Plus the most exquisite hand-knit creation from an HIV sufferer, lacey and studded with hundreds of tiny pearl beads appliqued by hand. Patients crochet huge afghans for my cozy nest in front of the TV at home. They know I’ll be muttering about the cold soon, they crochet socks and slippers and a tiny purple jacket for my iPhone.
A lonely man gives me a treasured book, a history of the British army in Turkey during the First World War. Amateur paintings are produced, “I have 400 more at home, doctor.” And a beaded tapestry made by a South American reformed drug smuggler hangs on our wall. Then there are the bringers of the Annual Very Large Poinsettia.
A crystal frog and then a crystal owl to join him. An aloe vera plant, fridge magnets, homemade Italian biscotti (given in perpetual gratitude for a house call I made one Christmas Eve) – presents that demand to be opened in front of the proud giver, and others that my staff and I can take home to share.
The newcomers to Canada assure me that Christmas is for everybody, it’s their favourite holiday, they will do the Christmas things, they will be happy and celebrate on a higher plane – what a gift! It is heartwarming to see Canadians sharing their traditions, and newcomers cruising the stores for chocolate biscuits, making every gift special and heartfelt … every pebble, every Timbit.
The annual hall of fame inductees are chosen on the advice of historians and educators following a process that begins with nominations from the public.
My opinion: I have the movie Clue on dvd. I played the game once at my friend Heather's house in like gr. 5 or gr. 6.
The highlight of my week:
1. Work: I got to work more hours this week. It was 30hrs. That is the minimum of full-time. It's the holiday season so it's more busy.
2. Social event: I went to one social event this week. It was average.
3. Channel Zero: No- End House: This is the 2nd season of the show. I got Showcase free preview for a month (October) and they aired all 6 episodes. It was about teens who enter a haunted house and it transports them to an alternate reality.
It was scary, disturbing, and intense. It's good.
Nov. 20, 2017 Heart to Home Meals: I found this while I was looking for a job:
Dallas Smith calls out violent fans: I found this in the Edmonton Journal on Nov. 18, 2017:
Because the violence broke out as he was leaving the stage, he didn't get a chance to call it out but "would have 100 per cent'' if he had an opportunity, Smith said.
"I was disgusted,'' he said. "It was really, really unfortunate that that happened to some guests at my show, that paid to come and see me.''
Some Dawson Creek residents felt Smith had unfairly blamed the whole crowd in his tweet, but he said he was simply calling out bad behaviour.
"It's something I would have commented on if it was last night in Prince George (B.C.) ... if it was in London, Ont., if it was in Vancouver, if it was my hometown show. I don't care where it is.
"It's not up to someone to protect themselves from being victimized. It's up to us as a society to police ourselves and to hold these people who are doing the grabbing and the punching accountable.''
Earlier this week, a viral video taken at a Drake performance in Sydney showed the Toronto rapper interrupt a song to demand that a fan stop groping women in the audience. Smith said he saw the video and commended Drake's actions.
"Good for him,'' he said. "That's the right move. That's all you can do.''
Oct. 25, 2017 "Combating the stigma of AIDS, again": I found this article by Corey Mintz in the Globe and Mail:
Casey House hosts a pop-up restaurant in Toronto staffed by HIV-positive cooks