July 19, 2017
Every year since 2012, I have noted the appearance of pink roses at or near the top of a fairly tall tree at Adanac and Commercial. I was worried this year because I had not seen them and the vines seemed a bit more tattered than usual as they wound their way up the trunk. But today they were there in full force!
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This year, indeed, there are more than usual — at least nine blossoms that I can count; and more widely spread across the tree.
July 18, 2017
Today in Victoria, the new NDP government, with Green Party support, will be sworn in and John Horgan will become Premier. That’s a good thing in and of itself. But the truly historic event is that, finally, after years and years of scandal and misrepresentation, the BC Liberals (fundamentalist Socred Tories in ill-fitting disguise) will no longer be the government.
It is hard to believe, but there are young voters out there who were still in diapers the last time the BC Liberals were in opposition. That was damn close to being in the last century.
As the perfect illustration of why they needed to be booted out unceremoniously, Christy Clark and her vicious henchman waited until a group of First Nations were battling for their lives against forest fires this week to issue a mine license for a project on First Nations’ land that even the Harper Tories vetoed twice for serious environmental concerns.
Good luck to John Horgan, the NDP, and the Greens. Even if you turn out to be the second worst government we ever had (which I doubt) you still will be a dozen times better than Clark and her misbegotten crew of pirates.
July 17, 2017
a flat green blade growing from the stem of a plant,
the absorbing and digesting of
a body of myths
the property of becoming self-luminous
in the recognition of
fire and hunger and strong desire
the acceptance of the heat and light caused by burning;
a steady flow that rises
as the tide, and ebbs
known only to those of special comprehension,
something very white,
a leaf blown across the firmament
the beginning of all things, the nape
that links the body of one life to
the head of the next
July 16, 2017
Here is the mise-en-place for what turned out to be a really good puttanesca, one of our absolute favourites.