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Going thru my pacing at picture i.

The biggest news is that there’s been a non-confidence vote in parliament and a federal election will be in just over a month. How to persuade people to vote and not rely on other people voting being good enough? What would it take to get people fired up enough to get to the ballot box? How many volunteers going door to door to convey people to take out any possible obstacle? How to get people to observe and not just go to back a winner. The leaning fence gets pushed over and the sturdy fence according to public pole creates a sort of longtail effect of people wanting who they vote for to win, whether who they vote for is who they want or not. *Sigh*. Please, please, think and vote.

In older news,

Luther dedicated himself to monastic life, devoting himself to fasting, long hours in prayer, pilgrimage, and frequent confession.[20] He would later remark, “If anyone could have gained heaven as a monk, then I would indeed have been among them.”[21] Luther described this period of his life as one of deep spiritual despair. […]

Johann von Staupitz, his superior, concluded that Luther needed more work to distract him from excessive introspection and ordered him to pursue an academic career.

Martin Luther in Wikipedia

Heh, the cure for excessive earnest introspection, an academic life.

I went to a book site and it said you cannot buy that from your country. However if you have one you can read it wherever you travel in the world. Tricky gap to cross, that.

Small Glad Game: Plans underway for various lunches and suppers and socials with friends over the next few weeks.

Got caught up the the listerv after being a slacker for a while.

This new project is motoring along. 6500 words in within a week. Crazy rate. It seems to be taking shape as literary fiction. I don’t know what it will all say but interesting ride.

Got two chapbooks accepted. Timelines of when they come out I don’t know but one is a Poems-For-All mini cute-offerous.

Despite the lack of transparency toggle for the layers of my desk, I did find the papers I knew where there. Wild how fast they sink so many inches. Even a slug is swift if you don’t watch it every minute. Sort of life the slow changes of the Harper Government™. I’m just waiting for the Harper family crest to go up beside the Canadian flag and then displace it.

What was I saying? Glad game, right.

The O-Dot has a proposal.

The access to knowledge online allows so much more self-reliance to get to community, likeOrthostatic intolerance info; simplest solution is drink more water, increase salt a little for blood pressure and in a vertigo wingy, take a deep breath and clench abs to stand to constrict blood flow.

It’s good to know people are out there doing what they love and feel passionate about doing, like Orange Octopus, a zine devoted to the gender spectrum.

Quote: “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever
that it is not utterly absurd.” ~ Utterly Russell

23 Mar 2011, 10:11pm
Arts Books General Photos Poets

Making Books

flutter books
Some of the handmade flutter books from the last few days.

What a marvelous time. Learning, discussing, free-flowing into group and solitary activities. Books everywhere we look. Doing something useful with the hands, learning, eating, sharing and teaching. A lovely group of people to spend a few days with. Thanks to TA Carter we got to hunker down for some writer time and in a gorgeous space.

die cut machine
Learning to use die cut presses.

Buried under that are some stamp kits and more bits and pieces of paper inspiration. Ideas come directly to the finger without the brain piping up its insistent voice. Who was it that said the next time you hear in your head how smart you are, consider the source. The brain thinks a lot of itself but the body can handle things on its own without the clever grey doodle up there being so front and centre.

Silences piled on silence. Not since the monestery time have I be in the hush of people who walk and move and talk or don’t talk but either with a quiet feel. Not a traffic sound around. How restorative that alone was!

Madawaska River
The Madawaska River with its ice floes floating by.

It’s hard to believe the day before that looked like this:
blowing snow

wipers can't wipe the low lying fog
It was a whole other season on our way up with wipers being no victor against fog.

oops express?
An odd business name even if it is a convenience store. Forget something?

Oh yes, some of the other little books I made
a pocket, a door, a flutter
on the 3-day writing retreat, reading, discussing, writing and making books one page at a time. The flutter book like the little orange one, or the doorways big white one is made without spine binding from a single sheet of paper with folds and cuts, variants of accordion-style such as this on p. 13 of the pdf. The white paper was made by The Grunge Papers. Other papers were brought in by various people of our haiku group.

Quote: “The Pause; that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it.” ~ Mark Twain

Around the corner…

did he hear a hop?
did you hear a hop?

looking up

bunny perception

rabbit in the ladder

Bunnies everywhere.

Ahem. That is all.

For now.


our ladies of spoken word
Two ladies extraordinaire of spoken word from Voices of Venus.

Christine McNair at at versefest, Ottawa, March 9th. It was good to see the spoken word poets, haikuist, rappers, and avante guards all mixing and in this case finger snapping.

getting a signature
After the Oneness showcase J. getting a signature from Ivy Lee Deavy at versefest, Ottawa, March 10, 2011

after the sacrificial poet
A DJ in background as Sergio calibrates the judges for the poetry slam March 11. He was also featured at the human rights poetry yesterday.

Loh El
Loh El who won the $200 prize top spot March 11.

A lot of pictures not yet off camera or processed. Huge amount of talent in this town and one day remaining for VerseFest.

Quote: “If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish.” ~ Paul Arden in It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be

8 Mar 2011, 7:17pm

International Women’s Day

a birthday bee
I’m busy beeing.

May the next 100 years for women internationally see gains in literacy, health, choice, options, equality and participation. I wish this were the Onion. Far to go and yet still we must eat, sleep, work, play and go on with all the aspects there are in life.

Quote: “Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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