wmtc: our papyrus painting is finally on the wall

You can read the story of how we got these: here. This, below, is the smaller painting that the salesman added to the pot after the price would budge no further. It is possibly painted on banana leaf, a cheaper and less durable papyrus substitute. There is also a third, yet smaller painting, also “thrown ...

Dead Wild Roses: Requiem for A Friend – Rough Seas In The Mediterranean

A good friend, feminist compatriot, and fellow blog traveller has passed away, all the too soon and all the too suddenly. Thank you for your words, your wit, and the time shared with me. You shall be warmly remembered. RSitM loved her animals. A picture from her blog. Good bye Kate. Filed under: personal Tagged: ...

wmtc: in which i contemplate the personal pros and cons of social media

I’ve been taking a break from social media, and I am feeling the positive effects. But I do miss people. But I feel better…but I miss people…but I feel better. And so on. This is your brain on fibromyalgia I struggle with low concentration and intermittent brain fog. I believe it’s from fibromyalgia, but whatever ...

wmtc: in which old photos make me think things

I’ve been scanning some old photos — some of Allan and me through the years, others with my siblings at various ages — and have been posting them on Facebook. This experience has led to two insights. The thoughts themselves aren’t new, but this walk on memory lane has recalled and reinforced them. Insight number ...

wmtc: happy strike-iversary!

The City of Mississauga has a community recognition program, through which community groups can have their banner fly at City Hall for a day. When the program was announced, I said to a few of my union sisters, “I know a flag I’d like to see there…”. I was only joking — but they took ...

wmtc: the great whole foods experiment of 2017

In our home, shopping at Whole Foods was once reserved for special dinners or used a stop-gap during an extremely busy week. Then slowly, over time, it became habit — and a big one. For a long time now, we’ve had two regular shopping days each week, one at Loblaws and one at Whole Foods. ...

wmtc: memories of bacon

Do you watch Aziz Ansari’s show “Master of None“? I like it. It’s not zany or wacky; it doesn’t try so hard to be funny, which I find annoying in so many TV comedies. Parts of the show are funny, but parts are earnest, and interesting. It’s not sappy, but it’s not afraid to be ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Gospel By Gaslight

If gaslighting is “a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity,” then religious fundamentalism (of several sorts, although my experience is specifically with Christian fundamentalism, and other forms may vary) is a ...

wmtc: "what kind of dog is that?" part 2: in which we learn more but feel like we know less

You may recall, we decided to have Diego’s DNA examined to see what breed mix he is. Here’s what the folks at DNA My Dog have determined. Supposedly Diego is 37-74% German Shorthaired Pointer, 20-36% German Shepherd, and 1-9% Collie. I just don’t get it. Diego looks nothing like a German Shorthaired Pointer. Other than ...

wmtc: in which we answer the burning question: "what kind of dog is that?"

At the beach! Diego’s favourite place. What kind of dog is that? People ask this all the time. All our dogs have been rescues, but most had recognizable breed markers. We could answer “white Shepherd-Husky cross” or “Lab-Shepherd mix” or “Jack Russell-Fox Terrier cross”. Of course those dogs probably had many other breeds in the ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: What the “Walk on the Wild Side” controversy says about trans* awareness and a changing social movement

A little over a week ago, a University of Guelph student union drew international ire for condemning Lou Reed’s 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side” as transphobic.  This occurred after the Central Student Association apologized on social media for playing the song at a campus event.  Although this might seem like a minor thing ...

wmtc: should we give up our voip phone and only have cell phones? help me decide.

The ancient technology I grew up with,including the colour. We still have a bit of antiquated technology called a home phone. We use a VoIP phone — have done so since 2002 — which is why I say “home phone” rather than “landline”. Our home phone is not a landline. I’ve blogged about VoIP in ...

wmtc: should we give up our voip phone and only have cell phones? help me decide.

