Anything is possible-ness.

Picture THIS

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 06:43 -- Vijay

So it’s been a little while since my last update out here in Central Asia.

I’ve been busy carrying out collective works and interviews out in the village and in general savouring the moments in the apple orchard, the snow-capped Ala-Too mountains beyond and going for walks on the steppe passing only the nomads on horseback rallying their flocks in the late afternoon.

Rob Ford, crack use and racism

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 16:39 -- Alex

This Jacobin article effectively highlights some of the racially problematic aspects of the Rob Ford crack-use coverage. While the Toronto Mayor's admission to smoking crack cocaine is vastly significant in light of the rapidly diminishing legitimacy of rule in Toronto and the overarching series of problems facing municipal politics, there are racial issues at play in the way in which the coverage has emerged which need to be acknowledged. From the article:

Evolution: strange artifacts from David Cronenberg's mind

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 07:03 -- Andrew

Looking for a reason to visit the big smoke?  The Toronto International Film Festival's Lightbox facility has just opened an exhibition of props, design pieces and ephemera drawn the work of David Cronenberg.  With a career that spans nearly 50 years and more than 20 unrelentingly unique feature films, the Director has ample ammunition to tickle your weird button.   A number of Cronenberg's films will be played while the exhibition runs, introduced by a variety of folks that have intimate ties to the films themselves.  There will also be a series of talks and round tables discussing individual films.  A complete schedule can be found on the TIFF website.

A tough week for canadian politicians

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:41 -- Alex

It's been a tough week for Canadian politicians. Montreal mayoral hopeful Denis Coderre loses his Saint Leonard candidate Leonard Zambito to allegations of corruption; Prime Minister Harper is in the parliamentary hot seat over his role in the Mike Duffy financial payoff ; And now it looks like the Rob Ford crack video existence is confirmed. Maybe we can all take it easy on them next week. Or not!

How to make friends

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 10:47 -- Alex

I just came across this wonderful wonderful wonderful video on how to make friends. It's doubly cool because it's presented by Montreal musician, activist and community organizer Sarah Mangle whom I knew about ten years ago when we both worked at youth organization Head & Hands.

It's an in-depth look at a the simple issues surrounding relationships - what they mean to us, how and why they sustain us and how to go about building them in this competitive world we live in and in which friendships are oftentimes hyper-quantitative in relation to how they're (not meaningfully) explored through social media. 

Dear Birthing, With Love

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 00:04 -- Leah

I am ready to stop typing and run to my phone if it rings. It may be a call from the doula I’m shadowing. There is a woman who will give birth any day now, and when this woman (the client/patient/mother-to-be*) needs birth support, I will go (with the doula) to be with her at her home, or maybe straight to the hospital.

Besides my own, the only birth I’ve attended was that of my little sister, and I was a 5 year-old, and it was late at night. This makes me a minority among the 16 women in my Level 1 doula training course with the Montreal Birth Companions, because I am not a mother.

You don’t have to be a mother to be a doula. You just have to be there. In the last few months of this course, I’ve learned a lot about birth: anatomy, pain-alleviation techniques, how it progresses and why it might stall, affirmations, visualizations, and what to pack in my birth bag. This is all important, but the most important role that a doula plays is of being present, and being loving.

Uke-ing it up

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 16:53 -- Alex
Recently, my awesome gfriend signed us up to a beginner's ukelele course given by the Montreal Ukelele Club at UQAM. She's been listening to me talking about ukeleles for a while now but rather than just get me to sign up for the course by myself, she tagged along so that it would be a fun duo experience that we could both get into.
Given my lack of any know-how when it comes to playing music, I had serious misgivings but it was actually a sweet 2 hour spent with one of their members, Ju, with an infectious love and enthusiasm for the ukelele. It was tough and hard and I still struggle with the finger placement but all in all it made both of us want to keep with it so we went to Archambault the next day and got two ukes to practice on. And now we're trying to learn Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man which man, is harder than you think it'd be.


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