Monkeys and Mountains

The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake

The original can be found here: The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake. Please read the original.

Okanagan Lake is famous for water sports, like water skiing, but treasures also lie below the surface as I discovered on a wreck dive of a rail car barge!

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Posted on 24 July 2015 | 10:08 pm

Indian Country

Hawaii: Just Say No to the BIA

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 12:00 am


Seattle Art Fair at Centurylink Field Event Center – July 30 – August 2, 2015

The Fair, which runs until August 2, will showcase over 60 top galleries from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, and Portland, as well as exhibitors from Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo.

The post Seattle Art Fair at Centurylink Field Event Center – July 30 – August 2, 2015 appeared first on Hello Vancity.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 8:50 pm

List Verse

10 Obscure Tales From Hiroshima And Nagasaki

This year is the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped as an act of war. The second atomic bomb exploded only days after the first one. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the victims of these atomic bombs, have a lot of untold stories to tell from that infamous incident. 10The Go Tournament Of 1945 On […]

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 7:01 am

The Gate

WayHome Music Festival: Day one in photos

Neil Young, Hozier, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Hey Rosetta!, and Bear Mountain: that's just a few favorites from the first day of WayHome Music and Arts Festival, one of the biggest music events to hit Canada this year, and all in the unassuming township of Oro-Medonte, just north of Barrie.

The post WayHome Music Festival: Day one in photos appeared first on The GATE.

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 5:22 am


Zionists to BDS movement: 'Shut your mouth!'

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 2:51 pm

This hungry Kitten

Easy Chicken Shawarma Kebobs

My last post was almost a month ago! Life gets busy sometimes and finding moments to sit and reflect don’t come around often enough. I have been on a journey to better health, and it’s been wonderful! I think we’ve … Continue reading

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Posted on 10 July 2014 | 3:45 pm

The cat from Hell

Finish the Sentence Game — Week 22

When mes started this game, me never thought mes would still be doing it half a year later! Yes..last week …

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 11:28 pm

The Future Soon

Octopus killing a seagull - THE KRAKEN WAKES

Octopus killing a seagull off Ogden Point breakwater

I love octopuses. Smart, powerful, adaptive, and deadly.

These are the first ever photos of a Giant Pacific Octopus catching and killing a Glaucous-winged seagull.

And they provide two important lessons: One, always carry a camera with you because you may happen upon a scientifically important event. And two, keep an eye out for the unusual.

I loved finding and booking this story for my local CBC morning show, On The Island. 

Take a listen to Ginger Morneau, the woman who took these photos.
Here she is speaking with CBC On The Island host, Gregor Craigie.

And this is where I found this story.

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Posted on 3 May 2012 | 6:21 pm

Urban Toronto

Crane Rises over DUKE Condos Construction Site in The Junction


Beyond Toronto's rapidly densifying Downtown core of assertively tall skyscrapers and iconic high-rises, the surrounding urban landscape is gradually becoming peppered with mid-rise construction, bringing substantial yet measured density to many of Toronto's diverse, urban neighborhoods. While these buildings—now popping up along the city's major arterial roads—may not garner the attention of their taller Downtown counterparts, they can be more essential to the quotidian health and vibrancy of the urban environment than their more noticeable (and more noticed) high-rise counterparts.

In this regard, it is worthwhile to ask ourselves what makes a contemporary Toronto building successful? Does it need to be eye-catching, with a bold and aggressive design? Does it need to be extremely tall, or at least noticeably different from the architectural landscape around it? In a city still working to outgrow an international reputation built on "looking like New York," our thirst for new architectural icons is understandable. We want Toronto to be Toronto. Yet, amidst the enthusiasm for assertive new architecture, the aesthetic and socio-cultural value of urban "fabric buildings" is often overlooked.

DUKE Condos, Toronto, TAS, Quadrangle ArchitectsDUKE Condos sits at the corner of Dundas and Indian Grove, image courtesy of TAS

A new building does not need to be tall or particularly striking in order to important. In fact, many of Toronto's successful buildings are not 'great' because they stand out or demand attention, but because they fit into the neighborhood around them, bringing new vitality and culture while remaining cohesive to their surroundings and sensitively fitting in to the street wall. A building like TAS' DUKE Condos, for example, can be successful not only for its architecturally striking design, but for the socio-culturally and environmentally sensitive way in which it brings a cohesive new aesthetic to its surroundings.

