August 2017

August 31, 2017

It was, as someone far more eloquent than I put it, as though Diana, Princess of Wales's life was the span of a summer: born July 1 and dead August 31. I always remembered that line and wish I could attribute it to whomever wrote it. But it fit. A person whose light like the summer sun was bright, warm, shimmering and memorable. And dimmed far too soon.
 

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August 30, 2017

Can you teach empathy? It's a question that came to mind watching Donald Trump praise the size of a crowd that turned up in the midst of a natural disaster, as opposed to a national disaster; that would be the person making the comments in Corpus Christi yesterday while millions suffer and face unimaginable hardship.
 

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August 29, 2017

I have a confession to make: I shop online. Now, I know that's nothing unusual, but I'm conflicted about spending my money in places other than brick and mortar stores. And despite some positive experiences of late, they've been counterbalanced by negative ones - ones that remind me that getting in the car and going to the store is still a darned good idea. Let me explain.
 

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August 28, 2017

The images out of Houston and other parts of Texas today in the midst of what's being called the biggest storm America has ever seen - or a one in 1,000 year event - are harrowing. Reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina's wrath 12 years ago, Harvey's two to four feet of rain, even more in some places, has roadways and homes completely underwater. And the storm is only half over.
 

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August 25, 2017

I'm going to take a second here to thank you for your comments on Facebook yesterday in response to the journal about our present and future. I appreciate them more than you know and, although I just click "like" on most of them, I have so much more in my heart. Just thank you - again. Today we'll end the week on some sweet baby news.
 

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August 24, 2017

Well, here it is: one week from the end of August and you can feel the difference in the pace of life, easing from summer's gentle slowness into a more hurried and busier-feeling time. I didn't realize that this would be something we'd experience even in our so-called retirement, and yet it's the case. The work I've been doing on a freelance basis is picking up and we're about to embark on something I've always wanted to do.
 

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August 23, 2017

Today I'm changing lanes from looking skyward to a different kind of nature experience. I wanted to share with you an inadvertent adventure - because aren't they the best kind of adventures?
 

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August 22, 2017

Well, it's done. The great solar eclipse of 2017 is in the record books and I think one of the most memorable images is that of Donald Trump squinting up into the sun. I guess Fox and Friends didn't warn him that it might not be a great idea. Now, there was another picture later of him donning (pardon the pun) the mandatory eclipse viewing glasses. But jeez! As always, how to set an example.
 

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August 21, 2017

Ah, the eclipse. Unless something calamitous has erupted stateside since the time of writing this, it's pretty much on everyone's mind here in the upper two-thirds of North America today, so let's look at it - carefully, of course - from a few angles and with a few tips.
 

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August 17, 2017

There's been so much heaviness this week. A terrible weekend, followed by meagre steps towards doing or saying the right thing by the man supposedly in charge of the country, only to have him take two huge steps back just a day later. It was enough to break your heart, and the pain from our neighbours to the south is palpable.
 

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August 16, 2017

So, I came across a little tidbit while preparing for my radio show a few weeks back and I can't stop thinking about it and how much I love the idea. Ford is releasing its new Mustang GT this fall. For an extra $895 US, you can have something Ford calls the "Good Neighbor Mode." What it does is it muffles the exhaust when you turn it on. (The feature was designed by a guy whose neighbours called the cops on him for revving his Mustang's engine.) The muffler, if you will, brings the GT noise levels down to 72 decibels - about the same as a dishwasher.
 

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August 15, 2017

I'm going to lighten things up a bit today here with something I think you're going to find interesting. I know I did. We were out to dinner the other night and it suddenly became a bit of a focus group on how we eat corn on the cob. I know, it sounds strange, but think about it. There aren't many other foods with so many possible variations when it comes to consumption; I mean, how many ways can you eat a hamburger, right?
 

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August 14, 2017

There are days when you simply can't believe what you are reading, hearing or seeing. And yet, it's all truly happening.
 
And although in the past eight months - actually since November 8th - there have been several of those days, the last few have been particularly harrowing. The battle of rhetoric between Trump and that North Korean twerp has been enough to make the world wish Twitter had never been hatched - and I love Twitter! 
 

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August 11, 2017

Back in April, you may remember me mentioning that Rob and I had gone to Kelowna to help comfort a relative, and that I'd share details with you when I could. Today I'm going to do that, as my younger sister Leslie has asked me to do so, and allow people who are familiar with her family, but haven't heard yet, to be aware of what has happened.
 

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August 10, 2017

Tempted as I am to "duck and cover" after saying this, I will anyway: today we set a record here for the longest recorded period at Victoria International Airport without any measurable precipitation. That's right: at 53 days, it hasn't rained here all summer (or even before the season began). And I know what a cruddy summer it's been for most of this journal's readers (in Southern Ontario) and for that I am truly sorry.
 

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August 9, 2017

Well, here we are: wondering what in the world is happening - or, more appropriately, going to happen - to our world. The tweeter-in-chief spitting "fire and fury" at another man of questionable sanity with a really bad haircut had me actually considering the fallout of a nuclear war - something I've never had to do in my lifetime.
 

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August 8, 2017

Rather unexpectedly, I returned to emceeing on the weekend and it's a pretty cool story, but today I wanted to tell you about something absolutely harrowing that happened on the way home from that event that made our Sunday memorable from a whole different angle.
 

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August 4, 2017

I got an email last week (or maybe it was a Facebook post) from someone asking for my special corn cooking method. You may remember me posting this in the past, but given that we've just started making it here again, it seems timely. The corn so far is small kerneled but sweet, although we've just started enjoying this season's bounty, so it's early to tell.

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August 3, 2017
view of BC smoke from space

 
Well, file that under "best laid plans". We've had our weekend travels cancelled thanks to what can best be described as smaze: a smoke/haze mixture that has made travelling to do some sightseeing pretty much a waste of time.
 

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August 2, 2017

Later this week, Rob and I are hoping to be island hopping again, this time to explore a bit of Hornby Island. But I remembered my promise to share with you the artistry of a very special competition that goes on every year in the spot we hit the last time we packed up Molly and the MINI and headed north.
 

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August 1, 2017

Welcome to August. Before we start hearing the dreaded Back to School ads and the reality of the passage of time kicks in, I thought I'd share with you something sweet and funny that happened the other day.
 
It was early evening and we were outside, saying goodbye to company as they loaded up the car with kids and headed home. As I stood on the driveway, I looked across the street at the neighbour's lawn.
 

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