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They Pop Up Everywhere

I recently viewed the film Mary Poppins from beginning to end (I had only seen snippets in the past). I was struck by the scene with Ed Wynn as Uncle Albert and the levitation by laughing. I thought how gay! … Continue reading

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The few and the many via the unique

The rhetoric soars and dips… Literature as religion, however, is a project doomed to failure. For one thing, the cultivation of the former involves too few people to be a plausible substitute for the latter. Religion is a symbolic form … Continue reading

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How to Handle a High Stress Task or Request

I was asked by colleagues to synthesize what informed my practice. The net result was this algorithm. Short Answer: Act like a waiter – negotiating communication between kitchen and table: best advice I got while waitering was “don’t run” – … Continue reading

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Thrown in the Way of the Mind

In conversation with Bonnie Devine about Indigenous objects in museum collections and the opening up of those collections to contemporary art practice, she made the point: every object has a story and a job to do I recorded that reflection … Continue reading

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Mark Amerika Meets the Dixie Chicks

One + Infinity “The important thing is to reembody sensual free zones while actively participating in the idealized gift economy.” Mark Amerika Dixie Chicks “Lullaby” refrain… How long do you wanna be loved Is forever enough, is forever enough How … Continue reading

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Racoon Spirits

In “Report on the Status of Raccoons on Fern Avenue” Dani Couture offers this concluding stanza: They understand construction cranes to be a form of prayer. They take more meaning from the lay of flagstones than they should. They’re partial … Continue reading

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Jaguar, Stars and Neurons

Along Bloor Street West in Korea Town in Toronto looking up at what used to be a porno theatre and is now Basecamp Climbing one sees this sleek feline slink along the roofs … The Toronto Street Art Map (https://streetart.to) … Continue reading

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Smart People on Smart Cities

Attended a panel discussion at InterAccess. Ctrl+Shift: Smart Cities Interesting conclusion – trust generated out of civic engagement can lead to some really innovative city planning and data governance. All the panelists stressed social justice and livability as part of … Continue reading

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Kissing Tangents

CBC story on the equality dollar The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new commemorative loonie on Tuesday meant to mark what it calls a key milestone for lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two-spirited people in the country. The new coin, … Continue reading

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X Marks the Spot

It’s the challenge to a cartographic imagination that struck me. Just to give an example of the problems with the heroic model of queer activism and scholarship, consider the recent uproar over bullying in schools. […] The reality of bullying … Continue reading

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