DUKE Condos, Toronto, TAS, Quadrangle ArchitectsDUKE's east side, image courtesy of TAS

Designed by Quadrangle Architects, the 7-storey building currently under construction on 'DU'ndas near 'KE'ele brings new density to the Junction while preserving (and growing) the character of the neighborhood. Featuring an environmentally friendly design that seeks to minimize energy-inefficient glazing (and window wall design) in lieu of brick, the building's south side (seen above, at left) will also include planters that can serve as personal gardens, bringing a locally-oriented and sustainable element to the project. Meanwhile, DUKE's ground level "live-work" units will provide local artists with affordable opportunities to engage the community, bringing vibrancy to the streetscape while providing an outlet for local artistic expression.

DUKE Condos, Toronto, TAS, Quadrangle ArchitectsA view from the west side of the cosntruction site, image courtesy of UrbanToronto Forum Contributor Froggy

Since our last update in October, when the project officially broke ground, the shoring and excavation phase has transformed the building's footprint, with a large pit where the clearing once stood. As well, the crane can now be seen standing over the site, as the foundations for the new condominium are being laid.

DUKE Condos, Toronto, TAS, Quadrangle ArchitectsA closer view of construction, image courtesy of UrbanToronto Forum contributor Froggy

The project, which was nominated for 12 BILD awards in 2014, is set to incorporate interior design elements by Mason Studio as construction continues. For more information and images on DUKE Condos, visit the dataBase file linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread or leave a comment in the field provided.


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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 10:10 pm

The Hook (B.C. News)

Finally! Tyee's National Email Edition Is Here (in Tyee News)

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 7:50 am

The Greater Fool

Strong & free

Sit down. Somewhere in the world it’s sundown. So pour a scotch. This is thick. While everything will turn out okay in the long run (I have no doubt), it now seems certain we’re entering a period of confusion (unless you read this pathetic blog daily) and volatility. As you know, the Chinese stock market […]

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 10:38 pm

The VICE Guide to Right Now: A Fugitive Got Caught Because He Starred in a Low-Budget Horror Movie

Photo via Flickr user Steve Baker

Read: The New Wave of Ultra-Violent Ugandan DIY Action Cinema

Everyone wants to be a movie star. It's the American Dream, right? Fame, fortune, on-set catering, and Vinnie Chase-levels of excess. So when someone casts you to play a prominent role in their horror flick, you have to say yes. Well, maybe not if you're a convicted fugitive on the run from the law trying to keep a low profile, but even that didn't stop Jason Stange from following his actor dreams.

According to the Guardian, the 44-year-old Stange was sentenced to 117 months in jail after admitting to armed bank robbery in 2006. But he broke parole last year and has been on the lam ever since.

While most fugitives go on Odysseus-style adventures or bask in rumors about their humongous junk, Stange decided to sign on to play "an abortion clinic doctor who commits a deranged act" in a low-budget slasher film called Marla Mae. He must have figured that the police are too busy to watch movies, anyway.

Apparently they're not too busy to read the local newspaper in Olympia, Washington, because Stange was arrested last Friday following The Olympian's write-up and photo series about Marla Mae's production—a photo series that prominently featured Stange.

Now Stange is back in jail, but the timing couldn't have been better—production on Marla Mae has already wrapped, so Stange won't be missed, and US marshals even allowed him to return his costume to set before hauling him off. Plus, the people behind Marla Mae are now looking for financing to release the film.

What better way to get major news outlets covering a low-budget slasher flick than casting a runaway fugitive who gets arrested right after production wraps? Genius marketing.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 5:40 pm

Michael Geist

More Than Milk: Why Agricultural Protections Are Just the Tip of the TPP Iceberg

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement that encompasses nearly 40 per cent of world GDP, heads to Hawaii later this month for ministerial-level negotiations. According to media reports, this may be the final round of talks, with countries expected to address the remaining contentious issues with their "best offers" in the hope that an agreement can be reached. Canadian coverage of the TPP has centred primarily on U.S. demands for changes to longstanding agricultural market safeguards.

With a national election a few months away, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the prospect of overhauling some of Canada's biggest business sectors has politicians from all parties waffling on the agreement. Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast, who will lead the Canadian delegation, maintains that the government has not agreed to dismantle supply management protections and that it will only enter into an agreement if the deal is in the best interests of the country. The opposition parties are similarly hesitant to stake out positions on key issues, noting that they cannot judge the TPP until it is concluded and publicly released.

