Flaming Red


#146. Patty Griffin, Flaming Red.

Tiny Desk Concert.

This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation.’

Benjamin Britten, Deo Gracias From A Ceremony Of Carols.

Catrin Finch And Seckou Keita, Bamba.

Bassekou Kouyaté, Seckou Keita, And The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians, Al Ajahleh.

Nicolas Gombert, Magnificat Primo Toni.

The instruments and history of Irish music.

John Lennon, Jealous Guy (see below).

downy woodpecker.

common backyard wintertime birds.

Monday, 2017 December 4

watched rick steve’s european christmas and the agenda (the changing grocery landscape; talking to kids about eating meat).

my latest art, something yellow.

Tuesday, 2017 December 5

maureen cut my hair. watched colour: the spectrum of science (colours of earth), rmr, and 22.

Wednesday, 2017 December 6

watched monty don’s french gardens (gardens of power and passion), the agenda (rise of robots, end of work?; transformative tech), and nova (memory hackers). remembering the montreal massacre.

Thursday, 2017 December 7

reading about bats in ontario. susan took mary and adrian to first light.

Friday, 2017 December 8

susan’s out again, tonight taking her ‘ladies’ to the mcc to see ‘kenny and dolly’. john lennon was killed 37 years ago this day (see above).

Saturday, 2017 December 9

watched a sloth named velcro and sacred wonders of britain.

Sunday, 2017 December 10

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) (tx, sh).

watched the big sick.

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Book Store


#147. Meredith Monk, Dolmen Music.

This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation.’

Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Freedom Highway.

45th St Brass, ‘Keep It Up, Keep It Real.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert.

Esperanza Spalding: Tiny Desk Concert.

Jon Batiste, NPR Music Field Recordings.

X-Treme Latin Jazz Big Band, Canadian Cha Cha Cha.

Mary Margaret O’ Hara, Dear Darling.

Arvo Pärt, Credo.

now that it’s december, i’m listening to some of the CBC’s christmas streams. got to get in the christmas spirit, eh?

Quantic, Time Is The Enemy.

Alice Coltrane, Turiya And Ramakrishna, Journey In Satchidananda.

Gabor Szabo, Dreams.

Rabih Abou Khalil, Blue Camel.

Monday, 2017 November 27

‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.’ Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).

watched food: delicious science (food on the brain).

Tuesday, 2017 November 28

‘As these days grow short let’s let our love grow long.’–Hawksley Workman.

watched don’t worry be happy, rmr, and_22.

Wednesday, 2017 November 29

watched the agenda (and housing for all?) and maudie (see mary margaret o’ hara, above).

Thursday, 2017 November 30

reading about the algonquin wolf. watched the agenda (freedom of expression on campus; academic freedom at laurier).

Friday, 2017 December 1

susan went to CLH’s christmas party.

Saturday, 2017 December 2

it was a day for daughters at grounded coffee, where we saw jesse klug and one of her daughters, then don farquhar and one of his daughters. next we went to the library book store, where we learned it’s a fund-raiser for the children’s area. ’tis the season for christmas parties: tonight susan went to first light. on the way back she got to ride on the party bus.

Sunday, 2017 December 3

watched PBS newshour weekend (the life of jane goodall) and game of lions.

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The Usual Mish-Mash


#148. Terri Lyne Carrington, The Mosaic Project.

This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation.’

Ravel, Introduction And Allegro.

Alan Stivell, Renaissance Of The Celtic Harp.

Celtic Harp, Faerie Melody.

Terri Lyne Carrington, Money Jungle.

Marika Galea Quartet, Nanaimo.

Alissia, Let It Out

Bach, BWV 810: English Suite No.5 in E Mi.

Monday, 2017 November 20

‘Boreal [ie, woodland] caribou require large range areas comprised of continuous tracts of undisturbed habitat. In general, boreal caribou prefer habitat consisting of mature to old-growth coniferous forest (eg. jack pine, black spruce) with abundant lichens, or muskegs
and peat lands intermixed with upland or hilly areas. Large range areas reduce the risk of predation.’

my latest art, mars.

