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Archive for November, 2003

Turkeys and other fouls

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

Where have I been the past few days? Up a turkey? Not really, but somehow the all-enveloping fog of …something… has been similar to being in the empty pod of an eviscerated creature. Came across this — Minding the body: stress & self-sacrifice can lead to chronic & serious illness, which seemed rather obvious, but […]

Essence not desired

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Near the beginning, as an opening to Chapter 2 of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami writes, Is it possible, finally, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close are we able to […]

Monia Mazigh

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

In case you missed this when it came out, on the 23rd The Toronto Star had a wonderful tribute by journalist Haroon Siddiqui to a remarkable woman: Monia Mazigh, who fought for her husband Maher Arar‘s human rights while he was held (and was being tortured) in a Syrian jail after the Americans inexplicably deported […]

Scylla and a fighting chance

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Yesterday I bumped into an old friend with whom I’d shared an apartment in Montreal many years ago. He has many, many ideas, many really good ideas, too. I suspect that he sometimes reads my blog, ’cause he knew I’d mentioned his idea about the sad actors here. I asked him about difference, and how […]

Quelle heure-est-il?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

How did it get to be Wednesday evening already? Incroyable! No blog yesterday since I didn’t go to the UVic library for my usual Tuesday evening serendipity forage in the stacks while Emma’s in choir. She went to choir, but I went to a School Planning Council meeting. It always cracks me up that I’m […]

Did you see/ do this?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

It’s Sunday and I haven’t blogged for some days. I started this one on Friday night, when I had lots to do, thinking it would be one of those quickie “Did you see this one?” blogging moments. But it turned into a way-too-complicated topic, Saturday was busy, too, as was the evening, and so was […]


Thursday, November 20th, 2003

Thanks to wood’s lot for the pointer to Netwoman’s interview with Jeneane Sessum. What Jeneane says here in response to the question, “What has been your biggest challenge in the Blogosphere?”, made me pause more than anything for the way it rings true: Not letting it take over my entire life, because if I could, […]

Take a bow

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

And for Sheila Lennon, recently blogrolled here, a song, Sheila Take a Bow: Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear And don’t go home tonight Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you The one that you love and who […]

It’s a dog’s life in today’s world

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

The other day we were persuaded that our dog appeared to be in need of having his anal ducts manipulated. I had no idea dogs had anal ducts or that these could be in need of manual intervention (and all I can say is thank god for latex gloves, too). As it turned out, his […]

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