Category Archives: Animals, domestic & wild

To rewild

“No mow May” is over. It’s June which means the back-lawn has had its first complete trim. In front I’ve been able to dodge this question – between protecting pollinators by letting dandelions & weeds grow vs trimming and cutting—by … Continue reading

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Italian Mime Preview

I was at the preview of Italian Mime Suicide from Bad New Days, co-directed by Kari Pederson and Adam Paolozza. It’s short but intense, part lecture, part performance, sometimes serious sometimes funny. No question about it, I’m out of practice, … Continue reading

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No words

I need to properly acknowledge a beautiful moment in my life, even as I struggle to find the words. As I glance at the time, I immediately think about Sam’s schedule. At 5:28 my viscera know automatically whether she should … Continue reading

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Things we do for love

This is a brief tale of tail, concerning two things that really happened to me recently. Event #1 was on Thursday when I was at my mom’s giving her lunch and dinner, as I will do a few times per … Continue reading

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Missing church

The last thing I posted had the word “missing” in the title. A few days ago I wrote a rambly thing as I thought about a canceled show and one of its canceled performers, pushed off the stage by contagious … Continue reading

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Dogs are right about winter

This morning I had that magical experience of taking my dog outside after the first snowfall last night. I remember my home room teacher (sorry can’t recall his name) chewed me out in grade 7 when I blurted out “it’s … Continue reading

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Cheryl is back with a new team

I had my first salon hair-cut in over a year. While the pandemic helped some billionaires increase their billions, as some businesses increased profits—so long as they were able to use the word “essential” to describe their work—many others have … Continue reading

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Quality of Life and Playing God

Pet-owners often make profound decisions about their dog or cat, given that the law treats animals as property, ours to dispose of as we wish. I shudder when I think about it, ashamed of the time 32 years ago when … Continue reading

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Levity in Longevity  

I’m not a philosopher although I do enjoy asking questions. “Longevity” has nine letters, including the six letters of “levity”.  Is a sense of humour the secret to a long life? All I know right now is that I’m confronted … Continue reading

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Promised Lands

I took lunch to my mom today, as usual. I’m part of an unofficial committee with my siblings, sharing the various chores such as lunches, laundry, and more. She asks how we’re doing, if Erika is working hard, how is … Continue reading

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