While the agricultural issues may dominate debate, it is only one unresolved issue of many. Indeed, the concerns associated with the agreement go far beyond the supply of products such as milk and chickens.

The post More Than Milk: Why Agricultural Protections Are Just the Tip of the TPP Iceberg appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Posted on 20 July 2015 | 12:33 pm

The Tyee / The Hook

Finally! Tyee's National Email Edition Is Here (in Tyee News)

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 7:50 am

13 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, July 23

Keep busy with these events.

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Posted on 22 July 2015 | 11:00 pm

A View from the Edge

Merry Christmas!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you
for following my blog. I have been blogging since 2005; 3 years on 
another site and 5 1/2 years on this site. I started the blog mainly as a
diary and for my friends and family to keep track of our doings and 
whereabouts when we decided to hit the road in our RV. We got off the
road in April 2012. I have decided to step away from blogging for awhile, if not
permanently. I have many ideas in my head for books, and, in fact, have started
a few of them! I am hoping to spend more time this new year on writing. I
might check in from time-to-time on your blogs; may not comment, but just to
see how you all are doing. I've made some good friends over the years through
blogging, and I know that we will stay in touch.

Have a WONDERFUL Christmas and a HAPPY and HEALTHY
New Year!

Love, Pat

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Posted on 22 December 2013 | 2:24 pm

Cottage Country Reflections

Book Review: Insights of a Yogi

Insights of a Yogi I must admit I have put off the review for this book. Since I just read a book about how to change from being a procrastinator to a doer, I figured I should get to it. Whoops... I very much enjoy yoga. I haven't done it in ages. Prior to my divorce (1993), when I was fearful, trying to find myself and my way, I found that my yoga sessions really centred me. Yoga has been

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 12:08 pm

Weighty Matters

Unless You're in an ER, if You Hear the Word "Detox", Run

Simple rule - if someone is trying to promote, defend, or encourage the use of a product they claim will remove toxins from your body, unless they're a physician in the emergency department or your kidney failure specialist, they're either dangerously ignorant, or unconscionably unethical.

And if you're trying to determine between ignorant and unethical, look to their education. If they haven't any, well then give them the benefit of the doubt and presume it's just well-intentioned, hopeful, ignorance. But if they are highly educated, like for instance Dr. Frank Lipman, who sells a $229 two-week cleanse he purports will,
"help to bind toxins, prevent their absorption and promote elimination"
Or Dr. Oz, who promotes a 3 day "Detox Cleanse" that he claims,
"Eliminates harmful toxins and resets your body"
I think it's probably safe to err on the side of unethical.

Recently the fabulous Australian consumer show The Checkout covered detoxing. If you've got a moment, take a peek.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 11:35 am

Margaret Wente

Truth is, sleeping around isn’t all that empowering

Sexual liberation was a rallying cry for early feminists, and rightly so. But with time comes the knowledge that restraint has its virtues

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Posted on 24 July 2015 | 9:30 pm

Lauren Out Loud

HIATUS: re-launching sometime, maybe, in the future

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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:54 pm

Rants n Rascals

This Girl Is On Fire: Menopause Sucks!

It happens. There I am sound asleep, sitting up even, back against the wall. I open one eye and then the other, quickly thinking I’ve found myself in the depth of hell, being burned alive. Pools of sweat surround me, and I realize it’s not hell. Alicia Keys starts singing in my head: This Girl […]

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Posted on 25 July 2015 | 10:51 am

Bow. James Bow

Ex Machina, What I'm Writing, and Things

So, finding ourselves with a rare childless evening, Erin and I rented Ex Machina yesterday. This is a story about an uber-genius software billionaire having invented AI (played by Alicia Vikander) bringing aboard this brilliant computer coder to perform a...

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Posted on 25 July 2015 | 9:52 pm

A Toronto Blog

UNITY Festival Toronto 2015

Dance and Hip Hop music is celebrated over the four day UNITY Charity Festival from July 22-25. The annual event happens in July and finished with a concert in Yonge-Dundas Square. Their goal is to Engage and empower youth as they become leaders in their communities.
"UNITY Beatbox, UNITY Dance, UNITY MC&Spoken Word and the final event UNITY Concert. UNITY Festival has hosted artists like Talib Kweli, Biz Markie, Maestro, RichKid, Queen Godis, Rahzel, Kid David, Moy, Ball-Zee and many more."

