happy new year and new decade from wmtc

For the second year in a row, I didn't even bother with the wmtc i hate christmas tradition. I didn't see any shopping fervor, didn't hear or see an onslaught of ads. (Hooray for streaming!) We put up holiday lights, enjoyed two days off (hooray for vestiges of colonialism!), and "the season" passed quietly. I can't bring myself to say Merry Christmas, but if anybody minds my "happy holidays," they don't show it. New Year's Eve was even quieter. I did the whole look-back thing in late November...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Allan, North Island, I Hate Christmas, Life In A Small Town

#climatestrike vs my brain: i am struggling with pessimism and hopelessness

I started writing this post in September, after the global Climate Strike.It was exciting to see that so many people -- millions around the globe -- understand the urgency and are willing to take to the streets. I thought, This is beautiful! This is amazing! ... and This won't change anything. Both at the same time.I hate writing that. I hate feeling this way.Along with Climate Strike, there are other positive developments -- extinction rebellion, for example, and an increasing number of civil ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Activism, Australia, Environment, Canada, Socialism, Allan, Beckett, Gandhi, David Suzuki Foundation

what i'm reading: working by robert caro

Fans of Robert Caro rejoiced when we learned that Caro, author of nonfiction histories, was writing a book about his writing process. When the book was published, I'm sure I wasn't the only one surprised by its brevity. At a slim 207 pages, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing is the equivalent of a post-it note for Caro, whose books are often described as tomes.I read Working over the course of a weekend, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only is the subject fascinating, but Caro's ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Texas, New York City, US, History, United States, Martin Luther King Jr, Allan, Robert, Caro, LBJ, Robert Moses, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Lyndon Baines Johnson

pupdate: the fence, the beach, and the cuddling that melts our hearts

It's been a while since I updated wmtc readers on the continuing adventures of Cookie and Kai.Short version: they are doing great. They are healthy, happy, and a constant source of entertainment, not to mention love and affection. But when it comes to dogs, who wants a short version?The great escape. Cookie has matured and settled in -- but she is still a wild child, and very independent. I have to lock my closet door, and if I forget she will find a shoe to use as a chew toy. Now that she knows...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Allan, Cookie, Life In A Small Town, Kai Short

what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a writer for The New Yorker, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read The New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet r...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Allan, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean

listening to joni: #12: dog eat dog

Dog Eat Dog, 1985 Front Cover We've reached a milestone: a Joni Mitchell album I don't like.No, that's a cop out. It's not merely that I don't like Dog Eat Dog. It's that Dog Eat Dog is not good. It's a really bad album.All musicians, all artists, create clunkers sometimes -- especially if they're experimenting and expanding. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, David Byrne -- musical giants all, and all have released albums that aren't very good.And although it ...
Tags: Travel, Music, Joni Mitchell, Joan, Cmi, Allan, McDonald, Michael McDonald, Wayne Shorter, Joni, Christopher Cross, David Yaffe, Rob Tannenbaum, Listening To Joni, Dog Joni, Kenny Loggins Enough

pupdate? in which i worry about traumatizing our dog who has zero recall

Cookie does not, will not, come when called.She is just not interested.At mealtimes, "wanna eat?" will bring her running. And if she's in the backyard or on the deck, the sound of the clicker and the treat jar will usually work.But at the beach, she has no intention of coming back to us.We've done the high-value treats, we've done... everything. The beach is simply too wonderful to leave. I am Cookie, and I answer to no one. Last year, on a wet, cold day, I was waiting outside the lib...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Allan, Cookie, Kai, Kai Now

solidarity with wet’suwet’en land defenders and their allies on the frontlines

Thank you to the Wet'suwet'en people who are courageously defending their land for the greater good of us all. Thank you to the Kahnawake people who are courageously blocking the rail lines in solidarity.Thank you to the non-Indigenous allies who blocked the main highway on Vancouver Island, and disbanded only under threats of violence from racist thugs.Thank you to every person who attended a solidarity protest in cities across Canada. It's inspiring to see that protest has moved to full-scale...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Liberal party, Allan, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Vancouver Island, Canadian Politics, Kahnawake

and let others do for you: interdependence, and the strength to be vulnerable

"I find it really difficult to ask for help." I've heard many people say this. I don't know if I ever said this myself, but as a teen and then young adult, I definitely tried never to ask for help, and seldom would allow myself to accept any. When I needed help of any kind -- physical, financial, emotional -- I would feel uncomfortable and deeply indebted, for relatively small actions.In New York City, where, like millions of New Yorkers, I didn't own a car, if someone gave me a ride home, I wou...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Personal, Mental Health, Ptsd, National Parks, Bob Dylan, Harvard University, Allan, Dylan, Mississauga, Brooke, Miscellaneous Blather, Brooke Ellison Ellison

