wmtc: best of wmtc, 2016 edition

Even though I don’t blog very much anymore, my editor still manages to find some highlights. Best of wmtc, 2016 edition.

Scripturient: Old habits, old junk

The past couple of weeks I have been trying to turn my office (one of our spare bedrooms, once upon a time) back into my office. A working space I’ll need when Susan retires this winter. My man cave, so to speak. Over the past few years, since I sold the store and went back ...

Scripturient: What did the former council ever do for us?

TIM: What exactly are the demands? BRIAN: We’re giving Powerstream two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Collus utility, and if they don’t agree immediately, we execute the shotgun clause. TIM: You mean, cut their nose off? DEB: Cut all our noses off. To spite our collective faces. Show them we’re not to be ...

Scripturient: These Old Bones

These old bones; You wouldn’t think they’d cut a rug jitterbug dance between the rain drops but once I could. Once I did. Danced to the music, lover in hand, that time in the park when we didn’t care laughing in the face of the storm. The rain, the wind, splashing in the grass. The ...

Scripturient: The raison d’etre

“Why do you do it?” A voice asked me, momentarily distracting my attention from deciding between the firm and silky tofu in the grocery store. I looked up to find a woman close to my own age in front of me. Well, perhaps she was a teensy bit older by about 20 years, but once ...

wmtc: best of wmtc, 2015 edition

I barely wrote at all last year, but my editor and partner managed to find a few (possibly) worthy of a best-of post. Thus, this page has been udpated. I miss blogging. I love my job and I love leading our union. I love having a steady paycheque, too! But I miss my old life. #CantHaveEverything ...

Scripturient: The Secret to Good Writing

Spoiler alert: the secret to writing well is…. (insert drum roll)… writing. Writing a lot. Every day. Every possible minute you can spare. Writing and writing more and then writing even more. But doing so within a pre-specified limit. Oops… Now we all know that, aside from some local bloggers and EB columnists, most of ...

wmtc: best of wmtc, 2014 edition

Every year since embarking on graduate school, then beginning to work full-time, I’ve thought: I have no time to write, I don’t write any more. And every year, Allan chooses a sizable number of wmtc posts as best-of for that year. I’m always surprised at how much I’ve written. I believe 2015 will finally change ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Revised CPLUG Ukulele Song Book

I spent the past couple of weeks diligently working on updating and expanding our Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group (CPLUG) songbook. I’m happy to announce it is completed – and that I can get back to my regular blogging. I had put together two smaller songbooks previously for group use, as well as sent along several ...

wmtc: what i do, what i miss, and what are they thinking: answers to the question, "what do you do?"

When we moved to Canada (nine years plus a few days ago), I wondered what, if anything, I would miss about the US. Who would have guessed it would be watching “Baseball Tonight”? Yup, the only thing I miss about living in that crazy country is watching a baseball-highlights show on ESPN. Not bad! In ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Tricks of the mind

Reading involves bit of trickery. Mental trickery. It engages the imagination and fools us into thinking we are there within the book: nestled beside the author, or better yet, beside the characters. Immersed in the created world, floating through it like a ghost in a haunted house movie, or perhaps in the imagined flesh, interacting ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Death of Handwriting?

I almost cried in pleasure when I watched this video; the handwriting is so beautiful. Apparently some viewers have, as Jesus Diaz writes. On Gizmodo he says that it’s: …a video that caused many to discover autonomous sensory meridian response, a perceptual phenomenon that gives a pleasing tingling sensation. Some said they got it watching people ...

wmtc: whither wmtc

I feel so disconnected from this blog, and from writing in general. I hate it. I love having this blog. I love that when I do want to write, and have the energy to do so, and have something to say, I have a place to do it. But writing occupies such a small space in ...

wmtc: best of wmtc, 2013 edition

The wmtc greatest hits page has been updated with the best posts of 2012, as chosen by my partner and editor. About this year’s picks, Allan says: “I tried to be a bit more ruthless this year. Also you should highlight our Spain trip and also the tag “what i’m reading” since so many of ...

wmtc: best of wmtc, 2012 edition

The wmtc greatest hits page has been updated with the best posts of 2012, as chosen by my editor and second-biggest* fan. Thanks for reading, and thank you always for your support. * My mother, who else?!

wmtc: further thoughts on why i blog: a clarification

My recent post about no longer voting in US elections caused some dismay and upset among some of USian readers. At least one friend interpreted that post as encouraging others not to vote. I was surprised by this – but my friend was surprised that it meant otherwise! It seemed like a clarification was in ...

wmtc: from the archives: paralympics integration with olympics, the athletes’ perspectives

Oscar Pistorius’ historic run as the first double-amputee Olympic athlete has revived the ongoing discussion of whether or not to integrate the Paralympics into the Olympics. (Stories in The Guardian, Slate, and on CBC’s The Current.) Integration sounds like a great idea, and on the surface, the fierce opposition of many athletes with disabilities may ...

wmtc: digital jigsaw puzzles, this quiet blog, and the current state of my brain

The writing part of my brain appears to be on vacation. It didn’t request time off; it doesn’t have to. It’s the boss. I have a pile of topics I’d like to write about, but Writing Brain is off in the woods somewhere, recovering from academia. So what is the rest of me doing, besides ...

wmtc: canadian profile: justin hines

In the March issue of New Mobility, I have a cover story about Canadian musician Justin Hines. You can see it here. I wrote this over my winter break – just as the library job came through! Not exactly the restful vacation I was hoping for. Fortunately I had a lot of help; Allan should ...

wmtc: best of wmtc, 2011 edition

During the school term, I am frequently frustrated by not being able to blog. I have ideas for posts that never get written – unusual for me, and unpleasant. If this annual tradition of collecting my best posts from the past year serves no other purpose, it reminds me that I actually am still writing. ...