“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.“ Unknown

If the pandemic has showed us anything, it is the realization that there is more to life. We have witnessed what has been referred to as the exodus from the cities to the suburbs and to rural areas for a larger home and yard as well as to cottages and cabins for a more peaceful and serene home life. Remote work is no more of an anomaly and workers and employers have discovered that they can achieve the same results without a long…

“’What day is it?’asked Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.’”A.A. Milne

A good friend reminded me today about the importance of being present and living in the moment. It sounds almost cliche but I need to constantly be reminded of this.

Children know how to live in the moment. They are not obsessed what they will be doing tomorrow or next week. We can all learn a lesson by observing a child’s freedom to enjoy what they are doing right now.

I got the AstraZeneca vaccine should I be worried?

If you read my post To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate, you know that I received the AstraZeneca vaccine this week. Before I got it I wondered if it was the right one for me. It’s about 62% effective 2 weeks after it’s administered, far less than the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines but still better than your average flu shot. Medical experts have been quoted saying, it doesn’t matter which vaccine you receive, just get one of them, they all save lives and trips to the ICU.

So I went ahead…

I got the shot! I didn’t think I’d be in line to get it for another 3 or 4 months but I got lucky.

I did everything I was supposed to do. I registered my name and got on the waiting list at my regular pharmacy. …

Covid, coronavirus, social distancing, flatten the curve — words that have not been a part of our regular vocabulary before 2020.

As the new decade rolled in we began hearing about the first cases of a novel coronavirus that was appearing in Wuhan, China. For most of us it seemed like a localized flu-like illness, but for infectious disease experts the alarm bells started ringing.

Over the next several weeks we became aware of the virus as it raced around the world. In this modern era of travel, the virus had carriers deliver it far and wide, unlike any other…

Arabic Text

For the first time in my life I have experienced what it must be like to be illiterate. Until I started my world journey I hadn’t really considered what it would be like to not be able to read street signs, product labels in stores, advertising, books, magazines… but I now understand.

In many countries, like those in Asia, you see foreign words in both the native alphabet and the English Latin based alphabet, so you’re able to kind of figure out what it means. This is especially true in restaurants and with street signs. …

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” -Confucious.

Imagine working at a job you have never enjoyed, for 40 years or more. Millions of people are doing just that, stuck in a job or career that doesn’t bring them satisfaction or happiness. They work week after week with the goal of simply making it to the weekend.

Do you become anxious every Sunday evening in anticipation of the work week ahead? Do you find that you are using up your vacation days when the year is barely half over and…

Darren Weir

TV News Producer, writer, traveler

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