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Lovely Weekend

Monday, May 04, 2015      19 comments

I'm feeling refreshed and ready to go. Actually saw one of the peregrine falcons yesterday using my binoculars. They have been calling pretty much constantly for several weeks, but they move so quickly it's hard to locate them. This one w... Read more

Dorito Effect Part II

Sunday, May 03, 2015      20 comments
ts/books/the-dorito-effect My April 30 blog was a bit of a riff on Mark Schatzker's new book, The Dorito Effect. This Saturday's National Post had an interesting interview with Schatzker. ... Read more


Saturday, May 02, 2015      23 comments

Yesterday was long and brutal. I knew it would be. I was prepared. I was patient. I was able to achieve through negotiation a good result in a situation in which it really mattered. And I was proud of myself. But it was very very hard wor... Read more

The Dorito Effect: Fake Flavour and Obesity

Thursday, April 30, 2015      31 comments
ticle24151856/ What an interesting article: food manufacturers add fake flavour to make flavourless food ... Read more

First Golf Game of the Season!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015      21 comments

Yesterday DS headed out for the long drive north: he's landed an absolutely marvellous job (bush pilot) for the summer. We're delighted for him but we'll miss him enormously and so will Charlie. He starts the great job on his own birthday, cou... Read more

Get Sexy for Summer? Asks Steve Siebold

Tuesday, April 28, 2015      14 comments

OK, that was the optimistic headline on an email from Steve Siebold, sent to his Mental Toughness subscribers, which I have cut and pasted below. I can't benefit from his offer of a free (pay only for shipping and handling) copy of his book... Read more

Walk in the Spring Woods

Monday, April 27, 2015      19 comments

I was surprised that the spring beauties were in bloom already -- we'd had quite a bit of snow last week. And hepaticas. And two adders tongue (dog tooth vio... Read more

BED and ADD Drugs

Sunday, April 26, 2015      16 comments
-binge-eating-let-the-debate-begin Some people with BED (binge eating disorder) are seeking prescriptions for ADD (attention deficit di... Read more

H is for Hawk

Saturday, April 25, 2015      18 comments

Yup, recommended by a Sparkie friend and let me pass along that recommendation: this marvellous book by Helen Macdonald has to be one of the best reads I've encountered in a very long time. Non-fiction. All about an English academic who's ... Read more

Why I KNOW I'm Going to Heaven . . . .

Friday, April 24, 2015      26 comments

LEANJEANS thinks the time has come to say goodbye to her beloved Coal, her glorious black German Shepherd who's not well. And she posted a blog about this sad moment today . . .
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Charlie Lazarus!

Thursday, April 23, 2015      27 comments

Charlie's collapse was April 5th, Easter Sunday. We were terrified. He could not get up at all. He clearly was in a terrible amount of pain. And he seemed to have given up. We called the emergency vet clinic, rolled him into a comforter... Read more


Wednesday, April 22, 2015      15 comments
evels/article24045512/ Here's an idea I love -- sweatworking instead of networking! Meeting up with ... Read more

Can't Shake It . . . Yet

Tuesday, April 21, 2015      20 comments

The feeling lousy, that is. Still headachy and nauseous and generally punk. Put in a full day at work yesterday anyhow. Today - I'll go in, deal with the urgent stuff and then bail. We've got good people singing backup and nobody... Read more

The Look of Love

Monday, April 20, 2015      27 comments
ticle23995458/ Of course we already knew that, didn't we? That when we gaze into our dogs' eyes, and the... Read more

Soothing Tummy Soup!

Sunday, April 19, 2015      22 comments

My usual fiery concoctions don't appeal at the moment!! (Last week's puttanesca with so much garlic onion and hot peppers and capers and anchovy . . . no way!) This week I opted for soothing pureed carrot and pumpkin, with turmeric and ging... Read more

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