Author Archives: Francois Lachance

The Rituals of the Evening

I thought sundowning was a synonym for winding down. Actually it refers to the agitation of Alzheimer’s patients at the end of the day as their environment shifts. My take on the term to refer to prepping for sleep is … Continue reading

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Cooking or Games of Stage & Set

Via Naomi Duguid http://naomiduguid.com/twitter/ Nigella Lawson “Home Cooking Can Be a Feminist Act” https://www.lennyletter.com/story/nigella-lawson-home-cooking-can-be-a-feminist-act Real cooking is what happens in the home. Restaurant cooking can be fabulous, inspiring, transcendent, and oh-so-marvelous in many ways, but for me it will always … Continue reading

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To Cook, To Write, To Control

Jane Kramer The Reporter’s Kitchen The cooking that helps my writing is slow cooking, the kind of cooking where you take control of your ingredients so that whatever it is you’re making doesn’t run away with you, the way words … Continue reading

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Plant Contemplation and the End of Contemplation

Roger Deakin Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees “The Bluebell Picnic” On the art and garden of John Nash Quite why so many woodland plants are poisonous is an interesting question, but the bluebell is one of them. The sleep of … Continue reading

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Benevolence is the Soul of Art

Green Tea: A Quest for Fresh Leaf and Timeless Craft. Hugo Americi et al. The open hand on the depicted on the cover of this book reverberates with this response to the question about the qualities of a good potter … Continue reading

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Shadow Dawn

It was the voice that led me to uncover more about the lyrics. They are read by Tilda Swinton. “How enduring, how we need durability The sky before sunrise is soaked with light Rosy colour tints buildings, bridges, and the … Continue reading

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Zen Hand Games

SHADOW When the shadows fail, the light from your mind may illumine the work of your hands. ELASTICITY While playing cat’s cradle with rubber bands they may snap. And so for day 2548 04.12.2013

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Fixing Traces and Noting

I first came to the artwork of John Wolseley through the writing of Roger Deakin (Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees). And was struck by one particular aspect of his practice: Unclipping the first sheet and working with the next layer, … Continue reading

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Meat, Milk and the Etcetera

Four is an easy number to remember. And Four for Fitness has a lovely alliteration. This from 1972 Betty Crocker New Boys and Girls Cookbook Compare with the current Canada Food Guide. Notice how the Milk and Meat categories of … Continue reading

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petite pleasure

Lynne Huffer. Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory p. 126 We queer Cartesians love our orgasms because they allow us to flirt with those errancies of the mind that we touch, ever so gently, in la petite … Continue reading

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