Archive for January, 2010

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

so i peed in the fountain of youth

i am 38 today. i remember my mother’s 38th birthday. i was in grade 10. i have no recollection of what i bought her, what she might have liked at that stage in her life. i have even less sense of what i might have thought she liked at that stage in mine. it was only […]

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Monday, January 18th, 2010

i went to the woods

i went to the woods because i wanted to live deliberately to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life to rout out all that was not life and not, when i came to die, discover that i had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau. (or Dead Poets’ Society. take yer pick.) when […]

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010

do not go gentle

when my grandmother was in her last years, and failing, she lost everything she cared about. except my mother and i, who sat vigil at her bedside as her entire world narrowed to those two iron rails. but there was only so much we could do to stem the tide of what slipped from her, […]

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

twelfth night

around here, most of the Christmas lights stay up into January. tonight, Old Christmas, the twelfth day in the ancient festival, is the end of it all.  the orange glow of electric pillar candles will disappear from the windows of the city tomorrow; the neighbour’s spruce will no longer cast a pall of sparkling blue […]

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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

o pioneers

a new year. we pass on the highway, separate units in our similar orbits, packed lock, stock, and barrels of monkeys into the little worlds that are our vehicles. a thousand holiday travellers, all hurtling past. we are invisible to each other, each on our own personal trajectories. voices chatter and sing, slightly off-key. the […]

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