VERMONT’S U.S. SENATOR, BERNIE SANDERS, SURE GETS AROUND – OR AT LEAST HIS MEME DOES

<Spot Bernie on the CN Tower, Toronto’s icon. “He’ll need those mittens. It’s cold up there.” @Paulintoronto47><Bernie is leading the charge for 2021’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Mittens are needed here too.@MsFilmLibrarian><Ruth Buzzi and Bernie again are sharing a park bench, for those who remember ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In’ on NBC in the 1960’s.><Cartoon from AISLIN (Terry Mosher), The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec>

THE POISETTIA IS A PLANT NAMED AFTER A PHYSICIAN, AMATEUR BOTANIST AND STATESMAN

Few of us have that kind of background, whose sales are concentrated in about six weeks just before Christmas.JOEL ROBERTS POINSETT is the name-sake for North America’s bestselling potted plant, which is a native of Central America, and known as the ‘Easter Flower’ in Cuba and Spain.  Poinsett himself travelled across Europe, Russia and Latin America, eventually becoming the US Ambassador to Mexico. Mexicans were not exactly fond of him, which may explain why a Mexican lizard was given his name. The day he died, December 12th, is also known as National Poinsettia Day.<PHOTO ABOVE – Allan Gardens, Toronto>

THE GLOBE & MAIL PRINTS 3 PAGES CELEBRATING SPIRIT-LIFTING DOGS, IN A VERY BAD YEAR

Top spot on the Globe’s front cover, GRACIE, lives with long-term care nurse, Bridget Hudson and her husband. “We can’t imagine life without her now,” Ms. Hudson says of the bernedoodle.In the article ERIN ADERSSEN writes: “The past few months were a boom time for pet adoptions as Canadians sought Covid-19-Safe companions to share their isolation. New owners say it was a good decision in a very bad time.”  . . .  . . Above – photographer Kailee Mandel embraces her own pandemic dog, WALTER . . . . .    The late college professor, MARY OLIVER, wrote a poem capturing this pandemic we’re all going through . . . . .
“But there are days I wish
there was less in my head to examine,
not to speak of the busy heart.
How would it be to be Percy, I wonder, not
thinking, not weighing anything, just running forward.”

IF DYNAMIC OLDER WOMEN ARE LOOKING FOR STRESS-FREE RETIREMENTS, ‘SIXTY & ME’ HAS TEN ANSWERS

It’s often worthwhile and great fun to scrutinize lists such as ‘The Top Ten Best Countries for a Stress-Free Retirement”. CANADA comes in at #8, just ahead of The Netherlands. Sixty and Me is a community of 500,000 women over the age of 60. The goal is to help them live happy, healthy and financially secure lives, to find profitable work, stay healthy and develop a positive mindset about this “amazing period of their lives”.”WRITEUP . . . . #8 CANADA (edited version) – “If you’re looking for somewhere spacious, look no further than the world’s second-largest country. With just 4 people per square kilometre, you’ll have plenty of space to yourself. Canada has also ranked highly for moral and political freedom, but was the lowest-ranking country in the top 10 when it comes to traffic. If you’re looking for a more secluded retirement that takes you off the beaten track, you might find the peace and tranquility you’re searching for in Canada.”*  CANADA IS BEST FOR – wide open spaces . . . * NOT SUITED FOR – getting from A to B quickly  . . . . . . . .   The Top Ten – #1 Finland; #2 Spain; #3 Austria; #4 Brunel; #5 Slovenia; #6 Japan; #7 Portugal; #8 Canada; #9 The Netherlands; #10 Sweden.

PHOTO #11 – NOVEMBER 10/2020 – ‘THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A DAME’ – IN THIS CASE, FOUR OF THEM

Afternoon tea with four of the best known British actresses who’ve had stellar film and theatre careers – and they keep on going. In the documentary ‘Tea With The Dames’ a lively conversation takes place among (from the left) Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins, and Judi Dench.