Scarlett Sumac's Blog

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NOVEMBER 22, 2011 9:17PM

Recession Retrograde: a memoir

In considering the current recession, I found myself wandering around in the recesses of my mind thinking about the last one.

I graduated from university at the height of the 1980’s recession. Instead of lying in bed at night counting sheep, I was overwhelmed with visions ofRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 7:32PM

Wallowing in a wet November song

I've got a couple of posts on the drawing board right now; nothing cleaned up enough to hit publish.

Sure, I like when the sun shines down warming… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 5:02PM

Nature Calls The Shots

I’ve been remiss. A few posts back, I promised some autumn harvest photos but I got distracted. Truth is between work, family and getting outside to enjoy the fleeting days of fall, I didn’t get too many vineyard snaps. Dedicated though I might be, my right hip usuallyRead full post »
OCTOBER 30, 2011 6:12PM

Sight Unseen: A Requiem

There is a particular feel to this cold autumn night; a feel that permeates the very soul of things.  You see when I was a child autumn was always my favorite time of year. The sight of leaves changing colours, the smell along with the crunching sound on theRead full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2011 8:06PM

My Brilliant 2nd Career B4 The Age of 25

I’ve worked fairly hard in life and I’m the type of person who needs a routine to keep her grounded. At one time I thought work was everything. The job market has shrivelled up so much I lament for those young folk out there today who will miss outRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2011 10:41PM

Getting Hip @ The Rogue's Gallery

"Bring on a brand new renaissance/Cause I think I'm ready
I've been shaking all night long/But my hands are steady" - Three Pistols, T.H.

What do Italian artist Caravaggio and a Canadian rock guitarist have in common? According to me, quite a bit. Here’s why.

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OCTOBER 18, 2011 11:04PM

Canada Breaks Great Pumpkin World Record

pumpkin patch 
While the world teeters on the edge of economic collapse, in a field in Ormstown, Quebec, a new world record was being set putting Canada once again on the international stage. 

Known as the birthplace of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Marshall McLuhan,

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OCTOBER 16, 2011 5:33PM

My Implants

(Watching the sun glint on and off through yellow maple leafs out the window is only adding to my codeine-induced dizziness, so I might as well write. And really Doc, antibiotics and Tylenol 3’s? I was expecting better drugs than that.

Last night I over-indulged. I popped

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OCTOBER 9, 2011 9:37AM

Miscellaneous Thanksgivings

Some facsimile of this post has sat half-finished in my draft folder for a long while. I planned on doing an artistic piece on tones and textures in photos I had lying around. Life, as it often does, got in the way. So rather than let things slide further, I've combined… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 10:54PM

This blog will self-destruct

If I could harness my energy and have my mind jitterbug in a copasetic dance with my fingers I might write a blog post from one of the numerous drafts I have percolating on my desktop. But I do not. 

One reason I’m not posting is the state of Open Salon.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 4:35PM

Belated Birthday - Nifty Fifty?

"You made it here somehow,
 You’re a big girl now" 

It’s official; last Sunday at 9:48 am, I turned 50 years old. Can you freaking believe it? Neither can I. Maybe I'm in shock because I’m still listening to Iggy PopRead full post »

AUGUST 31, 2011 9:30PM

scrabble nonsense?

Aardvark advil afghanistan aristotle avatars anthrax adderall asparagus behemoth benzedrine borderline Beowulf bingo buffalo blitzkrieg cantankerous cantaloupe collision conundrum calla lily Clusterfuck dynamite Demerol dostoevsky dime bag dire straits daddy-o, diablo

Essential ecstasy exuberance… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2011 10:56AM

Dear Brother, where art thou?

It was a hot Sunday night in August, eight years ago.  My partner and I were sitting in air-conditioned comfort watching Six Feet Under when the phone rang.  It was one of my sisters who rarely called after nine o'clock. I stepped out into the humid air to take theRead full post »

Earlier today I had something up my sleeve I was going to post but in the final analysis this song - for reasons too obvious to mention - kept going through my head ...
"Broken lines broken strings
  Broken threads broken springs
  Broken idols
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 Lucinda Williams

(I’m just giving fair warning here. What you are about to read is hardly objective. I can’t pretend to be. Oh sure, I’ll use some analytical skills, but mostly I’ll speak from my heart, you know, that pump in your chest that keeps the blood flowing and makes huma/Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2011 8:25PM

Words Not Written

Words not written
course through my veins
bounce off arterial walls
then swim to skin, skull
and skeleton

Words not written
line my inner eyelids
invade surreal dreams
and invite the cruel mistress

Words not written
whisper from hall closets
and screech through long tunnels
driven at high speed… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2011 10:52PM

watch out young beauty

watch out young beauty
the world you inherit
is hell bent to process
package and sell you
for a song and dance

and when your demons writhe
they’ll turn their back
even have a laugh

did they tell you
your fortune will exceed
by all degrees?


your… Read full post »

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JULY 21, 2011 11:13AM

july thoughts, shots and garden spots

 July is a funny month - sandwiched as she is - between June and August. June comes along bursting with newness and greenery and sips chilled white wine on the patio. She allows the evening breeze to tickle your feet and throws welcome splashes of colour around the garden. The lawnRead full post »

JULY 12, 2011 6:39PM

Meeting up with Myriad

I’ve been on the road the last week and a half travelling through parts of Eastern and Near North Ontario. One of the highlights of this recent trip was meeting none other than Open Salon’s Myriad.

We met in a little town with a population of 6,000 anRead full post »

JULY 1, 2011 6:33PM

From Canada To You

Late last night, or should I say in the wee hours of the morning, I sat behind my computer trying to compile a list of Canadian songs in celebration of Canada Day. Well, as often is the case lately with Open Salon’s technical difficulties, it took way more time than anticipatedRead full post »

The longest day has come and gone. And in this neck of the woods it means one thing. Young and old alike grab a drum and head to Lakeside Park to drum down the first sun of summer in celebration of Summer Solstice. Looking at these pictures you can see itRead full post »

                      Lunar eclipse

the man in the moon is a woman
exhaling and sighing it seems
she lifts sandy shores of the ocean
and shifts tides in the darkest of dreams

I saw her outside my win… Read full post »

Through the interminably long, relentless winter and soggy sopping spring, I looked forward to the warmer weather and all the possibilities that open up. This summer, though not officially here yet, has come on like a humid blast furnace. Now, I’m not complaining. It’s just that we have s… Read full post »

honky tonk heroes

Recently back from a road trip to Nashville, and while generally recovering from a weeklong party, I've deliberated on how to relate my experience. Some of my adventures are multi-page Kerouac style scribbles that have not yet seen the light of the computer screen. I'm still processing thisRead full post »