Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
UPDATE: Thanks to Peter Darbyshire at CanCult, who reminded me about this relevant article and the discussion that ensued. I'd completely forgotten about it.
UPDATE II: Thanks to Finn Harvor for reminding me that this interview I did with him also dealt with the CanLit in the schools issue. I'm glad someone's keeping track of these things...
Posted by Zachariah Wells at 12:11 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
After Jasper, it was pretty quiet. I had a few Australians in my car, two of whom took to calling me "Curly" and have christened Kaleb "Curly Jr." We got along very well.
After some anti-social time, a shower and a nap, I went out to see The Dark Knight with some co-workers. On many levels an impressive action film, but not the Second Coming a lot of the critics are making it out to be. Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker is very worth seeing, however.
Tomorrow, I have to report an hour early for a "Hazard Prevention Briefing." This promising to be extremely dull, but I should get paid 6 hours for it, since it's "over and above" my regular assignment, hence time-and-a-half, and the minimum number of hours for a callout is four. The extent of my employers' penny wisdom and pound foolishness never ceases to amaze me.
Can't wait to get home. I got a report from Rachel that Kaleb is now looking at things in a focussed way.
Posted by Zachariah Wells at 10:04 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Posted by Zachariah Wells at 11:33 AM
The trip went pretty well, especially the return portion. A few times in my work, I've received applause from the passengers at trip's end, and this was one of them. This, along with the gratuities showered upon me, was quite gratifying. Much as I'd like to attribute this to my charm and wit, a lot of it has to do with the passengers themselves. This was a particularly good bunch, which made it that much easier to engage with them. (I wonder if it's a coincidence that there was a higher than usual number of Canadians in my car...) I think part of it is that I've been in an exceptionally good mood since Kaleb's birth. In years past, I was quite adamant about never having kids. I'm glad I changed my stance on that.
Posted by Zachariah Wells at 9:57 AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I'm off to Winnipeg for a bit of a rest tomorrow (Friday). Fortunately, Rachel's mom will be camping out here while I'm gone. This is hard to type, as a swaddled Kaleb is occupying my left forearm. Toodles. Back Tuesday.
Posted by Zachariah Wells at 10:25 PM
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
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Friday, July 4, 2008
Such a slim barrow into which to stuff
A life; such a narrow beam to cross
And brace the walls. Pollarded and shallow-
Rooted, it resists the winds, persists
Despite its pruning. Stiff and stolid
In its ramrod stance, it stands, but shifts
And strays when no one’s watching. It sees
The road ahead, but is always looking
Back. It asserts and it equivocates.
It makes mistakes. It flirts with grief and grace.
It wears a mask to hide its missing face.
Posted by Zachariah Wells at 1:53 PM