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cooking with cookie!

We had a bit of excitement last week, and I realized I shared it only on Facebook. I'm sure wmtc readers want an answer to the burning question, What is Cookie up to now? This is what she's up to! She Who Cannot Be Contained must have put her paws on the kitchen counter -- I had been cooking and she was looking for morsels -- and on the way down, hit the stove, turning on a burner. The Instant Pot lid was resting on the stovetop. I was on a zoom meeting with my door shut, but Allan (who has a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Dogs, Personal, Allan, Laura K


billy joe shaver, rest in peace, and in music

Many well-known rock and pop musicians have died lately, including Helen Reddy, Eddie Van Halen, and Jerry Jeff Walker. More names will be coming fast and furiously as the icons of the Boomer generation age. One such death came to the country and blues music communities recently, that of Billy Joe Shaver.  Shaver's songwriting epitomized the outlaw-country ethic and apparently so did his life. He talked the talk and walked the walk. He was outlaw-country before the movement had a name.Shaver wr...
Tags: Travel, Music, Willie Nelson, New Orleans, Elvis Presley, Obits, Rolling Stone, Travels, Allan, Townes Van Zandt, Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, Mississippi Delta, Billy Joe Shaver, Shaver, Laura K


cpmvfsgu day 7: salt spring island (sunday)

Today's big news is that the GP Dermatologist in Campbell River will see me on the day we are driving through that town, on our way home. Which is two days from now! I'm so relieved I could cry.I called and pleaded my case -- to be honest, just a simple explanation, I didn't need to exaggerate! -- and also explained we would be passing through town in a couple of days. The scary part was waiting to see if they actually had the referral. I suppose if they hadn't, I could have corrected that with ...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, Personal, Travels, Allan, Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Laura K


cpmvfsgu day 6: salt spring island (saturday)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times? Perhaps not as dramatic as all that, but yesterday was a tale of two days, for sure.We had a leisurely morning -- well, when you barely sleep, all mornings seem long -- and drove the dogs over to Salty Dog, the local daycare and boarding spot. When I made the arrangements, Jaime was the opposite of every doggie daycare place I've spoken with in any city. She was so totally laid back. Whatever day, whatever hour, just come on by. She didn't ask...
Tags: Travel, Art, California, US, Personal, Ireland, Egypt, Travels, Allan, Maude, Sophia, Jaime, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Ganges Ganges, Lorne Tippett


cpmvfsgu day 5: victoria to salt spring island

I am having the surreal experience of looking through photographs of the wildfire devastation in Washington State, Oregon, and California, and seeing the names of towns where much of my family live. They are all personally safe, and as of right now their homes are intact. It's very scary, both in the immediate and the larger pictures.My own personal surreality continues, my skin covered in red welts, scabs, and bruises. (Bruises from scratching; my skin bruises easily.) I've learned that chronic...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, Personal, Vancouver, Victoria, Travels, Allan, Ndp, Cookie, Ganges, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Saanich, Kai, Swartz Bay


cpmvfsgu day 3: campbell river to victoria

We had another good breakfast at Popsey's, then hit the road to Victoria. Campbell River is halfway between Port Hardy, the northernmost town on the Island, and Victoria, at the southern tip. We really felt the change in climate, from the north and west coast cool, temperate barely-summer weather, to the rest of the island's hot dry summer. We had a good drive down, and went straight to the doggie daycare place where the pups will be tomorrow, for their "meet and greet". Cookie and Kai have neve...
Tags: Travel, Portland, Island, Victoria, Oakland, Travels, Allan, Powell, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Kai, Port Hardy, Laura K, Tala, Popsey, Victoria Campbell River


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2: business in campbell river

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


cpmvfsgu day 4: victoria

I slept more last night than I have since the hives started, and this morning felt halfway human for the first time in months. I took Cookie and Kai for an early-morning walk on the harbour. There are few things I love more than a paved, accessible, waterfront walk. (On our first trip to Vancouver Island in April 2018, I was in love with a very special such walkway in Sidney, not far from here, that is also studded with public art.) The Victoria harbour is beautiful, and/but full of expensive-lo...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Oregon, Victoria, Washington State, Travels, Allan, Bay Area, Sidney, Vancouver Island, Munro, Campbell River, Laura K, Greater Victoria Public Library, Russell Books, Jam Cafe


cpmvfsgu day 3

We had another good breakfast at Popsey's, then hit the road to Victoria. Campbell River is halfway between Port Hardy, the northernmost town on the Island, and Victoria, at the southern tip. We really felt the change in climate, from the north and west coast cool, temperate barely-summer weather, to the rest of the island's hot dry summer. We had a good drive down, and went straight to the doggie daycare place where the pups will be tomorrow, for their "meet and greet". Cookie and Kai have neve...
Tags: Travel, Portland, Island, Victoria, Oakland, Travels, Allan, Powell, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Kai, Port Hardy, Laura K, Tala, Popsey, Victoria Campbell River