See the live graffiti battle after the jump.

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 12:49 am

Robyn Urbak on Campus

Paul Martin accuses feds of underfunding aboriginal schools

Conservative government's First Nations education policy immoral, Martin said in speech to Assembly of First Nations

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Posted on 10 July 2015 | 4:17 pm

Postcards From the Mothership

Sandcastles and SUNSHINE in PEI National Park

It was a celebrity sighting of the highest order. A whisper rippled up and down the beach as the crowd peered up in wonder. “Is that what I think it is?” “Oh my goodness, do you see what I see?” “Holy crap, THE SUN IS SHINING!” My mom left a comment on yesterday’s post saying […] Related posts (automatically generated):
  1. Photo(s) of the day: evening walk on the beach
  2. The boys of Green Gables, Cavendish beach and more lighthouses
  3. Photo of the day: Beach jump!

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 12:11 pm

David Akins on the Hill

Latest Predictionator: Conservative Minority

In the last week, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair campaigned throughout southwestern Ontario; Justin Trudeau had stops in Montreal, Winnipeg and Burnaby and Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a couple of photo opportunities with firefighters in Kelowna, B.C. and in northern Saskatchewan. There were a couple of new polls. But the big event that seems to […]

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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 12:23 pm

Dutch Blitz

Remediation Of A Former Grow-Op

We are still very excited that we won our house in a sealed court bid by $111.20 (ONE HUNDED AND ELEVEN DOLLARS AND TWENTY CENTS). We knew that there would be a lot of work to be done to get it to the point where we could even begin to live in it and/or start […]

© Angella Dykstra 2005-2013 All rights reserved. | Originally published for as Remediation Of A Former Grow-Op.

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Posted on 21 July 2015 | 1:59 am

Nik at Night

Stuff for a Monday

Why, hello there! Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of me starting up this blog, and I realized I haven't blogged since Game of Thrones ended and left me a mess on the floor. And years ago I used to do these mishmash blog posts of randomness, so I thought I'd do one of those today just for the heck of it.

Bloom County Returns
As many of you know, I'm a crazy huge fan of Bloom County. When I was a kid, my family went through a bout where we lived in four different places within two years. It was tough, and on the final move I was particularly tired of it, but when we arrived at the new place my dad pointed into my new bedroom, which was empty except for an Opus stuffie sitting on the floor. To this day I have that Opus doll, and he sits on my mantle in my office and just stares into the room. When my brother and I were kids, my dad bought me a Bloom County book, and my brother got Calvin & Hobbes. I ended up getting all of the Bloom County books, and I still tell people that one of my worst book-lending nightmares was when my dad gave me the big Bloom County treasury book and I lent it to a friend, who ended up keeping it all summer, took it away to camp, and then handed it back to me in September, the pages all dog-eared and curled (she'd dropped it in some water at camp at one point) and she laughed and said, "It's well loved!!" I thought I was going to cry.

Bloom County went away in 1989, when artist Berkeley Breathed said the political climate had stopped being funny. And now, over 25 years later, it's returned with this glorious comic that showed up this morning on Breathed's Facebook page:

Yes, he's back! This time I thought I was going to cry again, but it was for only happy reasons. I can't wait to see what he has to say in the new millennium. Opus has never existed in the 21st century, hasn't had any comment post-9/11, hasn't been around at the same time as The Simpsons, for that matter. It's amazing to have him back.

And... Harper Lee Returns
Several months ago, it was announced that Harper Lee had a second novel, one written before To Kill a Mockingbird, one that was going to be published by HarperCollins in July. I was over the moon. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favourite novels. I first read it when I was a teenager, then in my twenties a couple of times, again in my thirties, and was just saying right before the announcement that I'd love to read it again.

But the good news was short-lived. For then it came out that Harper Lee was in a nursing home, not of sound mind, and that it was a greedy agent or greedy publisher or greedy lawyer (depending on the story) who was forcing her to put the book out. One person said she was happy and laughing and chatting at the nursing home; another said she was non-verbal and unresponsive all the time, and there's no way she could have signed the documents. Friends of mine on Facebook began calling it out, and saying no one should buy this book or it would be akin to elder abuse.

