I have just finished reading the book Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe by Dr. Bonnie Henry and her sister Lynn Henry. The book is a detailed diary of Dr. Henry’s life in March, April, and May of 2020. The chapters alternate between Bonnie telling her story and Lynn commenting on what she saw happening.
At the beginning of the book, we are told about Dr. Henry’s background in pandemic work with SARS and Ebola, and about her work with the World Health Organization. Dr. Henry’s sister Lynn works for a publishing company in Toronto. She had come to visit Bonnie just as COVID-19 was beginning to invade B.C. and stayed doing her own job online.
I highly recommend this book, it is a pleasant read.
Learning the Lingo
Today’s words are ‘laptop’ and ‘touchpad’. Laptops are self-contained computers that can fit on a person’s lap. They have a hard case which opens up to a screen on top and a keyboard and touchpad on the bottom. The touchpad gives no clue to its function being just a rectangle in the middle in front of the keyboard. You touch the touchpad to move the cursor on the screen – so, in effect, the touch pad is a built-in mouse. You can connect a mouse to a laptop if you want. The laptop needs to be connected to power every couple of days in order to keep the battery charged or more often if you use it a lot. The advantage of the laptop is that it is portable. Once these smaller computers were invented, they were in high demand in business and for students.
Happy Norwegian Independence Day
Syttende Mai – May 17 is Norwegian Independence Day. Norwegians all over the world celebrate with ethnic foods and parades. A film of interest especially to those with Norwegian ancestry is Atlantic Crossing. This film tells the story of Crown Princess Martha and her three children who fled Norway in April 1940 and took refuge in the White House as the Nazis invaded Norway. Her husband, Crown Prince Olav, went to London to join the Norwegian government-in-exile. Atlantic Crossing is an 8-hour miniseries from Norway’s National Broadcasting Corporation available in Norwegian, English and Swedish. It will be airing on PBS Masterpiece, pbs.org.
Quote of the Week
“It’s not forever but it is for now.” - Dr. Bonnie Henry
Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.