Priscilla Wakefield (1751–1832) was a feminist economics writer, ‘one of many female English writers at the end of the eighteenth century who began to demand a wider life for women.’ She was a friend of publisher Joseph Johnson, who advocated ‘women writers at a time when they were viewed with skepticism.’
• 2013-12-11–bd brought pizza and tools! what more could a guy ask for? that evening, we watched the secret caribbean, where sir trevor visited super-rich people in musha cay (in the bahamas), super-poor people in jamaica, and super-rich people in barbados. he also drank super-rich blue mountain coffee.
David Suzuki reminds us that (<==click this to see a beautiful photo as well as read the full text) ‘many who have become tired of media and governments ignoring our interests are joining the growing number of rallies and movements challenging Canada’s becoming a petro-state…. And it’s not just environmentalists showing up and speaking out. First Nations, organized labour, students and youth groups, business people and tens of thousands of citizens from all walks of life are coming together to call for a country and world governed for people, not corporations, where clean air, water, soil and biodiversity are protected for the benefit of us all and for our children and grandchildren to come. That’s not an attack on corporations; many are ethically run. It’s just recognition that the planet and its inhabitants come first.’.
• 2013-12-12–in the afternoon , i watched a couple of cbc docs, survival of the fabulous and how we got gay, online while it snowed and blew. the first is witty and mostly about genetics; the second is more factual and about the last fifty years or so of canadian and american politics and history. that evening we watched two british docs, the country house revealed (south wraxall), and sex & sensibility: the allure of art nouveau (british art, craft, and design, culminating in margaret macdonald, whose ‘the white rose and the red rose’ is pictured).
Elizabeth May welcomes Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, to the Green Party. After detailing his exceptional environmental record, she writes, ‘Bruce became an Independent MP in 2012 after leaving the NDP over his concern with their poor democratic record. The NDP, like all of the major parties, consistently “whips” their MPs–they must vote the party line or face consequences. Bruce believes that being whipped does not allow an MP to perform their primary duty–to represent their constituents’ voice in Parliament. As a Green MP, Bruce will never face a whipped vote. It is the duty of a Green MP to balance the aims of the party as expressed through our policy, and the desires of our constituents as expressed through local consultation.’
• 2013-12-13–my monitor died, so we went to the shopping mall to get another. it was like going to the dark side, except it wasn’t crowded enough.
And also, ‘We all carry our own deep wound, which is the wound of our loneliness. We find it hard to be alone and we try to flee from this in hyperactivity, through television and in a million other ways…. Eventually we need to realize that this wound is inherent in the human condition and what we have to do is walk with it instead of fleeing from it.’
• sue did the annual winter bird count (pictured is a cedar waxwing); then we watched some docs: if walls could talk–the bathroom (did you know that urine is by far the best stain remover?) and royal paintbox. it’s nice to have the time to paint landscapes or children (or count birds or write posts) if you don’t have to lug water.
Sugar: The Bitter Truth (from the fifth estate’s The Secrets Of Sugar: research ‘suggests the sweet stuff may be making more of us fat and sick, … linking sugar not just to rising obesity rates but also to a host of diseases including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.’)
I usually report folkie-type songs, but I also listen to a lot of avant-garde, jazz, and classical. For example, here are ten jazz tunes everyone should know. Did I mention rock and blues, like John Mayer or The Tedeschi-Trucks Band? (thanks to sh)
One of my favourites, originally done in 1973, redone in 2003 by the same guy. Some new parts are amazing, although it’s faithful to the original.
‘Ranked by many as Bruce Cockburn’s best album, Humans … represented the first of Cockburn’s more electric, rock-oriented releases, after the trilogy of acoustic jazz folk recordings that culminated in 1979′s Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws.’
This happened in the mall nearby when I lived in the Welland group home.
• 2013-12-16–after we ventured out to the physio, we watched the classic how the grinch stole christmas and david starkey’s music and monarchy–crown & choir–‘how the monarchy has shaped the history of British music in ways we can hear today,’ music i sang in my youth.