We have been feeding the birds outside for almost a year now, since last summer. I have a hanging tray with a mesh bottom I fill with seed every day, and a vertical suet feeder with a tail prop. Mostly we get house sparrows – even though they’re not supposed to like black oil sunflower … Continue reading On feeding birds.
I’ve been collecting book recommendations for diverse, inclusive, feminist sci fi and fantasy, and several people have indicated they are also interested in such a list, so I’m collating it here. The ones marked with an asterisk are ones we have read personally and recommend; the others are suggestions from people I know. I’ll be … Continue reading Book list
This is the text of a small Twitter thread I had after a long day of being fed up with tax rhetoric on October 7th, during the municipal election. I’ve edited it lightly for punctuation but otherwise kept it as how it was originally written, in a quasi-spoken word style that Twitter lends itself well … Continue reading On low taxes.
We are entering four years of a council with majority women so I feel it incumbent upon me to provide a primer of sorts for dealing with a council comprised mainly of women. Here’s what you do: you treat them the same way as men. I know, weird, right. And normally as a progressive feminist, … Continue reading On “jokes”
I was going to write more, write more every day but I felt like I needed to have a specific topic, which was an excuse to avoid it altogether. It’s better just to write on what I’ve thought about during the day rather than to save it all up for a themed post. I also … Continue reading July 21, 2016
For reference: Pack it up, pack it in Let us begin The city’s cavin’ in Our future’s lookin’ grim Tear the cul-de-sac up, City trucks you’d better back up Try and fill the hole and the whole street’ll act up Get up, stand up, come on throw your hands up If you feel like screamin’ … Continue reading House of Pain remix feat. the Hub City
A thing I think about a lot is the amount of invisible infrastructure needed to support our highly specific lives. Like tonight, I went swimming. It’s a very simple act that requires a highly technical and complicated system of chemistry, physics, math, mechanical engineering, and a huge amount of oil and coal to manufacture and … Continue reading on swimming and systems.
I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately. I hate it. I also like it. I hate that I like it. You know why I like it? It’s easier. I can lock all my stuff in the trunk. I usually can find a place to park. (Yes, even downtown.) Impulse purchases fit in it. I … Continue reading on cranking things out.
Yesterday was a little heavy. Let’s lighten up a bit. I didn’t plan for 2016 to be the Year Without Craft Beer. It just happened. January I embraced an ascetic lifestyle – OK, a more ascetic lifestyle, let’s be frank – and I discovered I wasn’t really missing my hefeweizens or stouts. I won’t say … Continue reading On a year without craft beer.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about getting out, how people decide when it’s time to leave, whether it’s your house, your career, or your city. We like to pretend it’s rational. I don’t think that’s always the case. Watching the residents of Fort McMurray throwing random things into their trucks and inching through a … Continue reading On getting out.