She’s Back!

I started work last week after finishing my leave. My Gradual-Return-to-Work plan began with two days, this week three, next week four, then full-time the week of July 11. I haven't written on this blog in a few months, maybe a comment here and there, occasionally checking to see what's up with the bloke since … Continue reading She’s Back!

Music Monday: Running Up That Hill with Kate Bush

In honour of the extraordinary resurgence of ‘Running of that Hill’ on Stranger Things, I am rerunning this post. I am thrilled a new generation will get to know Kate Bush’s music and 15-year-old me playing the music in my own walkman, punches the air with happiness.

Unpaused Life

While people listened to Top 40 pop or hair metal, Samantha Taylor’s Video hits introduced me to a female solo artist out of Britain with this video:

This video caused me to head to a shop on Portage Avenue downtown, with records on the main floor, then a downstairs section with loads of cassette tapes. I had to take antigen injections for allergies at the Boyd Building nearby, but I had some time to kill and some money to spend. I found the tape, Hounds of Love, and bought it. She belongs to a select group of artists whose tapes I have worn out on that Walkman.

Soon more cinematic videos followed the album. It’s hard to call them ‘music videos’ when they feel like short films with their own score. Cloudbusting comes to mind featuring Bush as the daughter of an inventor played by Donald Sutherland:

Despite taking years between…

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Confort TV in a Medically Mandated Time

Thanks for all the encouraging comments after my last post. It felt like talking from the bottom of a well, and it reminded me of this short based on a Brene Brown Talk: RSA does great animated shorts The first week felt weird. People see a broken arm and go 'okay' while scrutinizing mental … Continue reading Confort TV in a Medically Mandated Time

Coming To A Stop

I ignored the signs. I nearly cried in meetings, felt rage, and couldn't sleep. I still can't sleep through the night as I write this post at 4:40 am. On Friday, January 28, I fell apart. When I booked it in the fall (it feels like a lifetime ago), the two weeks off were breathing … Continue reading Coming To A Stop

First Day Back

Today was my first day back at work, and the timing for these new Richard Armitage pictures proved perfect. Everyone, well, many people, talked about the cream-coloured sweater in a photo spread for a recent article. The one with the plaid shirt and tie was not the look or the book catching my eye in … Continue reading First Day Back

Anniversay Day

I remembered why I set up this blog, originally called 'Stacks and Ranges,' in the first place. I wanted to create a place to write about what I liked, and if others like them, great! Hard to believe a decade has done by.

Meanwhile, While on Christmas Break

If I told you I got a box of KN95 masks from my local liquor store for free, would you believe me? Welcome to the surreal Christmas of 2021. I reminded myself 'Omicron' is part of the WHO's efforts to not stigmatize places first identifying the variant. At first, I thought it also sounded like … Continue reading Meanwhile, While on Christmas Break

A K.I.S.S. for Christmas

I had a draft about Christmas and the James Webb telescope, then saw the metaphor fall apart. I decided to give a K.I.S.S. and not the smoochy type because there are too many of you. The holidays were always hard for people and this year multiplied it for many more. I am taking an online … Continue reading A K.I.S.S. for Christmas

Music Monday: Get Me Through December by Natalie McMaster & Alison Krauss The track appears on McMaster's album In My Hands, released in 1999 I used to like December. I like almost being done school, knowing Christmas was around the corner, and another year winding down before stepping into a new one. Even while working, first at a restaurant job, then in book retail, with a … Continue reading Music Monday: Get Me Through December by Natalie McMaster & Alison Krauss

When the Universe Throws You a 6’2 inch LifeLine

When someone asks me, 'How's work?' providing a response needs its own choreography. Our department had changed before Covid and during the lockdown, things accelerated as we shifted to online services. In short, we are stressed and what keeps me from going over the edge as everyone else was on that same edge. I ignored … Continue reading When the Universe Throws You a 6’2 inch LifeLine