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Playlist – Ode to Neil Young (Mellow)

Thank you Neil Young!

Playlist – Ode to Neil Young (Mellow) – curated by Christine Upton

Old Man
(Album: Neil Young Greatest Hits 1968)

The Needle and the Damage Done
(Album: Decade 1976)

After the Gold Rush
(Album: After the Gold Rush 1970)

Heart of Gold
(Album: Harvest – Remastered 1972)

Harvest Moon
(Album: Harvest Moon 1992)

(Album: Neil Young Greatest Hits 1968)

Sugar Mountain
(Album: Decade 1976)

Only Love Can Break Your Heart
(Album: Neil Young Greatest Hits 1968)

Southern Man
(Album: After the Gold Rush 1970)

(Album: Neil Young Greatest Hits 1968)

Tonight’s the Night
(Album: Tonight’s the Night 1975)

Like a Hurricane
(Album: Neil Young Greatest Hits 1968)

My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
(Album: Rust Never Sleeps 1979)

Cinnamon Girl
(Album: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Remastered – Neil Young With Crazy Horse 1969)

Cortez the Killer
(Album: Zuma – Neil Young & Crazy Horse 1975)

New Learning


There. I’m trying something new.

Sitting by a shallow river listening to calming gurgling water, bugs of many sorts and birds here and there. Oh… and I am writing this post on my phone. This is challenging enough with the dog constantly pulling on his leash, as I try to keep my fingers on this skinny keypad. My reading glasses always pain me, but…

I really have been obsessed with the ‘brain’ these last couple of years.

I just finished reading “The Male Brain” (Louann Brizendine) that I picked up second hand at White Rabbit Books.

I found the book very interesting from the perspective of understanding how our brains ‘physiologically’ work a certain way (i.e. through hormones like testosterone or estrogen) which lead to our ‘behaviour’.

Since I haven’t yet read “The Female Brain”, “I am assuming” the same [perspective] is more or less true for the female brain. Yet, we still ‘eye roll’ when we encounter behaviours [annoying?] in people because ‘we think’ they are ‘choosing’ to behave that way. I don’t think we really consider that it is our ‘brain’ and it’s physiological processes that are making us behave in certain ways. I know I am over simplifying, but it’s been changing the way I think about people and why they behave the way they do.

[bugs trying to eat me]

As I was winding my way down the dog path today – I started thinking about the ‘brain differences’ between environmentalists, profit seekers, academics and the many of us hard working people who want to live our lives, be productive [go away fly] and leave something behind for our kids when we – check out.

I got an email from Environmental Defence the other day. They just completed a Report on Urban Sprawl.

[ok I now have 6 bug ‘or something’ bites on my leg. Not even going to check the other leg… eye roll].

I didn’t read the report. Just skimmed it. Some good thoughts about our need to build more sustainable communities, but a lot of us, already know this stuff.

I’ve been more interested in sustainable communities lately, because I want to sketch out what I think would be included [next post maybe]. I’ve already made some notes and can picture some of the ideas in my head. I’m not a Planner or anything. Just want to express these thoughts on paper. I think it would be fun.

The thing I realized, in glomming [love this word ‘glom’] all my thoughts together on all of this [brain, how we think], is that there is NO WAY IN HELL, that we ‘all’ [environmentalists, profit seekers, academics, workers] would have come up with this [cardinal singing] ‘sustainable community’ idea, thinking so differently the way we do.

I think communities start out pretty much the same way. Someone buys a chunk of land. Parcels it off into smaller pieces, people set up businesses on those pieces, others move closer to the businesses because they want to live near where they work and they want to access all the things they need [food, education for kids etc] to live.

Now though, we are hitting the wall – and we know it. So where do we go from here?

Tom Thomson’s Last Spring

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George Perdue – The ‘Other’ Defiant Spirit


As part of my creative journey, I took oil painting lessons from George Perdue. George is a ‘plein air’ painter and some day I hope to do some of this.

I love George’s painting style and his use of colour. The colours are contrasty and vibrate.

I asked George if I could see how he organizes his studio [I thought if I could see a working studio, it would help me make sense of all the supplies. M-m-m more time for painting]. Leah took photos and video [thank you Leah] – so I could take in the studio unimpeded.

I say ‘Other’ Defiant Spirit, because I am reading [trying to read… it’s just taking me  long time] Ross King’s – Defiant Spirits about the Group of Seven. George has already finished the book.


Talking about oil paint.


George’s studio – great light.

george_purdue_workThe easel.

george_purdue_rightRight of the easel.


Left of the easel – paints.


The palette. Glass is easy to clean.


Thumbnail sketches – for composition, light values and notes.


Work in progress.


French easel – great for plein air – versatile, sturdy, big, but can be heavy. Algonquin Park? Will travel.


Beautiful brushes!


Portable palette.


Lake O’Hara. The tranquility and peace vs. the strength of the mountains… wow!


George’s coffee.


Thank you George.



Walk To Main St.


I took this beautiful wooly shot yesterday walking to Main St. It’s in an urban neighborhood. Huh? Who knew.

I thought I’d post this photo while I am thinking about how to present the many ideas for blog posts I have swimming around my muddled brain. They all involve photos. I have to be happy with the end result… that’s my dilemma.


Have I said how much I am enjoying my iPhone camera. What’s the best camera? The one you have ‘with’ you!

#340 Feeling it in your bones – Neil Pasricha


I just love this piece from Neil Pasricha’s or The Book of Awesome. I signed myself up for the 1000 Awesome Things e-mail (and app come to think of it) so I am bombarded by awesomeness a couple of times a day… and you know… I am totally ok with that. Reading the online comments, makes me feel at home. Thank you Neil!

“Born and blasted into the world you’re a baby brain with wide eyes, chubby legs, and cloudy thoughts. Mom lifts you and picks you, eyes open and close, and fogs rise and settle. Tears stream and faces scream as your swirling brain twists and turns into thoughts…

Nothing makes sense till it does.

Nothing feels right till it does.”


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