Coruscate and Shine

October 21, 2010

One version of sanity.

I took this shot at Taylor Creek, on Monday. It’s looking pretty mighty there these days. Most days actually.

Word of the day.

Coruscate – \ KOR-uh-skayt \  , verb; 1. To give off or reflect bright beams or flashes of light; to sparkle. 2. To exhibit brilliant, sparkling technique or style.

(As I wrote in response to a Facebook friend’s “status update”, this morning, after he posted this word. By the way, I have the best friends in the world:)

Perhaps I shall try to coruscate today but it is really too early to tell if I’m up for the task.

His response:

Body glitter would help!

I like his way of thinking.


Effin’ Ineffable

October 16, 2010

Word of the day.

Ineffable – \ in-EF-uh-buhl \  , adjective; 1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable. 2. Not to be uttered; taboo.

I stood there dumbfounded and disappointed, after all that we had agreed upon, in the ineffable way she was treating me.


October 15, 2010



City Hall's Podium Green Roof @ Nathan Phillips Square (Nuit Blanche)


Word of the day.

Smithereens \ smith-uh-REENZ \  , noun;  1. Small pieces; bits.

(a tale from a previous existence.)

He clasped my face between his hands and pressed his lips against mine. Then, he spread my ribs, reaching straight for my heart and ripped it to smithereens.



October 14, 2010


Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, during Nuit Blanche


This shot is one of my first attempts at night photography, with my Rebel T1i, without using a flash. It’s a wee but blurry but, in this case, I don’t really mind it.

Word of the day.

Hopscotch \ HOP-skoch \  , verb;  1. To journey quickly and directly from one usually far place to another. noun: 1. A children’s game in which a player tosses or kicks an object into one of several numbered sections of a diagram marked on the ground. verb: 1. To move or pass through something, as a geographical area or a field of endeavor, making many brief stops.

I played hopscotch in the sunshine on my driveway, when I was a child, and afterward I’d lay my back on the cool concrete while unraveling the mysteries in the clouds.


October 10, 2010

Word of the day.

Bricolage  \ bree-koh-LAHZH; brih- \  , noun; 1. Construction or something constructed by using whatever materials happen to be available.

I failed this year (I really did) to transform my backyard into an oasis using various forms of bricolage to keep the costs down and the end result that much more fulfilling.

There’s always next year.


October 8, 2010



I can't say how grateful I am for the interesting displays I catch around the city. Or, maybe I just did... (seen @ Harbourfront Centre, Toronto)


Word of the day.

Wassail –  \ WAH-sul; wah-SAYL \  , noun;1. An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone. 2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse. 3. The liquor used for a wassail; especially, a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc. adjective:  1. Of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl. transitive verb:  1. To drink to the health of; a toast. intransitive verb:  1. To drink a wassail.

I intend to raise a red-wined wassail, this weekend, to all the many people, places and things that lift me up on a daily basis.

Stay tuned…

Me and My Mana

October 7, 2010

A pier on Manhattan Beach, California

Word of the day.

Mana – \ MAH-nuh \  , noun;  1. A generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons. 2. An ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan.

The first time I saw him I felt my mana swirl around me like a swarm of fireflies, stirring the hair on my arms and flashing just outside the corners of my eyes.

Nuit Blanche 2010

October 3, 2010

Nuit Blanche 2010, Toronto (@ Yonge and Front).

I checked out a bit of Nuit Blanche last night after work and have to say this year’s showings worked best for me when I compare it to NB events of the last few years. I’ll post more on that tomorrow since I need to catch the 9:18 bus if I want to make it to work on time. Yes, it is Sunday and no, life is not always fair. Nobody said it would be, at least nobody I know. Anyway… One thing I will mention is the most important aspect of the last night’s blanching (new word): my ability to fossick* the night-portrait feature on my camera which I tried for the first time and whose setting I look forward to swinging the dail to again in the near and dark future. I have not yet explored the various settings on my not-so-new camera and I’m happy to report the night-portrait setting was a pleasant and welcome surprise.

*Word of the day.

Fossick \ FOS-ik \  , verb; 1. To search for any object by which to make gain. 2. Mining. To undermine anothers’ digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc. 3. To hunt; seek; ferret out.

By the way, I missed the bus. I guess I better fossick out another mode of transport to get me where I need to be on time.

Mouthing Off

October 2, 2010

Word of the day.

Mussitate \ MUHS-i-teyt \  , verb; 1. To silently move the lips in simulation of audible speech.

She blew her breath against the window, drew a heart in the fog then stepped back mouthing, “I love you,” while the heart disappear.


October 1, 2010

The Brickworks area in Toronto

Satori \ suh-TOHR-ee \  , noun; 1. In Zen Buddhism, the state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment.

I’ve experience satori while walking along a trail, during intimacy, taking a bite of a precious morsel (of so many things), while singing – but the state is always fleeting.