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“I wasted time, and now time wastes me.”

Richard II said that, or at least his creator William Shakespeare did in 1595 when the word “doth” was used a lot before “waste”.  I mention this for two reasons: The New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth, died this month at 96. As the magazine’s art director said: “if you can’t recognize a Booth cartoon, you need the magazine in Braille.”


But also because our under-rated Canadian seer, Dan Gardner, wrote about Booth’s passing on how we always misjudge time, and especially age, and most especially, other people’s age.


Booth’s cartoons were as quirky and charming as the man himself who was profiled in a 23-minute documentary on getting old and staying in the game.




1. Running for office in Rome. Why couldn’t America do it that way this week? Back then, “voters selected on the basis of perceived character and past behaviour rather than the views a candidate expressed.”


2. All possible plots by major authors. As this blog asks: “We praise canonical authors for their boundless imagination. Then why do all their plots feel the same?


3. Change your words. Change your world. This ad is more than a decade old. But its point is even sharper today when words so rarely come in peace or bring comfort and joy.


4. How do you address the World Stroke Association? Dr. Joe MacInnis is a medical doctor and motivational speaker whose audiences include IBM, Rolex, and Microsoft. A few months ago he had a heart attack followed by a stroke. Here’s what he’s planning to say to the WSO – and to you and me.


5. Rich conversations about wealth. A podcast series called Serious Coin about being very rich. Hosted by Toronto wealth management marketer Kelly Willis Green who ended up marrying into wealth.  Great episodes, from “When wealth divides friends” to “When women hold the wealth.”


6. The millennium was 23 years ago. So why does this list talk about the 26 best movies of the millennium? And why are most of the 26 from before 2010? Was that the year we all went to our social media rooms, rarely to emerge?


7. Fascinating moths and beetles. The helicopter business can learn from them, as can we about the beauty of nature one wing-flap at a time.


8. Can we please have this at Pearson? Now here’s some technology to get us from the curb to the gate much faster than now.


9. The Food Substitutions Bible. The third edition is just out with 8,000 substitutions for ingredients, equipment and techniques.  “This is the book you’ll reach for to get out of a jam.” Or if you’re just out of jam.


10. Conductors singing in rehearsal. Which is why they’re conductors, not singers.




Winter is almost here. Don’t be left out in the cold in securing your escape.


If you know about our trips, they don’t involve lying on a beach for a week, but doing adventurous things with fascinating people.


So from January 22 – 29, 2023, we’ll be aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest with 50 of our friends as it sails through the Panama Canal and up the west coast of Costa Rica.



This is with Lindblad Expeditions and we’ve been on two of their luxury adventure cruises before, to Antarctica and the Spanish-Portuguese coast. On board and on shore, we were in the hands of the most experienced experts and crew on earth. One evening during “Recap” with cocktails and appetizers in hand, we saw “The Monster of the Day” that our expedition divers filmed from the ocean floor. Oh, and it’s one thing to kayak on Georgian Bay; it’s another to kayak on the Antarctic Ocean. For one, it’s safer in the Antarctic because the Lindblad people are so on top of it.


All to say, we’ve come to expect the best in comfort, dining, adventure and safety from Lindblad, a view confirmed by Condé Nast Traveler, who last year declared them to be the #1 Small Ship Cruise Line in the world.


Our 8-day trip starts when we land in Panama City, Panama, and ends in San José, Costa Rica. The cost is from $6,479 USD per person, depending on what level of cabin you choose (this includes a special savings for our group of 5% off the standard rates). Airfare, of course, is extra.


So – a good deal on a great break in a hot place with nice people in the hands of the best in the business. As founder Sven Lindblad said: “Think of us as a conduit to exhilaration.”


You may already know RamsayTravels does group travel for people who don’t do group travel. People like you. So as we all sit and freeze this year, think about what you could be doing, and where you’d like to be (and with whom) this time next year and join us.


So please spend some time with the links above. Then, if you like what you see but you have questions, please e-mail or call me at, or 416-822-3452.


Then confirm your place onboard by completing the registration form and sending it to the Lindblad team at You can also book trip extensions and your air through Lindblad, if desired. Jut email them or call 1-888-773-9007.


One last thought: now that we can lift our heads on a different world, isn’t it time to plan what you may have promised yourself you’d do?


If not now, when?


If not you and your family, who?


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