Monthly Archives: November 2011

Too Beautiful

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~First Nations Proverb __________________ You might want too watch on Vimeo in a larger format. Via Kottke.

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The Giving and Taking

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” Emerson believed that, but most Nova Scotians would disagree. Here, all life begins and ends with the sea. But our relationship is uneasy. The North Atlantic gives and takes. The rough seas that delight sailors and windsurfers in summer — raised a notch in winter — […]

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Jolly Postman Literary Address Contest

I do love a good competition, but most run in similar directions; that’s not my style. So I’ve been pondering something completely different and, as is so often the case, inspiration came from Kristina. She has a thing for British catalogues and, if you’ve ever filled out a British online form, you’ll find a lot […]

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Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine. Under every grief and pine Runs a joy with silken twine. From Auguries of Innocence by William Blake.

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Coping with Migraine

When I learned that author Stephen Parrish’s wonderful daughter was suffering from frequent migraines, I sent the following advice culled from my 14 years as a migraine sufferer. Steve also knows this exquisite pain, so I addressed my advice to him.* Now, you may not be like me, but I’m one of a select group […]

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True Confessions

Pain is a great leveler. I write that to explain why I had an unexpected reaction last year when I learned that doctors had misdiagnosed my neuro-endocrine tumor, and that I was likely headed for surgery. I didn’t want to tell my family, but not for the reasons you might expect. Over the last two […]

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Murmuration of Starlings

This is everywhere, but in case you haven’t seen it. Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo. Via Kottke.

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