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The Thing About Cassandra from the anthology Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.

Started the short in a half interested frame of mind.

Felt slightly uncomfortable part way through.

Meh. Finished.

Wait, what just happened?

Went back and reread that last part. 

Ahhh…. I see what he did there. I think….

Now I can’t stop thinking about Cassandra.

If you enjoy Stephen King, you will enjoy this tale. It sticks. Not sure if this is horror or fantasy or?

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Food For Thought | 002

Listening to the Science Friday podcast episode “In Indigenous Genes, Evidence of Colonization’s Plagues” (November 24, 2016).

In the years after Europeans arrived in the Americas, indigenous communities were ravaged by disease that the colonists brought with them, from influenza to smallpox. New genetic research published in Nature Communications now describes one way that the course of history may have changed the genetics of Coast Tsimshian communities in northwestern British Columbia.

A genetic comparison of ancient Tsimshian remains and modern Tsimshian community members found shifts in a part of the genome responsible for regulating immune function. Some variants found in the ancient remains were rare in the living, suggesting they were less helpful for surviving the European pathogens.

Follow this link to listen to the complete interview on Science Friday’s site.

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Nov.26.15

I have something in common with my adorable cat, Dory.

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Birding!

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For different reasons, of course! While I want to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the little creatures, Dory wants to… yeah. He’s definitely not eyeing them up for aesthetic reasons. My poor housecat, stuck indoors, dreaming and drooling.

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Bear also likes to get in on the action, though I think she’s more inline with Dory’s thinking than mine. And she has the run of the backyard, so she occasionally gets to fulfill her wishes. :/

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This morning I came across a blog post with a book give-away. All I had to do was comment with my favourite bird. Wow. Pick ONE favourite bird-feeder bird or bird species. 😖 That really doesn’t seem fair. I put my fancy thinking cap on and thought “think, think, think“.

When summer is over and the cold winds start blowing, my bird-feeders have less variety. When the weather gets particularly cold, even less.

House sparrows which crowd out my other birds visit year round. Booo, not a favourite.

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Black-capped chickadees ( ❤ ) brave the cold and those sparrows. A reliable friend.

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Blue Jays, Juncos, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Waxwings… Like, like, like, like, like.

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I had no idea I had a favourite bird-feeder bird, until I sat down think, think, thinking. The bird that gets me excited to see when the weather dips below -30 degrees Celsius (or colder) and I am sooo cold (brrr), is the Redpoll.

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It’s nice to look out my window and see a small pop of colour flitting about against the bright, white backdrop of snow. An uplifting sight!

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So, which bird makes you brighten up, pull out your camera and snap away (even when you’re not in a bird-watching mood)?

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Wait. These aren’t the birds you’re looking for.

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Have you ever done any birding in a McDonald’s parking lot? ^_^

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Happy Bird-Watching Friends O_O

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Food for thought

Listening to The Unmistakable Creative podcast episode “The Power of Awareness with John Assaraf (October 28, 2015)”.

There are things that you can be doing every single day that’ll move you closer to your goals and dreams. And every single person listening to this right now knows of one or two things that if they did those things they would be further ahead. And I challenge them to think about why are you not doing those right now.” – John Assaraf

Listen to the full episode here.

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Barbapapa <3

Barbapapa

Just noticed the Google Doodle for this fine Tuesday. Barbapapa! I have no memory of the stories, but I do remember loving the colourful characters. After a little Wikipedia research, I’m sure it has to do with the shape-shifting the characters do. Ah-ha-ha-ha! Science Fiction. lol Now I have a new mission, track down these books for my little guy. I’m sure he’ll love the fun illustrations as much as I did. ❤

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