On How Life Is

2018 September 3

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#116. Macy Gray, On How Life Is.

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.’

Monday, 2018 September 3

home from west park for the long weekend for a trial run.

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Fukushima

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#132. Shelby Lynne, I Am Shelby Lynne.

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.’

i normally don’t go in for beatles covers, but this one is different. really different.

Monday, 2018 March 12

played a close game of scrabble.

Angela Bischoff of the OCAA writes, ‘seven years ago [today], a runaway triple nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Station in Japan occurred. The effects of this catastrophe continue today…. [According to a report by Dr Ian Fairlie] a Fukushima-level disaster at the Pickering Nuclear Station could cause 26,000 cancers, approximately half of which would be fatal, plus a $125 billion loss in value for single family homes in the eastern Greater Toronto Area.’

my latest art., green circles.

Tuesday, 2018 March 13

watched rmr, 22, and michael mosley vs the superbugs.

Wednesday, 2018 March 14

pi day. strangely, it’s also Albert Einstein‘s birthday. reading about the russell–einstein manifesto, which led to the pugwash conferences.

watched the shape of water.

Thursday, 2018 March 15

coffee at grounded. s went to a field nats meeting. when she came home, we watched videos about sleep, then we went to bed.

Friday, 2018 March 16

susan and paula worked on the wye bean soup. watched planet earth II.

Saturday, 2018 March 17

susan at the wye marsh representing the field nats. played trivial pursuit.

Sunday, 2018 March 18

birthday brunch at the mint. watched the nature of things (the science of magic) and antiques uncovered with lucy worseley.

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‘Its tremendous power and stark beauty’

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#133. Fanny, Fanny Hill.

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.’

Quincy Jones, Dead End And Boogie Joe The Grinder.

Madeleine Peyroux, You Can’t Do Me.

Chris Thile, Bach: Sonata Nbr 1 In G Minor For Solo Violin.

Hilary Hahn, Schoenberg Violin Concerto (mov1) – part1. schoenberg’s modern music i prefer to something classical or romantic, but this gives a better visual idea of hahn, and this (by another soloist) is complete. another thing is that schoenberg, born and living in europe, composed this in america in the 30s. he was in america to escape the nazis. carpe diem. do what you must do where you are.

Monday, 2018 March 5

played scrabble. reading the sustainable severn sound report card.

Tuesday, 2018 March 6

made sweet potato stackers. watched rmr and 22.

Wednesday, 2018 March 7

‘The vastness of the sea, its tremendous power and stark beauty, proved a humbling experience for humans. Even with our sailing technology we are insignificant specks bobbing about, always on the brink of being knocked down or even destroyed by powers far beyond the human scale.’ Measuring The Earth With A Stick, 155.

Thursday, 2018 February 8

watched the agenda and the story of women and art.

International Women’s Day.

 Friday, 2018 February 9

played scrabble.

Saturday, 2018 February 10

susan was in a purging mood. so, after lunch i joined her. whether purging or not, must be saturday: read the satuday star, listened to saturday night jazz. on a separate note, watched three billboards outside ebbing, missouri.

Sunday, 2018 February 11

susan went to the farmers market while i stayed and read the paper: ‘Peru’s new park [Yaguas] joins a network of parks and reserves recently created to preserve territory in South American countries, including Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.’ (IN6). watched the fifth estate (the money pipeline)–transcanada and keystone XL pipeline: how the deal was done–and harry potter: a history of magic.

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A Wrinkle In Time

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#134. Solange, A Seat At The Table.

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.’

[bird calls]

[kids’ song]

Some terrifying words: Furby. organ.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Motherfucker=Redeemer.

Jane Bunnett, Almendra.

Bach, Concerto For Oboe And Violin 3rd Mvt.

Monday, 2018 February 26

watched steven fry in central america, where we saw monarch butterflies by the thousands.

Tuesday, 2018 February 27

susan drove out to see rhonda but rhonda was sick, so she went walking at awenda instead. watched rmr, 22, and the secrets of quantum physics.

Wednesday, 2018 February 28

i joined nature canada in thanking trudeau, morneau, and mckenna for ‘investing in Canada’s wildlife and wilderness…. This is a critical step in meeting Canada’s international commitment to protect 17% of our lands and waters by 2020’.

Elizabeth May of the Green Party notes that ‘despite increasingly urgent warnings from climate scientists that the window to achieve the Paris target is rapidly closing, the federal budget tabled today does nothing to accelerate climate action and nothing to prepare for the impact of catastrophic climate events.’

