Learning new skills and offending everyone, or how to be an example

I've always loved Despair.com. In the times of my life where things look gloomy enough that all you can do is laugh, they are helpful. They start things off. One of my kids used to laugh at them all the time but now has vowed to intake only positive stuff as the world is quite…

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The gentle blessing of birds

Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall, One named Peter, one named Paul. Fly away, Peter!   Fly away, Paul! Come back, Peter!   Come back, Paul! The other day I went for a wander to a local paradise called Shubenacadie Park, fondly known as Shubie. It's good to walk there. The canal is filled with leaves and…

You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, or embroidering along the edges of Catholicism

I've always had a wobbly relationship with my birth faith. On the one hand, the rites and songs are familiar, the age of the Roman Catholic Church is reassuring, the feeling that it is one of the old true guys seems to fit me. And of course, there's Mary, the 'ever-virgin'. I'm not sure about…

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0vKCLJZbytU?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent A clip from PBS Nature’s upcoming episode, Octopus: Making Contact, captures incredible footage of a brilliant color-changing octopus in a deep sleep and possibly even dreaming. “Octopus: Making Contact“ premieres Wednesday, October 2nd at 8|7c on PBS. via This Sleeping Octopus Intensely Changing Colors Suggests It May Be Dreaming — TwistedSifter

Sitting in Starbucks soaking up cold…waiting for inspiration

It's hot. Like, kinda deadly hot. Canada isn't usually this hot for so long. We've been dwelling in heat and humidity for weeks and weeks now and truly I am losing my tiny mind. MS and heat don't go together. I think there's something about the heat that creates brain inflammation and such awfulness and…

Some things in life are bad…

You folks out there may not realize this, but there's a type of guy/gal I revere - the polymath, the people who keep on learning, those that are open to new thoughts and ideas and opinions. One of those people is John Cleese. I grew up on him and Monty Python, but since I've grown…

Flight Risk

In 2007, a dear friend and poet, Bob Mackenzie, wrote this lovely piece for me... Flight Risk Her soaring thoughts bear her up on gossamer and hard realities, her wings carry me with her to another place only her mind can take mine and with her I soar upward as I've never soared. "I am…

In the year twenty-five twenty-five…

I was in my dentist's office yesterday, having my broken tooth repaired and thinking about bits falling off, the inevitability of aging, how someone told me it was all downhill from 60, etc etc. Underneath is the constant current of Trump/Ford/reactionary right/fascism/etc like a monotone in a discordant note. You know, like most of us…

Oh,​ Fearful Age! Or, making a big deal about a dying tooth…

Well. They told me that it was all downhill after you turned 60. So I've been into some heavy maintenance. Under eye cream to hide my ghastly fatigued look (which shines in a most unholy way against my Canadian pre-summer froglike skin). Wearing makeup semi-regularly. Whitening my teeth. Contemplating a manicure and pedicure.  I've been…

“Life can’t just​ be about solving one miserable problem after another…”

  "There have to be reasons why you wake up in the morning and are excited to be alive." Bless you Elon Musk, and Space Ex. And to my friend Larry, who gave me the link to watch this - somehow Id missed it, streaming Netflix or watching TV and skipping the news (Because who…