Posts made in February, 2013

Little Squirm Visits Lake Louise

Little Squirm Visits Lake Louise

Dear Little Squirm; You’ve earned a new name because you’ve begun to move around inside your mummy’s tummy so much, flip-flopping, twisting, even doing some somersaulting. Mum’s not feeling as sick as she was a month ago, so we decided a trip into the mountains for some fresh air and exercise would do everyone some good. Last week we drove from Edmonton to Calgary for two...

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Streetwise: Fred Herzog

Streetwise: Fred Herzog

No one captured the exuberance and diversity of Vancouver quite like photographer Fred Herzog. I finally caught his exhibition at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum this week and was absorbed by each frame, trying to surmise how he had snapped the fleeting moment as it flew. Herzog did most of his best work from the late 1950s to early 1970s, a time when Vancouver was confident and unaware, like an...

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Alfalfa And The Year Of The Snake

Alfalfa And The Year Of The Snake

Dear Alfalfa; I used to call you Little Bean, but you’re changing so fast that my nicknames can’t keep up. Alfalfa Sprout seems about right for now. So today is Chinese New Year – the Year of the Black Water Snake. Kung Hei Fat Choy! That’s how they say it in Hong Kong, a big and wonderful city at the bottom of a bigger and even more wondrous country called China. The...

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Robert Fisk: Arab Awakening

Robert Fisk: Arab Awakening

Robert Fisk knows a scam when he hears one. He rejected the term “Arab Spring” as soon as it was manufactured by the U.S. State Department. True to form, the world-renowned journalist made his own assessment and borrowed “Arab Awakening” from George Antonius’ 1931 book of the same name to describe the eruption that has been occurring across the Middle East over the...

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Baby Talk: Life Oblivious

Baby Talk: Life Oblivious

I’ve been keeping things oblivious, trying to ignore the obvious meteor headed directly for my life. I can’t do it any longer. Baby is coming. Nothing I do will change that. Baby is coming. One way of dealing with this event is to embrace it. And I’m trying. But it’s not easy. This blog – “Baby Talk” – is how I’ll indulge myself, provide an...

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