Back on April 24th I started with this poignant statement, “ At the end of the day you’re missing out on life experience if you’re constantly checking in with anybody that’s not in the room”. I wish I’d written that as it resonated with me because it’s so true but it was singer/songwriter Sheryl Crowe. When was the last time you were at a social gathering where you didn’t see a number of people glued to their smartphones?
Back on February 22 I said something had been bothering me lately. It seems the mass media is under attack. Newspapers have been around since the invention of the printing press. Radio surfaced in the 1920’s and television took off in the ‘50s. Of course there are a few columnists, radio and TV hosts who are way out in right or left field spouting their gibberish and inciting unrest, especially in the U.S. where the new president is in full-blown attack mode on any media outlet that doesn’t cast him in a favourable light.
As always as we end a year I look back and at a few Coffeetalks from 2017 that I’d like to repeat. Here’s one from May about Canada’s 150th birthday: Many people might remember our 100th birthday in 1967. The most successful World’s Fair up to that point opened in Montreal. The Toronto Maple Leafs won their 13th, and last so far, Stanley Cup. Ross Thatcher won his second straight majority as Premier of Saskatchewan.
This is my last commentary before Christmas. I looked back on what I always say at this time and I must sound like a broken record. Maybe that’s because I still believe in the message. That being that, while we live in what we think is the greatest country in the world, there seems to be a greater need than aver for the Food Bank, the Friendship Inn, the Crisis Nursery, the YWCA shelter, Secret Santa and Salvation Army food hampers.
Last week someone was marvelling at how nice the weather was and I spoiled it by saying, “It’s not quite winter yet”. Well, as of 10:28 am CST winter arrives. This is the shortest day of the year where we can expect maybe 8 hours of daylight. The good news is that starting tomorrow the days get longer but we won’t notice for a couple of weeks.