I didn't know what to do. Writers have the right to not have their work published if it's something they regret having written. Could you imagine someone publishing your high school poetry? And there's always been so much talk that Truman Capote had rewritten so much of To Kill a Mockingbird that he should have gotten a credit on the cover, but I've often chalked that up to sexism of the day. As if that purty lil' lady could have written those fancy words all by her lonesome!!

And then this week HarperCollins published the first chapter of the book online, and every news outlet picked it up. I went onto the Wall Street Journal site to read it... and I won't spoil what happens, but there's a shocking throwaway line that made my hand fly to my mouth and I gasped in horror. Suddenly I wasn't so sure I wanted to read the rest of the book. This book features the same characters as To Kill a Mockingbird, but she wrote the book BEFORE her classic. Even though it's technically a sequel — it happens twenty years after Mockingbird — she wrote Mockingbird as a prequel of sorts, one that only she knew about. So when she does certain things to beloved characters in Go Set a Watchman, she wasn't as invested in those characters as children or younger adults as we have been our entire lives.

AND THEN word got out that Atticus Finch is essentially a racist character, not the man who fought for the rights of an African-American man, as we've all upheld him to be. I didn't know if I wanted to do this anymore. Do I want to read this book — a book that Harper Lee didn't want published? That tosses away major characters in the first chapter like they're meaningless? That changes my view of who they once were?

But there have been some very interesting stories written about why we need to question this behaviour. Was Atticus really someone who fought for Civil Rights? No. He just believed the black man did not rape the white woman. But when (spoiler) he loses the court case, he doesn't stand up and rail against the establishment, or lead a Civil Rights parade down the street. He simply gets up, sadly goes home and says, "Oh well. Love thy neighbour, Scout. Even if thy neighbour be a racist piece of shit. You should love him." (This is not a direct quote.) It's not exactly a stretch that he would oppose civil disobedience. I've heard that Watchman is inconsistent — for example, Atticus actually wins the court case according to this book. So this book is not exactly a sequel, per se, but more of a historical document. Perhaps I can go into it not having the original characters changed, but almost seeing these new characters as separate.

Atticus was changed at the behest of an editor when Lee was working on To Kill a Mockingbird, so by reading Go Set a Watchman, we see what Harper Lee's original vision of him might have been. So I've decided not to cancel that pre-order, and I will be reading that book. If nothing else, I'll look at it as a writer and editor, looking at the process of one of America's greatest living writers, how her vision changed to create her masterpiece, and how, maybe, we need to question our literary heroes and ask whether they were as heroic as we've been led to believe.

Oh, and also...
Ernest Cline has a new book coming out tomorrow. Ready Player One is one of my all-time favourite books as well (it actually sits on the same bookshelf as To Kill a Mockingbird in my living room), and it's coming to me in the same pre-order as Go Set a Watchman tomorrow. So I confess: I'll be reading Armada first.

Grace and Frankie

I began watching this show on Netflix the day it premiered, and by the end of the first episode, I thought it was sort of cute, but the jokes were lame, and I didn't believe in any universe that Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston were a believable couple. Midway through the third episode, I gave up. I kind of hated the two guys — they could have told their wives about their secret affair 20 years earlier but instead kept it from them, let their wives raise their children, and then when those wives were officially senior citizens, they throw them back into the dating scene. It felt so unfair, these men stealing so much of their wive's lives from them, and leaving them alone in their twilight years.

But one day a few weeks ago, I was skimming around Netflix looking for something to watch (it's not a joke that people spend more time browsing the Netflix screens looking for new stuff than actually watching it because Netflix has the WORST search engine in the universe) and it popped up in my Continue Watching list. So I decided to continue watching. And Grace has a complete breakdown in the grocery store when the clerk won't pay attention to her and Frankie because he's too busy looking at a cute young thing in a low-cut top. Suddenly this wasn't the story of two women — played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin — who get dumped by their husbands after they reveal they've been having an affair with each other for 20 years, but the story of two 70-year-old women who have to start over. Grace is stuck-up, and Frankie is the New Age hippie who still sees her husband Sol as her best friend (and he sees her that way back). Each episode you see the women swinging back and forth on a pendulum of despair and joy, as they slump with misery at the thought of being alone for the rest of their lives, followed by the moment when they sense the freedom they now have. Richard is aloof most of the time because he and Grace barely had a relationship anyway, but Sol grapples with the guilt of what he's done to his beloved wife.

