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Hazel Singer
Seattle, Washington,
January 04


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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 7:56PM

Moon Rise over Astotin Lake

The posts below had photos of the beauty of the sunset at Astotin Lake, Edmonton, Alberta.  No less fabulous is the moon rise.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 3:33PM

Edmonton Highlights

Edmonton is a city in flux.  There are a few older buildings which reference the city's past as a frontier town and legislative centre of Alberta.  There is also much evidence of the Alberta oil boom: construction and supplies businesses, plenty of buildings recently and currently under con… Read full post »
The route and major stops:  Seattle - Colville - Kalispell - Glacier National Park - Waterton-Glacier - Fort McLeod/Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump - Calgary - Edmonton - Jasper - Osoyoos - Seattle.  This trip was about 2400 miles in ten days with 4 nights in Edmonton.  The beauty of theRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 11:15PM

A good holiday read

Sunflower (Virago Modern Classics)Sunflower by Rebecca West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was written in the mid-1920's and published posthumously in 1986.  It is pure Rebecca West in acerbity and incisive observation.  It is clearly written out of incredible frustration caused by her relationship with H.G.Wells.&n/… Read full post »
Does the ANC really still believe that being comrades in arms with China is the good and revolutionary thing to do? Like the ministers in many other African countries, South African government ministers continue to allow China access to resources in exchange for infrastructure funding.   Recentl… Read full post »
AUGUST 22, 2011 9:50AM

In Stegner's Footsteps

To Be Sung UnderwaterTo Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A truly remarkable work of fiction. Beautiful writing, interesting characters, great story. And, the author was a Stegner Fellow!: he learned the lessons of Wallace Stegner well./… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2011 5:52PM

A good summer reasd

Stone ArabiaStone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author has great insight into the hyper-reality and excessive empathy generated by heart-rending news stories. A good take on the old Shakespearean notion of appearance versus reality and self delusion and self reinvention./… Read full post »
Latakia assaulted from the sea by Bashar the Butcher on 13 August:

Today's NYT reports on the continued shelling of Latakia
This photograph is from the NYT article, followed by one we took overlooking Latakia in June 2010.

AUGUST 8, 2011 11:17PM

Uncomfortable Reading

 PropertyProperty by Valerie Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

  Stories about slavery and the consequent distortions of relationships, ideology, and   behaviour always make uncomfortable reading.  Valerie Martin has written a spare, insightful story about two women: slave and owne/… Read full post »
Pendleton Woolen Mills creates beautiful blankets to benefit American Indian College Fund.  The latest design is based on the magnificent glass sculptures of Preston Singletary.

Today, Maureen Dowd's column in the NYT points out several causes of the mess we find ourselves in with the debt ceiling debacle.  Her choice words about Bush Cheney, her reminding us of another apt nickname for the rabid right wingnuts is........the Taliban Wing of  the Republican Party: w/… Read full post »
The Memory of LoveThe Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A powerful story, generally well written.  The author did a very good job revealing parts of the story, layer by layer.  The horror of war was both visceral and sublimated.
The Sunday Review section in today's New York Times had many excellent columns. My favourite, however, was Maureen Dowd's atta boy to the longest serving politician in Ireland for his scathing remarks to the Vatican. The title of her column, The End of Awe, was also a commentary on/… Read full post »
JULY 20, 2011 1:33AM

Syria Specialist

Syria specialist Joshua Landis compiles information on his daily blog:  it is well worth reading.
JULY 18, 2011 7:19PM

Support Free Syria

To read up-to-the-minute reports of activity in Syria, please visit this link:

Go o Facebook and search for "We are all Hamza Alkhateeb"
The Memory ChaletThe Memory Chalet by Tony Judt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A memoir of a man who lead a thoughtful life, who was not afraid to grow and change intellectually, who was willing to stand out.
JULY 5, 2011 2:08PM


Here is a video of trauma in Hama yesterday:

Here are photos of Hama May/June  2010: A more peaceful, beautiful time.  May the people of Hama find freedom soon.

JULY 2, 2011 11:54PM

A witty and crafty writer!

JUNE 30, 2011 1:46PM

Today in Aleppo

So much hope.......just look at these fabulous people!
From today's New York Times:

Syria Allows Opposition to Meet in Damascus

Meeting of 190 opposition leaders

Charges of War Crimes Brought Against Qaddafi

Celebration in Benghazi


JUNE 22, 2011 3:00PM

This dress!

If only I had somewhere to wear this:

                                            /… Read full post »
JUNE 15, 2011 2:47PM

Comments & articles on Syria at FT

There is a list of articles published by the FT on Syria at this link
Say You're One of ThemSay You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A most depressing set of short stories.  Unlike Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance, where there is an arc of misery to possibly less misery back to more misery, Say You're One of Them goes from misery to horror to/… Read full post »
JUNE 11, 2011 10:25PM

For real-time info on Syria...

Join the Facebook page We Are All Hamza Alkhateeb, in honour of the 12 year old boy who was tortured and murdered by Bashar the Butcher

JUNE 2, 2011 9:32PM

Bashar the Butcher Part 2

There are no words.....