Rome’s Fall

<sounds>’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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<sounds>’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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<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#6. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, Part 1 — Acknowledgement.

forked-tailed flycatcher.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Basin Street Blues.

Stefan Grossman, Tightrope.

Jeff Buckley, Hallelujah.

Monday, 2017 September 25

my latest art, greenery.

watched, like many other canadians, alias grace.

Tuesday, 2017 September 26

Aware Simcoe reports that the Huronia Land Conservancy announces acquisition of its first property, the Hogg Creek Wetland. ‘It boasts significant ecological features … [and is a] significant wetland with some species at risk…. The property will not be open to the public but its natural features will be preserved for future generations by the Huronia Land Conservancy.’

Wednesday, 2017 September 27

watched growing up wild, the agenda (finding middle ground in the oil sands debate, beyond peak oil, and turning over a new leaf), and beyond the divide.

Thursday, 2017 September 28

watched the agenda (corporations: defenders of democracy?the failure of liberal politics) and family camera.

Friday, 2017 September 29

watched the mercer report, 22 minutes, and the mekong river.

Saturday, 2017 September 30

David Suzuki writes: ‘What we need is humility. Clever as we are, nature is far more creative…. Every species has had to evolve ways to find food, water and energy, and to dispose of wastes, find mates, reproduce, avoid predators, and fend off parasites and infections. Nature offers myriad solutions that we have yet to discover. If we had the humility to learn from nature,… we would find far more and better solutions.’

watched coast australia and planetary.

Sunday, 2017 October 1

in the morning, i listened to somebody from the pine project, which creates programs that connect to the natural environment to empower their mantra: be more, need less.

after breakfast we walked/rolled along the tay trail. what a treat to be out. unfortunately, i fell

in the evening, we watched the nature of things (the wild canadian year — summer).

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Development And Dunlins

<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#7. Miles Davis, All Blues.

Bruce Springsteen, Low Bridge, based on this version.

Bach, Violin Sonatas and Partitas.

John Macleod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, I’m In The Mood For Love.

Leo Kottke, Cripple Creek.

Joe Bonamassa, This Train.


2017 September 18

reading ‘trying to stop prime ontario farmland from being ”entombed forever”. province’s new plan for greater golden horseshoe would protect a continuous base of agricultural land.’ my father’s house, near hamilton in the golden horseshoe, in the 1970s was across from a vineyard. now there are houses. lots of houses. (tx, sh)

Tuesday, 2017 September 19

watched erie: the canal that made america.

Wednesday, 2017 September 20

saw beatriz at dinner.

Thursday, 2017 September 21

speaking of development (last night’s movie had john lithgow portraying a developer; also, see monday), susan this morning participated in a greenbelt meeting. this evening she went to a field naturalists meeting. as for me, bill came for lunch; otherwise i worked on my art.

Friday, 2017 September 22

watched the life-sized city (toronto). d’arcy and i split a pair of games. susan talked to eric.

Saturday, 2017 September 23

Kyle Morrisseau, Norval Morrisseau’s grandson, was a promising painter who committed suicide when forced to move to Thunder Bay to attend high school because there was none near his reserve.

in the morning susan harvested at the gardens. in the evening we watched wild new zealand: fur seals, coast australia (albany to esperance), and manufactured landscapes.

Sunday, 2017 September 24

we had homemade pancakes with compote and real maple syrup. after her ospca fundraiser, we watched realm of the wombat, the life-sized city (paris), and the nature of things (the wild canadian year — spring).

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<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#8. Weather Report, Birdland.

Healey Willan, Magnificat.

Bach, Magnificat BWV 243 12. Chorus — ‘Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum’.

Efterklang, The Ghost.

Pink Martini, Bolero.

canada goose

Monday, 2017 September 11

watched the agenda (understanding and countering far-right extremism: the appeal of hate; leaving hate behind), bugs (australia, mexico), and masters of the pacific coast: tribes of the northwest (survival).

my latest art, magyar.

Tuesday, 2017 September 12

watched the agenda (examining a lifetime in music [bruce cockburn]; building a resilient city; how to build a community).

Wednesday, 2017 September 13

it’s our mother’s birthday. she would have been 79. saw the trip to spain.

Thursday, 2017 September 14

‘In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.’
William Blake (1757-1827). writes, ‘Our campaign calling on the Canadian Museum Of History to cut ties with the Canadian Association Of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has reached a major milestone. The Museum’s CEO … said that the sponsorship agreement with CAPP is coming to an end, and decision makers are not entertaining a new deal.’ i joined this petition.

brunch at the mint. supper on the deck. watched the agenda (north korea’s nuclear threat; looking to nunavut).

Friday, 2017 September 15

reading a bit about annie pootoogook (1969-2016), featured in tomorrow’s star.

Saturday, 2017 September 16

reading the toronto star on the deck and talking about ignorant voters (including us) in a democracy. lunch and supper on the deck. watched coast.

Sunday, 2017 September 17

reading by the bay, on this late summer’s day.

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<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#9. Stan Getz, João Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, The Girl From Ipanema.