Tuesday, 2017 November 21

Anu Garg of a.word.a.day writes ‘We are born, we grow, and we die. Something similar happens with words. Someone gestates an idea in the womb of [his or her] mind and then delivers it in the form of a word…. With time a word grows up…. It changes its spelling, meaning, or pronunciation. Sometimes all three…. Words can die too. We call such words obsolete.’

watched a craftman’s legacy (a glassblower), rmr,  and 22 minutes.

Wednesday, 2017 November 22

‘Money, in economists’ terminology, produces “diminishing returns” of happiness. Once our basic material needs are satisfied, it turns out we don’t need more money to be happy.’  The Upside Of Down, 193.

susan saw harry dean stanton‘s last film, lucky, while i stayed home and tried to learn javascript to apply to my art.

Thursday, 2017 November 23

when we went to minden, one of the artists whose work we saw was andre lapine, a contemporary of the group of seven.

we watched the agenda (the responsibility of bystanders; wider dialogues on domestic abuse) and paul o’grady: for the love of dogs at christmas.

Friday, 2017 November 24

watched big life fix.

Saturday, 2017 November 25

reading about recently-retired dr philip berger, part establishment and part radical. for example, in the late 70s he started distributing methadone and clean needles. susan to alli and pete’s.

Sunday, 2017 November 26

reading about worrisome global light pollution. karen brought supper. a little later, susan returned home. watched birth of a family, the nature of things (what trees talk about), and cat’s attic with yusuf islam (formerly cat stevens).

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Songs In A Minor


#149. Alicia Keys, Songs In A Minor.

This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record, and hopefully the start of a new conversation.’

Suzie Vinnick, Danger Zone.

Treasa Levasseur, Low Fidelity.

Downchild Blues Band, Flip, Flop, And Fly.

The Golden Violin tours Montreal.

Q-Brass, Wachet Auf (Bach).

The Harp–BBC Documentary.

Monday, 2017 November 13

‘The primary threat to most boreal caribou local populations is unnaturally high predation rates as a result of human-caused and natural habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation…. In some ranges, over-exploitation through hunting can also be an issue. This threat can be avoided or mitigated through regulations and stewardship.’

watched the agenda (building smarter cities, AI all around us) and martin luther: the idea that changed the world.

Tuesday, 2017 November 14

watched the rick mercer report, 22 minutes, and the grand seduction.cal

Wednesday, 2017 November 15

saw nicole and scott at the new grounded. susan bought a new mattress from barber & haskill. mattress protector too. watched a year in space and beyond a year in space.

‘Caribou are an “umbrella species”. They are selected for making conservation-related decisions, typically because protecting them indirectly protects many other species.’ 20, Canadian Wildlife.

Thursday, 2017 November 16

susan went to the field nats while i stayed home and worked on my art. when she returned we watched to walk the invisible, about the brontes.

Friday, 2017 November 17

played scrabble. watched extreme railways (trans-caucasus railway).

Saturday, 2017 November 18

read in the star about rwanda banning plastic bags, which seems like a good idea at first, but there’s a dark side…. that led me to read a five-year-old article about toronto banning plastic bags. watched shoreline detectives (northumberland) and sponsorland.

Sunday, 2017 November 19

watched the nature of things (secrets from the ice) and started watching The Harp.

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Bring Back The Cows! 2


#150. The Roches, The Roches.

This list, of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record, and hopefully the start of a new conversation.’

Jane Bunnett And Maqueque: Tiny Desk Concert.

Cowboy Junkies, Walking After Midnight.

pine grosbeak, left: female.

Monday, 2017 November 6

On the weekend, there was a Water Walk from Christian Island to Waverley in protest of the the Teedon Pit quarry.

my latest art, bring back the cows!

Tuesday, 2017 November 7

susan home! watched alias grace, rick mercer report, 22 minutes, and political blind date (weeds).

Wednesday, 2017 November 8

watched dream of italy (rome), nature (the cheetah children), and nova (killer hurricanes).

