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Ravens
Ottawa
Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, fiction, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
Recent Activity
Happy Inauguration Day to my American friends. As CNN shows Donald flying off on Airforce 1, to the tune of "My Way", I wonder - many wonder - what now? Is this the end of MAGA and bumper-sticker policies? Is it time to think beyond the limits of catchy slogans... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ravens' View
I've been doing various readings via my Twitch stream, as a test. My son lent me a wireless webcam, which I've put in my 9th-floor window, to show off a lovely view of the park, the river, and the city. I decided to add some audio to the video, so... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Mike Young
I'll start this off with a repost of a New Year's message I did - Follow your dreams, challenge yourself a bit, and enjoy the journey. Go easy on others, and yourself, and aim to leave the world a better place for having you in it. It's still apt this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Ravens' View
First a warning - I am an atheist so this might clash with some of your views. Religion is a human construct and a vital part of a society. And as long as its impacts are positive, as long as it causes no harm, I'm certainly fine with it. For... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at Ravens' View
I'm sure Polonius would have not hesitated to apply this to Donny's strategies, mad as they might seem. I had hoped to awake November 4th with one of my stressors gone -- the uncertainty over the election. Nope. The unprecedented piles of mail-in votes still have to be counted and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at Ravens' View
Almost 30 years ago, I bought a house and started accumulating 'stuff'. As we all do - just ask Thoreau. In 2010, after my kids moved out and the cat died, my financial advisor said I could stay in Sn'Orleans in a three-bedroom house if I wanted to, but I'd... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Ravens' View
The Peripheral by William Gibson My rating: 1 of 5 stars 2015 - I have enjoyed other books by Gibson, but found this one just too hard to get into. Maybe some character lists and careful re-reading would have helped, but I guess I just wasn't in the mood. Too... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Mike Young
Mythos by Stephen Fry My rating: 3 of 5 stars Well, I got to page 181 of 350. Not completely the author's fault, as this popped up on my library hold list mid-move. But I did work at it here and there. It's the Greek myths retold by Stephen Fry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Mike Young
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I'm passing this on, as it might encourage people that it's ok to get help to deal with things. I found it on The Facebook, but not everyone has access to that. Many people have difficulty dealing effectively with sadness in their life, more so in these stressful times. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at Ravens' View
Thanks, I hope so too. My therapist was a young woman from Pakistan, we got along quite well. I trusted her enough to be open about my issues and concerns, knowing there would be neither judgement nor easy acquiescence. Often I already knew the answer ;-)
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Well, today my mood about moving to a new place is one of occasional excitement. Defcon 1.5? When I got my eviction notice August 19th my reaction/mood was of surprise, soon followed by anger, of Defcon 5. Seven years as a more than ideal tenant, and I'm out! Just like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at Ravens' View
Jake - the movie was 2001. Here's a link. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2020 on Rewrite the Scene at Ravens' View
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We are a social animal. Some more so than others, but we prefer groups, we like physical contact. COVID changed that, hopefully not permanently though. I do wonder what socializing will be like a year from now - I assume we'll all be vaccinated and safe by then. Will we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Ravens' View
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I posted this on The Facebook a few days ago. I got some good feedback, so I thought I'd expand it a bit. Instead of packing boxes ;-) I've had some new stressors lately, and was surprised at how much they affected me. Ten years ago I decided to sell... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at Ravens' View
Nope - I think we're stuck in the worst of times, not a lot of best out there. Other than Melancholia's sad little "Be Best" initiative. I haven't blogged since May, for various reasons, most of them stressful. I have been active on Facebook, as a way to stay connected... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at Ravens' View
Thank you for your feedback.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2020 on Wanted - a muse/mentor. at Ravens' View
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Yes, it's been a while. Christmas trauma, this COVID thing, landlord renos, yada yada. Whatever. Here's a prompt a friend passed on, via the Instagram site writing.prompt.s , although the original seems to be via Reddit. It's 3 AM. An official phone alert wakes you up. It says "DO NOT... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Flash Fiction Friday
At least I think so. I'd like to get back into writing, but I think I need someone for a couple of things: - to nudge me when I'm stuck, or maybe just on the wrong path. I usually have ideas to start a story, but sometimes I am not... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Ravens' View
Eddie - what you missed is that the $2000 a month, for four months, is being rolled out without questions to get it in the hands of the needy quickly. It's compensation for lost income. Eligibility will be assessed after, and if you didn't meet some of the criteria, then some will have to be repaid. As for seniors, the point is whether they are retired or not. This is compensation for income loss.
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James - I believe some of my friends are acting selfishly. I get it, we are being asked to give up a lot - making short term sacrifice for the long term benefit of society. Projections, based on data, gave us a best guess on the risks associated on various levels of distancing, both to people's lives and the economy, so we decided as a society. And we now know that people can be infected, and be spreading to perhaps the more vulnerable, without showing symptoms themselves.
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Concerned said "It is easy to make the case that the governments' response to the virus has caused greater harm than the virus itself, so I'm suprised you haven't considered it." Yes, easy to make the case. Harder to back it up right now, consider this again in a couple of years using hindsight and data.
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Malcolm - the problem is people can form opinions based on no facts at all, so all you can do is hear their opinion, and try to see where it comes from. I would only change mine if they showed my new facts but many are holding opinions built on inaccuracies - such as this virus was deliberately created as a weapon, or it's not really that contagious, or we didn't really land on the moon. So, yes, pointless to even try to 'debate', there are not two sides, other than science and not-science.
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Jim - glad you enjoyed the stories. And I agree, there are lots of possibilities in the current situation, although some friends have said they prefer NOT to read dystopian stories right now. But my focus could be dark or it could be uplifting, right? I like to pick some fairly normal characters, with needs and a plan, and then throw in a wrench - thwart a need, have them reassess things, maybe do a new plan, have it maybe work, maybe not, as character arcs are explored. Pretty standard, and how are own lives go. I like to make my characters relatable, and I always have to put in a twist. I'm thinking on this.
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To paraphrase a saying, you can't fix stubborn. Especially now, with respect to COVID-19. So much misinformation, such simple rules, so many people misquoting and/or misbehaving. I'm in good health, but over 70. That places me in a higher risk group so I've chosen to self-isolate as much as I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Ravens' View
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A few days ago the historian Heather Cox Richardson posted a 'letter' outlining some US economic history, from the early 1900's to now. The rallying cry for Trump was to Make America Great Again, always a good slogan, because many, not all, have fond memories of "the good old days".... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Ravens' View