As well as the federal budget, Angela Bischoff of The Ontario Clean Air Alliance writes that ‘the two tall stacks at the gigantic Nanticoke coal fired power station came tumbling down today. Nanticoke was once the largest coal-fired generating station in North America….[Ontario] was the first jurisdiction in the world to move away from using dirty coal to generate electricity… Today is a day to celebrate this huge accomplishment and also to look to the future–a 100% renewable future.’

watched the sense of ending.

Thursday, 2018 March 1

played scrabble.

Friday, 2018 March 2

watched #metoo, now what?, frontline (weinstein), and makers (women in hollywood).

Saturday, 2018 March 3

susan is in toronto for barb’s 70th. the venue is not accessible, so i stayed behind and read the star, which led to starting a wrinkle in time. before that i read about the bitter rivalry between syria and iran, which could be the cause of the next major war … or maybe it’ll be the US and china, i was reading in another piece.

Sunday, 2018 March 4

cady brought coffee and timbits. susan home. watched wasted! the story of food waste.

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Planet Claire

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#132. The B-52’s, The B-52’s.

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.’

While we’re on the subject of New Wave classics with both women and men in the band….

Talking Heads, Born Under Punches.

Willie Nelson And Wynton Marsalis, Bright Lights Big City.

John Scofield, Soft Shoe.

Monday, 2018 February 19

i worked on art while susan installed a camera app, then she watched the olympics; we watched the ice-dance finals together.

Tuesday, 2018 February 20

‘It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.’–Ansel Adams (1902-1984).

my sister’s birthday.

Wednesday, 2018 February 21

saw the florida project. when we got home, we watched the canada-usa women’s gold medal hockey game. usa won 3-2 in a shoot-out. as someone said, ‘it wouldn’t be much of a rivalry if one team kept winning.’

Thursday, 2018 February 22

‘Men are the devils of the earth and the animals are its tormented souls.’–Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

chloe came over and made pancakes. susan saw dianne saxe (above), the environmental commissioner of ontario, at the mcc. watched forgotten, schama on rembrandt, and the olympics’ women’s free skate.

Friday, 2018 February 23

played scrabble. this would have been our father’s 73rd birthday.

Saturday, 2018 February 24

‘Carbon pricing works because it sends a policy signal that directly affects behaviour…. What’s more, it allows for flexibility in how heavy emitters can reduce emissions; they can pay the carbon price or invest in clean solutions’.–Toronto Star, IN10.

bought a shaver part, followed by coffee at grounded. had a shave at a barbershop. watched breathe, based on the lives of robin and diana cavendish.*

Sunday, 2018 February 25

did art while susan watched her show, victoria.

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Measuring The Earth With A Stick

return of the pictures, i think.

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#136. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band.

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.’

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuban Blues.

Bill Evans, NYC’s No Lark.

Monday, 2018 February 12

Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

susan home. watched the agenda and ageless gardens.

Tuesday, 2018 February 13

because it’s shrove tuesday we had pancakes for supper. weird. watched the agenda, suffragettes forever: the story of women and power, and the secrets of quantum physics.

Wednesday, 2018 February 14

it’s the start of lent, a time of fasting, but we had valentine’s/anniversary breakfast at the mint café. watched animals with cameras, love bite, and recreating eden.

Thursday, 2018 February 15

susan led a field naturalists meeting.

Friday, 2018 February 16

read in the mirror, ‘public opposition to proposed development growing‘, which noted that ‘the severn sound environmental association classified the woodland as a gold level site and recommended it be retained and protected.’ susan went to a murder mystery.

Saturday, 2018 February 17

‘The one mission that truly stands out in my mind has also been the longest so far: Voyager, comprising twin spacecraft sent on a twelve-year journey across the entire solar system, with close flybys of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune along the way.’ Measuring The Earth With A Stick, 50.

watched loving vincent.

Sunday, 2018 February 18

watched the queen’s palaces (the holyrood house).

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Fairy Tales For Our Times

no pictures, cuz sometimes they’re a royal pain.

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#137. Ofra Haza, 50 Gates Of Wisdom.

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.’

Sam Tracy, Rockabye Dixie.

Abigail Washburn, Tiny Desk Concert.

Abigail Washburn And Bela Fleck.

Ray Bryant, Me And The Blues.

Monday, 2018 February 5

i got my new glasses; watched the agenda and fried green tomatoes.

my latest art, grenville.

Tuesday, 2018 February 6

watched impossible engineering (NASA’s rocket to mars),rmr, 22, suffragettes forever: the story of women and power, and the secrets of quantum physics (einstein’s nightmare).

Wednesday, 2018 February 7

watched nature (animals with cameras. episode 2) and nova (first face of america).

Thursday, 2018 February 8

reading about paula modersohn-becker and verbing. had a catscan. susan went to a community gardens meeting at the library while i stayed home.