With every episode, I enjoyed this show more and more, and thought it began covering off all of the things that made me question it in the first place. The children's roles fell into place, and I couldn't wait to get back to watch what Grace and Frankie were going to do today. I thought it was a brilliant look at how society tends to disregard a woman in her 70s completely, and yet she is as vital and vibrant as she's ever been. AND... I even began to believe that Richard and Sol were in love. I was sad when I got to the end of the final episode and there was no more. If you haven't checked out this show yet, please do.

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Posted on 13 July 2015 | 9:09 pm

Word Grrrls

Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning 

Source: Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source How is your satire? Could you come up with a great headline like this? Think of something obvious and spin it in a different way. Try it with a few ideas. It’s not easy but gets better once you get the hang of it. Start just by changing a few words on the headline from the Onion: Millions of Cows Robbed of Milk this Morning School Children Sent Home at the End of the Day Apples Found, not Far from the Tree    
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Posted on 26 July 2015 | 6:39 pm

Elfshot - sticks and stones

Life on the Tundra

Young Arctic Hare
Many of the baby animals on the tundra have instincts to freeze and blend with the boulders and vegetation.
Overflowing nest of Lapland Longspur chicks.
Perfectly mute.  They'd be easy prey for a fox if they made a peep.
We saw this thing swimming in the river and didn't know what it was at first.  It looked like a seal, but we were 35 km inland.

It turned out it was a fox.  Not even the water is safe from this little jerks anymore.  Stay vigilant.

 Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 1:15 pm

Adam Radwanski

Low funds could hinder re-election prospects for Quebec New Democrats

More than half the incumbents have raised less than $20,000, suggesting vulnerable MPs could be outspent by opponents in tight ridings

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Posted on 24 July 2015 | 1:31 am

How to Survive Life in the Suburbs

Things They Don’t Tell You About Owning A Great Dane

There were some things I knew when I committed to adding a Great Dane pup to my home.  I knew his temperament would make him the perfect family pet.  I knew our new little love was going to eat….a lot.  I knew he would be work and the cuteness factor was going to be ridiculous. […]

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 12:03 pm

A Peek Inside the Fishbowl

When life is lovely and terrible

We’re back from our annual camping trip. My friend K_ passed away suddenly while we were gone. A stroke. I’ve lost my mojo and am finding it very hard to muster up the enthusiasm and energy required to do anything. K_ was a strong, adventurous type, and I think she would have liked our trip. I […]

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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 2:09 pm

Dawg’s Blawg

A week in politics

…rising quickly to its climax: a report that Stephen Harper wants to abolish the Senate. His creatures there have been giving him a black eye, and only now has he looked in the mirror. Wow, what a shiner! Will those...

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Posted on 24 July 2015 | 1:09 pm

Dammit Janet

"No Toronto Olympics" Say 10 People on Twitter

They did it. Ten people on Twitter got the Boston 2024 Olympic bid pulled.

Olympic officials hate an argy-bargy and the good people of Boston put up a heckuva rumpus.

So, they took their ball and went elsewhere. Probably Los Angeles.

Toronto, chuffed from pulling off a second-rank sporting event -- for which the costs and overruns will not be revealed for months -- at which Canadians won the second-most medals after the US's less-than-star athletes, is again contemplating an bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.

To which we say, NO FUCKING WAY.

A few points to start.

First, it's expensive.
But the Olympics are a much bigger event. This summer, more than 7,000 athletes from 41 delegations travelled to compete in Toronto. That's at least 3,000 athletes and 164 delegations fewer than what London managed during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The city would need to galvanize public support to spend taxpayer dollars this way. The bid process could run the city between $50 million and $60 million, while a successful bid could cost up to $6.9 billion, according to a 2014 feasibility report.

"They're always looking to open up new markets for the games," says Janice Forsyth, former director of Western University's International Centre for Olympic Studies. That could explain why many recent host cities have never staged the Olympics before.
Got that? It costs at least $50 million to buy a lottery ticket to this bunfest and if we win, we get to spend up to $7 BILLION more.

Second, the cost overruns. Since 1976, cost overruns have averaged more than 200%.

This is largely a factor of estimated costs being pulled out of various assholes to begin with.