Thursday, 2017 November 9

‘For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live on a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner … of an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies…. That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.’–Carl Sagan (1934-1996).

reading the recovery strategy for the woodland caribou, which includes in the preface: ‘all canadians are invited to come together to support and implement this strategy for the benefit of boreal caribou and canadian society as a whole.’

Friday, 2017 November 10

watched chris tarrant: extreme railways (the diamond railway, which goes through the southern african landscape [above]).

Saturday, 2017 November 11

watched the remembrance day service from parliament hill. read about mercury poionisng in grassy narrows. watched the nature of things (into the fire), coast australia (adelaide to port lincoln), and the great war tour (wounded).

Sunday, 2017 November 12

reading about alex decoteau, a native from six nations,  who ran for canada in the 1912 olympics and died in ww1.

The recovery actions most appropriate for a specific range [of caribou] will be governed by local opportunities and constraints.’

watched grand canyon and the agenda (grappling with russia’s revolutionary past and russia’s revolution in the rear-view mirror).

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Bring Back The Cows! 1


Jazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#1. The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Take Five.

Air, Dark Messages.

Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner.

Wendell Ferguson, Fret No More.

Elbow, Starlings.

Feist, Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (by Leonard Cohen).

Efterklang, Live.

Monday, 2017 October 30

Elizabeth May of the Green Party wants the Liberals ‘to reinstate the pre-Harper Navigable Waters Protection Act [NWPA]’, which they promised to do but haven’t done. ‘Less than 2% of our waterways [used to be all of them] are currently protected’.


my latest art-in-progress is called ‘bring back the cows!’ why? because i couldn’t think of a name, and i didn’t want to call it ‘untitled’. my sister had just told me about this dairy bar in the country we used to go to as kids that had cows out back. recently it got rid of them, but there was a huge cry: ‘bring back the cows!’ (tx, pp).

Tuesday, 2017 October 31, Halloween (All Hallows Evening, or All Saints Evening).

‘In Ireland and Scotland, the turnip has traditionally been carved during Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger – making it easier to carve than a turnip. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.’ — Wikipedia.

Wednesday, 2017 November 1, All Hallows Day (All Saints Day).

‘On October 28th 2017, hundreds of people in Metro Vancouver took action on the land and water for the #StopKMFlotilla. Together, dozens of kayaktivists stopped construction at the Kinder Morgan terminal.’ Kinder Morgan plans to build a pipeline from the tar sands to Vancouver.

Thursday, 2017 November 2

Norval Morrisseau At The McMichael.

Friday, 2017 November 3

jim came for a visit. read and signed the declaration of the pacific climate warriors.

Saturday, 2017 November 4

cady and i watched a doc about long-ago space-faring giants buried in sardinia and star trek (2009).

Sunday, 2017 November 5

went to the mcmichael with cady and gavin in gavin’s parents’ acura. the mcmichael had an alex janvier exhibition. afterwards, we went to the creemore springs brewery. unfortunately by the time we got there, the brewery itself was closed, but not the store, so we had a good time sampling their beers, which the (chatty) bartender said you can get at lcbo stores (not beer stores). cady and gavin noted the store’s excellent design, something my father would have done too. he also would have noted the beer. gavin and i preferred ‘altbier’, a dark beer, and cady preferred a pilsener, ‘lot 9’. for supper, cady bought some fresh-cut fries. yummy, if lacking veggies. we ate them on a bench on creemore’s main street outside the brewery.

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The Reformation


By Tom Palumbo.Jazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#2. Miles Davis, So What.

JJ Johnson Quartet, Blue Trombone.

University Of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, Reverie.

Stravinsky conducts The Firebird (final three scenes).

Soft Cell, Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go.

kori bustard.

Stereolab, Miss Modular. Also this Jobim cover.

The Gentilly Stompers.

Monday, 2017 October 23

watched the agenda  (the big business of legalization; marijuana meds and myths), alias grace, and empire of the tsars (the road to revolution).

my latest art., more leaves.

Tuesday, 2017 October 24

watched the rick mercer report and 22 minutes.

Wednesday, 2017 October 25

watched nature (charlie and the curious otter) and nova (killer volcanoes).

