March 15th, 2019|119 Photographs in 2019|

A fountain pen. A bottle of black ink.  A paper notebook. The feel of ink gliding from a metal nib. Old fashioned? Of course it is. Does it make me happy? Equally affirmative! Writing with a pen, on paper; one of those pure & simple pleasures that takes you away from the world, both elegantly simple and functionally [...]

Disappearing Technology

February 20th, 2019|119 Photographs in 2019|

First there were cassettes (that’s how far back my computer memories go), then there were floppies (of increasingly smaller sizes). Zip drives followed, then Jazz drives. CDs, then CDRs, then DVDs and DVDRs. Flash drives got bigger, and then the cloud came along. Now we store so much elsewhere, without copies in hand, digital or [...]

Reflections on Ourselves

January 12th, 2019|119 Photographs in 2019|

Our resentments are merely a reflection of our own expectations. Bitterness. Resentment. Bitterness is a product of anger and disappointment, and resentment is often a result of unachieved expectation. Both take more energy than they are worth. And both give nothing back; they just drown us in our own poison. About thirty years ago, two [...]

A blank puzzle and a sharp pencil

December 21st, 2018|118 Photos in 2018|

I have fond memories of crossword puzzles. My Granny always seemed to have a crossword on the go, and so did Mom. Dad did them too. When I worked in the hair salon on Saturdays I always worked on the hardest puzzle of the week with Lorraine. I haven’t done crosswords in years…perhaps I should [...]

Merry Octopus!

December 17th, 2018|118 Photos in 2018|

Do you have some Christmas ornaments that have sentimental value? I have a few, and this is one of my very favourites. Years ago, at UBC, our lab had a Secret Santa gift exchange. I opened my gift and found an angler fish dangling a candy cane, and this little guy. Both are handmade gems [...]

If you have never met Gizmo….

December 8th, 2018|Just Thinking|

2010 This is Gizmo. He actually has probably 60 or more names that we call him, many of them are a touch derogatory and so I won’t use them here. Everyone who meets him thinks he’s an absolute sweetheart, and he can be, when he chooses to be. Gizmo had a bit of an adventure [...]

Lest We Forget

November 12th, 2018|118 Photos in 2018|

If we don’t make an effort to remember the sacrifices that men and women made for their countries, we will be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. It makes me glad to see how many people turn out for the Remembrance Day ceremonies, particularly how many young people. Maybe we have a chance. [...]

Penny for Your Thoughts

October 29th, 2018|118 Photos in 2018|

The poor penny, it has been relegated to the world of the discarded and worthless items that today's world generates. Now its value lies only in its elemental material - copper (Cu). But the phrase is a part of our vernacular. Will it one day be another one of those phrases, like “You sound like a [...]

Loki: Oct 1, 2006 – Oct 3, 2018

October 3rd, 2018|Just Thinking|

You were a shooting star whose fire burned out too soon. You loved every human you ever encountered. You fought a hard battle for over three years, against a mystery ailment that was never fully identified. You had the best medical team, with specialists in three countries trying to solve your puzzle, and that gave [...]

Missing Milo

September 18th, 2018|Just Thinking|

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and not writing anything. I try to write, and then I give up. I want to write about all the wonderful memories of Milo, but then I just become sad. Pets leave paw prints all over your heart, and you don't realize they are there until your lap is [...]