April 2015 Wallpaper

I’d love to pretend spring has sprung, but Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice in Ontario. We woke up to a fresh layer of snow on the ground, so I think blooms are still

But what is spring if not a season of hope, no matter what T.S. Eliot has to say on the matter.

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Friday I’m in Love | XII

I’m in Winnipeg this week, though with so little time to explore due to my commitments. What amazes me is how hard I push myself when I travel – I’m up at the crack of dawn, wandering for hours, exploring through every available minute – and I really need to bring that home to my day to day life.

It’s been a great (if cold) few days. I’ve made new friends, reconnected with old ones, and learned a lot. That’s the best kind of trip, isn’t it?

This is my absolutely favourite photo from the week (so far), taken with my iPhone while the awesome Marlis Funk took me on a whirlwind tour of the ‘Peg, ending with a pretty sunset at Assiniboine Park. The funny thing is that while the sunset in front of us was pretty, it was this moment behind us that really caught my attention.

Sunset in Assiniboine Park

I spent some of my travel time cleaning up old saved articles from my beloved Google reader. It was an interesting snapshot of my mindset and interests four, three, two years ago…

However, I’m a bit of a digital hoarder, and I love to collect information and ideas.  Somehow,  I was able to clear about 80% of what I had saved. Of course, I’d saved a ton of recipes (mostly sweet), and transferred those over to my Pinterest account. But the catastrophizer in me then started to wonder… what if Pinterest goes the way of Google reader? THE HORROR.

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As if Friday’s weren’t already awesome enough, today the northern hemisphere waves goodbye to winter, and welcomes the spring equinox.

As you may have guessed, I’m ridiculously excited to see the end of the snow and cold, and welcome back warm nights on the deck.

It was an exciting week around here, at least when it comes to the weather. After a big solar storm, Northern Lights put on a show much further south than usual. I saw beautiful photos as far south as Ohio, but sadly have none to show you. Our aurora chasing was unsuccessful, but we had so much fun in the attempt.

We also woke up to fog last Saturday morning, which not as rare as the Northern Lights, but rare enough to get me out of bed early and out to the river.

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This week, the following shiny bits caught my eye:

  • Tomorrow, over a thousand coffee shops around the world will let their customers pay with a poem, in honour of Unesco’s World Poetry Day. How great is that? I wonder why North American and Australian cafes aren’t getting on board. Maybe I’ll just have to go to Paris….
  • I’m having some strong feelings about this app that removes swear words from books. Don’t get me wrong, I see the value in the context of its creation: parents wanted their kids to read “cleaner” versions of books. But this is still censorship, and changing the intended meaning of a creative work. And the response to authors’ concerns about their copyrighted text being changed? In a nutshell, “too bad!” (This one will be moved to the Friday night Salon for further discussion!)
  • On a lighter note, as show winter the door, I’ll leave you with this amazing British artist leaving his mark in Banff National Park…. with his snowshoes. I’m in awe of what he’s able to create, and I think you will be too!

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, THE SNOW IS MELTING.

Sorry, I got a little excited there.

In fact, I’ve been so excited that I’ve been unundating my facebook friends with live updates: “I saw a tiny woodpecker outside my kitchen window, and now I can hear birds singing. This surge of hope makes up for the time change a million times over!” “Today, I felt the heat of the sun on my skin and it was magnificent,”  and, “I saw grass today! It looked like something the cat coughed up but it’s the first time I’ve seen any in what feels like forever.”

I have no idea how such a short winter (really, we had snow and terrible weather for 8 weeks) has felt like the longest winter I’ve ever know. But now the end is in sight ….

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This Friday, I’m not only in love, but also inspired.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend The Walrus Talks Creativity, hosted by Western University’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities  (my alma mater and home faculty), the Arts & Humanities Students’ Council, and, of course, The Walrus. Nine of Canada’s most creative minds, including five Western alumni, talked about creativity in all its forms. It was an inspiring evening, not only for the ideas brought forward by the speakers, but also to see this sold-out event filled to the brim with so many Londoners.

I can’t pick favourites, and while I tried to tweet when I heard something that made me pause, live tweeting AND paying close attention are simply two tasks I can’t do well together. Breathing and paying close attention can be hard enough! I left happy inspired, and excited.

If you want to fuel your Friday, check out The Walrus’ site for the event, where you’ll soon be able to view footage from the evening, and photos taken by Western Arts & Humanities. It was so great to attend an event without a camera… though it felt rather strange!

Some favourite quotes from the night:

Friday I’m in Love | IX

This little Friday roundup has been an interesting exercise in time management, in writing and working whether or not inspiration has struck, and in noticing both how much media I consume, and how frequently I want to share the same resources.

I follow some 300+ blogs via feedly, and I have often wondered how much quality I’m taking in with so much quantity, and how much time I could allocate elsewhere without blogs or Pinterest or Instagram. But I’m a collector of ideas and information, and I don’t know how to stop! Frankly, I’m not sure I want to.

The trouble with following so many is that my engagement becomes very superficial, with a like or a retweet, but often very little commenting, so I’m forever trying to strike a balance. How do you manage your internet/media consumption?


 

This image is from a trip to Port Stanley, on nearby Lake Erie. The shore was frozen, and people were actually wandering out onto the sheet of ice that covered the water. I followed suit, and learned quite quickly that there are sink holes and that I’m not as brave as I think I might be!

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