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    Medellin

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    April 22, 2018. Flew to Medellin today, which took longer than it should have because my flight was cancelled. Fortunately wifi in the airport lounge was excellent so I spent the delay editing photos and watching the Blue Jays game. Arrived in time for supper and to get caught in…
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    Bogota

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    April 21, 2018. I took the Transmillennial from the airport hotel where I’l staying to the city centre and wandered around on a gorgeous Saturday taking pictures and enjoying the noise and the atmosphere. I alo wrote a blog post, “The Morality of the More Powerful”. https://flic.kr/p/JhPKof…
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    Turtle Power

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    April 9, 2018. By my count, two turtles equals five Iron Men. These are what I suspect are pinatas in the Whole Foods Store, where I went at lunch. Despite being ill, it was a good week, as I managed to finish three papers. Kind of makes up for the…
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    Robin

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    April 18, 2018. The robin in the tree was singing up a storm this afternoon. Probably not happy songs either as the weather continues to resemble winter more than spring. Had a frustrating CPAP appointment this morning and worked on a report this afternoon. My cold continues to linger but…
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    Icemageddon

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    April 16, 2018. OK, Icemageddon is perhaps an exaggeration, but we did have an icy coating over everything this morning, with the result that I stayed home for the day and worked on papers. Still struggling with my stupid cold. https://flic.kr/p/23uVNSy…
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    Waiting…

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    April 15, 2018. Another day spent indoors watching baseball and puttering with photos. This is my bicycle, all shiny and clean after receiving its spring tune-up a couple week ago. Now it sits in the garage, waiting, waiting… https://flic.kr/p/J6pK3E…
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    Waiting…

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    April 14, 208. I spent the day doing nothing but watching baseball and puttering on the computer, trying to share this cold. I was all warm and cozy with the heater on in my home office. Meanwhile, this is the neighbour’s firepit, waiting, waiting, for something like spring to arrive……
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    Downstairs

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    April 12, 2018. I see this sign every day as I head home from work. I work on the third floor and I take the stairs, and I see this sign, urging me to go down the stairs. But the sign is on the FIRST FLOOR. It leads me into…
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    Seagull

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    April 13, 2018. Seagull on a light standard spotted as I headed home from the office. I didn’t realize until evening that it was Friday the 13th. No matter. The whole week has been a write-off because of this cold, which continues to linger. https://flic.kr/p/GuX7Dk…
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    Casselman

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    April 11, 2018. Casselman as seen on the drive home. Not 100% yet but feeling a lot better. I was even able to do some work and get to the store! https://flic.kr/p/Gq5y4p…
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    Geese

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    April 10, 2018. Some out of focus geese on a cloudy day. Yeah, that’s about right. Took a sick day. Slept for a while, watched a ball game, coughed and flemmed. Tried to stay warm. Listening to some music now. Tired of being sick, but can only wait it out.…
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    The Forbidding Mountains

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    April 9, 2018. This is the CSIS building behind some snow piles that look to me for all the world like ‘the forbidding mountains’. Perfect place for a CSIS building. Struggled through the day, managing a little work. I think it would have been fairer to my employer had I…
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    Flowers

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    April 8, 2018. We drove into the Costco, where I saw these flowers, then back, after which I settled in to bed to listen to the ball game and try to recover a bit. I was doing better that the previous few days but lacking sleep. https://flic.kr/p/GiUqyF…
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    Cities: Skylines

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    April 7, 2018. I did nothing else today but play this video game; you’re looking at the fruits of my labours (that’s as good as the weather gets). I like tghe game but it’s hard to get started as it will cause my computer to reboot just after it starts…
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    Lovely Nails

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    April 6, 2018. The third (and last) of my Starbucks series, taken as I wait in the car line. I was able to review a project proposal but that’s about it and I went home still sick in the afternoon. https://flic.kr/p/GiTrHB…
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    Sick Day

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    April 5, 2018. I woke up with a fiery rasping in my throat and spent the day on Neocitran and painkillers. Nothing done today; I lay down and listed to the radio in the morning and watched a ball game (Rays vs Sox) all afternoon (it’s still on and still…
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    Drive Thru

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    April 4, 2018. Another photo at the Starbucks. It’s a complete coincidence that as I grumble about Tim Hortons a story comes out in the media talking about their damaged reputation. But they deserve it. Today was a good day. I sorted out my flight problems. I got all my…
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    Senators

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    April 2, 2018. It was the last home game of the year and there was a full house for a Senators team that is second-last in the division. That, I think, sends a message. It was a good game, a loss (natch) but we got to see them score five…
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    Aunt Marilyn

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    April 1, 2018. This is my Aunt Marilyn, my mohter’s sister. We see her often when we visit in Embrun for Christmas and Easter and other things. She took me to Man and His World in 1970 and to my first-ever in-theatre movies: Oliver! and Two Mules for Sister Sarah.…
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    String

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    March 30, 2018. Lexi insists on playing with string – “it’s always string time” – even at the age of 12 or so. So I make sure to take the time to play with her. The rest of the day I spent writing ‘Critical Thinking for Educators’. https://flic.kr/p/25GaSqC…
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    Rocks

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    March 29, 2018. This is a section of road just past the Alexandra Bridge seen as I drove home from Gatineau. I spent the morning preparing for a workshop and the afternoon doing the workshop, and the evening watching the Blue Jays season opener (about which the less said the…
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    The Nest

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    March 28, 2018. We drove back home today and I got some work done and took a photo of this nest in our lilac bush (no eggs in it yet). https://flic.kr/p/Hsozz5…
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    Olympic Stadium

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    March 27, 2018. I was still basking in the afterglow of the great Vlady Guerrero Jr. home run when I took this shot. We went for a wonderful visit to the Montreal botanical gardens and them watched a tense pitchers’ duel between the Blue Jays and the Cardinals that ended…
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    Autographs

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    March 26, 2018. Toronto Blue Jay Curtis Granderson signs autographs about five feet from where I was sitting. No, I didn’t get an autograph – he has really limited time so I left that for the kids. https://flic.kr/p/22Qo17Q…
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    Lexi

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    March 24, 2018. Happy Caturday! This is Lexi, our cat with the perpetual expression that says “I don’t really understand what’s going on.” She actually stopped me from uploading this so I could play string games with her (note: she’s 12 years old). Quiet day today listening to the ball…
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    Melting

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    March 23, 2018. Friday odds and ends at work – my performance review, doing timesheets, completing an online course (page-turner on security), planning for a project, answering email, and getting ready for some time mostly away from the office. These are trees between two buildings at NRC, and as you…
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    Polly

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    March 25, 2018. Polly is the old lady of our household. Now 15, she is as quiet as ever, skittish, but always willing to come out to be petted as I leave the house. Today is bike tune-up day (maybe I’ll get out for a few kilometers this afternoon) and…
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    Ceiling Fan

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    March 21, 2018. This is actually the most unused appliance in the house, as we have both heating and air conditioning, and so don’t need a big ceiling fan. But there it is. Today’s routine was disrupted by an argument over working conditions – apparently I haven’t been productive enough…
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    Bulldozer

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    March 20, 2018. I snapped this through the car window while waiting for construction to clear up on the Casselman bridge. It’s not much of a photo but I had a pretty busy day today preparing slides and participating in a workshop at the School of Public Service. https://flic.kr/p/25mHAQK…
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    Crabapple

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    March 19, 2018. The crabapple tree pictured here had a pretty rough year last year; it caught some sort of fungus and most of the leaves shriveled and dropped. If it has another year like that it may be time for the wood chipper. As for myself, on this cold…

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