Thursday, 2017 October 26

CPAWS reports that ‘a significant milestone was reached’ on the creation of the Rouge River National Park, but ‘a key deadline was missed … for range plans and laws to protect boreal caribou critical habitat.’

don from walker’s electric came and fixed things. watched the mekong river with sue perkins.

Friday, 2017 October 27

watched chris tarrant: extreme railways (ice train to nowhere — alaska).

Saturday, 2017 October 28

susan to winnipeg and kenora.

Sunday, 2017 October 29

Today is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door, which led to the Reformation, an event as great as the Copernican Revolution. (tx, pp).

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In Search Of A Better World


Jazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#3.  Duke Ellington, Take The “A” Train.

Music Of Cathedrals And Forgotten Temples.

Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, died this week from brain cancer. Here’s a clip from The Sweet Hereafter with Sarah Polley singing one of their songs. Here’s him and his band doing another.

Monday, 2017 October 16

watched the agenda (the future is wearable; beware the tech titans?), alias grace, and empire of the tsars (age of extremes).

creating a ‘hexaptych‘ (a double triptych). stay tuned.

Tuesday, 2017 October 17

Today is Elinor Glyn’s birthday. Glyn was a scriptwriter, actor, and one of Hollywood’s first female directors, and a distant relative of mine. She was ‘as seminal an architect of the Jazz Age as Scott Fitzgerald. She coined the term “it” (eg, an “it” girl) and defined it as “a strange magnetism that attracts both sexes.” She claimed only four people in Hollywood had “it”: Antonio Moreno, Rex The Wild Stallion, the Ambassador Hotel doorman, and Clara Bow.’ (image by arnold mason, 1942)

watched a craftman’s legacy (the rocking horse maker), the rick mercer report, 22 minutes, and the life-sized city (tokyo).

Wednesday, 2017 October 18

‘I would always rather be happy than dignified.’ — Charlotte Bronte.

Thursday, 2017 October 19

It’s that time of year. Don’t bag your leaves; they can be raked into the garden and used as mulch. Furthermore, they decompose and supply the garden with nutrients. You can even mow-and-mulch them so they break down faster. The Canadian Wildlife Federation has this and more ideas.

reading about procyoinidae, of which the raccoon and the olingo (above) are members. susan went to the field nats while i stayed home, worked on my art, and vetted some agenda programs, such as this interview with this year’s massey lecturer, payam akhavan, who delivered a talk titled, in search of a better world; a human rights odyssey.

Friday, 2017 October 20

‘A society which is mobile … must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability. Otherwise, they will be overwhelmed by the changes in which they are caught and whose significance or connections they do not perceive.’ — John Dewey (1859-1952) .

watched long time running, a doc about gord downie and his band.

Saturday, 2017 October 21

we took a one-day road trip to minden. we went to the agnes jamieson gallery, where we saw recent paintings by john lennard (left) and older paintings by andre lapine (right), a contemporary of the group of seven; then we had lunch at suwan thai restaurant, saw the white water of the gull river (where kayakers train — above), walked/rolled through a marsh, and since we were in the kawarthas, of course we went to the kawartha dairy.

that evening we watched coast australia,

Sunday, 2017 October 22

reading about two national parks on baffin island, sirmilirk and auyuittiuq. we watched cappadocia and the wild canadian year (making the wild canadian year).

David Suzuki writes, ‘BC’s new government will argue in its case against the Kinder Morgan pipeline that the federal government failed to evaluate the project’s risks to the marine environment — a breach of its obligation to consider the national interest. It’s certainly not in the interests of any marine mammal, especially endangered ones, to add more shipping traffic or increase oil spill risks — nor is it in keeping with our Paris Agreement commitments to shift away from fossil fuels.’

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Rome’s Fall


Jazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#4. Thelonius Monk, ‘Round Midnight.

juvenile common starling.

Heillig Manoeuvre, Nanaimo Crossing.

Gilles Tremblay, Triojubilus.

Jazz Funky Beats.

