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


#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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A Square, Sort Of–Dark Fall

the real thing.

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Are We Alone?


#140. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me, full album live.

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.’

Philip Glass, Metamorphosis.

Arvo Pärt, Da Pacem.

Dizzy Gillespie, Nobody Knows.

Esperanza Spalding And Gretchen Parlato, Inutil Paisagem.

cerulean warbler

Monday, 2018 January 15

in the morning, labwork at the med ctr and gbgh, then scones at grounded. scrabble in the evening.

my latest art, stripes.

Tuesday, 2018 January 16

watched rmr, 22, and human universe (are we alone?).

Wednesday, 2018 January 17

watched the agenda (the rise of clean eating; what’s safe to eat? )

Thursday, 2018 January 18

‘I yearn to be of the stars. We are all stardust, after all, having been created from jetsam of the Big Bang.’–AJ Ullman.

susan went to a field nats meeting at the wye marsh while i stayed home and caught up.

Friday, 2018 January 19

          watched extreme railways (crossing the andes). played scrabble.

Saturday, 2018 January 20

susan researched underwing moths.

Sunday, 2018 January 21

‘It is deeply ironic–though perhaps not surprising–that the first year in office of the most blatantly misogynistic president in modern times coincided with the emergence of the most powerful movement yet against sexual abuse and harassment [#MeToo].’–Toronto Star, IN10, 2018-01-20.

watched tasmania (the devil’s island) and the nature of things (mommy wildest).

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#141. Joanna Newsom, Ys.

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 January 8

Mink Frog.

my latest art: neurons, frogs, and toads,

Tuesday, 2018 January 9

watched the agenda (energy disruption; mixing oil and government) and human universe (why are we here?).

Wednesday, 2018 January 10

reading about reptile and amphibian stewardship. watched nature (yosemite) and nova (black hole apocalypse).

Thursday, 2018 January 11

what’s up with my right arm? but life continues: played scrabble.

Friday, 2018 January 12

watched extreme railways (mandalay).

Saturday, 2018 January 13

cady. talked with karen mundy. watched keep on keeping on (about the last days of clark terry) and light and dark (dark).

Sunday, 2018 January 14

watched a doc about the atacama desert, and then watched the nature of things (ice bridge).

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Court And Spark


#142. Iris DeMent, My Life.

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.’


Crash Test Dummies, Afternoons And Coffeespoons.

Herbie Hancock (featuring Norah Jones), Court And Spark.

Pink Martini, Bolero.

The Temptations, Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.

Monday, 2018 January 1

Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra.

Monday, 2018 January 1

watched planet earth (islands), followed by scrabble.

Tuesday, 2018 January 2

finished scrabble. watched human universe (apeman–spaceman).

‘There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ‘–Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

Wednesday, 2018 January 3

‘Not all those who wander are lost.’–JRR Tolkien (1892-1973).

Thursday, 2018 January 4

The old dates for these ”first of year” events can no longer be relied upon. Although the hour is late, we can’t give up the fight to convince politicians–and our families, friends, and neighbours who elect them–to give up the fight.’ Nature’s Year, 21.

watched the art of scandinavia (dark night of the soul).

Friday, 2018 January 5

watched chris tarrant: extreme railways (war, ore, and santa claus–scandinavia).

Saturday, 2018 January 6

reading about tapeworms. karen and karen. watched earth: a new wild (oceans).

Sunday, 2018 January 7

watched the nature of things (jumbo: the life of an elephant superstar) and angry inuk.

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Fearless Girl


#143. Robyn, Body Talk.

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.’

Rachmaninov, Vespers.

John Scofield, Dub Dub.

Monday, 2017 December 25, Christmas

‘The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices…. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy; and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn.’–Rod Serling, writer of the science fiction TV series The Twilight Zone.

wowzer, did it snow!

Tuesday, 2017 December 26

… and ken’s snowblower is broken. and ray, our backup, is away.

