Things got worse

Last month, I wrote that things couldn’t get much worse after I developed shingles and my father passed away from COVID-19.

They did.

February brought savage weather and the crybaby convoy that shut down my city for three weeks. 

Then things got even worse, again.

Citizens of Enerhodar, a city in Ukraine’s Zaporizhia oblast, block the road leading to the local nuclear plant as the Russian forces are approaching, on March 1. (Photo shared by mayor of Enerhodar, via Kyiv Independent.)

As the last of the detritus of the crybaby convoy was being cleared away, Russia invaded Ukraine.

I am inspired by the response of the Ukrainian people in standing up to this aggression.  And by the response of millions around the world to support them with humanitarian aid, assistance to refugees and loud statements of support.

We can only hope that the help the world sends makes a difference. And that we don’t hear the pattern of Czechoslovakia in 1938 echo in Ukraine in 2022.

“History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.”

—Attributed to Mark Twain, probably erroneously.

Turning to the light

Despite what’s happening in the world, I remain hopeful. Not everything that’s happening is bad. Canada brought home a lot of medals from the Olympics, and I expect more from the Paralympic Games. 

The coronavirus pandemic appears to be waning, although we’re not out of danger, yet. In Canada, hospitalization numbers have been trending down since peaking on January 26, and finally, more than 80 percent of Canadians are fully vaccinated. 

That means … yes, that my books won’t be free much longer. 

The plan

So get your books now, while they’re still cheap or free. As of April 1, 2022, they are going back to standard prices for e-books and paperbacks.

The shorter books will sell for $3.99—really, what’s four bucks for a good read?

The Eastern Front Trilogy paperback cover image

My plan is to have one title at a reduced price, or sometimes even free, each month. 

Starting NOW, until it’s no longer needed, all revenues from sales of the books of The Eastern Front Trilogy will go to Ukrainian refugees. I’ll announce the charity or charities that will receive the funds when I determine which is the best one.

The Eastern Front Trilogy is the true story of a Ukrainian Canadian, born in Canada, who served in the Soviet Red Army during the Second World War—resisting the Nazi invasion and occupation of Ukraine from 1941 to 1944. It may give readers some context for what’s happening today. 

So don’t wait—download or buy your books today and save some money before prices go up in four weeks. 

No, Fox Noise, we’re not suffering from tyranny here in Canada
And just to put away any doubts, I will quickly say this: the so-called trucker protest was not about rights nor oppression. No one lost any rights. The crybaby bullies had their say, unopposed, for three weeks. They made life hell for downtown residents. They displayed symbols of hate, endangered themselves and others, and finally were let go with little or no consequences. For them, it was a three-way holiday and party, supported by local police through inaction, action and money.

Despite what Fox Noise and far-right members of Parliament and Congress say, democracy has not been cancelled in Canada. We can all say, write and publish what we want. We bear responsibility for our words. 

We are getting ready for elections in several jurisdictions in the coming months. 

Freedom? Canada has that, along with responsibility. You can’t have one without the other.

I doubt that Lauren Boebert can find Canada on a map, let alone Ottawa.

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