25 years of connecting a community

This past month has brought daily work day commutes, social outings and a stinky, humid heat wave – in September!

My writing activities were limited to journal entries, resume updates, politely stern mail messages and drafting another letter of complaint to a federal agency.

birthday cake and cupcakes for National Capital FreeNet 25

25 Years of connecting a community

Despite the anxieties and resulting stress this month, I pushed myself to attend the 25th birthday party for my community ISP. Those who live in Ottawa may be familiar with the National Capital FreeNet.

Back in the day… we used 9600 Baud modems and two-tone dumb terminals to connect to special interest groups, email and eventually a text version of the world-wide web. With the evolution of graphical web browsers and the support of images, there was soon a proliferation of funny cat pictures and other titillations …

Being a member allowed me the opportunity to expand my web design skills, stay connected with family and friends during tumultuous times, express my thoughts   and share bad poetry.

We graduated to DSL in 2005, soon connecting with all kinds of devices. It was a necessity while accommodating the social needs of teens and tweens living with me at the time.

Black cat at laptop

Cat on lap asks “What’s a Free net?” Book: “aa000: 25 Years of National Capital FreeNet”


I am glad I attended the party, sat through the speeches and bought a copy of the book (to which I made a small contribution). I pushed my social skills to chat with familiar members but left early due to acoustics incompatible to conversations. I also had to get home to feed the >^..^< darlings.

In my haste I forgot to get some birthday cake. I had two pieces the last time I attended one of these parties.

Thanks for dropping by. Keep in touch.


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Rainy Sunday Mewsings

It’s a rainy Sunday and I’ve been up since 6:00 a.m.

It was nice to emerge from dreamland to the tapping of rain against the bedroom window. It was mildly unpleasant to be roused by a needy cat.

As I shuffled out to the kitchen and served their breakfast buffet, I reflected on my long weekend Saturday outing to experience the arts, culture and fresh air.

I didn’t turn on the kitchen radio until after the news report would be done. I could not listen to more reports of hardship and assholery so early in the day. I am saddened and concerned about the forest fires and floods. I am angry and concerned about the dick-taters with their sabre rattling and stroking their weapons of phallic destruction.

It’s like we’re given more fodder for the bible thumpers, doom sayers and dystopian novel writers!

I digress, pulled into weltschmerz once again.  Sigh… Let’s return to fond memories of an enjoyable, solo outing.

MosaiCanada150 Mother Earth

MosaiCanada150 in Jacques Cartier Park

Once his stomach was satisfied, Mr. Snuggles supervised as I organized my photos into an album, downloaded the good ones for sharing with family and friends. He even freed my lap for a while so I could concentrate and write about my experience in the Deep Blonde Thoughts blog.

Black cat in front of laptop screen

“‘So, this is what you were doing in the outside world yesterday…”


Black cat with big eyes in front of laptop screen

“Since it’s raining today, you’re going to stay home with me, right?”

Yes, I plan on staying in our hole in a log for domestic putterings, welcoming inspiration and motivation to draw and write.

How about you?


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My great grandchildren will not be white

That’s a bold prediction from someone so naturally fair of skin and hair.

I am okay with that possibility.

First, I can say that because I have brown offspring from a mixed marriage. In my eyes and their doting Aunties’, these children were beautiful, intelligent and well-behaved.

I was often oblivious to the colour of my children’s skin yet experienced some strange looks and comments when we were out in public. The most humorous and innocent was when a child at the local park asked if I was their babysitter.

Yes, they have met challenges with finding their identity, their place in society. They adapted. They survived. Some of them identify as Black or POC (Person of Colour). None of them have adopted urban stereotypes nor have they been in trouble with the law.

To me, they are beautiful humans, the next generation. I raised them to be positive contributors to their community and to society. They know how to speak up when they see injustices. They too will make beautiful babies if they so choose or can afford to raise a family in this precarious economy.

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I share the anger and disbelief with what’s going on, being spouted by POTUS after the Charlottesville incident. But here I am, challenging my agoraphobia tendencies, my anxieties while enjoying my quiet comforts and white privilege in Canada. I am living, learning and trying to write it down. 

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Paying your kids to move out

I recently helped pay moving out expenses for one of my offspring.

Some Canadian parents are willing to pay their young adult children to stay away from the nest for good.

“A poll by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce says parents are willing to pay their adult children thousands of dollars, if that’s what it takes to get them to leave home.

