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    Forest Creek

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    June 9, 2020. Good productive day even though there were meetings. I have content organized, I just need to convert it into text, and I have my paper. After work I took a nice brisk bike ride (25km @ 23.2 kph) to St. Albert and back. https://flic.kr/p/2jaqPQv
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    Raspberry Flowers

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    June 8, 2020. I worked all day on the ethics paper, finally realizing it wasn’t going to be done on time. I have so much stuff, and so little time. So I checked my mail just in time to be pulled into a meeting. That kind of day. Still no…
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    Chrysler Pond

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    June 7, 2020. I spent the morning working on ethics codes (paper is due tomorrow) and the afternoon cycling to the village of Finch (where I ate my first hamburger in three months) and back. This is a pond just outside Chrysler, on the way to Finch. 58km at 20.5…
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    Fleabane

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    June 6, 2020. This is some Philadelphia fleabane growing next to our driveway. I spent a full day working on ethical codes today, working my way through various codes for teachers. Back on the bike tomorrow. https://flic.kr/p/2j9pwwT
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    Springhill

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    June 5, 2020. It was a beautiful day so I cycled 70km to Springhill Cemetary and back to visit my brother Allan. I wasn’t actually able to find his marker, though, which I choose to take as a good sign. Managed to average 20.8 kph for the ride there…
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    Fern

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    June 4, 2020. Another three-meeting day. But I still made quite a bit of progress on the ethics paper. I intended to get out for a bike ride this afternoon, but when I looked up from my work the time had passed. Tomorrow, though, will be beautiful out, and I’m…
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    Dogwood

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    June 2, 2020. It was a Day of Three Meetings, with some works on the ethics paper sandwiched in between. Cool and rainy today, so no cycling. This is a dogwood growing beside the deck in the back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2j8d1Sd
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    St. Albert

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    June 1, 2020. View of St. Albert from the bridge. Today was split between taking an ISC evaluators’ course, and working on ethics cides. I also took time to write a quick blog post. This is from my ride after work to St. Alberta and back, 24.7 km at an…
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    Grass

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    May 31, 2020. Cold, rainy, and an indoor day, spend in its entirely working (and specifically, getting posts ready for my newsletter, because I will need to spend time on my ethics paper, because I had a proposal accepted and the full paper is due June 8). This is grass…
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    Forest

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    May 30, 2020. In my mind I always think of Larose Forest as ‘the Emerald Forest’. This is a view of it as I cycled by on the way to Embrun to check in on family (family wasn’t home but their house is doing fine). Good ride today, enjoyable. https://flic.kr/p/2j7Y5X6
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    Creeping Phlox

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    May 29, 2020. These flowers are overflowing out of the little garden right in front of the house. It was another scorcher today, and yet I was indoors all day working extra hard to get a bunch of stuff done https://flic.kr/p/2j6S3Bi
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    It’s Dead, Jim

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    May 28, 2020. More record-breaking heat, and our 13-year old air conditioning unit has died and has to be replaced. These pandemic days have been really hard – not on us, but on our house, which for some reason has chosen these few months to show the signs of wear.…
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    Emma and Charlemagne

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    May 27, 2020. I had big plans for today but instead spent the day writing a blog post. Time well spent, though. It was too hot outside to cycle, so I stayed in and comforted out cats – pictured here are Emma (top) and Charlemagne (bottom). https://flic.kr/p/2j6zWZU
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    Lilacs

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    May 26, 2020. The incredible heat wave continues. I made it out for a 25K ride in 33C heat. Today was otherwise planning and meeting day – I had sessions on Zoom, Teams and Meet. A multi-tool day. https://flic.kr/p/2j6CsKj
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    Frog

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    April 24, 2020. This is a frog I saved from being squashed by traffic by herding it from the road to a nearby wetland. Today’s ride felt tougher even though it was only 55 km, but then I found I did it at a pace of 19.4 kph which explains…
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    May Flowers

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    May 23, 2020. I had a nice bounceback day today, cleaning my office to fight back against allergies, and doing a nice 66 km ride to Dunvegan (and a bit beyond) and back. My average speed was down to 17.2 kph, owing to the stiff breeze I was riding into,…
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    Maple Seeds and Flower

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    May 21, 2020. Detail of a maple tree in our back yard. Beautiful day today, but with Emma getting The Operation and our getting groceries, there was no time for cycling after work. Still, I was outside enough to at least enjoy the weather. And there’s going to be another…
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    Waiting

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    May 20, 2020. I was out for a quick bike ride again after work (one of the benefits of not commuting) and spotted this guy just hanging out in a field. Today was fully focused on the ethics paper (and specifically, studying librarian codes of ethics). https://flic.kr/p/2j44WPy
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    St. Albert Cow

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    May 19, 2020. I was still feeling a little under the weather but I convinced myself to take a brisk 24km ride after work and I felt a lot better after. Here’s a mural from the side of L’École élémentaire catholique Saint-Albert. Work today was a meeting and training for…
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    Tulips

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    May 18, 2020. I woke up still and sore from biking, took a pain pill and a nap and ended up with a sore stomach that felt like heartburn. I got a newsletter out but that’s about it; good thing today was a holiday. These tulips are in our front…
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    8600

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    May 16, 2020. This is CP engine 8600 pulling a very long train through eastern Ontario near Avonmore. Today I caught up on some email and did a brisk 50k ride to Avonmone and back. https://flic.kr/p/2j2Gwx7
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    House Sparrow

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    May 15, 2020. Cool and rainy today, nice for birds, less so for me. My new microphone arrived, so now I have good audio again. I played with some AI transcription, did my performance plan, updated the newsletter, read some stuff for ethics, and took some pitcures of birds. https://flic.kr/p/2j2tpna
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    Arcadia

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    May 13, 2020. I spent the full day reading and summarizing JIME articles from their recent special issue. After that I went for a quick 24 km ride – my first of the year on the road bike. The title of the photo is from the Jeopardy episode. https://flic.kr/p/2j1QX5H
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    Mountain Ash Bud

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    May 12, 2020. Today was a bit of a choppy day, as meeting days usually are. It was still cool outside (we’ve been setting record lows recently) and everything is just waiting. This is a mountain ash bud in our back yard. https://flic.kr/p/2j1qWRf
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    Early Spring Forest Flowers

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    May 10, 2020. It wasn’t snowing today so I was able to go for a bike ride. I took the gravel bike onto some new (to me) back roads and was rewarded with a wealth of early spring forest wildflowers. A I finished the Tri-Council Research Ethics course today. https://flic.kr/p/2iZLJBz

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