Finding Value in Clinkers

Clinkers are bricks that have been over-fired and have become misshapen. Clinker bricks used to be discarded by Edmonton brickyards but the owner of a hardware store saw value in them. In 1927 he used them to build his house. James Rutherford built a house eight short blocks […]

At Last!

When not looking at my feet and trying to avoid ice today, I saw some sights that made me smile including some balloons, a snowman with an icicle crown, a garbage can eating a spider, and a very Canadian mitten. After being in quarantine for two weeks and […]

Inertia

Inertia:  1) a tendency to do nothing or remain unchanged 2) a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless that state is changed by an external force. (via Lexico) When I first began my […]

Lake Life in San Jose

A week before I left California I enjoyed another walk with my sister around Lake Cunningham in San Jose. There are lots of different birds, ducks, and geese living on and around the lake, and I cannot identify them all, but I have done my best here as […]

Drying Out

One of the unanticipated side effects of staying home for self-isolation is that some people start drying out. I’m one of them. In case you were wondering, I haven’t stopped drinking alcohol. I still enjoy a couple of glasses of wine in the evening. In fact, I look […]

Things I Wonder About

Here is a selection of the miscellany of thoughts that cross my mind and questions that Google can’t answer. Does anyone who is not a product buyer for airlines actually buy those hard dry cookies they give you with your cup of tea? Why does my city think […]

Thursday Doors: 30 Rock

In September 2016 I enjoyed a wonderful visit to New York with my younger son and his partner. We went to some great shows and saw many memorable sights.  Among them was the building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It is home to the NBC studios where Saturday Night […]

It’s a Mystery

For all of you who are housebound, watching too much TV, and wishing you had something to do, I have a remedy. I have a mystery for you to solve. Yesterday as I was out walking around my neighbourhood and keeping the required two metres from other people, […]