optimist Arena with her oxygen tank at 80 ). She loved Her garden and bird feeders. Up ’till recently, She volunteered as a Bluebird Nesting watcher along the Millarville roads.

       A society lady without pretensions, Jill could always recognize anyone with qualities of heart. Her many friendships spanned the social kaleidoscope and often endured for a lifetime. Unbending in honesty, fidelity & integrity, She shared, helped and gave to others. She grieved the loss of a daughter. Family and Friends feel nothing but gratitude and privilege to have been graced by Her presence in our lives. 

                              For a True Lady … We All Cry!

Published in The Calgary Herald on May 23, 2018

Bermuda beaches

Locals don’t enter the Atlantic until after May 24th. Any earlier than that is … winter. 😎

Afraid of any body of water larger or colder than a hot tub, I did try to overcome my aversion. After May 24th I started walking down to the beach each morning.

About a 10 minute walk is Tobacco Bay.

Some mornings I’d continue on to the beaches near Fort St. Catherine.

Bermuda has dozens and dozens of pocket beaches, most of them not busy at any given time.

farewell St George’s, Bermuda

For the past 7 weeks I’ve been resident in the first European town in the new world. It was settled in 1612.

I’ve been coaching and consulting for Bermuda Gymnastics. Interim Men’s Head Coach.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

After a couple of weeks I felt far more resident than tourist. Those cruise ship folks are embarrassing. 😎