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Archive for September, 2004

The Devouring Mothers, what Niki had to say

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

I have a book, handbound with string through two holes in its cardboard covers. It’s small — maybe 20cm x 16cm? — and was “published” in November 1972 by Gimpel Fils, probably in conjunction with an exhibition. It’s called The Devouring Mothers and consists of twenty-six pages of lithographs by the ever-wonderful Niki de Saint […]

Ma(r)king it up

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Haven’t written much lately, have I? A few annoying health problems intervened, and the usual “I can’t believe I have this much to do” panic, too. Yes, it’s true that I try to spout a constant stream of anti-fascist propaganda when I cleave to denigrating the “work makes you free” claptrap, yet somehow I, too, […]

I stopped wearing contact lenses; sadly, the medieval period still advances on us

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

An early winter has settled on Victoria — at least, that’s what it feels like. Drought and heat are just a memory: gone the searingly empty summer air incinerated to elemental oxygen, replaced instead by palpably moist air, a veritable wet blanket that encourages the unspeakable undercover doings of moss and fungus and all things […]

Father anthologies

Monday, September 13th, 2004

Some of my friends are facing the death of parents, and a few are probably experiencing the full range of conflicting emotions that comes with this territory. Very few people have had “perfect” relationships with their progenitors, yet oh!, how we strive, we strive… Take fathers, for example: we all know seemingly endless examples of […]

Cocky, and real sweet

Friday, September 10th, 2004

This summer I had a chance to get reacquainted with a former high school pal who lives in (and works out of) Toronto. Kathy sent me this link to a music video for the song “Cocky” by Toronto’s Mind the Gap. Along with the band, it stars her son Julian Cervello as a cocky kid […]


Thursday, September 9th, 2004

On the radio this evening, I heard the most amazing song from a 1998 album, Sahara Blue by Hector Zazou. Have to put this one on a prezzies list. * Posted that picture for the entry Pointing past the frame — I realised I could export the scanned picture from the HP PrecisionScan to iPhoto, […]

Piping for change

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Took my dog on his necessary walk today, combining that task with several others before and after, hence travelling to the favoured walking spot by car instead of on foot. Since the whole “getting there” part of the doggie exercise regimen was thus eliminated, we had to extend our usual beach route walk to include […]

Pointing past the frame

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Back in harness. (Not that I really recall getting out of it in the first place….) School is in session again, meetings with advisors upcoming, and a pile of extracurricular classes starting next week. Somehow it was easier when my children barely ate, but now they scarf up the food as quickly as I can […]

Holidays here and there

Monday, September 6th, 2004

It’s Labour Day in Canada, too, but one thing that really stands out for me is how differently holidays are celebrated in the US and Canada. Perhaps it’s a West Coast thing, or perhaps it’s an “island thing” (the laid-back culture), but you could miss every single holiday here easily. The only exception is perhaps […]

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