Among the headlines

Post 42/2021 Friday 15 October . . . “Canadian among trio of Nobel winners,” read the headline in the Waterloo Region Record, Tuesday, October 12, page A9. The opening sentence of the Associated Press story, datelined Stockholm, said, “A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labour force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn’t hinder hiring and immigrants don’t lower pay for native-born workers.”

David Card of the University of California, Berkley, was awarded half of the prize for his research on how the minimum wage, immigration and education affect the labour market. Joshua Angrist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dutch-born Guido Imbens of Stanford University shared the other half.

You probably came across the story in your own news browsing. Good stuff. Newspapers still hold sway.

Family & friends!

It was a week where family and friends were front and center. In-person for the first time in two years. Our bodies were nourished, our spirits refueled, our temporal aches and pains well-rehearsed, our laughter contagious, our sense of connection almost too much for words. Our cups are full and running over.

Food, conversation, games and a walk in the woods brought us together at the home of Mark and Christa on Thursday. Most of the food for the noontime meal came from their garden. xx
Al and Doris (foreground) from Toronto and Marianne from New Hamburg gathered with us for an hours-long “reunion” lunch at the Charcoal Steakhouse in Kitchener. Tasty, timely, a happy annual tradition.

Gallery

These are scenes from city, town, and farm–home to family and friends.

This is part of the woods cousin Ralph planted when they moved to their first retirement home in New Hamburg, Ontario.

Excursion

Paris, on the Grand River, close to Cambridge, is anything but the sleepy out-of-the-way town it used to be. We stopped for a bit, but not a bite this time, on a day excursion that included Stratford, Woodstock, and dinner with a niece and her husband, niece Rachel, and sister-in-law Vivian, in Cambridge. Viva le connections!
The Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford is new, a tribute to the visionary leader that brought live theatre to multiple stages, today known as the Stratford Festival of Canada. The 2021 season has been limited; we await in-person performances in 2022.
If Charlie Brown were still addressing the world, the cartoon this month could show, “The Great Unmasking.”

Time for the latest

What to say about Louise Penny’s latest novel? It’s a page turner, set just as the Covid-19 scourge has passed, the timing only to be exploited by, well, a personality who whips up crowd madness and a murder.

Want a better relationship with your memory? Read Memory. Genova is a neuroscientist and novelist who wrote Still Alice. The book is divided into three parts: “How We Remember,” “Why We Forget” and “Improve or Impair.” Plus an Appendix: “What To Do About It.”

I just started reading the Richard Osman novel. Clever, suspenseful, funny, a positive nod to getting older.

A glimpse of northern Ontario

We crossed into Ontario at Sault Ste Marie, after a week in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lovely to go round Georgian Bay and travel on home via Sarnia in south western Ontario at the southern point of Lake Huron.

Soulful gratitude paves the way coming and going.

-John

8 thoughts on “Among the headlines

  1. Always beautiful photos, what a wonderful thanksgiving you Benders all had being together ❤.
    Thanks to for posting the books, must check out the last too. I’m in middle of Louise’s book. She’s one of my favourite authors.
    We really enjoy your “Its about now”!
    Beulah & Calvin

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    1. Good to hear from you, Beulah. We maxed out on good times over the week. Hope to do more of the same in the new year. Best!

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    1. Same for us. Nothing beats sitting on the couch and gabbing, unless it’s sitting at Vivian’s table and chawing. Best!

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  2. What precious memories looking at the pictures, even though it was only a few days ago we had that wonderful meal. So nice to be all together after 2 years.
    Autumn is such a beautiful time of year.
    Kaye

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