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August 30, 2007

A Walk in the Park

EM an I spent this morning at Beacon Hill park. After walking around the petting zoo and observing the tiny pot-bellied pigs, we made our way to the children’s playground. Below are my favourite photos of our adventure. The verdict: day four of my scheduled break was a resounding success!

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August 28, 2007

in focus

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

- Mark Twain
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questionnaire de proust

Found at Plain Simple English.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
• The loss of my parents: my father to cancer and my mother to dementia.

Where would you like to live?
• Where I live now. I’m old fashioned: home is where the heart is.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
• To be surrounded by family and close friends.
• To laugh out loud each day and to see beauty everywhere.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
• My impulsiveness.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
• The Woman Warrior - the character in Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir of the same name.
• Penelope (in the Odyssey)

Who are your favorite characters in history?
• Elizabeth I
• Helen of Troy
• St. Mary of Egypt
• Mary Magdalene

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
• My maternal grandmother and my beloved Mama

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
• same answer for favourite characters - tho’ I’ll add that I enjoyed reading Nancy Drew as a child.

Your favorite painter?
• I have three: Freida Kahlo; Gustav Klimt; and, Pablo Picasso.

Your favorite musician?
• I have many; I am currently listening to Ofra Haza and Rose Reiter.

The quality you most admire in a man?
• Intelligence

The quality you most admire in a woman?
• Intelligence

Your favorite virtue?
• It’s a tie between Wisdom and Courage.

Your favorite occupation?
• Writer/Poet

Who would you have liked to be?
• I am still on the journey to becoming me …

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August 27, 2007

My life with Chicken

Went for a two-hour walk with our chicken this afternoon. A very slow, silly, and animated, meandering walk. We were explorers in our own neighbourhood. We saw the ducks at the nearby park; discovered an army of ants marching single-file down the side-walk; dandelions, chestnuts, acorns and a bright red maple leaf (a sure harbinger of fall). By far, our favourite discovery was a ladybug, resting on a twig.

And how do I feel? Playful, fortunate, energized, liberated, blessed and truly thankful.

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Poetry Train Monday # 4- Magda & Georgios at the Cancer Clinic

The Appointment

(Or: Meditations, Superstitions and Lies)

“Who says our childhood years are the most carefree? No, no Magda. They are bitter, tormented years - when you want and want, and the grown-ups keep saying, ‘Don’t this, don’t that’; and the world outside your door is an infinite sea you cannot grasp. You are a small boat without anchor. In the distance you see Ithaca and you long to grasp this mythical place. You wish to count it on all your ten fingers. You extend your reach when whap, whap the teacher’s ruler snaps against the back of your right hand making you cringe as if you’ve touched the bloated body of a dead man. ”

Hop on Board Rhian’s Poetry Train!

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the view from here

Day one of my scheduled break.

What am going to do today?

• catnap

• read

• spend quality time with EM

• write and this includes updating chicken-scratch

• catch up with all my regular online reading

• and, of course, take a deep breath and enjoy the view from here

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August 26, 2007

The Satin Dress

Where’s the man could ease
a heart like a satin gown?

~ Dorothy Parker

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August 25, 2007

Do you know Leslie?

Leslie is the creative genius behind the Paper Princess: A vintage inspired paperie. Leslie’s designs are hip, quirky, beautiful and functional. My first order will definitely include these customized bookplates:

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August 21, 2007

Insomnia . . .

My overworked brain is not letting me rest this evening … in need of a diversion or two and as part of my constant search for meaning, I am taking random quizzes on the internet.

It seems I’m both a book nerd and Snoopy sidekick!

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it’s eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today’s society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It’s okay. I understand.

Drama Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Musician
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace


You are Woodstock!
Take this quiz!

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Are we there yet?

In the last 10 days, people searching (googling) for the following have been led to chicken-scratch. Some connections leave me scratching my head and asking - are we there yet?

1. in memoriam (OK, I do have a number of entries that deal with death, dying and memory)

2. christine needs (To find the time to start writing/blogging regularly)

3. cows of Zurich pictures (Who knew that the cow exhibit I am so fond of has traveled to Zurich too?)

4. chicken races (Do chickens race?)

5. duty free schipol (Ah, yes, our trip to Europe almost 2 years ago now)

6. lessons from mom (I think of my mom everyday and can hardly believe that she’s been gone for 8 months)

7. action speaks louder but pen mightier contradict (I guess someone is learning Latin/Greek maxims?)

8. father gave me an enema (?????)

9. names of the research and their opinions about punctuation marks (I guess people spend their lives dedicated to punctuation usage and its influence on our culture?)

10. gossie stuffed (I’m guessing someone wants to learn how to cook a goose, or are they solely interested in taxidermy?)

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How will you be defined?

xine —
[noun]:

A dance involving little to no clothing

‘How will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at QuizGalaxy.com

Found on Miss Frou’s site.

How will you be defined?

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August 18, 2007

The Best Things

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August 14, 2007

SPAM

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With huge apologies to my regular readers and commentators but chicken-scratch seems to be getting more SPAM than usual. I’ve increased security to my site. In doing so, I inadvertently erased all the feedback received for last week’s Thursday Thirteen entry.

Your comments are vitally important … and my ineptitude … well, it’s as annoying as all the junk e-mail in my in box.

My SPAM filter seems to be in working order now. So all is good with the universe. I do hope to be hearing from you soon.

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August 12, 2007

Where do you store your wishes and dreams?

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Blank pages

no longer need to be feared. Alessandro Esteri of Italy has redefined the little black book. 12 blank booklets/journals designed to be used one per month. Each booklet features a perforated number on the cover denoting the month. The packaging is so lovely and efficient. I wonder how much writing/creating I’d actually get done?

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August 8, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 23 - eye(s) of the beholder

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You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

- Mark Twain

For this week’s Thursday Thirteen, I bring you 13 images of eyes. What do you see?

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Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!




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August 4, 2007

Bad, Bad Blogger

I haven’t been posting much lately as my work/life balance is a bit out of whack. My increased responsibilities at work mean longer days and less time to spend with the chicken (who turns 2 today) at home.

It’s the BC Day long weekend and we’re celebrating EM’s birthday with family and friends.

My regular posts will resume … soon. Hope you’re all enjoying the lazy days of summer.

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