Spring in Regina: for the first weeks of its arrival, the colour of leaves and fragrance of flowers overwhelms the scenery, and for a rare moment, we prairie dwellers forget the expansiveness of the prairie sky that pushes down upon us for most of the year. Following the long winter with little sunlight and warmth, any sight of green … Continue reading Flush with a Good Life
The MacKenzie Art Gallery was preparing a new installation, and thus limiting visitors to one area of the gallery, which currently hosts works from the permanent collection. Within the exhibit I encountered the work of Dmytro Stryjek, a Ukraine-born Saskatchewan artist. Stryjek immigrated to Canada when he was 24, and began a career with the … Continue reading Challenged Perceptions of Art and Artist: Dmytro Stryjek
When our renovation started I searched on-line for other bloggers undergoing the same, and found that the consensus was that renovating, also known as ‘divorce dust’, was a process of on-going hell. Perhaps the most graceful depiction was phrased in this way, “Renovation: the process in which one consents to live in the wilds for … Continue reading Into the Wilds and Back to Writing Again
Prosthesis in our daily lives, how we have become a new cyborg culture.
In the small rural town in southern Saskatchewan where I grew up the school library was one of my favourite places to be. I think I joined the yearbook staff only because their work space was located in the back hidden room of the library’s administrative area. Despite the possibilities of a space made for … Continue reading An Ode to Editors
I thought I had lost these digital files containing images of the power supply lines in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. I had taken them from inside the truck as we traveled, and as promised, for one energy-enthusiast reader who had shown curiosity about our electrical grid. This one above was shot near Weyburn, Saskatchewan and features one … Continue reading Power
Only recently my youngest daughter finally began speaking about the experiences we encountered living in Weyburn. We’ve been away from that community for almost two years. Perhaps because last year her assigned teacher was also a former Weyburn resident, and he himself seemed to be struggling with tensions and stresses that reminded her of that … Continue reading Rebellious Kindness
On some of my more recent trips to the bookstore—I should say, the bookstore, as there are so few of them in our province, and this is one of the largest—I’ve spent time in the “local” section. This is the area of the bookstore devoted to prairie landscape photography, mostly similar to one another, filled … Continue reading Suspect: a ‘polite madness like a whey-di-go’
I’ve been donating some of my time and work to a non-profit organization, and more recently I’ve been engaged in a significant project with that group. The work has allowed me to collaborate with a young colleague I met last year, and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with her. Often, I find myself amazed by … Continue reading Borrowing from graphic designers: Blog or Digital Scrapbook?
I discovered a strange new passion this past year. It began in August, during the hottest day of 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan (it was over 40-some degrees Celsius), when I opened the first bag of mineral wool insulation and began placing it in our upper floor attic. Little did I know that I was engaging … Continue reading The Art of Insulating, or Reviving a Lost Prairie Innovation: Energy Conservation