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  1. Ernest Hemingway

    Insta-Growth Secrets: Unveiling the Power of Authentic Views

    In today’s digital age, social media platforms have emerged as a powerhouse for personal branding and business expansion. Among these platforms, Instagram stands out as a visual wonderland, allowing users to showcase their creativity and connect with a vast audience. For those seeking to broaden their Instagram reach, one intriguing strategy is gaining momentum: buying […]
  2. Downes

    Laying in Wait

    July 21, 2023. This tube forms a doughnut shape, and the cats love playing it in. Here Emma sits ready to pounce on any other cat venturing nearby. Nobody can see her, of course.
  3. Downes

    Crysler Trail

    July 20, 2023. This is an old rail trail near Crysler. After working from home for the day I took a quick loop through St. Albert and Crysler on the gravel bike. Building up muscles for bnikepacking.
  4. Downes

    The Market

    July 18, 2023. If you go up to the second floor of the By-Ward market in Ottawa (but who does, really?) you'll see these cloud figures in the attic. I was downtown while working from the office to pick up more Hungarian spicy paprika paste, which I pu...
  5. Downes


    July 17, 2023. This is Lexi, the old lady of our household. She's a good 16 years old now, the eternal kitten who still plays with string and drinks water from the tap. She's thin and frail and I wanted to make sure I got a photograph in. But she's st...
  6. whcalhoun

    David Labaree – Targeting Teachers

    David Labaree is a historian and retired Professor of Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. This essay is taken from his website ( He introduces the essay thus:In this piece, I explore a major p...
  7. Downes

    Finch Fair

    July 16, 2023. I took a bike ride to finch today and visited the Finch Fair. This is the cattle exhibit, pictured. But the runaway fave for me was the bird exhibit, especially the owls and parakeets. I also took a side trip along the Crysler trail on ...
  8. Downes


    July 15, 2023. First day back from Tremblant. We were in for an afternoon RedBlacks game, won in a great comeback and overtime touchdown. Best game we've seen as season tick holders. Great stuff.
  9. Downes

    Raccoon in a Tree

    July 14, 2023. This raccoon was sitting in a tree happily eating leaves our last day in Mont Tremblant. Super-early departure, then took Andrea to the hospital for an appointment. Cats were overjoyed when we got home, displayed it by ignoring us. http...
  10. @paceamorebella

    You belong among the wyoming wildflowers??


    For the Fourth of July weekend, Evan and I took a trip from Salt Lake City to Jackson, Wyoming. The drive was relatively short, so we were able to condense our trip to accommodate both our work schedules and allotted time-off. We began our trip on Friday, June 30th, and made the four to five […]

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  11. Downes


    July 11, 2023. This is a gravel back road in the district of Macaza, near Mont Tremblant. I went out with the gravel bike and a half load to see how well the setup would work in the Quebec forest. It was a 47km ride, but I also gained 380 metres eleva...
  12. Downes

    Back on the Bike

    July 6, 2023. I haven't been able to ride the bike for almost to weeks because of the itch and saddle sores. Now I have them mostly under control and was able to get back out there for a short 26 km ride.
  13. Downes

    Frog on a Log

    July 9, 2023. Today's walk was a very hot (and itchy) one on Petrie Island. I've uploaded a photo set. But also, I managed to install my own YouTube clone - PeerTube - on my own web server. Very happy about that.
  14. natalie

    A Weekend Trip Out of the Blue: Sailing, Seduction, and Sparks of Destiny

    Kim and Reilly were excited looking forward to their weekend sailing trip at Lake Starnberg—a getaway filled with adventure, laughter, and the promise of unforgettable memories. The last two hours at the office had felt like the clock ticked double speed. Every time Kim had starred at her watch hoping it to show five there… Continue reading A Weekend Trip Out of the Blue: Sailing, Seduction, and Sparks of Destiny
  15. Downes

    Baseball Weekend Day 4

    July 3, 2023. The view from the train station. We upgraded to business class to enjoy a pleasant ride back complete with a relaxing wait in the lounge and a nice meal served on the train. The cats were overjoyed to see us back again.
  16. Downes


    June 26, 2023. This was on display in St. Laurant shopping centre. I think it's their contribution to Pride celebrations, but without any real courage of their convictions. I worked in the office today (and they finally got air conditioning working, y...
  17. Downes

    Bike Rack

    June 29, 2023. The bike rack outside my office in Ottawa. Another day in the office, this time on a Thursday. I don't know what happened to Tuesday and Wednesday photos; the days blur together, especially with my constant attention to my itch. Over th...

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