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Leaf-Peeping Geezerdom: Official Members

Sunday, October 03, 2010      8 comments

As a teenager and a young adult, I used to laugh at my parents going out to see the brilliant fall leaves, and in particular mocked ungently their ecstatic rhapsodizing on their ... Read more

Squirrels driving me squirrelly . . .

Sunday, September 26, 2010      13 comments

Our old house is surrounded by big old chestnut and walnut trees, and backs onto a small forest of red pines. So, not suprisingly, we also have a large population of grey, black and red squirrels who apparently consider our attic to be the opt... Read more

Have to acknowledge: apparently can't run . . .

Saturday, September 18, 2010      8 comments

I've come to the reluctant conclusion that at this point I apparently cannot run. It was so much fun experimenting with the podrunner interval programme plus the POSE technique: and I took huge pleasure in resuming running at the gym last ... Read more

The Gentian's Bluest Fringes

Sunday, September 12, 2010      7 comments

When I was in about grade six, our itinerant music teacher Miss Guymer started off the school year by teaching us a new song for September. Here are some of the words: The gentian's bluest fringes Are curling in the sun; In dus... Read more

They call it Labour Day because . . .

Sunday, September 05, 2010      9 comments

yup, have a lot of work that I've got to get done. The usual laundry/groceries stuff, some dog grooming, a little attention to the garden -- but mostly "work work". And today I whomped my way through a big whack of that. With anothe... Read more

Tomorrow's Lunch Salads

Sunday, August 29, 2010      11 comments

. . . all made, sitting in the fridge ready to go to work with me. And it includes: spinach, avocado, green beans, shelled fresh peas, radishes, carrots, red pepper, sliced brussels sprouts, large shrimp. I'll add lemon poppy seed dressi... Read more

Journey of Life: Five Travel Tips

Sunday, August 22, 2010      11 comments

There's a fun article in the Saturday edition of the National Post about a recent travel writers' conference put on the by the Cuba Tourism Board . . . with a rebellious travel writer who decided pretty much not to participate in the programme l... Read more

Point Pelee: Canada's Sanibel

Friday, August 13, 2010      9 comments

We took a little break last weekend to travel to the southernmost part of Canada, Point Pelee. This is a peninsula jutting into lake Erie which extends below the 42nd parallel -- more southerly than Rome or Barcelona. As a bird and butter... Read more

After-Acquired Motivation and Sunk Costs

Wednesday, August 04, 2010      11 comments

"Watermellen knows motivation happens AFTER the workout -- not so much before". Motivation gets a lot of air time on SP blogs and message boards, And that's a recent status for me -- which kinda hit me all of a sudden. But having po... Read more

Brain Fitness: Building Happiness Neurons!!

Sunday, August 01, 2010      10 comments

A recent blog by PUDLECRAZY got me thinking about an article I'd read on new research in neuroplasticity: our brains have huge potential to to grow and change, even as adults. If you are interested in reading the whole article, here's the ... Read more

Coffee/Dog/Book or Tea/Cat/Movies?

Sunday, July 25, 2010      16 comments

A recent comment on WALKINGANNIE's Spark Page, following up on my "Ambrose the hero hound" blog: "I often think to myself that there tend to be coffee people and tea people; dog people and cat people; book people and movie/TV people: and I'... Read more

Can I Nominate My Official Best Dog Ever?

Saturday, July 24, 2010      9 comments

Really love ANNASBF's "Official Best Dog Ever" blog: here is the link, the wonderful story of her giant schnauzer rescue dog who rescued her and her two little girls from some pretty bad guys:
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In Recovery from a Specially Busy Time

Wednesday, July 21, 2010      10 comments

After a wonderful week of holidays (an outstanding creative writing course) my work has been particularly demanding in the last short while. All-consuming, actually: much much time plus much much emotional energy. I've worked right through s... Read more

Dessert in a Cup

Wednesday, June 30, 2010      9 comments

The number of calories -- and the quantity of fat and sugar -- in a number of popular cold summer beverages is pretty shocking, at least according to a recent article in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Gotta admit, I don't have these things often bu... Read more

Five Minutes Exercise a Day Controls Weight Gain

Wednesday, June 30, 2010      5 comments

That's what a recent article in the Toronto Star claims: and it's based upon Harvard School of Public Health research. Here's the link if you want to read the whole thing:
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