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  • Clarke Wallace

It is one thing for the government to remind us -- or better suggest -- maybe we shouldn’t be drinking as much as we do.

They told us the same thing about smoking. Then did something about it. They labeled the cigarette package with all sorts of dire warning that you might well be killing yourself.

I’m not sure whatever else it did, but there’s little question it worked.

Not totally but enough to make a difference.

About drinking. Here they raised the taxes on the package reminding us in a subtle way it might be a good idea.

Many of us took the suggestion it might be a good idea.

Whatever it seemed we might have taken it to heart because we aren’t drinking as much. Getting a little older might have

something to do with drinking less.

But only subtly less. Having a glass of wine with dinner. Less than every night. Only when we felt like it. Not with dinner if having drink before dinner.

Thinking about it now, while reading what I’ve written

so far, wow! It seems we might be drinking too much.

For some reason we seem to be drinking less. Over the past few years, No wine with dinner. No alcoholic sip before dinner?.

Why? it didn’t seem to fit in.

Now there’s a point in saying all this. Its because the provincial government, In Ontario, is now telling us to start only having Two drinks a week. That includes beer.

Authors comment: Does that irk you as it does me? I don’t want any authority telling me

outright I shouldn’t be drinking more. Even when we don’t indulge in alcohol each night.

Sure remind us not to drink alcohol too much, but to insist not having more than

two drinks a week.

It almost gives you the feeling you’ll drink more just because the government is poking around in your own personal life where they don’t belong.

  • Clarke Wallace

Have you ever felt sometimes that everything is going well, and you can only hope it will continue


After such a thought, there’s often a downside. It can’t go on forever.

Then again don’t think of it that way; instead take advantage of the moment and keep going.

Something I’ve written here often is those asking me how to write a novel or maybe a screenplay. They tell me they have a great idea, but they don’t know how to get started.

God knows we’ve all been through that stage no matter what you do for a living. You want to try something different, but you’ve been doing some job for some time and you can’t give it up.

Yet there you are unable to give up something you’re sure will set you off on a new track. But, and it’s a big but, you feel comfortable with what you’ve accomplished.

Author’s comment: Investigate what you might accomplish. Write down a few notes from time to time how you might deal with it. It’s surprising what you might come up with.

Over the years I’ve wanted to write a novel about a modern cowboy who finds himself back in the 1880s. I’d add a slight touch of humor. Not enough to disturb the storyline.

Keep at it, if you're so inclined, and I’m sure you’ll find a whole new world out there you never could have imagined. And how sweet that is.

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