We are not going back to ‘normal.’

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Someone once said that “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” There is hardly a more apt expression to summarize 2020. As I am sure was the case for all of us, I started January full of plans. As the clock struck midnight on January 1st, something inside told me that this year was going to be different, I could feel in my bones. Looking back, as we approach the final quarter of the year, I couldn’t have anticipated that the change I felt was coming would be on a global scale. …


Designed to keep unemployed Canadians solvent, the CERB has become a divisive talking point among the corporate elite.

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As cases of COVID-19 began to spread across Canada in mid-March, governments, at every level, were left with little choice but to initiate a lockdown. While these actions were necessary to curtail the spread and keep the public health care system from being overwhelmed, the decision has carried a massive economic toll.

What was unthinkable only weeks earlier, had come to pass. For the first time in the history of the country, vast sectors of the economy were deliberately shut down. The border with the United States, the largest undefended border in the world, closed to all but commercial traffic…


Even after thirty-years, The Golden Girls remains one of the funniest sitcoms in television history

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As ‘stay-at-home’ orders continue and a full return to normal seems a distant reality, many of us are turning to television to help us cope. While some have been binge-watching the latest ‘must-watch’ selections on streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, others are turning back to their nostalgic favorites as a source of comfort. At a time when we can’t visit our family and friends, spending time with our favorite TV characters is a small consolation.

For me, The Golden Girls is my sentimental favorite. If I’m being honest, long before we were in the midst of a pandemic, spending…


Think Star Trek isn’t for you? Here are five episodes that may change your mind

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Over the last decade, binge-watching TV shows has become the new normal. For many of us, the idea of having to wait a week for the next episode, and sitting through commercials every ten minutes seems archaic. While the ‘traditional’ model of television still exists, it’s been struggling to survive, and the current global situation is unlikely to help.

As many of us are being asked to remain at home, the demand for binge-worthy content is at an all-time high. …


Staying at home doesn’t have to mean being bored and isolated

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Across the globe, the day-to-day routines of billions of people have come to a halt. With physical distancing measures being enforced in almost every major country on the planet, many of us are spending our days inside our homes unable to be with our loved ones.

Most restaurants, cafes, gyms, and malls are temporarily closed, and keeping yourself occupied and socially active may be a struggle, particularly for those of us who are accustomed to busy lives outside the home. Being stuck inside doesn’t have to be boring, however, and just because we’ve been asked to physically distance ourselves from…


Sit back, laugh, and “quaran-stream”

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For almost seventy-years, television has been something of an extended family member to many of us. The flickering images across its screen have made us laugh, cry, worry, and distracted us from the highs and lows of day-to-day life. For some of us, the television was a babysitter whom our parents would plunk us in front of to keep us occupied for hours on end.

When I was a child in the 1980s and 90s — before TVs in every room or streaming on your laptop was a thing, the TV was the modern hearth of most family homes; it…


A special COVID-19 edition

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I suppose I should start by apologizing to everyone. I’ve decided to make today’s Top 3 a COVID-19 edition — I know, I know! If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to avoid stories about the current crisis. It’s not that I’m downplaying the seriousness of this crisis, but outside of watching the news once a…


A year after taking the plunge into daily writing, I’ve learned some valuable and painful lessons

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Exactly one year ago, I moved my cursor up to the green ‘publish’ button and with a nervous exhale, clicked the button. I had finally taken the plunge and published my first article. I was filled with trepidation and excitement, not knowing what awaited me. Looking back at it with twelve months of hindsight, I clearly had no idea what I was doing or fully appreciated what I was getting myself into — to a certain degree, I still don’t.

I had been toying with the idea of publishing my own articles for some time. Several months prior, I had…


Omit a single comma or forget an apostrophe, and a sentence can take on a whole different meaning

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It doesn’t matter if it’s your native language or it’s your second, third or even fourth, English can be grammatically challenging. Miss a comma or an apostrophe, and a sentence can take on a whole different meaning, sometimes with unintentionally humorous or even disastrous results.

In 2010, Tails magazine — a publication for pet enthusiasts — featured celebrity chef Rachael Ray on the cover. Two years later, the cover went viral when a reader noticed an awkward grammatical error in tagline promoting Ray’s interview. It read:

“Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.”

Now, in…


From self-isolation!

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Earlier this week, I wrote a piece explaining my current ‘low-key’ status on Medium. The truth is, I just don’t feel much like writing these days. You can read about why I’ve been struggling to get any amount of regular writing done here:

Thankfully, we’ve had two beautiful days of sunshine and milder temperatures where I live — and yes, I’ve confined my enjoyment of this weather to the patio only — and it seems to be filling me with an abundance of energy.

I know a number of you have requested to join Top 3 as writers, and I…

Daryl Bruce

A freelance writer specializing in such topics as writing, productivity, self, politics, and LGBTQ+ issues. Visit him at: https://www.facebook.com/daryldbink/

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