Next, Toronto already said no thanks. At that committee meeting in January 2014, not one person showed up to support a bid.

Not. One. Person.

What's changed?

Mainly the mayor, who wants the Games, but who is playing it cozy so far saying people would have to be "reasonably interested" for Toronto to bid.

Now this is the really clever bit. If we want to mortgage our city for 30 years, we must act fast. A letter of intent has to go to the IOC by September 15.

Classic huckersism. Buy now! These prices won't last long! Deal of a lifetime!


Let's strangle this notion in its cradle.

I have more to say about the brilliant, hard-working people of Boston, but their advice is: get to the councillors.

Here are their Twitter accounts.





































John Campbell, David Shiner, Glenn De Baeremaeker, and Giorgio Mammoliti seem not to have Twitter accounts.

Other contact info here.

On Twitter, use the hashtag #NoTO2024.

Just to forestall any accusations that I'm a Negative Nellie, I want to go on record as in total, ethusiastic support of Matt Elliott's Fakelympics.

Let's get this done.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 7:32 pm

That Artist Woman

Guest Post

Hi everyone,

I'm guest posting today over at Skip to my Lou

I'm keeping up with my shorebird theme.  Head over there to find out how to make papier mache version.

See you there.


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Posted on 8 July 2015 | 5:12 pm

A pretty Life in the Suburbs

Getting to know my Saeco GranBaristo

Now that I’ve had our Saeco GranBaristo for a while, I have gotten it to know it much better, so I thought I’d share some last thoughts I have about it in this last blog post, as well as some tips! A great aesthetic feature of the Saeco GranBaristo is how compact it is, and that it […]

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 12:00 pm

Canada's Adventure couple

19 Wondrous Pictures of South Dakota That Will Make You Want To Go

There's a reason South Dakota invited a group of photographers out to capture its landscape for a gallery on Instagram. It's one remarkable state. So to celebrate the beauty of the heartland, we've rounded up our best pictures of South Dakota to help you escape your work day. Breathtaking pictures of South Dakota I hope you [...]

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 9:00 am

My New Life in Canada, under the snow!


Train tracks just outside the city offer a gritty scenery—giant scars punctuated by wires and posts with huge metal monsters going full speed.

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Posted on 27 July 2015 | 12:09 pm

Live From Waterloo

Silly Monkey Stories #276 – Sassy soccer player

(En español más abajo)
Canada29/Jun/2015 – Florencia (11)
Florencia had her first ‘Rep’ soccer game ever last week (this means, she played for the Waterloo team like her older siblings instead of the recreational league), so I had to drop her off in Elora (a neighbouring town) and then head back because I had another game myself. Knowing that Florencia always gets into funny arguments with her opponents, once she got back I asked her if she had any ‘discussions’. Here’s what she said:
- Um, yeah… there was this girl, and I was running away from this other player, and the first girl said ‘cover it’ to her; I immediately replied ‘I’m a human being, you know, and I have a name’. The other girl asked me ‘Oh, yeah? And what’s your name?’ So I said ‘Florencia’ and the other girl said ‘that’s actually a nice name’, so I replied ‘of course’. And then she left…
Watching her expressions as she was retelling this story was just priceless.
Argentina29/Jun/2015 – Florencia (11)
Florencia tuvo su primer partido de fútbol ‘Rep’ la semana pasada (eso quiere decir que jugó por el equipo de Waterloo como sus hermanos mayores en lugar de la liga recreacional), así que la tuve que dejar en Elora (un pueblito vecino) y luego pegué la vuelta porque yo tenía un partido también. Sabiendo que Florencia siempre se mete en discusiones divertidas con sus oponentes, una vez que volvió le pregunté si había tenido algún ‘intercambio’. Esto es lo que me contó:
- Uh, si… estaba esta chica, y yo me estaba acabando de otra jugadora, y la primera chica le dijo ‘cubrí eso’ a la otra; yo enseguida le respondí ‘Soy un ser humano, sabés, y tengo nombre’. La otra chica me dijo ‘Ah, sí? Y cómo te llamás?’ Yo le dije ‘Florencia’ y la otra chica me dijo ‘es un lindo nombre en realidad’. Yo le respondí ‘por supuesto’. Y ella se fue…
Las caras y expresiones que hacía cuando contaba esa historia eran realmente impagables.
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Posted on 7 July 2015 | 9:30 pm