DECEMBER 14, 2014 1:20PM

I don't understand


I don't understand how white people can deny the fact of deep, wide and long anti-black racism.

Nor how they can cry RACISM or PLAYING THE RACE CARD whenever some black person complains, as if there's equivalency.

I don't understand how white people can demand acceptance of theoretical equiva… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2014 12:03PM

Psychopaths I Have Known

The Psychopath Test – A Journey Through the Madness Industry – by Jon Ronson, who also wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats.


I was interested to read it (I've known some certified psychopaths) – and it was interesting. Funny, with horrific bits. [Re the latter - I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2014 3:58PM

Hi Phyllis - what probably not to do

So I'm feeling lonely here at my new place and looking for some company. Being mostly an introvert, I don't enjoy company-for-company's sake, at least for more than ten minutes, but, rather, people with similar interests or sympatico in some way so there's something actual to talk about.

So I've goneRead full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 9:22PM



There was Michael Brown and cigarillos.  Now Eric Garner and cigarettes.  I think I see the problem here.  Wait, what?


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DECEMBER 2, 2014 1:37AM

Rain at the hospital

Life in igloo-land (only I thought this was a mildish corner thereof).
Good grief.  Just got a call from my reno guy about why he didn't show.  He had been planning to pop over and pick up my spare garbage can for old stuff from his own reno job… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 23, 2014 2:14AM

Arty Shot of the Toilet Shed


My original title was NEW KITCHEN, JUST LIKE THE OLD KITCHEN, ONLY MORE OF IT.  But I thought my new title would get your attention.

Here it is - the arty shot of the toilet shed.  At the re-use material place.

Where I went to buy my new (to me)… Read full post »
This time the court ruled in favor of the hospital, who wanted to take the infant off life-supp… Read full post »


An 11-year-old girl with leukemia wishes not to undergo the discomfort of long-term chemo and her parents have removed her from the hospital and plan to treat her with “traditional” medicine, whatever the hell that might consist of.

Last heard from, she was at some kind of m… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2014 1:12PM


angels smoking
NOVEMBER 12, 2014 1:43AM

Mordor Murder


“He's dead! He's dead!”

The girl burst into the cabin, hair flying, eyes wide, face pale, lips trembling. I happened to be on hand, interviewing the couple who ran the Pagan festival and, as an aspiring journalist, I made mental notes. The interview so far had been… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 12:52PM


I knew he had started seeing someone on the side.  Staying away all of some days. But I didn't think he would run off with her - he complained about her, how she'd sent him all the way to Abbotsford (IN HIS TRUCK WHICH HE WOULDN'T HAVE DRIVEN OUT OF… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 5, 2014 1:24AM

Pissing My Life Away


(French toast for breakfast)


Pissing My Life Away


A few days ago my dashboard went PING and the low-tire symbol came on.. (How does that work anyway? A new gizmo by me, in this new-to-me fake-van. But beats forgetting to check tires periodically.)… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2014 4:34AM

Trick and treat

So we got in a bunch of li'l candy bars, this being our first time in many years in a locale where kiddies were likely to come to the door.  There are a few tots in the immediate vicinity, and the town is such that dedicated… Read full post »
OCTOBER 27, 2014 12:21AM

Oh How the Mighty have Fallen!

My daughter in Seattle lost a wonderful mimosa tree in a storm last night. Its upper branches shaded one end of their second-story porch (which also features a terrific view of Mt. Rainier – when it isn't rainiering). It had wonderful foliage and delicate aromatic flowers.

She thinks itRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2014 5:52PM

My Baby's Back Home!

Here she is, my stolen laptop, back home and snuggling with her big sister, the giant-screen desktop.
Infant i-pad still missing.  A sacrifice to the god of thieves, who at least gave me the bigger piece of loot back.
I went off to meet the… Read full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2014 11:39AM


Nat. Post headline:  Soldier shot outside of Parliament, one gunman ‘killed,’ but ‘multiple shooters’ suspected


Well! Shooters on the roof of the Parliament Buildings!

(Tho the roof/roofs of the P. Buildings are pointy

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OCTOBER 20, 2014 2:23AM

Take a Hike? Oh, okay.

Getting old and creaky, so quite pleased at having done a (however short) hike - uphill going and oddly just as difficult coming back downhill.  Though there are stairs at one point... Here are my daughters preceding me.

The destination?  Bridal Veil Falls.  Very nice!

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“We could go to the Golden Age tea together,” my reno guy suggested. “You could meet people and I could do some politicking.”

He's running for town council and I don't think he has a hope in hell of winning. Nor do I think I have a hope in hell of… Read full post »


Not as exciting as jlsathre crossing the border to Mexico. Tho I have to say that the instant we crossed from Canada into the U.S, there was taco wagon after taqueria after Mexican restaurant after taco wagon (rinse

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 8:09PM


“I've got quite a story to tell you,” my handyman/reno guy said.

He called by this afternoon. I hadn't expected him until after tomorrow – which is Welfare Wednesday. He'd temporarily stopped work for me last weekend so as

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 5:12PM

Heaven's Gate

“I'm 77 and one step from heaven,” the old man said.

“Well, I'm 78 and a step closer than you,” I said.

“78, nearly at heaven's gate,” he suggested.

“Thanks – I'll remember that one,” I said, though of course I planned to put it out of my mind the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 12:23AM

It must be a sign...

...but of what?
This evening I took the dog around the central park in Hope and found a perfect ritual spot.  Except that it's kinda public and I think the spot is a Rotary wheel.  Anyway, it's a cement circle with a central circle and 8 pie-pieces (for the… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 1:17AM

The Elder Returns


A few weeks later the Elder returned.

It was mid-morning and I was sitting in his chair, sipping tea from his cup, leafing through one of the books from his shelf (an encyclopedia of secret societies) when I heard a car pull up in front and then someone trying the… Read full post »


My daughter and I went on a day trip today to one of the local attractions.  As she says, we live in the town of Hope, which is just down the road from Hell's Gate.  (The community of Spuzzum lies between.)

The broad Fraser River flows placidly to the sea… Read full post »