Diwali

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We stare up at the stars, bask in the light of the sun, tell ghost stories by flashlight, and light candles in the dark.

We light candles in joy and in sorrow, in hope for the future, and in honour of the past.

Across all cultures and throughout history, humans have embraced the fragile beauty of the flickering candle. Beaten back the darkness with these delicate dewdrops of flame.

Woven into this human struggle is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A celebration of peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. A holiday marked with flowers, food, family—and candles.

In Nepal, where Diwali is called Tihar, the celebration extends to dogs. As a thank you for the service they provide, dogs are given special treats and decorated with vermillion powder and marigold petals.

If the dogs prefer the food to the flowers, they haven’t said.

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8 Lessons Learned from Covid

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In her post on Toxic Productivity over at Mental Health @ Home, Ashley calls bullshit on the idea that being productive is a more worthy goal than just kicking back and living your life. That if you aren’t emerging from Covid with a new skill or accomplishment under your belt, you’re a complete waste of space.

Which got me thinking…

Have I been hibernating through Covid, letting the days and months flow into time I’ll never get back? Have I learned anything since that first lockdown in March of 2020?

Yes.

I’ve learned that…

  • I don’t like Zoom.
  • Hanging out in your robe makes your clothes shrink.
  • Adding white chocolate and butterscotch chips to anything makes it better.
  • Running errands is an outing, not a chore.
  • Covid does not make Pringles any less fattening.
  • Masks are cheaper than facelifts.
  • You can’t have too many streaming services.
  • Being banned from planes, restaurants, and movie theatres isn’t the end of the world. It just feels like it.

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Blogging: Year Seven

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WordPress recently informed me that I’ve been blogging for seven years. Can’t say I’m surprised. It feels like I’ve been doing this forever.

Forever, but not well.

Strictly amateur hour here, folks. You won’t find any pop-ups asking you to join my mailing list. I don’t have one.

If I’m doing anything right at all, it’s thanks to Hugh’s tips and tricks.

According to Nick G. over at techjury

  • There are over 600 million blogs on the internet.
  • 7.5 million blog posts are created every single day.
  • The average blog post has 2,520 words.
  • Bloggers take just under 4 hours to write a post.
  • Blog readers spend an average of 37 seconds reading a post.
  • Perez Hilton is the highest paid blogger in the world, earning $3.5 million a month.

I’m no Perez Hilton 🙂

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Let There Be Light

Despite the ever-encroaching Delta Variant, the deluded anti-vaxers, and vitriolic protestors, we’re learning how to live in a Covid world.

Vaccine passports in hand, we’re heading back into restaurants, movie theatres, and airports.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel or…hanging from the ceiling.

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Laura Weiss, a Colorado nurse, crafted this stunning chandelier from the empty Covid-19 vaccine vials that piled up as her community stepped up, and rolled up their sleeves.

An expression of hope and celebration, The Light of Appreciation is an homage to the health-care workers who delivered the shots and all the people who chose to get them.

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Let there be light…Please.

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9,000 Kilometres

My daughter said it was easy. She said I could do it.

She was fifteen; I wasn’t.

Buckling myself into a pair of inline rollerblades, I gave it the old college try—more like a high school hope—and stumbled my way along the sidewalk.

Apparently, to learn to skate you have to take chances, you have to be okay with screwing up, with falling. Yeah, no.

I never even made it all the way around the block.

Zach Choboter made it 9,000 kilometres, from Whistler, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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Zach ended his cross-country trip with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and a Guiness World Record for the longest journey on rollerblades.

Me?

Still can’t blade. Still wish I could.

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Flaunt It

The people in my life are getting annoyed.

I’m not all that happy myself.

Covid has been an excellent excuse, but I’ve just been postponing the inevitable. Waiting for…what? A sign from on high?

If so, I found it. Courtesy of Gian-Paolo Mendoza and CBC News.

Ruzzelle Gasmen, a speech pathologist in British Columbia, just might be the incentive I need. Ruzzelle, who deals with a hearing loss herself, has done the impossible. She’s turned hearing aids into a fashion statement.

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Drawing from the culture and style of her Filipino heritage, Ruzzelle makes hearing aid accessories.

Jewelry for hearing aids?

Yes.

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The above design, Ruzzelle’s first, is based on the ear cuff worn by Catriona Gray, the Filipino Miss Universe pageant winner in 2018.

Ruzzelle makes each piece by hand and is planning on donating a portion of all proceeds to a Wavefront Centre program that provides refurbished hearing aids to people in need.

Why hide that little piece of plastic when you can FLAUNT IT?

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They’re Back.

The strangest thing…

In my backyard last week, just me, the clouds, and the trees—

There may have been a laptop, cell phone, latte, the occasional squirrel, and a yard full of weeds where grass should be, but let’s not worry about the details—

Into the quiet of swaying branches, twittering birds, and the neighbour’s child screaming in the pool next door…the muted, rumbling roar of an engine above.

A sound I hadn’t heard in oh, eighteen months.

Slicing through the clouds, sliding across the sky, metal wings.

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A sight once so common that only children looked up in awe, now a little startling.

Oh, right, a plane.

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For Your Viewing Pleasure

Back when televisions looked like this…

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There weren’t a lot of channels to choose from. Everyone watched the same shows, at the same time. No spoiler alerts necessary.

When Roots aired in 1977, people stayed home, glued to their sets. There were no recording devices, no pause option on your remote control—no remote control.

Now, when televisions look like this…

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We have options aplenty. Between local stations, cable networks, and streaming services we are bombarded with choice.

Now, when technology allows us to talk to our televisions, we don’t actually need them. We can watch whatever we want, whenever we want, where ever we want. On our phones, our tablets, our laptops. A continuous loop of news and entertainment 24/7.

So, how is it possible to spend forty-five minutes scrolling through the onscreen guide, hopping back and forth between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, and Disney+ and still complain that there’s…

NOTHING TO WATCH!

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The New Dune

If anyone had asked, I would have voted no on remaking Dune.

Okay, yes, the worm could use a CGI update, and I wouldn’t mind a less pestilent, blimp of a baron, but Kyle MacLachlan did a fine job as Paul Atreides. No need to fix what’s not broken—

Say what?

Timothée Chalamet?

Timothée Chalamet from Call Me by Your Name?

Chalamet is the new Paul Atreides?

Can I change my vote?

Coming to a theatre near you—providing we’ve all had our shots, and the movie theatres are safe again—October 1, 2021.

Until then,

you’ll have to settle for this

Paul Atreides action figure.

Amazon won’t deliver Timothée. I asked.

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