The CIBC Gifting Poll, conducted in late June, finds that 76 per cent of parents with a child 18 years or older still living at home are willing to provide cash to help their kids move out, marry or move in with a partner.”

FP article:  http://business.financialpost.com/news/the-cost-to-get-adult-kids-out-of-the-house-well-pay-24000-says-bank-poll/wcm/29e493ef-08b2-4e88-985a-fa2f9576a5e3 

The cats are pleased to have access to the spare bedroom, formerly known as “the forbidden zone of the moody artiste”.

Miss Tabby likes to lie in the middle of the floor or scratch at sun spots on the wall. The Old Boy likes having access to the play tunnels. They both seem to like the sound of their voices, their caterwauls echoing off the bare walls. The latter leads me to eventually shoo them out and close the door!

Cats enjoying the empty room

Cats enjoying the empty room

I advised them not to get used to this because one of the fledglings will return to the nest soon.

Bedroom with minimal furniture

Bedroom with minimal furniture

I will be glad to have him back. Also, I can’t afford to help him stay away.

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Walk the talk for Indigenous Spirituality

I will take time off from my professional, working life to join this walk on June 23rd. You can too.


Florence T Lyon

A kind and gentle soul can become frustrated by the empty talk from politicians about Canada 150, reconciliation and healing for the Indigenous people.

For years, groups of Indigenous people, settler descendants and faith leaders have been drawing attention to a sacred place in the middle of the Ottawa River, right here in Canada’s capital. They want the various levels of government to live up to a promise to return the waterfalls and islands to a place of worship.

No more commercial development. No condos!

“The capital city’s historic and magnificent Ottawa River, Chaudière Falls, and the three islands downstream can support Canada’s emergence as a nation that respects Indigenous values and cultures, and showcases them to the world. It is time to bring an honourable vision to fruition.”

Read about the Falls and Islands vision laid out by Algonquin Elder William Commanda and Anishinaabe architect, Douglas Cardinal. 
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Little jot cards get around

Just when we thought I couldn’t find a smaller jot journal…

I received a bag of nifty little key ring language card packs as part of the loot I purchased from a local fundraising auction.

The previous owner used to teach English in Japan. Apparently, these STAD cards are popular and handy for writing, learning vocabulary in English and Japanese. There are places you can buy these online. Don’t ask me to convert the currency tho. 

STAD Word's World Language keyring cards

STAD Word’s World Language cards re-purposed

I gave a couple away to offspring and a workmate. I am re-purposing one as a purse-sized jot notes media. I have called the first collection “Little Blonde Jots”, which are low-tech affirmations or observations written in pen and maybe later enhanced with some illumination – or Crayola markers.  These will be much briefer than entries in the Deep Blonde Thoughts blog.

Let’s see how long this lasts…

As an international detour while searching, I tripped upon an interesting news link about Norway’s plans to build the world’s biggest shipping tunnel in Stad. That’s pretty cool!

On a related note, soon I will travel to the shores of one of our Great Lakes for a boat cruise, to get caught up with family members who are travelling from their current home and workplace in Norway. Small world. Thank you, Internet!

Thanks for dropping by. What low-tech tools are you using to capture thoughts, observations and inspirations?


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The travel jot journal

My recent writing activities have revolved around travel.

Whether I am touring about town on an artist’s date or travelling outside the city, I like to have a jot journal, a notebook of sorts to record observations and capture inspirations. I  may doodle my reactions too.

Jot journal spring travel

Jot journal spring travel 2017

I also like to take photographs that capture the moments and memories.

A colourful wet pathway in Victoria

A colourful wet pathway in Victoria

When I have time, I sit down at one of my chosen computing devices to type up a tale, to sort and select the most meaningful photographs. While writing (typing) I prefer a QWERTY keyboard.

Then I post the written result in one of my many blogs. Here’s a recounting of travel adventures to the west coast of Canada. There’s more to come as money, energy and good health allow.  I intend to dedicate my travels to places in Canada for now. There’s too much weird sh1t going on in the USA to warrant travel there.

Other writing, creative activities revolve around that children’s book idea. That’s where I can invite my inner artist child to express, to share a story with a lesson or inspiration. It’s still simmering on the back burner. Sometimes you gotta let your ideas sit and simmer for a while then come back to add a few ingredients and stir some more.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope your writing activities are going well.




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