Honeymoon

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trc-judge-sinclairCanada was founded on many nations, not just two, but we often forget that First Nations and the Inuit were here long before the French and the English. Some would say we purposely don’t remember them in the first place, and that forgetting is part of cultural genocide–harsh words, but that’s the finding of the Truth And Reconciliation Committee (TRC). (‘For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, religious, and racial entities in Canada. The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as “cultural genocide”.’) The truth has been told. Reconciliation is long. trc-mother-and-babyIt may take many years, centuries even. But it has to start now. It never even should have been needed, but as the TRC website says, ‘The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.’ For the future. For all of us.

Music

bruce-cockburn-rumous-of-glory-screencap-by-pklIn his 1980 song Rumours Of Glory, which is also the title of his memoirs, Bruce Cockburn writes, ‘You see the extremes/Of what humans can be?’….

baghdad-bombed-car…These extremes he presents in the songs (both 2004), This Is Baghdad

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space-from-wikimedia.org…and Mystery. He writes, ‘You could think of [Mystery] as an unintended companion to [This Is Baghdad], an offering of light against darkness.’ (page 513)

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mike oldfieldMike Oldfield with Maddy Prior, Incantations: song (Hiawatha) or album (live), plus something more familiar, sort of.

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armstrongLouis Armstrong, West End Blues. Gunther Schuller wrote that ‘the clarion call of West End Blues served notice that jazz could compete with the highest order of musical expression. Like any profoundly creative innovation, [it] summarized the past and predicted the future.’

the gramaphone akkstarsThe Gramophone Allstars Big Band, Live.

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xavier rudd and the united nationsXavier Rudd & the United Nations, Nanna.

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chris-sqire-recentChris Squire (1948-2015), Hold Out Your Hand.

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roundabout-acousticYes, Roundabout (acoustic).

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gil and milesGil Evans and Miles Davis, Miles Ahead.

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the gramaphone allststars--scambolenaThe Gramophone Allstars Big Band, Scambalena.

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Tuesday, 2015 June 23

stitched with hugin from shots using K20D with Mead 2120 LX5 and T-mount camera adapter

‘Tonight is Midsummer Night’s Eve, also called St John’s Eve. St John is the patron saint of beekeepers. It’s a time when the hives are full of honey. The full moon that occurs this month was called the Mead Moon, because honey was fermented to make mead, and that’s where the word honeymoon comes from. It is a time for lovers.’

Taking evasive action - geograph.org.uk - 1069344

starlings en mass in flight

watched the agenda (invention, creativity, and ownership) and the code (prediction, such as predicting a flock of starlings).

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Wednesday, 2015 June 24

First Peoples-youtubepucwatched first peoples (americans and africans).

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Thursday, 2015 June 25

Maude_Barlow- from-wc‘It is imperative to recognize that cultural genocide was perpetrated against Indigenous peoples in this country,’ said Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians. The TRC’s ‘recommendations should be seen as a call to action for all Canadians to work to address the wrongs committed against Indigenous peoples and ensure that injustices are not continued in any form in the present day.’ Read more

Friday, 2015 June 26

TissotBeatitudesRichard Rohr writes, ‘While the Ten Commandments are about creating social order (a good thing), the eight Beatitudes of Jesus are all about incorporating what seems like disorder…. Obedience to the Ten Commandments does give us the necessary impulse control and containment we need to get started…. The Beatitudes, however, reveal a world of pure grace and abundance.’

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Saturday, 2015 June 27

 spring peeper at tiny marsh by ken mcdonaldsusan participated in the tiny marsh’s first-ever bioblitz (pictured is a girl with a spring peeper from the marsh; photo by kmcd). km, ac, and p. cng, too.

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Sunday, 2015 June 28

st peter's wortDame's_rocketsusan looked up st john’ wort. did you know about st peter’s wort (yellow)? or dame’s rocket (purple)?

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Monday, 2015 June 29

John Steinbeck 1962About the Interstate John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley (1962) wrote, ‘These great roads are wonderful for moving goods but not for inspection of a countryside. You are bound to the wheel and your eyes to the car ahead and to the rear-view mirror for the car behind…. No roadside stands selling squash juice, no antique stores, no farm products or factory outlets. When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing.’ My father preferred such drives and called them ‘scenic routes’.

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac (author of On The Road, based on a cross-country road trip he took in the Forties) wrote, ‘You can’t do what I did any more. I tried in 1960, and I couldn’t get a ride. Cars going by, kids eating ice cream, people with hats with long visors driving, and, in the backseat, suits and dresses hanging. No room for a bum with a rucksack.’

William Least Heat-Moon 04BWilliam Least Heat-Moon wrote Blue Highways (1982) about the cross-country trip he took, using only back roads (drawn in blue in the road atlas): ‘Life doesn’t happen along interstates. It’s against the law.’

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plants at tiny marsh by ken mcdonaldki. weeded at the community gardens. (photo by kmcd)

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upcoming

Wanda Nanibush-from-jobsjusticeclimate.caJuly 5th in Toronto, 1pm, starting at Queen’s Park, in front of the Ontario Legislature Building (located by Queen’s Park Crescent West & University Avenue), march for Jobs, Justice, and Climate Action. (pictured is Wanda Nanibush).

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