Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I loved watching Amado interact with other kids in his age range (19 months to 2 1/2 years). It's beautiful to observe the different skills and personalities of each of the little kids, including Amado.
Amado loved all the balls there were to play with. It seemed like there were dozens! I could tell he also really liked being around other kids. He's going to grow a lot by going to daycare I would say. Amado didn't seem impressed by the catered lunch, or by the nap time, so we headed home. He returns on Thursday, after I get back from a meeting in Winnipeg.
See you then!
...one hundred saved rupees, a pen set he had been eyeing for some time, a tin of fifty Gold Leaf cigarettes she had found, and a sexual favour he had demanded in the last hours of the impasse.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
My father also wrote poetry and many of his poems had musical themes. Here is one I found the other day in one of his undated notebooks. It reminds me of the old days when my parents were young and their lives were consumed with art---something I can remember myself. Of course, my Mom's ["Chris" below] life still is filled with creativity (see her here blowing my dad's horn, some years after his death).
I am overcome by a madness,
A Jazz madness,
A madness in which I feel
I must blow everything.
From the word by Trane and Bird...
To things Chris would sing.
Bop and Blues are my obsession
My only love the open session.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
- I missed many things about not being constantly on-line, but neither blogging or Facebook were among them.
- I thought I was on to something when I saw some parallels between Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Yann Martel's The Life of Pi. Both feature solitary figures in out of control boats --- the old man being pulled by a marlin toward reality, Pi drifting with a tiger in tow toward unreality, etc. But then I got home and googled it and found out I wasn't the only one who noticed these similarities. Both are really amazing books though and I highly recommend them.
- I don't like mice. Especially when they bust in our car night after night, leaving an ungodly mess. And all for a piece of gum.
- I wish I had swam and kayaked more.
- My BBQ chicken is absolutely the best.
- There isn't anything much better than sitting in the sun, watching your son in the wading pool, and pouring over 3-day-old box scores of baseball games.
- I'm reviewing The History of Barrios Unidos for Sojourners and found it a very inspiring book, though the reasons may be completely personal.
- Michael Vick, one of the NFL's most talented players ever, will lose his career because of a dog fight?
- I had fun drinking wine with my father-in-law on the last night at the cottage, although the evening ended in chaos.
- It was great to see all my family from California here, together, in Northern Ontario. I would love to be able to hang out with them anywhere at least once a year. Twice a year would be better yet because I really miss them.
[Photo from a really neat Lithuanian's travel blog, but I'm sorry to say I can't find it anymore.]
Sunday, August 19, 2007
We're getting everything together around here, so please bear with us! I'll get back to posting more regularly soon.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Above, the train bearing the mother load pulls into South River station last week. We picked my Mom and Irene up here right before making the last leg of the journey to the cottage.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
This picture was taken in the early 70s at Lake Bernard (not Lake Erie like I thought), around the time Wendy's family was building their cottage there.
We'll be doing some swimming there too in the next couple of weeks. One week with my family from California and one week with Wendy's family from Ontario. We are really looking forward to it!
Blogging will be sparse during that time, though I can't imagine I wouldn't be able to find some way to hook up to the Internet up north.
So see you soon! And stay cool!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Happy Birthday Irene! We send you all of our love and look forward to seeing you very soon!
(See my Mom's blog for more birthday hoopla!)
My long-time friend Katie Bowen directed and produced this film, along with David Kosh who wrote it based on a short story by Katie's dad, Roger Bowen. Katie, you are such an amazing filmmaker! It's no wonder that Cold Tea is getting picked up by numerous film festivals!
We want an encore performance, or at least a podcast of the director's commentary!
Congratulations Katie on this sweet (and cold) piece of art.