28 Sep 2010, 2:28pm
On the Peace Path Photos
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Mushrooming

Yesterday was a delight from light until past nightfall. Making one person laugh redeems a week at least. Amicable time together cleans whatever tubules that stress causes. Walking in the woods in good company refreshed the head and made me aware that

pink mushroom
autumn is upon us

toadstools
in all its depths

coral mushroom
and range of beauties.

spider looking at me
While I was chasing a mushroom, a spider gave me a sidelong glance as if there is something I should obviously know.

Quote: “My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Around Town

Eaten Up has info on the Cupcake Competition tomorrow. pesbo has had various updates, including on the Vox Femina I mentioned and the reading I organized that had a dozen poets out reading and about 4 dozen listening. Yay.

What else, the National Culture Days this weekend are rather cool. We got out to a couple things, seeing film studio and a photo exhibit, watching a rehearsal of the NAC. I didn’t realize that I somehow expect that orchestra member don’t have street clothes, just a full time penchant for black. Huh, the odd things we never think about directly. And did you know you can stream 150 free Orchestral performances from nacmusicbox.ca?

Some public art never gets noticed. Some gets clambered over. Like the Dancing Bear. I’ve seen parents and kids break into dance at seeing it. This little girl and boy used it for rock climbing. Grab that ole bear by the nose!

got em by the nose a helping boost
And give brother a helping boost.

Not sure about the quote’s aptness, when it’s self-portrait thru tripod…hm, figuratively a foot behind?

Quote: “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” -Ansel Adams

Walking, Night and Day

question the delivered narrative
Question the delivered narrative.

Which is? Have coffee there, and you can use the internet too. Or, people who have laptops are especially welcome. Or, males coming there will attract 2 females. Or, male attempts to show off technological prowess only to find that the lesbians actually wanted the information and it wasn’t a conversational gambit. Or, this is a spot for the young, the thin and the white. Or, students welcome. Or, males have and use computers, but females are properly onlookers. Or, let a male see your computer and he will take it over. Or, not enough chairs, be prepared to stand. Or, make new friends and hang out. Or feminine apologetic smile mandate applies in this equal opportunity space. Or, females can look animated, but male performance should be wooden in the context of social coffee.

More of a bah was the advertizing on a billboard of someone who works in the tar sands — her sound byte was that the best part of her job is improving the CO2 footprint. That poor women. Does that help offset a project creating air and land poisons, cancers, fouled aquifers, spills in migratory thoroughfares, etc. Right direction but that must be frustrating. More so at how dauntingly effective the green-washing campaign is likely to be with its zoom in on a testimonial of first-hand past the bigger picture. Gah.

Glad Game: Afternoon reconnecting with a friend. So much to catch up on. Ease of conversation is lovely.

I’m basking in the interval between calls from mom which blame me for abandoning her by not calling. (But she has a phone and know how to use it.)

Glad for how gender norms can bend to (in)convenience of circumstance.

Glad to know about free cultural events in Ottawa. [hat tip to David]

Glad to get some of my to-dos crossed off. (16/39 for the week.) 40% done. But then all that you have to do in life is breathe and die (well or poorly) and the rest is cream. Self-imposed things with outcomes or lack of.

Glad to be better at non-equivocal “nope”. (Anything more explanatory or emotive gets taken as an invitation for negotiation. That only took 30 years to learn.)

Glad I can walk away from email. (There’s no natural end to except the arbitrary line in the sand I draw. Still learning that one.)

Glad for the happy chihuahua who plays pool [via daily squee]

Glad to have somewhere to stay in NYC. We had bookings, and when confirming found that they didn’t exist. Hubby found a new and better place. (Woo.) As much as I like park benches…

Glad to have some things to anticipate like Luna Allison (Ottawa, Montreal), Jill Battson (New Mexico, Toronto), Sandra Alland (Edinburgh, Toronto) and Adeena Karasick (NYC) tonight and the AB series with Penn Kemp and Nobuo Kubota next week, Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival in a couple weeks and Ottawa Writers Fest in a month. (I’ll have to watch my energy’s dial and needle but should be good.)

Glad for Festival X of photography in town. Haven’t even looked thru its schedule yet. Nor of the Architecture lecture forum season that starts up next week.

Glad for offbeat angles of lighting and the looking at light from principles like reflecting what’s at hand. The camera doesn’t know what kind of camera it is. It only knows what light it receives.

Glad for night walks. All the sound, motion, colors of the day are turned way down.

panning
Night walking.

Much of the troubles of the mind diminish down to body-proportions in the act of walking. Pushes oxygen thru. Swaps the tubules in the inner pharmacy.

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Harvest moon and equinox were last night.

Summer, I hardly knew you.

harvest moon
“Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo” / “No day will ever erase you from the memory of time.” ~ The Aeneid by Virgil

Quote:“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.” ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

22 Sep 2010, 11:15am
General
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Time for Peace Yet?

A festival of peace is on for 12 days of art exhibits, documentary, walk, talks, including dissent in democracy, and making of a Peace Park.

ottawa peace days

Quote: “We have no problems, only situations. Not all problems have solutions, but all situations have outcomes.” ~ John Edward Gray

21 Sep 2010, 9:08am
General
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Movement is a Kind of Holding Pattern

wind in the chakras
Wind in the willows chakras.

The above is yesterday’s 365. Since the spambots have detected less activity here and are starting to bomb this abandoned spot, I better say something.

So, yes, been on the move and today is no different. I’m late out the door again, but since it’s raining and I’m cycling, late is understandable.

Quote: “The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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