Well, phew!!!


Deep breath. It's over. Another season of forced heartiness, expense, and smarminess. Another season of "this was the year that was" and reviews of the %@%$*&%@ federal election here in Canada, which went on too long beforehand and shows signs of dragging on (please God, no!). I had some lovely times over the holidays (Christmas…

The New Year…


As Anne of GG said, "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it?" And how much more so for a new year, fresh and shiny and full of life as yet unlived. My autocorrect changed "unlived" to "unloved", and I suppose that is true, too. I teach…

Susto, or mal viento….


I seem to be suffering from some. Way back when I studied medical anthropology, I learned about a disease called "Susto" experienced by some Peruvian peoples, which occurred when they were scared or publicly shamed. ┬áSymptoms are much like those of depression, plus some vomiting for good measure. As part of the treatment for this,…

A freshening…


It's time for either a cleansing rain or a sprinkling of snow here in Ottawa. ┬áThe ground is no longer white, but covered instead with the little black flecks of air pollution that we all inhale on our daily rounds in our fair city - the grit of urban breath that clogs our lungs and…