Pay Attention–Days Of The Week–Condensed



Monday (Part 2)

Part 1

Keku_mummy-from-wc• 2014-03-03–the ukrainehow ancient egyptians prepared for the afterlife–bit my tongue, not in good way–this world, full of trouble and woe, is also full of joy and mystery.

les-kaye-on-spiritual-practice01The antidote to suffering is spiritual practice, says Les Kaye. We are inherently unselfish. However, desires obscure that inherent unselfishness; spiritual practice restores it. To the unexamined practitioner, Lent may be a time when you give something up, but really you are facing yourself and your desires. What you are really giving up is your attachment to something, your desire for it. What you are gaining in return is insight to your real self. It starts with meditation, which is really the practice of awareness. We need to pay attention, especially to ordinary things, each other, and ourself. Without spiritual practice, we become a slave to our desires.

JeanVanier 2Jean Vanier: ‘In our deepest selves, below the levels of action and understanding, there is a vulnerable heart, a child who loves but is afraid to love. Silent prayer nourishes this deep place. It is the most important nourishment of all, because it is the most secret and personal.’

margaret-atwoods-water-glass-on-shift-from-tTom Allen tweets, ‘Margaret Atwood’s drinking glass untouched all week. Water calcified. today it started to vibrate. #CanadaReads2014


Shrove Tuesday

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wpShrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Tuesday, when you cook pancakes in fat or butter or oil. The name ‘Mardi Gras‘ (Fat Tuesday–pictured is ‘The Fight Between Carnival And Lent‘) reflects this: ‘The practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season’.

VIDEO: Canada Reads 2014 launch-01-from-cbcVIDEO: Canada Reads 2014 launch–The theme of Canada Reads 2014 is the book that will change Canada. Each is a powerful story of something we need to change.• 2014-03-04–la mauricie (pictured)–borneorick mercer and 22 minutes–our only home.

Ash Wednesday

Today is Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wpAsh Wednesday. ‘Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays…. Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are instead “feast” days during Lent.’

Canada Reads 2014 (spoiler alert if you click here or any further link to Canada Reads)

Stephen Lewis defends The Year of the Flood by Margaret AtwoodStephen Lewis defends The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Wab Kinew defends The Orenda by Joseph BoydenWab Kinew defends The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Donovan Bailey defends Half-Blood Blues by Esi EdugyanDonovan Bailey defends Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Samantha Bee defends Cockroach by Rawi HageSamantha Bee defends Cockroach by Rawi Hage

Sarah Gadon defends Annabel by Kathleen WinterSarah Gadon defends Annabel by Kathleen Winter

By Katharyn Howd Machan (Katharyn Howd Machan) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsFrom the introduction to the April 2014 edition of Poetry: ‘Split This Rock [from the poem “Big Buddy” by Langston Hughes] calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets…. As another of our great role models, Adrienne Rich (pictured), has written:

When poetry lays its hand on our shoulder …    we are, to an 
almost physical degree, touched and moved. The imagination’s roads open before us, giving the lie to that slammed and bolted door, that razor-wired fence, that brute dictum “There is no 

Indeed, poetry can remind us of the true stories of our lives, rescuing those stories from the forces bent on shaping us to their purposes: that we become silent, fearful, distracted by mass entertainment and celebrity culture. Split This Rock celebrates and promotes poets doing this important work.’


• 2014-03-06–scar-project-pregnant-from-thescarproject.orgwill we always fear the beasts in the desert? lent is a good time to face temptation. the agenda, about mammography, the scar project (pictured), csec, and buzzfeed


q-jian-from-cbcJian Ghomeshi featured the panelist and the author of this year’s Canada Reads winner.

Orphan-Wisdom-Site-Slider-Stephen-Jenkinson-201304-from-o~w~.comA new short film, called The Making Of Humans, is about Stephen Jenkinson, who founded, with his partner Nathalie, the Orphan Wisdom School: ‘The relentless pursuit of self reliance and self improvement is rooted in our lost connection to common stories, homeland and ancestors that bind and unite us.’

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wp• 2014-03-07–experiencing a taste of spring, we went to grounded coffee–during days 1 and 2 of canada reads 2014, the panelists debated. their humour goes a long way. will it go the distance?


ISHRAD-MANJI-FROM-YT--correction: irshadCheck out the Moral Courage Project‘s inaugural video, with Irshad Manji, Director.


Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wp• 2014-03-08–bj came to play. sue and vb went to an early st patrick’s celebration.

Alanis Obomsawin-from-nfbFilm-maker Alanis Obomsawin ‘was recently awarded the Humanitarian Award for Exceptional Contributions to Community & Public Service by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.’ Watch Alanis Obomsawin’s films on


Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wp• 2014-03-09–dean potter ‘flies’–preparations for a tudor whitsun market day .

lori-weeds1-from-juliasedibleweeds.comJulia’s ‘intention is for this site to be a resource for anyone interested in learning how to identify edible weeds and to incorporate them into a healthy diet.’



nutrition-data01-screencap-by-pklYou are what you eat. What are you eating? Maybe this will help.

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Fight_between_Carnival_and_Lent_detail_3-from-wp• 2014-03-10–the peaceful warrior says a paradox is one of the three constants in the universe (the others are change and humour). rohr defines a paradox as a ‘seeming contradiction which is not really contradictory at all.’ i think a paradox is like a compass, pointing true north, pointing home.–‘The Agenda brings together a cross-section of millenials–the engaged, enraged, and apathetic–to discuss their views on the state of our democracy.’–days 3 and 4 of canada reads 2014 were passionate, funny, and fiery.

By Christopher Chan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsRuth Moody sings Dancing In The Dark (thanks to tp)

By Empire_Brass.jpg: Michael R. Johnson from USA derivative work: Berita (This file was derived from:  Empire_Brass.jpg) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Empire Brass plays Wachet Auf (thanks to ta)


By Soinuenea - Herri Musikaren Txokoa (Akordeoiak  Uploaded by clusternote) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s not so long ago that trombones and banjos were the butt of jokes. Accordions still are, inexplicably. (thanks to ta for the trombone tip)

weird-al01-from-cbc-ytWeird Al purposely makes jokes. ‘When Weird Al asked Kurt Cobain if he could do the parody [of Smells Like Teen Spirit]… about how the lyrics are hard to understand…, Cobain said, Oh, sure, of course, that’s funny.’

ZoeKeating-NadyaLev-skyline_0304014519893_16x9_620x350-FROM-CBCAs a kid, Swingin’ Bach Guitar got me into jazz, ELP’s Pictures At An Exhibition into prog rock, and Switched-On Bach into electronica. I didn’t know it had a name.

Harry_manx_explaining_his_mohan_veena-from-wcHarry Manx plays Eastern music, then turns it into something recognizable to Western ears. (thanks to sm)



water-week-banner-from-tvoTVO celebrates Water Week, 2014-03-17 to 23.

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