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The Henri Cartier-Bresson Award

My work on the Power of SHe project has been nominated for a HCB Award!

For all the details please stop by http://tdphotography.me/2013/the-henri-cartier-bresson-award/ – it also includes a big THANK YOU to the Avenue Community Center for believing in me and my work as a photographer.

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Here’s Your Badge and Gun!

Take a peek over at Pastor Todd’s new blog. This is only his second post, but it’s well worth reading. So hop on over and leave him a little encouragement in the form of “blog love”. Us bloggers are a fickle lot, we need constant attention. 😉

Don’t let this be you!

Don’t be the person who has all pet parents and their dogs banned from hotels. Don’t be this person: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxhymuRPIaA

If your dogs suffer from separation anxiety don’t leave them alone in a hotel/motel room. People will complain. It’s not fair to your dog(s), its not fair to the people staying in the rooms near yours, and its not fair to the pet parents who want to stay in that hotel/motel after you got dogs banned.

As a third wave feminist, and a WAHM, I have to shout a big loud YES to this post. We need to be supporting our fellow self-identified Women, and our fellow Moms in their choices. We need to cut ourselves and one another a little slack. We are all people. We all need a little ME time. We all need help sometimes. We are all just doing the best we can with the resources we have. So YAY Moms, YAY Women – y’all rock pretty damn hard (even when you’re just checking out a friend’s wall on FB).

Growing in a Shrinking Culture

Earlier today, I saw something going around Facebook called something like “Dear Mom on the iPhone.” If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure you’ve at least seen or read something similar at some point. It goes something like this:

“Dear Mom on the iPhone…Your little girl is spinning round and round, making her dress twirl. She is such a little beauty queen already, the sun shining behind her long hair. She keeps glancing your way to see if you are watching her.

You aren’t.

Your little boy keeps shouting, ‘Mom, MOM watch this!’ I see you acknowledge him, barely glancing his way.

He sees that too. His shoulders slump, but only for a moment, as he finds the next cool thing to do.”

OK I get it, I really do. We live in an age that is so technology obsessed, that we are at risk of missing out on real…

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Yes, I’m reblogging this… but it’s so cute. And as someone with a household full of Chihuahuas? I can vouch for it being pretty darn accurate. 🙂

Wayback Vintage

Chi with Sombero

1. You will do as I command you to do. I may be short, but my mighty will is stronger than yours, human.

2. There shall no dog larger than I in my living quarters. If my human has the AUDACITY to have a second dog larger than I, I shall exterminate him (or make him really, really uncomfortable by chewing his neck, shins or/and private part below his stomach.)

3. The might of the Chihuahua is awesome. (What do you think happened to the Incas? Hmmmmmm?????)

4.  There shall be no photos taken of me. (Bribery with food might make me change my mind.) If you choose to do so, I shall smite your camera with my terrible frown of displeasure.

5.  Let me make this rule perfectly clear:  My food is my food. I do NOT share. Also, your food is my food as well. You, human shall…

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The night before school starts

The night before school starts,

and mom writes my name.

On notebooks, and pencils

helping me to lay claim.

Okay, yeah…

I’m not a poet,

that’s as far as it goes.

The rest of this blog post

is thankfully in prose.

 

My Sharpie is no longer sharp after writing “Lily-Ann” on 12 markers, 24 crayons, 24 pencil crayons, various notebooks, folders, and a scrapbook, as well as on shoes, pencil cases, glue sticks, erasers, a pencil sharpener, a bottle of white glue (with a no clog lid), and a backpack. Gotta love the night before the first day of school. Pre-k was easy all supplies are communal, but as kids enter the regular school system labeling everything quickly becomes the norm.

I remember my Mom scrawling our names on everything… And with so many of us it was no quick task. As our pencils and pencil crayons were wore down into little nubs, and all that remained was a letter or two, I’d still think of Mom writing our names every time I saw mine. It was a reassuring thing, though it didn’t register as such on a conscious level until many years later.

I hope, as Lily-Ann sits in her classroom this coming school year, that seeing her name spelled over and over again brings a sense of belonging and love. That she knows how treasured she is, not just by her Mom (who wrote her name so very many times) but by everyone who knows her. She really is such a special kid, and her joie de vie has left many with grins where previously there were none.

Girl is ready to be a “school kid” whether or not I am ready for the same. 😉

"Look Mommy!  PONY tails!"

“Look Mommy, PONY tails!”
I’m so glad I had my phone out and captured this moment. 🙂 And thanks so much to another My Little Pony Trading Post member for the lovely G1 sparkle pony in her left hand (she arrived in the mail today, and the girl is currently sleeping with her).

BtS – hurry and register

Just a quick reminder before I’m off to work on my presentation for Breaking the Silence.  The conference is THIS WEEKEND!  Ivan Coyote will be performing on Friday night at 7:00 at the Broadway Theatre.  Tickets will be available at the door for $21, or you can get them for $15 by registering online.  There will also be $6 tickets at the door for Tomboy at 7:00 on Saturday night at the Roxy Theatre.  To attend the conference on the Saturday (which includes admittance to Ivan Coyote) you do need to register online at http://www.usask.ca/education/breaking-the-silence/online-registration.htm   Regular conference enrollment is only $52.50 with a special price of $21 for post-secondary students and the under-employed.  High school students can register for free (but do still need to register online).

More information is available at http://www.usask.ca/education/breaking-the-silence/index.htm

The Hobbit!

After all that happened today, I can honestly say that I’m such a huge dork that THIS lifted my spirits:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/the-hobbit-trailer-lord-of-the-rings-prequel-video_n_1161859.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

The Hobbit is such a huge part of my life (from my dad reading the book to me as a child, to writing and staring in a play based on it in high school, and eventually to sharing it with my daughter too).  I can’t wait to see it brought to life like this.  It’ll be epic!

I am disappointed.

During these last few weeks I have wrestled with a number of things in relation to the Green Party of Saskatchewan.  I have always been open and honest, and I will continue to be so.  I don’t like politics, I don’t like what it does to people… yet I continue on in my role as President of the provincial Green Party, and as a candidate whenever called upon.  After all, if I were to step down, I’d be letting the politicians win – and they’ve already shown their colours.  I can’t, in good conscience, leave the politics to the politicians.

I believe in the Green Party.  I believe in our principles.  I believe people can make a difference.  I cling to the ideal that we are better when we work together, and that we can accomplish anything.  I believe in honest open discussion.  I believe that we can move past our mistakes to become better.  I must hold fast to the notion that we will bring about change.  But today?  Today I am disheartened.

I just deleted eight paragraphs from this blog post.  Eight Paragraphs!  The fact of the matter is that there are things going on of which I am not proud.  I am concerned.  And for one particular thing I am down right embarrassed.  If my daughter treated someone as shabbily as some members of the provincial Greens have treated a former candidate and leadership contender she would be up for a stern discussion, at the end of which you could be darn sure she would never treat someone that poorly again.

I hate politics.  I hate what it does to people.  Can we not stand on different sides of an issue, on different sides of a campaign, yet still treat one another with respect and dignity?  We are all in the same boat… and it appears to be taking on water.  😦

Leadership Race

Victor Lau won the Leadership race for the Green Party of Saskatchewan.

Nothing else to say right now.  Gonna watch a bit of TV on DVD with my husband.

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