Monthly Archives: January 2015

Guilty Pleasures

I love fruitcake. There, I’ve said it. Not just any fruitcake, mind you. I mean really good fruitcake. Preferably¬† homemade fruitcake that has been properly aged. By now you probably think I’m a fruitcake. You may also be wondering why … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice

Fire. The glowing embers of a dying fire are endlessly fascinating, evoking almost primaeval emotions. Time stands still as you watch the flames slowly dance over the hot coals, the soft light and gentle warmth surrounding you. Ice, on the … Continue reading

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Sand and Snow

Two very different things. And yet, they have a surprising amount in common. Both can be severe, even deadly, or incredibly beautiful. Context is everything. Both can be an endless source of amusement for children. Put a child in an … Continue reading

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Through a Traveler’s Eyes

When we travel we see the world through a different lens. It makes everything look new and exciting, because, well… we are seeing things that are new and exciting. But I also enjoy viewing the everyday world through those same … Continue reading

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Irony

This weekend I went skating outdoors on the canal in Ottawa. It was not the first time that I went skating outdoors this season. Ironically, the first time was in November, in San Jose, and it was positively warm. This … Continue reading

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Winter

The Rideau canal runs through the center of Ottawa. It was built in the 19th century for defense. Today it carries pleasure boats in the summer, and skaters in the winter. I sometimes imagine trying to explain this to the … Continue reading

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