Sunday, December 4, 2022

Mental health distress line: 988


                                           Call 988 if you are in mental health distress
Please spread the word. 988 is a new phone number (in Canada) that recently went live to help people get help in a mental health crisis. Similar to 911, this suicide and crisis lifeline is dedicated for anyone in need of mental health assistance of any kind. It has already been available in the U.S.

The pandemic has caused an untold amount of mental distress. That's why more attention than ever has to be paid to metal illness and distress. Please be aware of this 988 number. It can save lives. Help is just three numbers away on your phone.

Take care,


Friday, December 2, 2022

New author's webpage for Joanne Madden - The Missing Reporter


To readers of Number 16

I have a brand new author's webpage and I encourage you to check it out.  Please click the link below.

Joanne Madden – Author

Thank you so much for your support.  It is much appreciated.  I value your feedback and I welcome your comments, both praise and criticism - provided that you are respectful. 

 - Joanne

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Congratulations to a championship Toronto team!


The Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup on Sunday, but there was a distinct lack of enthusiasm in their home city.  I didn't hear any horns honking or people cheering loudly. What a shame!  Who knows when the Leafs or the Blue Jays will win a Stanley Cup or a World Series again, maybe not in our lifetimes. 

In a very entertaining game in Mosaic Stadium in Regina, the Argos defeated the highly favoured Winnipeg Blue Bombers by a score of 24 to 23.  Winnipeg was denied its third successive Grey Cup victory and the Argos notched the franchise's 18th championship.

 We have a winning team in the Argos and we should relish this Grey Cup championship.  I certainly do, and I will continue to support the Toronto Argonauts and the CFL  Congratulations to the 2022 Grey Cup champions!

- Joanne

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Seven Riddles for a November Day


It's November.  In the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves have fallen off the trees and their branches are bare.  Unfortunately, in many places, the clocks have been changed and it becomes dark very early.  This is the Death Month.  It's the twilight zone between late fall and the bright lights of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year.  That's why a little humour is in order to brighten your day.  So, riddle me this:     

1. The more you take, the more you leave behind.  What am I?

2. What four-letter word can be written forward, backward, or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?

3. What room do ghosts avoid?

4. Which word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

5. I can be hot.  I can be cold.  I can run and I can be still.  I can be hard and I can be soft.  What am I?

6. What is the thing you must give before you keep?

7. What do you call an evergreen that knows karate?


1. Footsteps
3. The Living Room
4. Short
5. Water
6. Your word
7. Spruce Lee    

- Joanne