Buenos Aires Iguazu Waterfalls and Santiago

Dear Friends and FamilyAfter travelling 28 hours from door to door Ann Riley and I arrive in Buenos Aires Argentina. We stopped in Toronto to change planes and then in Santiago just to walk in a big circle and get back on the same plane. We used U
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Santiago, Buenos Aires Argentina, Ann Riley, Buenos Aires Iguazu Waterfalls

help nominate tommy douglas as the face of the next $5 bill

There's a movement to put the face of Tommy Douglas on the next Canadian $5 bill. Wouldn't that be wonderful?And wouldn't it be a kick in the pants to those who seek to privatize our health care system?Go here to nominate Tommy Douglas. [Author: allan]
Tags: Travel, History, Socialism, Health Care, Allan, Tommy Douglas, Canadian Culture, Privatization Doesn't Work

"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Allan, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo

"at your library" in the north island eagle: be "smart": your library can help you keep your new year's resolutions

January is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. But our best intentions can come back to bite us. How many of us have made grand plans in January, only to see them disappear by February? Change is hard – and personal habits are the hardest to change of all.A trick that I've found helpful is to create "SMART" goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Timely. SMART goals are:Specific: What do you want to accomplish? "I want to eat healt...
Tags: Travel, Mental Health, Allan, Lynda, Lin, My Writing, VIRL, At Your Library" Column, VIRL Lynda, Consumer Health Complete, Adult Winter Reading Club, VIRL Reading

how do you hold a fork and knife? or, in which i discover my table manners are american

As a child, I was taught to use a knife and fork like this: fork in left hand, securing what you want to cut, knife in right hand, cutting. Put knife down, transfer fork from left hand to right hand, put food in mouth. Repeat.My mother drilled this into me and my siblings. My family was not overly big on table manners, but taking that extra moment to put the knife down, and transfer the fork before putting food in your mouth, was considered a critical lesson.I recently overheard two people -- Ca...
Tags: Travel, Continental, Allan, Miscellaneous Blather, Canadian Culture

Great places to eat around Cenang

For the last few days Ive had the company of my new buddy Bill both on the beach where it has been uncomfortably windy and for eating out. As hed been in Cenang for a few weeks he knew some places I hadnt been to before. There are an increasi
Tags: Travel, Bill, Cenang

Sri Lanka Tissa and Ella

Tuesday 18 February 2020 cont'dWe had a quiet afternoon and went outside at 6.50 pm for our dinner. Pat had steamed rice and I had a fried rice with chicken in a local style. After we got to try buffalo curd a local delicacy with pineapple honey.
Tags: Travel, Pat, Ella, Sri Lanka Tissa

MS Westerdam cruise ship passenger cleared of coronavirus

After Holland America's MS Westerdam disembarked, a passenger tested positive for coronavirus. Less than a week later, officials cleared her.          [Author: USA TODAY]
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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 21

I decided to participate in a short survey to earn some Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles from The Opinion Terminal — you can find out more information pertaining to The Opinion Terminal by reading this article — which was estimated to take five minutes to complete pertaining to what magazines were looked at or read by me within the most recent six months... ...and I found at least one thing which seemed quite bizarre, as shown in the screen shot above. Can you guess what... The post What is Wr...
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The origins and history of Nando’s

Ask any Brit what their favorite takeaway spot is and they’re sure to mention Nando’s. Ask them about the origins of Nando’s menu, and they’ll probably say Portugal. It’s a reasonable answer. Its logo is the Rooster of Barcelos, a famous Portuguese symbol. The food is seasoned with Portuguese spices and Portuguese bread rolls are among the restaurant’s many sides. However, to label Nando’s a product of Portugal isn’t strictly true. Nando’s was in fact born in Johannesburg, South Africa, makin...
Tags: Travel, UK, Africa, South Africa, Portugal, West Africa, Brazil, Angola, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Zambia, Mozambique, Johannesburg, Fernando, All, Julius Malema

The world’s newest countries

Much like human beings , the lives of countries take dramatically different shapes. Some lifespans are fraught with bloodshed, revolution, and unrest while others are lucky enough to enjoy peace and long periods of stability. Also like humans, new countries are born amid great fanfare, die when they can no longer sustain themselves, and sometimes even merge with each other to form a union. Whether formed through violent revolution, triumphant political autonomy, or the dissolution of a larger ...
Tags: Travel, England, Indonesia, Australia, US, Eu, Czech Republic, Egypt, Philippines, Italy, United Nations, Serbia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Un

