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democracy and roses


A muggy Monday — voting day in Toronto! It took me two minutes to walk to the school half a block away, where there were a series of smiling people to welcome and guide me. A ridiculous ballot with 102 names, but I found CHOW easily enough. The automatic voting machine had been damaged by a wet ballot — someone came in from the rain and dripped on the paper — but the technician arrived to fix it right then. It took ten minutes, and I met three good friends coming and going. Contrast with voters in many African countries or American states, who have to stand for many hours in the sun.

I love democracy. It has its flaws, but a better system has not appeared. The far right is on the ascendancy in Europe — in Germany, just yesterday — terrifying. Let us pray little old Toronto does the right thing today. The need for a progressive mayor is desperate.

I was honoured to be invited to a private celebration of Eleanor Wachtel’s many years with Writers&Company, and of the program itself. Many fascinating people there, of course. I often dread going to parties alone, not sure I’ll find someone to talk to, but here, I didn’t stop talking the entire time. Tons of food and drink in a lovely garden. Marvellous!

The roses are beyond spectacular this year. I cannot stop photographing them. How are we lucky enough to live on a planet with roses? And birds – the birds are singing in celebration of summer too. Even on this muggy day – beauty.

And, I hope, a new mayor for a new city. Let us pray.

PS Just heard from my Beatley friend Alan Millen: Today is GLOBAL BEATLES DAY, celebrating the anniversary of the performance of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE on this day in 1967 as part of the BBCs One World broadcast, which was a pretty big deal at the time.

Now that’s a day I’m happy to celebrate. Thanks, Alan.




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