John Lewis, JS Bach, Preludes And Fugues (jazzy).

Morcheeba, The Sea.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Kind Of New.

Rod Stewart And The Faces, I’m Losing You.

Rod Stewart And Ron Wood, Mandolin Wind.

Colin James, Into The Mystic.

Monty Alexander, King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown.

snowy owl

my latest art, moholy-nagy.

Monday, 2017 September 4

watched masters of the pacific coast: tribes of the northwest.

Tuesday, 2017 September 5

watched folk legends: isn’t this a time! and the beginning and end of the universe.

Wednesday, 2017 September 6

‘The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.’ — Robert Pirsig.

watched animal super parents and food patriots.

Thursday, 2017 September 7

went to the dentist, then walked/rolled along the tiny trail in perkinsfield thru the forest on a fine gravel path that probably once was a railroad bed. uncle malcolm came for a visit. i just did column 42 of my current art piece. in the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy series, 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. what is the question? in the evening, we watched the agenda (negotiating NAFTA; sir john a macdonald controversy) and dorothea lange: grab a hunk of lightning. she took the iconic picture above.

Friday, 2017 September 8

watched great canadian rivers (st lawrence and the clearwater).

Saturday, 2017 September 9

click for a connection between the two.

cool, eh?

Sunday, 2017 September 10

watched the life-sized city (medellin).

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Everyone Has A Place


#10. Benny Goodman, Sing, Sing, Sing.

Orchard oriole.

Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective, Breathless.

Lighthouse, Sunny Days.

Rachel Flowers, Keith Emerson Tribute Concert.

Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke, Jazz in Marciac.

Monday, 2017 August 28

Virginia Woolf is seated at The Dinner Party.

my latest art, life, doesn’t translate too well as a screenshot, so you’ll have to see the real thing.

Tuesday, 2017 August 29

Emily Carr.

Thursday, 2017 August 30

watched the story of women and art (episode 3).

Friday, 2017 September 1

watched everyone has a place.

Saturday, 2017 September 2

susan to toronto

Sunday, 2017 September 3

David Suzuki writes: ‘Evidence suggests scientists, governments, and industry knew all along there would be a steep price to pay for our excesses [in using petroleum-based products].’

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What Is Life?

<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#11. Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit.

George Harrison,  All Things Must Pass (album), My Sweet Lord, What Is Life?.

Monday, 2017 August 21

Natalie Barney is seated at The Dinner Party.

Tuesday, 2017 August 22

watched swallowed by a black hole.

Wednesday, 2017 August 23

watched snow wolf family and me, nova (eclipse over america), the farthestvoyager in space, and something on nasa’s search for extraterrestrial life.

Thursday, 2017 August 24

susan and mary saw ‘joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat‘. i had an abscess. we watched (again) episode two of the story of women and art.
‘A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.’ — Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986).

Friday, 2017 August 25

bj overnight.

Saturday, 2017 August 26

watched coast.

Sunday, 2017 August 27

in the morning we went to mcg. in the evening we watched data mining the deceased and 1916 (when myth and history rhyme).

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<sounds>’s top one hundred tracks.

#12. Dizzy Gillespie, A Night In Tunisia.

Dave Brubeck, Autumn In Washington Square.


The Cardigans, Lovefool. Here’s a blast from the past.

Rachel Z, Big Yellow Taxi. Another one, sort of. usually, i don’t go in for covers, especially beatles covers, but sometimes i make an exception.

Jackie Wilson, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher. Why have a cover when you can have the original?

Handel, Dixit Dominus.

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School.

Monday, 2017 August 14

Margaret Sanger is seated at The Dinner Party.

my latest art, wind and rain.

watched underground railroad: the william still story

Tuesday, 2017 August 15

Lawren Harris and his American contemporaries.

Unusual-word-of-the-day: a forb is ‘a herbaceous flowering plant that is not a graminoid (grasses, sedges and rushes)…. Examples include clover, sunflower, daylily, and milkweed.’ Now you know.

Wednesday, 2017 August 16

watched india: nature’s wonderland and call of the forest: the forgotten wisdom of trees.

Thursday, 2017 August 17

Anu Garg writes, ‘If there were a heaven, I imagine it would be populated with animals, not humans, considering how we treat animals–and I’m not talking about giving them a bath. In circuses, zoos, labs, factory farms, and slaughterhouses, sentient animals become things for us to use.’

Friday, 2017 August 18

David Miller of the WWF writes: ‘It took thirty years, but a vast expanse of the Arctic … will now be protected as a National Marine Conservation Area. Tallurutiup Imanga, formerly Lancaster Sound, is one of the richest and most biodiverse marine areas in the Arctic: full of polar bears, seals, sea birds, walrus, beluga whales, bowhead whales, and 75 per cent of the planet’s narwhal.’ (tx, sh)

Saturday, 2017 August 19

reading ‘filling the gap in the dinosaur family tree‘. susan staffed an mcg table at zuchinimania and in the evening she attended a farm fresh food fest dinner, accepting an award for mcg.

Sunday, 2017 August 20

watched the nature of things (think like an animal) and 1916 (insurrection).

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