Political supplemental

Friday 2 December 2016 - Filed under Politics

If liberal democracy survives these next four years, then liberals must confront the fact that our current system of government has failed. We cannot have a system that makes a president out of the guy who came in second in the presidential election twice in sixteen years, or that allows lawmakers to suppress the vote of their opponents’ supporters, or that allows those same lawmakers to effectively choose who gets to vote for them, or that allows the minority party to sabotage a president’s entire agenda and then campaign on the fact that nothing gets done, or that places the entirety of American democracy at the mercy of a political court.

Ian MIllhiser


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Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat

Friday 2 December 2016 - Filed under Soul

Not to be dramatic, but I’m still recovering from the loss of our dear Tukla. She was such a strong presence in our daily life. So much a part of the rhythm, a creator of the rhythm.

Every morning she would wait in her heated little bundle with her ears perked, listening for me to finish making my cup of tea and assume my position in a chair to sit and read the news. Almost as soon as I could sit she was already on my chest with her nose to my nose, trading each other’s breath. In. Out. In. Out. And on until my tea was gone and I had to begin my morning preparations.

Likewise she would sit in the middle of the floor in the evenings and lure C down to the rug to play cat and mouse for as long as C had the patience.

I still look for her sleepy little face sitting on the stairs whenever I come home because she would always be there to greet me, even though I had interrupted her nap.

But one of the moments I miss the most were the happy evenings, me in the kitchen, cooking dinner and her waiting and getting excited for her own meal. We had a song I played “Scrub me Mama” as she would chase my feet and dance back and forth with me as I tickled her back haunches when the chorus played. She knew that song (Pavlov) and would get excited whenever it played.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to it yet.

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Holidailies Again

Thursday 1 December 2016 - Filed under Curiosities

So it’s December already and time for HOLIDAILIES. W00T!

It’s been many years since I’ve successfully completed one of these, but what the heck, it’s alway “fun” to give it a go. I’m sure I can come up with a fair bit of news (or photos) to keep this space occupied.

Lately my deepest line of thought has been: When did I stop squatting down to tie my shoes? I see little kids do it that way all the time and I know that I used to do it. But now I bend over, or sit down, or pick my foot up and rest it on something.

What if I just decided to squat down again?

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Strange Hood

Friday 21 October 2016 - Filed under Uncategorized

Just back from a business meeting in Nottingham/Sherwood forest. What’s next, doctors appointments in Narnia?

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Tuesday 11 October 2016 - Filed under Food

How long days at the office turn into quiet nights at home…

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Heart Broken

Monday 19 September 2016 - Filed under Soul

Our beloved Tukla died last Tuesday afternoon, September 13, from a blood clot.

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Um, Waiter, I’m Ready to Order Now.

Tuesday 16 August 2016 - Filed under Food + Soul


*notice the generous and sophisticated blanket/box fortress that has been constructed for “her wee majesty”

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Monday 15 August 2016 - Filed under Friends

Tickets confirmed, I’ll be in the Big D from 24 Sept to 1 Oct (Saturday to Saturday). I’ll just be able to fit in the opening day of the State Fair, while the toilet are unused and the frying oil is fresh.


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Monday 8 August 2016 - Filed under Hero + Soul

Tukla has been enjoying her life in Scotland.  The dairy is fantastic. The view of the birds from the window(s) is thrilling. And she is the most spoiled she has ever been, electric blankets and pads to defeat the Scottish cold, toys and boxes strategically placed for her amusement and she even gets the occasional trip to the garden or the front terrace looking out over the water of the firth. [Out in the back garden two weeks ago.]

So we were quite surprised last Sunday when she started to get sick. We kept an eye on her for a bit, but by Monday we thought it best to bring her into the vets. The vet was concerned, but uncertain and sent us home to keep watch. Come the morning, the poor “wee cat” – as she had suddenly come to be known – was visibly sick and her breathing was very laboured. We got her into the office as soon as it opened. She was dying. [With her IV bandage.]


Over the course of the day, the vet made it very clear that things were touch and go, but if they could get the immediate concern (fluid in the lungs) under control, then we might have a chance to treat the underlying malady (heart disease). C and I had a very rough 24 hours.

First thing Wednesday morning we were relieved to learn that she had survived the night at the vets and was beginning to get stronger. We continued to check on her through the day and by closing hours she was strong enough for us to take her home. The heart disease is incurable, but it can be treated. So she will be served  her favourite dollop of cream cheese twice a day (laced with meds) for the rest of her life.

I am thrilled to report that our “wee cat” has been getting stronger over the past couple of days and we continue to spoil her. [Below, on her new rug.]


We are enjoying these precious days together, whatever number they may be.

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Year’s End

Thursday 31 December 2015 - Filed under Random Mental Dishes

Sitting in my new office, listening to Everything But the Girl sorta loud because I’m the only one here. Everyone else is on holiday. The new digs are pretty nice and are much closer to my train station so all is good.

2015 has been full of many ups and downs, but overall I have to say more ups. We went to Malta and met C’s family, we moved to Scotland, I got a job, we lived in the heart of town for 6 months and it was fun, then we moved to the suburbs in a flat right on the water and it is gorgeous, we bought a car and a bunch of “stuff” (washing machine, couches, bed, chairs, stereo) so that life doesn’t seem so vagrant any more. I think 2016 will be more of the settling in and getting more and more into our schedule and comfort zone.

Yesterday we got our tickets to Barcelona for my birthday in February. I’m looking forward to the beach, the Gaudi architecture, the tapas and paella, plus just soaking in a little more sun and daylight than you get in Scotland in February. (It will prolly rain the whole time. snicker.)

Later, I hope to be making some plans to hit the big D in the spring or early summer.

Happy new year to everyone. Be safe. And here’s to a brilliant 2016!!

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