Sunday, August 20, 2017

Whether Report

Region:   Earth
Timeframe:  Ongoing
Population Affected:  All
Deadline for Full Recovery:  Past


Not a question of Whether anymore

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Liu Xiaobo Has Died

 Liu Xiaobo, (1955-2017)

 He once said he hoped he'd "be the last victim
in China's long record of treating words as crimes". 

Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for the crime of speaking.

Free expression is the base of
 human rights, the root of human nature
 and the mother of truth.  To kill free speech 
is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature, 
and to suppress truth.

~~  Liu Xiaobo

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fun with digital brushes

Forgot I had this paint program installed.
Played with some lines & shapes & colors to see what would emerge.
Voilà, c'est fait!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Garden haiku


                                                                 accidental scarecrow -
                                                                 the birds are not impressed

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Virtual Visit to Paris

It's been many years since I've been there and it's not likely I'll get back, so the next best thing is armchair reminiscing, with some black and white photos, shared here with the kind permission of Luis L. Tijerina. 

Photos by Luis L. Tijerina, November 2016

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gee, Thanks, Stella

We got a visit this past week from a blizzard they named "Stella".  All hope is now gone that our accumulated snow will be melted anytime soon.

Am adding some new, updated photos to the ones I  posted a month ago. That peaked snowdrift in the back yard--were I in its middle--would be up past my shoulders.

A friend in Los Angeles reports hundreds of Canadian geese hunkered down in a nearby soccer field, and that they are on their way north.  Yay. Meanwhile, indoor seed planting starts tomorrow.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Diggin' on Out

So, we've been getting a bit more snow the past several days



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Me, I Tell Stories

Fred Pellerin, from a town not far from here. While at university here, he developed a thirst for stories, nostalgic for a time he did not know. Lulled by the stories of his grandmother, his neighbor Eugene, and his father, Pellerin has been recounting these older generations' memories and anecdotes, gossip and rumors of his village, Saint-Élie-de-Caxton.

The stories passed down to us tickle our curiosity about the past, resurrect early memories, make us think, make us laugh--stories we can still relate to--reminding us of who we are and where we came from, of those who preceded us, and the interest in hearing their stories retold.  I'd like to think that  those who follow us will pass our stories on as well.

"I am the son of a thousand fathers.
I did not come into the world.
It is the world that came to me.
And I was born yesterday."

*Quebec license plates say  Je me souviens ("I remember"), the official motto of the province.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Remembering the Dead Journalists

To all those writers imprisoned, kidnapped and permanently "disappeared", ordered assassinated and  brutally murdered, or slain in the field, for reporting the truth, from whichever country and whichever time, thank you for your courage and commitment.  Thank you for your stories and research and photos, and for your example.