Triumph Of The Wild

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blue jayin penetanguishene, while susan looked for art supplies in an inaccessible place, i stayed in the car and watched blue jays. later i learned they are in the corvid family, related to crows and ravens. grackles (which i thought were also related cuz aren’t they like small crows?) are not. they’re in the blackbird family.
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Music

george garzone quartetGeorge Garzone Quartet, Reflections.

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Robert Glasper TrioThe Robert Glasper Trio, The Worst.

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cannonball adderley drawingCannonball Adderley, Somethin’ Else (tx mum, tt).

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christine bougieChristine Bougie plays guitar. She plays lap steel. I’ve never seen her sing, though, lead or backing. Sometimes she plays all the instruments by herself–she’s super. She also plays well with others–electric or acoustic–such as Donna Grantis, Suzie Vinnick, or Layla Zoe.

fred and kenFred Penner and Ken Sawatzky, The Cat Came Back (plus more!) (tx, sh).

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raffiAnd remember this guy?

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sharon lois and bram olderOr these folk? (Though here they don’t sing the second verse: ‘I love you on the hillside/I love you on the level/And when you’re in my arms/I love you like the devil.’)
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First-Play-Steve-Edie_1022110547666_16x9_620x350-from cbcSteve Martin and Edie Brickell, So Familiar, streaming for free until 2015-10-30.

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ghostusters‘Ghostbusters’ (tx, sh)

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chick and garyChick Corea and Gary Burton, La Fiesta.

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Tuesday, 2015 October 20

Lawren HarrisThe Group of 7 (1920-1933) Plus 2

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Photo: M.O. Hammond (1926).

Lawren Harris (1885-1970) (left to right):
Afternoon Sun, Lake Superior, 1924
Mountain And Lake, 1929
Pic Island, Lake Superior, 1924

afternoon-sun-lake-superior-1924.jpg!Blog-by lawren harris

mountain-and-lake-1929.jpg!Blog-by lawren harris

pic-island-lake-superior-1924-by lawren harris

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more…

canada over the edgewatched canada over the edge and lands of the monsoons.

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Wednesday, 2015 October 21

Shirley Cheechoo, Brock University’s new ChancellorErica Bajer writes, ‘Brock University’s new Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo [actor, director, and playwright of, among others, Path With No Moccasins] made history Saturday when she was installed during an emotional and inspiring ceremony’. (tx, wes)

Thursday, 2015 October 22

Charles-Meanwell-Two-Towers-2014Stuart Reid writes of Charles Meanwell’s paintings, ‘Paradoxically, while we are increasingly disassociated from the natural world imposed upon by our building of infrastructure for industry and convenience, we become more acutely attuned to our underlying connection with it. In these winter road conditions of softened light and a muted palette we find a heightened awareness of the quiet beauty that surrounds and sustains.’

Friday, 2015 October 23

stolen worldIn Stolen World, main character Tom Crutchfield is quoted: ‘Hank [Molt, another main character] is incapable of holding a job, of committing to a routine; he’s unreliable.’

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Scrabble-from-wcplayed scrabble. did art while sue watched the jays.

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Saturday, 2015 October 24

totem-pole returned-from cbcTotem pole taken by Hollywood actor returned to Alaska, 84 years later’

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Marsh-Monster-Bmind’s alive, marlynn’s, marsh monster, many things ‘m’.

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jean-vanierJean Vanier: ‘We become more human with two realities. One, as we discover that we are able to love and see the value of people seen as having no value. Second, as we discover that we too are broken, that we have our handicaps. And our handicaps are often about the feeling that value is just to have power.’

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vanier-and-gulls-from-larche-ca–and–‘Generosity must flow into an encounter, a meeting. But this meeting must go even further. It is more than just about telling one’s story. It must grow into a friendship and the friendship must in turn grow into a commitment because you are my brother or my sister.’

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Richard-Rohr_home-view-from-cacRichard Rohr: ‘Gandhi coined a new term, satyagraha, because “passive resistance” didn’t truly express what he was doing. Satyagraha combines the Sanskrit word sat–that which is, being, or truth–with graha–holding firm to or remaining steadfast in. It is often translated as “truth force” or “soul force.” Jonathan Schell describes satyagraha as “direct action without violence in support of the actor’s beliefs–the ‘truth’ in the person.”

david suzukiDavid Suzuki writes about the election, including, Canadians ‘want to live in an open, progressive country that promotes diversity, social justice, environmental protection and respect for First Peoples. Those of us who work in the environmental movement look forward to a renewed relationship with our federal government. We know our elected representatives won’t always agree with us, but we’re hopeful our new leaders will give us a fair hearing and respect that we’re all trying to contribute to making Canada a positive example for the world…. No one is suggesting we should do an immediate 180-degree turn on resources and economic priorities. But it’s time to shift our thinking. Continuing to make fossil fuel extraction the country’s economic priority is a thing of the past. We can create more jobs and a stronger economy by ending fossil fuel subsidies, putting a price on carbon pollution, promoting energy conservation and encouraging the clean technology and clean energy sectors.

We must also remember that the government is here to represent theBy Stephen Michael Barnett (David Suzuki) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons interests of all Canadians…. Corporate interests are important, but they should never outweigh the interests of citizens.

david suzuki ocSo many Canadians got engaged with this election, holding conversations, watching debates, sharing information on social media and through letters to newspapers, volunteering and, finally, voting. The government has its work cut out, but so do we. A democracy is as strong as the people who make its values come alive, every single day. It’s not all up to the politicians. It’s up to all of us to stay engaged, ensure our interests are looked after and work with people of all backgrounds and political stripes to make sure Canada continues to be strong, prosperous and free, with respect for diversity and the progressive values that have made Canada one of the best places on Earth to live.

Joshua Sherurcij [Attribution], via Wikimedia CommonsThere’s a lot of work ahead for all of us. But right now, I want to say how proud I am to be Canadian, to live in a country where people care enough to make it work.’

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Sunday, 2015 October 25

gabonbeautiful day, for us humans at least. susan got inspired to clean. watched gabon: triumph of the wild, walking through history, the middle way, and the allure of art nouveau.
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Monday, 2015 October 26

Emile Gallé by Emile Gallé sh and pj to bj’s birthday. practised with oil pastels. read about artist and glassblower émile gallé (1846-1904). watched the agenda (our diet meets climate change) and this life.
Emile Galle-Vase mg 1814

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