Monday, 2017 October 9

John Lennon, Instant Karma! (We All Shine On).

forced myself to stop looking at views and start reading the upside of down: ‘we’ll learn, probably the hard way, that nature matters: we’re not separate from it, we’re dependent on it, and when there’s trouble in nature, there’s trouble in society.’ (13) cheery, eh? watched the agenda (whose canlit is it anyway?; loath to leave) and, speaking of canlit, alias grace, followed by empire of the tsars (reinventing russia).

Tuesday, 2017 October 10

David Suzuki writes, ‘Environmentalism isn’t a discipline or specialty like law, medicine, plumbing, music, or art. It’s a way of seeing our place in the world and recognizing that our survival, health, and happiness are inextricably dependent on nature. To confront today’s environmental crises, everyone — garage mechanics, construction workers, dentists, politicians, and judges — has to see the world through an environmental lens.’

run-around morning: went to the bank, then pmcl, then valu-mart. in the evening we watched rmr, 22, and the life-sized city (tel-aviv).

Wednesday, 2017 October 11

surgery on my right big toe to remove an ingrown toenail. watched nature (fox tales).

Thursday, 2017 October 12

worked on my art while susan took a client to the new bladerunner film.

Friday, 2017 October 13

watched mekong river with sue perkins and the fifth estate (jasmeet singh: the colour of politics).

Saturday, 2017 October 14

‘This shortfall [in energy in the form of grain] —  more than proximate events like the incompetence of emperors and invasion by Visigoths — was the fundamental cause of Rome’s fall. In other words, the empire’s loss of internal order, coherence, and complexity was, in significant part, a thermodynamic event. The empire tipped into irreversible decline precisely because it couldn’t feed its energy hunger. This was Rome’s fate. Will it be ours as well?’ The Upside Of Down, 42.

susan went on a fungi course. watched coast australia (port melbourne to portland). played scrabble.

Sunday, 2017 October 15

Katherine Barber writes: ‘Sexual harassment is very much in the news. Not, of course, that the phenomenon is new. I am sure it has existed since the dawn of time, but we apparently only came to have a specific word for it in the 1970s. This was no doubt a consequence of both increased numbers of women in the workforce and feminist raised consciousness at the time.’

watched a doc about the taj mahal and the wild canadian year (winter).

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Jazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#5. John Coltrane, My Favorite Things.

Duke Ellington, Zweet Zurzday.

Pacific loon.

James Brown, Mother Popcorn.

Monday, 2017 October 2

‘When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.’ — Gandhi.

Tuesday, 2017 October 3

watched 22 minutes, the life-sized city (bangkok), and the secret rules of modern living: algorithms.

Wednesday, 2017 October 4

Canada’s environmental commissioner, Julie Gelfand: Canada is not prepared for climate change.

watched nature (naledi: one little elephant) and rubens: an extra large story.

Thursday, 2017 October 5

Ever hear of a coffee roaster called a ‘Probat‘? They used to be mainly brass and green. Now they’re black and steel. Young or old, they roast great coffee beans.

bought sandals (in october!) in preparation not for travelling unfortunately but for my toe surgery. watched marketplace (farm fresh?) and the agenda (taking satire seriously; where journalism and comedy meet).

Friday, 2017 October 6

David Suzuki writes: ‘Why have monarchs had such a stellar summer? For the past few years, they’ve faced a number of climate-related calamities…. Widespread herbicide and pesticide use has been linked to dramatic declines in monarchs and the milkweed host plants they depend on. This year they’ve had great conditions throughout their journey. Even the weirdly wet summer … ensured wildflowers were in full bloom, providing plentiful nectar to fuel their return trip.’

dave and nick took me to the boathouse, then we walked/rolled along the pier. susan and i watched the rick mercer report, mekong river, and havana time machine.

Saturday, 2017 October 7

watched franz josef land, coast australia (north kimberley), and the hermitage revealed.

Sunday, 2017 October 8

thanksgiving dinner at karen’s with karen, karen’s karen, sue lewis, wes and jan, andrew and krista (pia’s daughter), and wes, cady, gavin, and chloe. levi thomas jackson born in winnipeg. watched the nature of things (the wild canadian year: fall) and the passionate eye (24 hours inside your body).

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