Monthly Archives November 2009

Unmasked

(Continued from Tuesday’s blog) “If an ordinary person is silent, it may be a tactical manoeuvre. If a writer is silent, he is lying.” - Jaroslav Seifert I stopped by the pharmacy on my way home from the Assessment Clinic, feeling a few inches taller for being declared no longer contagious by the fourteen-year-old doctor. She’d recommended lozenges for my lingering cough, a common aftereffect of the flu.
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View From Behind the Mask

“What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.” - Boris Pasternak After a week of self-imposed quarantine and far too much hot lemon and honey, I felt the need for some medical advice. For one thing, I was sick to death of hot lemon and honey. For another, the decision to return to work wasn’t coming
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Timing is Everything

“I have no idea whence this tide comes, or where it goes, but when it begins to rise in my heart, I know that a story is in the offing.” - Dorothy Canfield Last week I had a free morning to get the laundry and shopping done, supper in the slow cooker (the slow oven, actually, as the slow cooker has long-since expired), and make a feeble attempt at
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Rhymes with…

“… I improvised, crazed by the music… Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.” - Josephine Baker The heat of fever invades like a nasty blush. After a restless night, one awakens to sodden sheets and jammies, sweat beads resting on body parts you’d never
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Wish List

“A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside of us.” - Franz Kafka Because a Certain Someone has begun to ask… Galore, by Michael Crummey. I wrote this blog about it, and still haven’t read the book. The Golden Mean, by Annabel Lyon. I think rather highly of Aristotle, and am curious to see him portrayed in fiction. The Frozen Thames, by Helen Humphreys, which I read earlier this year. I’m completely taken
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Courage

I’ve had a few requests to post last year’s Remembrance Day blog. It’s a fine piece of writing by my father, who was a soldier with the Royal Navy during World War II. It pleases me greatly to post it again:   Courage by Geoffrey Payzant In summer and autumn of 1944 I was wearing the uniform of a humble sailor and was stationed at H.M.S. Daedalus,  a Royal Navy
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Character Sketch

“I prefer to underwrite. Simple, clear as a country creek.” - Truman Capote She is formidable, a large woman with short, dark hair, a seasoned look about her face, and eyes that miss nothing. Her mouth is of the sort that brings to mind a joke untold, always ready with a smile for her favourite customer. By the way, everyone is her favourite customer. She remembers everything, even
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Treat

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx Is it a sign of the times that we had two trick-or-treaters this year? Two. Normally we have upward of thirty. Well, I wouldn’t have missed the two for anything. Little C and her younger (but not littler) sister, S, came to call, Snow White and a sturdy ballerina whose
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