Googling Bug Bites

I spent about half and hour pottering about in the garden yesterday. It had been raining, so everything was wet, which provided a wonderful environment for insects of all kinds. When it started to rain again, I went back in the house and soon realized I had a […]

Who Can Name This Bird?

When I was out for a walk yesterday, a passing police car stopped to watch what I was doing. I think I probably looked suspicious. Perhaps someone phoned in to say that there was a woman standing outside their house and taking photos of their tree. In fact, […]

My Neighbours’ Flowers

Edmonton has an annual celebration of gardens in bloom, and some of my neighbours are good candidates for recognition. We have a very short season, so figuring out what will bloom within that time takes some research. Also, we are cursed with clay soil, so I know that […]

How Little Has Changed

I remember some of the names of my high school classmates. Sylvia Coulson, Jane Cripps, Janice Butler, Valerie Russell, Penny Lewis, Peter Blackwell, and many more. My memory gets worse every day, but today I remembered one person who changed my perceptions. Her name was Penny Haag and […]

Camo and Combat Vests

Of all the many exciting, terrifying, celebratory, confusing, and frustrating images to come out of the recent demonstrations and marches, the pictures of non-military men carrying weapons and wearing camouflage are perhaps the most upsetting. I can’t stop thinking about how their pants and shirts have been coopted […]

Victory Salute

Originally posted on Snowbird of Paradise:
In 2005, San Jose State University honored former students Tommie Smith and John Carlos with a 22-foot high statue titled Victory Salute, created by artist Rigo 23. It shows Smith and Carlos making a salute to human rights while the national anthem was playing during their medal…

Faded Glory

Flags interest me. They are symbols, they are decorative, and they can be celebratory. As I walk about I see national flags, sports team flags, pride flags, association flags, and commercial advertising flags. Sometimes, I notice flags that look a little sorry for themselves. They have been abandoned […]