Wednesday, 2017 December 27

‘Just the other day, I was in my neighbourhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey café mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle’s Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top. No wonder it costs so much.’–Sarah Vowell.

susan and oscar home! watched nature (the story of cats: into the americas).

my latest art, birthday!

Thursday, 2017 December 28

‘Of the many possible solutions to this annual [migration], the monarch butterflies have evolved into skilled navigators, using time and a star as their guide…. Along the way they face the same dangers as all long-distance travellers; illness and infection, bad weather and storms are a constant danger’.–Wonders Of Life, p 17.

watched victoria and abdul.

Friday, 2017 December 29

‘Auletes [Cleopatra’s father] saw to it that his daughter received a first-rate education…. While girls were not universally educated, [well-born daughters] headed off to schools, entered poetry competitions, became scholars.’ Cleopatra: A Life, p 37.

Saturday, 2017 December 30

reading about fearless girl in the star.

watched stronger.

Sunday, 2017 December31, New Year’s Eve

gofossilfree.org: ‘Last week, we released this short film on the Pacific Climate Warriors’ journey from their home islands to the tar sands. The film has had an incredible response so far–and we want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to watch it. So for the next three days only, we will make it fully available on Facebook. Please take ten minutes to watch this powerful story in its entirety and share it with your friends.’

for new year’s eve, we stayed home and got some food from ciboullette et cie. we watched a secret history of the british garden marathon.

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Winter Solstice


#144. The Breeders, Last Splash.

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.’

Cold Specks, Winter Solstice.

Medeski Martin And Wood, Friday Afternoon In The Universe.

Various, Blue Funk.[ads]

Oscar Peterson, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

   Bill Evans, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Ray Charles, Merry Christmas Baby.

JS Bach, Cantata BWV 110 (a Christmas cantata).

Kay Starr, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix).

Monday, 2017 December 18

watched interstellar.

Tuesday, 2017 December 19

watched Colour: The Spectrum Of Science (Beyond The Rainbow) and The Agenda (A New Sound From Canada’s North; The Survival Of The Algonquin Wolf; An Adoptee’s Return Home).








my latest art, the meek.

Wednesday, 2017 December 20

David Suzuki writes, ‘Every good deed, every positive act, helps the flame burn a little bit brighter. No matter how small or insignificant our contributions may seem, when we do good in the world, it adds up–and it will eventually overcome the darkness…. As we near the solstice and enter the holiday season, I and the David Suzuki Foundation staff wish you peace and happiness for this year and the days to come. Let us all shine our lights to make the world a brighter, better place for all.’

watched monty don’s french gardens (the artistic garden), nature (old world cats), nova (bird brains), and la louve.

Thursday, 2017 December 21

photo by theresa gulliver

Éric Hébert-Daly of CPAWS writes, ‘In my 15 years of organizational leadership, I’ve never seen a team work so hard and be rewarded with such success. From winning the Supreme Court case on the Peel watershed in the Yukon, to a good-quality marine protected area in St. Ann’s Bank off the coast of Nova Scotia–CPAWS, along with our indigenous partners across Canada, have been tremendously successful at protecting more of Canada’s nature.’

cady’s birthday dinner at mc sushi. the people were memorable, the food was not. why the tiara? because they gave cady a plastic one.

Friday, 2017 December 22

reading keeping kids warm and cozy and plans being developed to tackle local climate change in the mirror. susan saw the new star wars film, but i didn’t go cuz of bathroom issues. sounds like i didn’t miss much.

Saturday, 2017 December 23

Annie Langlois, a biologist, and manager of the Hinterland’s Who’s Who program, writes in The Star, ‘I grew up watching Hinterland’s Who’s Who…. I feel that I am giving back a little of the passion and excitement that so inspired me when I was a child.’


Sunday, 2017 December 24, Christmas Eve

susan and oscar to toronto.

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