Tidier Tidbits & Preventing National Messy Futures

When faced with stress, you can make something cleaner or add to the chaos.

  1. ↑ Lookie There ↑ New, simpler, cleaner.
  2. SuperBri and I pruned the plugins, and css on site so there should be no more hangs and failure to load!
  3. The burning DNA that has been remodelled thru each site update is once more clear.
  4. Pretty DNA, watch it spin and change it thanks to Kasen Lam. Celebrate that science isn’t illegal (yet).
  5. Get geek geared up: DNA neckties, DNA dog chews, or inflatable beach safety DNA anyone?
  6. “Sweetie, next time you’re feeling superior, lie down until it passes.” ~ ‏@YourAuntLola aka Deborah McKinlay
  7. Or with a terrible headache, a lie-down helps too; “The bill submitted as a budget bill to the Canadian House of Commons will introduce, amend or repeal nearly 70 federal laws”, including fair wage, pah who needs that, huh? What fun, start being a senior citizen later, take any job, fitting or not or be cut off from Employment insurance. Let’s end food inspection, cut CBC by 10% more…
  8. Bill C-38 has not passed, but is beyond bad news for environments. (We already are out of the Kyoto Protocol and it was such a baby step.)
  9. An internet Blackout to Speak Out on June 4 has over 13,000 pledged so far to protest this absurdly wrong headed bill.
  10. Which is fine but rather than trusting the ripple will reach them, register your position to your MP as well.
  11. The bill is far-reaching and short sighted which is a combo sure to whack over something with unfortunate consequences.
  12. You may experience some turbulence…On a lighter note, anyone want mini moo cards? Refer with this # and get 10% off
  13. 10 Questions that create success in life like “Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?”

[More Thursday 13 participants]

Quote: “The world in old photos, / or the world in spring – / which is younger?” ~ Roo Borson, p. 24, Rain; road; an open boat (M&S, 2012)

30 May 2012, 12:07pm
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Wordless As Air

flowers

bean seeds

[Wordless Wednesday]

Quote: “The boy I once was is a stranger to me and sometimes I wonder if terrible experiences are enough to change a person – I mean fundamentally to change a person’s nature – or if they merely subdue it, and it endures there beneath, and will reassert itself in time.” ~ Peter Hobbs, p. 94 In the Orchard, The Swallow, (Anansi, 2012)

25 May 2012, 5:40pm
Glad Game Link Dump Photos
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Storms Arrive and Pass

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Photo hubby took at the Twigs & Leaves reading near Montreal. A post on that here. Mental note, don’t wear a jacket the same length as skirt, or else it looks like I forgot to put on pants. Live and,…what’s the other bit now? At least I can relate to the bloggess.

As I speak a squirrel bounded past with a mouth full of a chocolate chip cookie. Is that one better than the whole head of a red tulip looking like it was wearing wax lips?

Up a tree it goes with a cat hot on its fluffed tail. They are dos-si-doeing around the trunk.

train views
On the way back from Toronto, a storm cell circled the train.

train views

train views

I’m reminded of that beauty because another storm is coming. The air is changing. And not just the political air. Trees are waving around. The squirrel is now crouched in the crotch of the tree. The cat has sauntered off. Perhaps his person has come home. Cats can hear a bowl of food set down at at least 2 miles, yes?

I’d post, but my host server is down, down, ring of ire.

Glad Game: Simple pleasure of being seated. Warm air and sun like this feels like a vacation. My lack of success at checking things off of my priority to do list is nicely offset by my failure to give a flying leap. Not even a gnat-sized leap. I’ll care again soon enough, but I can wait. It’s not as if worrying is every going to go for a walk and get lost, or run away and join the circus, leaving me without the displeasure of its company. Yes, sitting with a to-do list undone is kind of a luxury, like fruit out of season, or better. What’s more, there’s a sense of well-being that’s utterly unjustified. Perhaps, nightmares reset the boundaries of good, the mind’s way of making the body leave bed and call a day later not so bad after all. What else? I have a book waiting for me at my mom’s house. I’m not sure why it was mailed there but I’ll get it, probably within a week. In the meantime, maybe I’ll make myself some lemonade.

Positive Difference Links: Yang Lan on changes in China. People are demanding more accountability, environmental, human right and have a literary rate over 99%.

A muslim couple on the sidewalk, a sweet story from Love InshAllah, by Zainab of Ottawa B.C..

A feature story on local hero Tom Clarke of the Guatemala Stove Project is in the current issue of Fifty-Five Plus, print and online editions.

Shereen El-Feki on health conditions made illegal and how that impedes treatment and increases disease-spread.

ArtsPark 2012 is back in the Parkdale Market tomorrow for much of the day. It’s kind of like a craft fair/cookout/mini music festival, and with poets there all day making instant poems from anyone who asks.

Craig Mod on Book Cover designs with some beautiful samples.

Quote: “You’re never too old to become younger.” ~ Mae West

24 May 2012, 10:09am
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It’s the 24th. Do you know where your towel is?

Tomorrow is Towel Day. According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”

23 May 2012, 4:56pm
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Spurts

Schmutzie lists 25 things to do about self-doubt.

Good to touch the ground wires. I always get neurotic about any change of routine, aka, leaving the room. If I’m indoors, I can’t imagine why I’d ever go outside. Get me outside and I never want to come in.

Life is easier. I don’t have to leave the house for 4 days. Bliss. I can potter about the yard and book stacks and see what’s keeled over. Or come up.

pole bean
Pole bean’s up. The tomatoes and cucumber all need replacing and maybe chicken wire for round 2.

squash
Squash is coming up.

At the Tree yoga class, a lead contemplation questions was what do you choose to plant in your poetic practice and life? Good to stop and think about nothing but that for 5 or 10 minutes every so often.

Time flashes its way forward, a sort of heat lighting that passes its cell overhead while you sleep.

Steeped words
Steeped Words, a teapot of magnetic words, at the Twigs and Branches reading out by Montreal over a week ago already. What a warm talented group out there.

I took over 100 photos at the Haiku Weekend.

Karen and Pearl
Here I am with Karen.

Over the next few days more photos will come online from various directions. Lovely folks and venue.

And I think I should be a hermit until at least Sept to get some extended time reading, life-running, editing, If I don’t go to readings, I’ll avoid buying new books until I get caught up on my current desires to read.

But then, we all know I won’t stay away completely, don’t we?

Quote: “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking
rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook, activist, artist,

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