29 May 2010, 2:43pm

Music in the Streets

You never know what you’ll see when you go for a walk.
Outside Rideau Center the Dekalb Youth Symphony which is touring Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa from May 27-June 1st from Atlanta, Georgia.

People stop for a while and move with the music, especially the short-set. The wind struggles against the clothes pegs to try to tear away to the next movement.

outdoor classical concert at Rideau Center
Here’s the program of what they were playing.

The season rushes on. Rosebushes in bloom and this iris


Quote: “Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by someone I do not know. I admire lolling on a lawn by a water-lilied pond to eat white currants and see goldfish: and go to the fair in the evening if I’m good. There is not hope for that –one is sure to get into some mess before evening.” ~ John Keats

28 May 2010, 2:00pm
Ottawa Positive News

Bike Joy

A couple other things I wanted to mention about cycling in Montreal.
bungee bixi
Bixi bike bungees have all these little knobs for different holds around things in the front carrier. Even over bumps, could keep whatever bag or bottle in place.

a repair button, clever
The sign-in, sign-out of bikes is streamlined compared to Velib. A couple button bloops and you’re good to go. Stations are frequent. To return you don’t need to add a code, just dock it. The dock chimes and you’re good to go. On foot or another bike. It’s all pretty transparent. Not as transparent as the white bikes in Netherlands that are completely free. Pick up at any rack, take back but for a pay as you go system, with 3 speed or, trial-run, 7-speed bikes, it’s pretty easy.

Thanks to Kate for news of this drop-in, DIY make your own bicycle handlebar streamers!

Make your own handlebar streamers in 20 minutes!
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 10:30am – 3:30pm
The parking lot at the corner of Louisa St and Booth

A customized ride slows traffic, makes people smile and could even reduce the chances of bike theft!

Come to WBNR’s first annual

DIY streamers and bike decorating workshop

• Make your very own customized bike streamers
• Stick polka dots, stripes or other patterns to your bike frame
• Increase nighttime visibility with artfully applied retro-reflective tapes

$5 suggested donation covers materials costs (nobody turned away)

Everyone welcome. This is an inclusive event.
You don’t even have to be riding in this year’s WNBR!

And in other upcoming Art in the Park under a new name June 5 and 6th.

Quote: “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.” – Francis Bacon

26 May 2010, 3:33pm

Montreal Trip

The last few days was lovely but since then, did anyone catch the license plate of the steam roller than hit me?

B-b-but, life, I have plans underway…whine and dine on ice cream. It’s illness that happens while you’re busy making other plans. As does PMS of course. Ach, ache, belly rake. 24 hours out flat. Pah.

But recently, much pleasantness since I’ve been back here at Humanyms.
The passing fields from the train.

impossible yet proven so greens
The impossible, yet apparently possible, greens.

a square
In Montreal the new square with the lighting the same as the pedestrian street we lingered in in Cork, Ireland.

montreal square
At night, or day, people reengage their sense of curiosity and play. And individuality. When the fountain spurts, some use it like punching bags, others try to catch what falls. Some run in when the water goes high, others out. Some come prepared in bathing suits. Some run thru fully dressed in suit, summer wear or hijab. Children, toddlers, teens, adults on bicycles, grey-haired. Some stand on the water when it is low. Two young men made their arms a tug of war across the rising water spurt. Girls rough-housed to pull each other in. Dogs went to drink and got skeptical of what trick is this as water height changed.

Fairmount Bagels night tree
Hopping on rental bikes for Fairmount bagels, fresh from the ovens. Staying out, laying out on grass by water fountains.

And of the conference itself, so many photos. (In this case 300 to sort, probably since it’s people subject, I might have 20 45 useable, even if not good, Haiku conference photos from that lot).

I’ve put myself in the same position as writers festival. I forgot that after such an event I’m wiped. Or, in this case, woozy during, and caught some cold (or something that leaves me with a sandpaper balloon in my throat and feverish) after.

Quote: “Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.” ~ Evelyn Waugh

22 May 2010, 2:57pm

You Say Offtrack Like It’s a Bad Thing…?

Garbage is an odd thrift, isn’t it? I found myself scavenging around home for more things to throw out i order to justify throwing out the garbage bag Apparently smelly garbage is not enough, practically speaking. I want to not waste petroleum-product plastic, unless the bag is full. I swear there’s sense and nonsense conjoined there and I’m having trouble telling which is which.

why its called a green corridor
The Road Taken

There’s something more appealing about a hard-packed path than some cement or paved one. It speaks of route taken by many. Even if no one’s there, it’s like you’re in a collective. The trees close in and the path twists and it’s a tiny mystery of just where you’re going.

The trees are finally green at their peak, they create a canopy and suddenly I got why it’s called a green corridor. It does feel enclosed as a hallway. Never mind the room to any given side of highway and high rise.

Overheard in Ottawa: There isn’t enough air in the intestine, nor in the body. The length of the block, the tight squeak kept going. The halter topped-one was a constant few steps ahead of me in her strappy shoes. It had to be her right one.

robin's egg fallen
Fallen robin’s egg.

I’d forgotten the blue. Something is off kilter when I see more written references to robin’s egg blue, more color swatches, than actual eggs.

Quote: “we should take care not to use thoughts of gratitude or inner peace as a way to “put the schmear of positivity over a pile of shit.” Sometimes, we just need to clean up the shit.” related by Hennie Mavis

19 May 2010, 1:37pm
Glad Game Photos

3 Pictures, 3 Thoughts

public hand sanitizer
Bah, those Silly Literalists. 😉

Know what Crystal Gayle, Cher, Chuck Norris, Burt Reynolds, Tori Amos, Kitty Wells and Willie Nelson have in common? Cherokee ancestry. I’m little closer to sourcing a sample or CD of the Women’s Singing Society/Kontiwennenhawi, which translates to “Carriers of the Words”.

Sunset reflections in shadows.

You saw Colleen’s photo essay of Everything I Learned about Having a Birthday I Learned from My Two-year Old Grandson. It includes these utterly transferable life lessons: He’s methodical at unwrapping gifts and accepts that he deserves every one. He’s okay with being the center of attention. He’s in the present moment. He doesn’t care how old he is or who’s watching him have fun.

springing up something or other
6 bulbs sprouted. I forget what. It’s like a mystery gift exchange between me and the ground.

Glad Game: I’m glad to be able to take hills in 3rd gear instead of walking. So I scared someone on the sidewalk with my puffing at the top of a particularly steep one. She’ll be fine.

Glad to have a working CD drive again. Things breaking show the marvel of push a button and the expected thing happens.

pesbo has been ticking along. I’ve been going more or less daily on poetry for about 2 months. Recently: a one single impression poem, blackout poems and the tickertape project. Upcoming: Christine Stewart, Rengay, SA Griffin’s peace poem project, John Donne, Gerry Shikatani and the Haiku Canada Conference.

Sound sleep. Even if only until 6.

Sunny weather.

A successful trip to the Chinatown dumpling store. I seem to keep misplacing what block it is on, or going there on the day it is closed, or have no cash.

It feels like a lottery win when everything goes smoothly.

Sitting mid-way between one social block and another. An insane to-do list to go thru between now and Friday. But that’s good right?

Words of wisdom from IMMD “you know, you don’t have to die without debt, you just have to die!” be born, die, every hour in between is cream in the eclair.

Quote: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” – E. F. Schumacher

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