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: day 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


simple but amazing experiences healing dogs from past trauma

Cookie recently had a fear reaction, and we're working on desensitization. I thought I would share our experience with changing fearful behaviour.  Diego Not long after we adopted Diego, we learned he had an extreme fear reaction to anything involving his ears. Neither Allan nor I can remember exactly how we learned this, whether he growled at the vet during an exam, or something else. But I distinctly remember that, when he saw a Q-tip in my hand, Diego showed his teeth for a split-secon...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Ptsd, Allan, Cookie, Diego, Buster, NP, Laura K, Cookie Cookie, Hopefully Cookie, New Person, Buster s head Buster


listening to joni: #15: turbulent indigo

Turbulent Indigo, 1994 Front Cover Turbulent Indigo is a rich album, one that demands repeated listening. Every time I hear it, I discover new sounds and meanings, and I find that it has slyly become one of my most beloved of Joni's work.The name of the album is itself enigmatic. Many reviewers have noted that it echoes an earlier masterpiece, since the colour indigo is a form of blue. I don't find much in common between 1972's Blue and this one. On Turbulent Indigo, the music is spars...
Tags: Travel, Music, Australia, James Brown, Canada, Ireland, Paris, United Nations, Beethoven, Catholic Church, Leonard Cohen, Mitchell, Van Gogh, Allan, Jackson Browne, Yvette


in which i reflect on the joys of summer in north vancouver island, especially during the pandemic

In 2015, Allan and I moved into an apartment, for the first time since leaving New York City in late 2005.We had rented a series of houses for 10 years. Now the market had changed and it was clear there were no houses for rent in our price range that would offer long-term stability and a decent commute.There is no way we would consider buying a house in the Toronto area, and we had no interest in buying a condo. This meant we were forced to move back to rental apartment life. We found a great ap...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Toronto, Personal, Canada, Vancouver, Allan, Mississauga, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, Laura K, Life In A Small Town, COVID-19, Bonnie Henry


12 Kananaskis Trail Hikes in Alberta With a View

If you live in the Calgary – Banff corridor chances are pretty good that you already know how fantastic the hiking is along the Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40). But out of town visitors largely have no idea that the hiking here is on par with much that is available in nearby Banff National Park. Most of the hikes on the Kananaskis Trail don’t see anywhere near the number of people you see in the national park. And nor is there a need for a park pass. Described are 12 Kananaskis Trail hikes with ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Switzerland, John, Alberta, Calgary, Allan, Rocky Mountain, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Highwood, Kananaskis, Guinn, Kananaskis Country, Highwood Pass, Ptarmigan Cirque


five reasons streaming is still better than cable, even if the price tag is the same (plus a long story mostly for myself)

If you stream movies and TV series, you know that the proliferation of streaming channels has had mixed results for consumers.Many shows that were formerly on Netflix have been pulled by their media parents, and are now found on different streaming apps. At the same time, Netflix's monthly price has increased -- so you're paying more for less.Those who still want access to the shows no longer on Netflix need to subscribe to an additional streaming service; Disney (which has all the Marvel prope...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hbo, New York, Advertising, Disney, US, Netflix, Canada, Showtime, Starz, Streaming, Mlb, Roku, Buffalo, Amazon Instant Video


social distancing is awesome but the world has become surreal

Removed from all context, I am loving social distancing.I was very disappointed to cancel our planned vacation to visit west-coast family and friends. But other than that, I am having a great time.Reading.Writing.Practicing piano.Doing jigsaw puzzles.Watching movies and series.Walking outside.Stretching and meditating inside.Playing with our dogs. They are loving have me around all the time.Cooking. The Instant Pot is working overtime!Getting things done around the house.Poor Allan, because he w...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Personal, Donald Trump, Allan, Laura K, COVID-19


blogger's backup and restore (export and import) functions do not work properly

Allan and I have spent countless hours this week trying to backup Joy of Sox and to restore posts and comments to wmtc.  I think we are making progress, but I don't know what the final outcome will be. Which is ridiculous. This process shouldn't be this difficult and the outcome shouldn't be in doubt! Blogger's backup function, through which you export all posts and comments and save them as an XML file, appears to work for small blogs with a few hundred posts and comments. Large blogs like...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K, Joy of Sox


why this blog looks strange right now (updated) (upperdated)

A post was accidentally deleted -- an essay that took a while to write. Happily, I had recently backed up the whole blog. And thank goodness, as it had been a long while since the last backup.In order to restore the missing post, Allan imported the backup copy... and instead of all the posts merging, they re-posted. I think that's because they were originally posted by me, but imported by Allan, making him a new author, causing Blogger to read the imported posts as new.Now we've got to get rid o...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K


why this blog looks strange right now (updated)

A post was accidentally deleted -- an essay that took a while to write. Happily, I had recently backed up the whole blog. And thank goodness, as it had been a long while since the last backup.In order to restore the missing post, Allan imported the backup copy... and instead of all the posts merging, they re-posted. I think that's because they were originally posted by me, but imported by Allan, making him a new author, causing Blogger to read the imported posts as new.Now we've got to get rid o...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


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, Laura K, Kai Now


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, Laura K, Life In A Small Town, Kai Short


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, Laura K, I Hate Christmas, Life In A Small Town


why this blog looks strange right now

A post was accidentally deleted -- an essay that took a while to write. Happily, I had recently backed up the whole blog. And thank goodness, as it had been a long while since the last backup.In order to restore the missing post, Allan imported the backup copy... and instead of all the posts merging, they re-posted. I think that's because they were originally posted by me, but imported by Allan, making him a new author, causing Blogger to read the imported posts as new.Now we've got to get rid o...
Tags: Travel, Meta, Allan, Laura K


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


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


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


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



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