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I dreamed about my superpower

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

A dream of lost needles in haystacks prompts the author to discover her superpower.

How to Save Downtown (Victoria BC)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

How to Save Downtown Victoria BC Canada: article submitted to FOCUS Magazine (June 2011), original and complete version. FOCUS online version is compromised, and the print version is rubbish. Read this for the real thing.

Reading in the archives

Monday, January 31st, 2011

I was rooting around in my Google documents just minutes ago and came across two 2006 blog post drafts I’d parked there. I published them to my blog at the time, but hadn’t re-viewed them since then: All Eyes (Oct.22, 2006) and Winter will come soon enough (Oct.25, 2006). Both posts convince me of two […]

Time for myself

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Keeping up with my self-imposed goal of blogging daily got a little harder in recent weeks. If I’m brutally honest about it, I have to agree with organizing-and-time-management expert Julie Morgenstern‘s recent tweet, When you view time as slippery and elusive, you have problems managing your time. (I’ve relied on Morgenstern in the past, using […]

Wake-up calls and the seduction of the snooze button

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Last week, while attending a professional / academic conference in Toronto, Vancouver-based academic and “social media power user” Raul Pacheco-Vega posted a blog entry called The future of my personal blog. He noted: I am in awe of the depth of knowledge and caliber of colleagues I am sitting with, and I am honored to […]

Right picture

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The right picture would, I knew, put things in perspective. It has been “one of those days” and I’m not coping too well with the assorted slings and arrows, feeling put out by incessant bearing and wanting instead to take arms, …but not knowing how. Not a clue. So I googled images for “dark sky […]

Staring at the mystery

Friday, July 16th, 2010

This afternoon, a brilliantly clear sunny day, my dog Jigger and I walked up to Moss Rock Park, right up the “summit,” to survey our surroundings. Well, ok: I surveyed; he sniffed about. Moss Rock is one of our local treasures: you can climb up here to savor the multimillion dollar views, gorging yourself silly […]


Friday, July 9th, 2010

In the part of the world where I live, mosquitoes are not supposed to be a problem, and generally they aren’t. Until, that is, one or maybe two (and who knows: a possible legion of them!) appear in your bedroom …at night …waiting …waiting. You have fallen asleep. Suddenly, the whining pitch known to anyone […]

Talking to a deaf dog

Monday, June 28th, 2010

A while back, I posted that I was worried about my dog. He’s getting on (he’s 12 years old), and he has had some chronic health issues for years (hypothyroidism, eg.) Well, last week (after I got back from a week away), I noticed that he is really quite deaf. He seems to hear some […]

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