Archive for October, 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007


i am elephant, hear me roar… erm, well…this littlest elephant’s roaring was really quite cheery. we had a lovely Hallowe’en. since our house, being situated across from the liquor store, doesn’t exactly draw a lot of the kiddie set, we trekked off to Oscar’s Nannie’s to indulge in my family tradition of storebought cupcakes for […]

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

dear Margaret Trudeau

…i got to see you speak, live, in person, yesterday. you, who married Canada’s most flamboyant Prime Minister when you were only a 22 year old kid. you, who left him seven or eight years later and ran off – more or less, because we all know life is never quite as it appears in […]

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Friday, October 26th, 2007

the leaves and the song

Do you still sing of the mountain bed we made of limbs and leaves: Do you still sigh there near the sky where the holly berry bleeds: You laughed as I covered you over with leaves, face, breast, hips and thighs. You smiled when I said the leaves were just the color of your eyes. […]

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning

looking back, i’m pretty sure Dave started it. it was a few months back now, when O was really beginning to get his legs under him and not just walk, but climb. or want to, at least. but there aren’t a whole lot of things in this house that someone with very short, very stubby […]

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007

not another family vacation, redux

just in case you’ve been thinking, like i have been, that you need a weekend away from the same old vistas or you’re going to tear your own eyes out from the eternal hamster-wheelness of it all, and you’re burning to hit the road and see leaves and visit cousins and meet blog friends in […]

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Friday, October 19th, 2007

all class

i work in a university. i’m not a prof, though i’ve taught lectures on and off over the past ten years. i’ve done program admin, too, and these days i manage a grant housed within the ivy-clad walls of my local institution. i like it here. i figure i’ll finish my Ph.D, sometime in the […]

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Monday, October 15th, 2007

light a penny candle

light i don’t do ritual very well. i do not know how seriously to take it, whether it requires of me a solemnity and focus i can seldom sustain. i long for it, for the way it imbues acts with meaning, with signification, but i skitter from it too…unable to trust myself to do it […]

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Sunday, October 14th, 2007

never too late to have a happy childhood

once upon a time (or last night if anybody’s actually looking for accuracy) our fair city held its annual Fireman’s Ball. erm, uh, wait…wrong photo. and wrong man.  the Fireman’s Ball, for the past three Octobers, has been the occasion of my annual date with my grandfather.  he was a fire chief back when i […]

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Saturday, October 13th, 2007

time will crawl

Oscar is almost eighteen months old. just as thirty-five demarks, for pregnant women, a status shift into “advanced maternal age”, eighteen months demarks, in my mind, an inviolable Mason-Dixon line behind which babyhood lies, lost and unrecoverable. i see them all over him, the marks of childhood, of his “advanced infancy” teetering into something far […]

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

in just

yummyeating Originally uploaded by oscarcormier time for a little standing up around here. the League of Maternal Justice is standing up to the baffling “take your boobs back to the strip clubs where i can ogle them and stop offending me by breastfeeding in public already” discourse of idiocy so prevalent of late, and i […]

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