Friday, 2018 February 9

David Suzuki says one day we could be eating insects.

watched extreme railways (the great japanese train ride) and american epic sessions.

Saturday, 2018 February 10

susan to t-o. reading ‘fairy tales for our times‘ in the star.

Sunday, 2018 February 11

cady and i talked about her upcoming surgery.

Animals ‘wisely run, fly, swim, and tunnel away from us, or hide, or only approach us at night…. I had realized that what we call wildlife management is really people management.’ The Birds Of Georgian Bay, 9.

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Heaven Or Las Vegas

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#138. Cocteau Twins, Heaven Or Las Vegas.

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.’

Grey Tinamou.

The Chris Ingham Quartet, Heart And Soul.

Joni Mitchell, All I Want & For The Roses.

Stanley Clarke, Vulcan Princess/ Yesterday Princess.

Duke Ellington, Golden Cress.

Anouar Brahim, Bahia

Buxtehude, Prelude and Fugue in F Major.

Terence Blanchard, Tiny Desk Concert.

Monday, 2018 January 29

‘It is easy enough, and always profitable, to rail away at national enemies beyond the sea, at foreign powers beyond our borders who question the prevailing order. But the moral duty of the free writer is to begin … work at home.’–Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

in the morning i went to huronia optical and was tested by dr kzufmnn. shannon then fixed my glasses. in the evening we both read.

Tuesday, 2018 January 30

‘There are … swamps and woodlands in many areas that are waiting to be explored if only we would let our children get their feet wet, catch a water snake, and get up close to a dragonfly. You don’t need a Wye Marsh [a local marsh, pictured] in your backyard to introduce children to nature study. You just have to get out there where the blackberries are real, not electronic.’ 139, The Birds Of Georgian Bay.

watched rmr, 22, and human universe.

Wednesday, 2018 January 31

‘Here was one of those disciples of Tolstoy in whom the teacher’s restless thoughts grow shallow past redeeming and settle down to a long, uncomplicated rest.’ Dr Zhivago, 52.

watched nature (animals with cameras).

Thursday, 2018 February 1

The Global Development Update writes that ‘at first glance, 2017 may have seemed like a bad year. Wars in Syria and Yemen raged on, nationalism swept legislative bodies the world over, and natural disasters claimed countless lives. Look closer, however, and the facts tell a different story. The number of people living in extreme poverty fell by 217,000 every day. More than than 85% of the world’s citizens can read, and simple interventions such as vaccinations and breastfeeding saved millions of lives. These examples and more offer a few reasons to be hopeful about 2018.’

watched rise of the continents (africa) and the agenda (the psychology of power).

Friday, 2018 February 2

it’s world wetlands day. in the wye marsh we have a world-class wetland. watched georgia o’keeffe.

Saturday, 2018 February 3

‘Women in music don’t need to “step up”. Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside.’–Pink.

Sunday, 2018 February 4

The Toronto Field Naturalists report ‘wonderful news! On Jan 31, 2018, Toronto City Council voted to request that the Federal Government consider the Toronto Islands for designation as a Bird Sanctuary!’ (tx, sh)

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The Birds Of Georgian Bay

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#139. The Bangles, All Over The Place.

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.’

Melody Gardot, Mira.

Scarlatti Sonatas.

Ravel, Piano Concerto..

Monday, 2018 January 22

‘No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.’–John Donne.

i worked on art and susan watched a documentary about dementia.

Tuesday, 2018 January 23

‘Beaver and birds also have interesting ecological connections…. The beaver significantly affect hydrological issues and wetland creation…. Beaver ponds provide nesting habitat for Hooded Merganser, beaver meadows for Sedge Wren, and shrubs that grow on the edge of beaver ponds attract the Golden-winged Warbler and Alder Flycatcher.’–The Birds Of Georgian Bay, 100,

susan was reading about badgers. i made mushroom stew and dumplings. susan didn’t like it. i didn’t mind it. watched rmr, 22, and human universe (a place in time and space).

Wednesday, 2018 January 24

watched nature (animal misfits).

Thursday, 2018 January 25

Google Doodle celebrates Virginia Woolf’s 136th birthday.

went to huronia optical, then grounded. watched the agenda (ontario PCs lose their leader [patrick brown]) and the real doctor zhivago (pictured is doctor zhivago‘s author, boris pasternak).

Friday, 2018 January 26

watched extreme railways (one-way ticket to siberia) and a birder’s guide to everything.

Saturday, 2018 January 27

played scrabble.

Sunday, 2018 January 28

susan and vivian went to a robbie burns concert. i read about the wye marsh.

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A Square, Sort Of–Dark Winter

my art

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