The Polar Sea

Victoria Park Montreal Massacre Monument, London Ontario2i remember what i was doing when i found out, 25 years ago. i had a friend in montreal. had she been shot? thankfully, no. she went to concordia, not ecole polytechnique. but wonderful things are happening there, too. take for example montreal’s green laneways program. but things are still scary. and not just in montreal. (tx, dsf)

jazzyxmas-from-ssongzaThe 12 Days Of Jazzy Christmas.’Tis the season. Why not deck the halls and hang up the lights while listening to this?

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classicalxmas-from-songzaThe 12 Days Of Classical Christmas. More listening favourites while you engage in seasonal foofarah.

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acousticgtrxmas-from-songzaHow about Acoustic Guitar Christmas?

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ben-wattBen Watt (pictured) and Bernard Butler

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Terje-Isunget-from-polarsea360.comTerje Isungset, Norwegian composer.

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Kolbjørn Håseth - "Bevegelsesmønster", akryl 2007, 89 x 116 cmPattern Is Movement–Untitled (How Does It Feel?) (tx, lb)

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Telemann 4

A taste of Telemann.

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Throat singers 1999-04-07Inuit throat singing explained.

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celina-kalluk-screencap-by-pklCelina Kalluk
, featured in The Polar Sea.

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Juggernaut-by-and-from-Leah-Palmer-Preiss-comLeah Palmer Preiss: ‘I’ve always been fascinated by the conversation between words and images. Nearly all of my work–whether as a painter, illustrator, or calligrapher–combines visual and verbal elements in some fashion. Lately I’ve been exploring figurative letters. My first series of curiotypes (as I call them) was a full alphabet illustrating scientific terms.’

Tuesday, 2014 December 2

Rosa-Parks-bus-from-mygospeltoday.comOn December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, ‘Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white passenger. She was unknown, a seamstress, the secretary of her local chapter of the NAACP [the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People]. She was arrested and fined, but she appealed her case, and another relatively unknown person, a young pastor, Martin Luther King Jr., took up her cause. He founded the Montgomery Improvement Association and called for a boycott of the city-owned bus company. For 382 days, boycotters walked, biked, carpooled, or even rode horses to get to work…. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation of buses was unconstitutional’.

giving-tuesday-logoGiving Tuesday ‘is a charitable rebuttal to the madness and materialism of Black Friday’ writes Bill McKibben of 350.org.

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Polar_Sea_from-tvolast night, we watched the agenda and the polar sea, tonight, canada over the edge, the rick mercer report (which included this hilarious sketch), this hour has 22 minutes, and more polar sea. the polar sea has a cool website.

Wednesday, 2014 December 3

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgJean Vanier writes, ‘We should not forget the old communities which have worked the earth and lived peacefully and whose traditions go back centuries…. [We] have a lot to learn from the wisdom of these communities….’
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Polar_Sea_from-tvobj was here. later, we watched the polar sea. Dr. Philipp Cottier: ‘Our Northwest Passage trip taught us that it really is worthwhile pursuing one’s own dreams, even when it takes a lot of effort and there is a risk of failure.’

Thursday, 2014 December 4

DanteAndHisPoem-from-wpAs for the real Hell, not shopping Hell, Richard Rohr notes, ‘The imagery that has influenced the Western psyche for 800 years is not the imagery of the Bible, but of Dante’s Divine Comedy. It’s great Italian poetry, but not always excellent theology.’
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Polar_Sea_from-tvorichard tegnér, on sailing the northwest passage, writes that ‘you have to meet other people, but mostly you have to meet yourself.’
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Friday, 2014 December 5

hith-london-smog-full-from-history.comRachel Carson’s  Silent Spring (1962) is often credited with starting the modern environmental movement, but did you know that ten years earlier London experienced The Great Smog, which led to the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1956 in the UK?

Polar_Sea_from-tvowatched more polar sea, about human flagpoles.

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Saturday, 2014 December 6.

Everglades-from-wpIn 1947 Truman dedicated the Everglades National Park. ‘The Everglades was the first national park dedicated solely for its biological diversity, hosting 400 species of birds alongside panthers, pompano, and such remarkable creatures as the Florida applesnail mollusk, lake chubsucker fish, and eastern pondhawks, an unusual species of dragonfly. It is home to the strangler fig, pond apple, and gumbo-limbo trees…. In his address, President Truman declared, “For conservation of the human spirit, we need places such as Everglades National Park … here we may draw strength and peace of mind from our surroundings.” ‘

Sunday, 2014 December 7.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17Astronauts of Apollo 17 in 1972 took a photograph of Earth that came to be known as The Blue Marble. In 1948 Fred Hoyle said, “Once the sheer isolation of the Earth becomes plain–a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.” ‘
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Monday, 2014 December 8.

JohnLennonpeace

John Lennon

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Richard Rohr-from-cacQuote Of The Day: ‘Our job as conscious humans is to bring the beauty and goodness of everything to full consciousness, to full delight, to full awareness.’–Richard Rohr

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Polar_Sea_from-tvopolar sea continues. the agenda explores this land of ice and snow.

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Jointcolorsmy mantra for the day, perhaps the week, is ‘fubar‘. true, it’s irreverant. but it takes me down a notch or two. good for the ego. maybe next i’ll try ‘snafu‘. more here
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