For the first time at this school, an English assignment excited me. I chose the heroic narrative style: epic poetry. For the project's examples, I chose The Song of Eärendil, (a mini-epic contained within the Lord of the Rings) and passages of translations from Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, The Song of Roland, and Beowulf.
The last of the snow has melted and the soil is reasonably dry, so I did some work in the front garden yesterday. Always, the first thing to do is pick up litter, which isn't overwhelming today, because the winds have been trending south-easterly, rather than the north-westers and westerly winds that bring in the... Continue Reading →
About a year and a half ago I purchased a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 gravel bike. After some research into the different brands that were available here in Edmonton, I thought the Checkpoint was the best compromise between features and cost. Trek had an excellent reputation for the quality of their aluminium frames, and I... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/3jA4FJtrLNE I found the Green Renaissance YouTube channel just a few weeks ago, and this is the first video on that channel that I watched. When I returned to Canada from South Africa as a teen in 1977, I also had a yearning for a simpler life, for a homesteading style of life somewhere on... Continue Reading →
Rain's coming. I'm back from a morning cycle trip, taken before the forecast rain began. I've just been pondering the difference cycling has made in my life. At 58 years old, I can honestly say that I have probably never been fitter in the last 30 years. I have just cycled 32 km in one... Continue Reading →
On most nights, I have a period of wakefulness, where my mind becomes anxious about what has been and what will be. I usually try to shut that down by retreating to my fantasy world, trying to solve the problems in the storyline, or by trying to move it along at one stage or another.... Continue Reading →