The ancient technology I grew up with,including the colour. We still have a bit of antiquated technology called a home phone. We use a VoIP phone — have done so since 2002 — which is why I say “home phone” rather than “landline”. Our home phone is not a landline. I’ve blogged about VoIP in ...

wmtc: in which i come home and get caught up without anxiety (hooray for medication)

I recently had a very positive experience with anti-anxiety medication, and realized I should share it here. I’ve written many times about the wonders of modern medicine for treating depression and anxiety, and the life-changing, relationship-saving, and quite possibly life-saving effects of using the right medication. While these drugs may be sometimes prescribed unnecessarily, I ...

wmtc: in which i come home and get caught up without anxiety (hooray for medication)

I recently had a very positive experience with anti-anxiety medication, and realized I should share it here. I’ve written many times about the wonders of modern medicine for treating depression and anxiety, and the life-changing, relationship-saving, and quite possibly life-saving effects of using the right medication. While these drugs may be sometimes prescribed unnecessarily, I ...

wmtc: amman to cairo to home: in which things out work very nicely

EgyptAir, we love you! I’m writing this from an airport hotel, where I did not expect to be. After Ridiculous Breakfast #3, we did a little negotiating (see below), then packed up for the airport. On a tip from the concierge, we stopped at the beautiful Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets on the way. I was ...

wmtc: amman to cairo to home: in which things out work very nicely

EgyptAir, we love you! I’m writing this from an airport hotel, where I did not expect to be. After Ridiculous Breakfast #3, we did a little negotiating (see below), then packed up for the airport. On a tip from the concierge, we stopped at the beautiful Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets on the way. I was ...

wmtc: unesco world heritage sites i have visited

The United Nations Educational, Scientic, and Cultural Organization — better known as UNESCO — has created a list of natural and human-made sites that “are of outstanding universal value” and meet a selection criteria. UNESCO: Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. ...

wmtc: unesco world heritage sites i have visited

The United Nations Educational, Scientic, and Cultural Organization — better known as UNESCO — has created a list of natural and human-made sites that “are of outstanding universal value” and meet a selection criteria. UNESCO: Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. ...

wmtc: amman

I’m writing this from the beautiful lounge of the Amman Marriott Hotel while drinking a Bailey’s hot chocolate. Allan is drinking a Bailey’s martini and working with the guidebook for tomorrow’s adventure, the final day of the trip except for flying. We decided not to do any sightseeing today, but rather to explore the city ...

wmtc: amman

I’m writing this from the beautiful lounge of the Amman Marriott Hotel while drinking a Bailey’s hot chocolate. Allan is drinking a Bailey’s martini and working with the guidebook for tomorrow’s adventure, the final day of the trip except for flying. We decided not to do any sightseeing today, but rather to explore the city ...

wmtc: jordan is the anti-egypt and petra is the anti-giza

From what little we’ve seen of Jordan so far, it is the opposite of Egypt in many respects. I admit we have a small sample size, but in both countries, we have seen the capital city and visited the country’s top tourist attraction. Petra vs the Pyramids at Giza is a stark contrast. Working animalsPetra: ...

wmtc: jordan is the anti-egypt and petra is the anti-giza

From what little we’ve seen of Jordan so far, it is the opposite of Egypt in many respects. I admit we have a small sample size, but in both countries, we have seen the capital city and visited the country’s top tourist attraction. Petra vs the Pyramids at Giza is a stark contrast. Working animalsPetra: ...

wmtc: petra, day two

Staying overnight in Petra was a great idea and worked out beautifully. After an elaborate but nondescript (and overpriced) breakfast buffet at the Petra Moon, we left our luggage at the hotel, and took a taxi to the little-used “rear entrance” to the site. On a tip from Lonely Planet, we would start the trail ...

wmtc: petra, day two

Staying overnight in Petra was a great idea and worked out beautifully. After an elaborate but nondescript (and overpriced) breakfast buffet at the Petra Moon, we left our luggage at the hotel, and took a taxi to the little-used “rear entrance” to the site. On a tip from Lonely Planet, we would start the trail ...