GratiTuesday: All that glitters: ALL of it

My house kinda looks like the crime scene of a Christmas Fairy massacre. There is glitter *everywhere*. It seems like at least 83% by weight of the Christmas decor in and around my house is sparkley. My eyes feel gritty just thinking about it. But it isn’t going to stop me. Because you know what […]

Thursday Throwdown: Remembrance Day

I hope everyone had a chance today to visit a cenotaph or attend a Remembrance service, and perhaps enjoy some fellowship at a local Canadian Legion. I meant to get this out earlier for us, but couldawouldashoulda. Better now than not at all, right? At the going down of the sun and in the morning, […]

Thursday Throwdown: September 2, 2021

Welcome to September, friends! I for one am super happy for the change in weather. The hot hot heat isn’t my friend, but this more temperate sunny, but not like Satan’s Armpit weather is my jam. I feel productive in this kind of weather – there’s tomato sauce to make! There’s gardens to start winding […]

Wordnerds, assemble!

Once upon a time, when Gutenburg cranked up his press, it was critical that poets and playwrights fit their lyrical genius onto a finite amount of space. The full bloom of your prose must fit onto the folio – too short and it was a waste of space; too long and it was a wasted […]

What’s the best you can do?

Half a lifetime ago, there were several people in my circle of friends who had birthdays around the same time as mine, so we decided that we’d go to a comedy show to celebrate all of us at once. I wasn’t in a great headspace, so when the comedian asked if anyone was celebrating anything, […]

Thursday Throwdown: July 1

So, usually on Canada Day, I’d be agonizing over how to narrow down my favourite Canadian tunes down to a coherent playlist for you. But this year, there are other things to consider. The number of unmarked graves around residential schools is over a thousand, and it’s going to increase. I mean, not that the […]

Thursday Throwdown: June 10, 2021

Try, try, again, right? We still can’t figure out what the issue was with the randomly not-showing-up playlists. The Swearyverse is not playing nicely with Spotify. But I’m a scholar of the Senator Elizabeth Warren school of Persistence, so we’ll try again. Yeah… So I dunno. It appears to be working now. Technology is hard […]

Thursday Throwdown: June 3, 2021

Welcome to June, friends! In Ontario, we move into a different stage of lockdown (maybe) this week. But no one really knows what that means, because there’s nebulous rules like “Everything is the same except these things, which everyone thought were already changed, so good luck”. So I dunno. Enjoy your week, whatever you’re allowed […]

Feeling vs. Being

I understand that a seizure is an electrical storm in your brain, and in the aftermath, there’s neural short-circuits that need to be detoured as your brain heals itself. And you can’t will it to go faster than it’s going to. Alas.