Travel: Peel back the centuries in St. Augustine, America’s oldest city

My family finally took a long-awaited trip in December to St. Augustine, America’s oldest consistently populated city in the continental United States, established by Spain in 1565. This enchanting city on Florida’s Atlantic coast, oozing with old-world charm, did not disappoint. Our only mistake was not staying longer and seeing more of the city’s sights and beaches. St. Augustine has earned some well-deserved accolades in the travel industry. In 2018, Conde Nast Traveler included St. Augustine...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, America, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Britain, Soccer, United States, Miami, Las Vegas, Pebble Beach, Tampa, Columbia, Conde Nast Traveler

Cinema Paradiso - OpenAir Cinema's The Lounge Experience

One of the most beautiful cinemas is the OpenAir cinema set to the backdrop of Sydney Harbour at Mrs Macquarie's Chair. There's a range of premiere movies and pre-releases and this year there's an upmarket food offering. The Lounge is a collaboration between Biota's James Viles and The Fresh Collective. Diners can choose between a pre-movie 2 course meal for $70 or a 3 course for $85 and enjoy the film from premium seating.
Tags: Travel, Sydney Harbour, Biota, James Viles

Dream Cruise Suspends Genting Dream Operation From Singapore

Dream Cruise Suspends Genting Dream Operation From Singapore For your information, Dream Cruise suspends Genting Dream’s operation from Singapore starting 23February until 27 March 2020 due to the current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Dream Cruise released the statement two days ago on their official website. Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding the current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Dream Cruises has made the difficult decision to voluntary susp...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Headline, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Japan Thailand, Zhengzhou, Dream Cruise, Heart International, Genting Dream Cruise, COVID, Genting Dream, Dream Cruises, Balcony State Room, Related Posts Malindo Air Crews, PostponedSingapore Airlines

Traditional Minnesotan foods

Minnesota doesn’t disappoint in the natural wonders department. After all, it’s the birthplace of the mighty Mississippi, North America’s longest river, and is famously the Land of 10,000 Lakes (actually 15,000, but who’s counting). But the North Star State impresses in another category as well: food. By channeling its immigrant roots and true northern spirit, Minnesotans have fully embraced their destiny as a culinary capital. 1. Jucy/Juicy Lucy Photo: 5-8 Club/Facebook Minnesota’s Juic...
Tags: Travel, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Austin, Club, North America, Scandinavia, Lucy, All, Matt, University of Minnesota, Austin Minnesota, Great Minnesota, North Star State, Hormel, Hormel Foods

HEDNA Announces New Leadership

St. Paul, MN, February 21, 2020 - HEDNA (the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association) announced its 2020 Board of Directors and new members of the Executive Committee at its recent Global Distribution Conference in Los Angeles, California.
Tags: Travel, Executive Committee, St Paul MN, Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association, Global Distribution Conference

What is a microcation

This is the Travel Take, where Matador’s writers and editors make the case for their favorite travel hacks, tips, and personal tics. We’re living in a golden age of travel. There were 1.4 billion international tourists in 2018, according to the World Tourism Organization, and, thanks to technology, it’s never been cheaper to get from one side of the world to the other. Yet in this rush to see sights far and wide, it’s easy to lose sight of the wonders close to home. International travel has b...
Tags: Travel, New York, Sweden, Washington, New York City, US, Los Angeles, New York Times, Italy, Amsterdam, Airbnb, Venice, All, World Tourism Organization, Hudson Valley, Allianz Global Assistance

Oil slides 1% on renewed fears over toll from coronavirus - Reuters

Oil slides 1% on renewed fears over toll from coronavirus - Reuters:Oil prices fell about 1% on Friday on renewed concerns about crude demand being pinched by the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, while OPEC and allied producers appeared to be in no rush to curb output.The latest signs of infections outside the Hubei province epicenter in China spurred a selloff across financial markets, as G20 policymakers traveled to Saudi Arabia for talks on the global economy.Brent crude LCOc1 tum...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, China, Opec, Reuters, Hubei Province, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Oslo in a nutshell

I don't proclaim to be a 'foodie' but I do enjoy a good buffet breakfast and I've had my share during our many travels. I have to say the breakfast at our hotel was very impressive and there was so many options to choose from that I ended up going up thre
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United And Chase Extend Credit Card Deal Through 2029

Chase and United have extended their credit card agreement into 2029. United will remain a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. And Chase is, it seems, paying United more for the miles that it awards to customers – the airline says its bottom line will improve $400 million in 2020 alone. Continue reading United And Chase Extend Credit Card Deal Through 2029...
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Fare Alert: Business Class Roundtrip To Russia From $1622

There's currently business class tickets between New York and Russia - either Moscow or St. Petersburg - from just $1622 roundtrip with the transatlantic portion of the journey on oneworld member Finnair. That's an amazing fare, and it's available exactly when you'd want to make the trip whether you want the best weather or to steal an election. Continue reading Fare Alert: Business Class Roundtrip To Russia From $1622...
Tags: Travel, New York, Russia, Moscow, St Petersburg, Business Class, Discounts & Deals, Airfare Sale

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