Vanishing Species

Recently Toronto experienced an unexpected warm spell that was welcome by most except for these not so hardy members of a vanishing species. Chances are some will return next season but none will ever be the same again.

I feel dirty
featureless futureless
crumbling inside
hand me my nose please
sun block please
nice profile
defenceless fortification
the ramparts in ruins
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Snowy Mount Hope

I was up to the Bayview/Eglinton E, area of Toronto, Monday March 13 & took a stroll through the Mount Hope Cemetery, which backs on to Bayview. I loved the snowcapped tombstones & statuary. As you can tell by the names it is a mix of Italian & Polish (?). From the number of crucifications & saints I guess it is Catholic. wiki confirms that

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hope_Catholic_Cemetery

The road through the property was cleared but the cemetery proper was snow covered so I couldn’t get close to the gravestones or do a search for any of the more noted people buried there. Many of them had photos of the deceased imbedded which I have covered out of respect. Maybe if I’m there in the summer I might get a closer look.

St. Christopher carrying a soul to heaven
Christ (?) carrying a soul to heaven
family plot
curved angel wings
aren’t your wings cold?
follow His soul to heaven
another child in the snow
solace of the good book
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Thundersnow

The snow storm here in Toronto, overnight on March 3, was an event mainly because there was thunder & lightening – both rare occurrences. High winds & weighty wet snow. In the morning I looked out my bedroom window to how much I’d have to shovel, not as bad as predicted. I turned around to put on my sweatpants & there was a loud woosh & crash. I thought snow was sliding off the roof of house. I went back to the window & saw that a major branch from the tree next door had collapsed – part caught on the porch roof & part tangled with the hydro cable.

view looking out from front porch
close call for the recycle bin
limited access to my front door – rear entry only
where the branch fell from
perched on porch – rain gutter dented
rotten to the core
one of the ‘twigs’ is actually our hydro cable holding up the branch
the long view – crushed a bush in my front garden
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Hard To Swallow

Hard To Swallow

it was hard to swallow

each fact

word

was indigestible untruth

at least

that’s what we were told

<>

the facts remained unchanged

but everyone

put them into a different context

to make them believable

acceptable

<>

the whole picture

remained hidden

camouflaged

by the noise

the flurry

of information 

that didn’t add to knowledge

<>

facts deemed

to be more important

than seeing the whole picture

the jigsaw of numbers

symptoms

<>

negotiating good for humans

with good for profits

people being

more disposable than dollars

there is more gain

in forcing the undigestible

on the unsuspecting

than providing

them any alternative 

This was written during the first covid19 lockdown amidst the constant conflict between which set of facts was most ethically important – keeping the economy growing, our personal freedoms: no one is going to make me wear a bloody mask, understandable statistics, differing medical opinions. Now, years later, these issues are still in the air but with the need to keep the economy moving being the winner. We still have ‘sides’ calling each other deniers. 

The numbers have been skewed by renaming – much the same way that the civilians killed in war become ‘collateral damage’ – covid deaths became ‘respiratory failure.’ ‘Vulnerable’ apparently means those already having underlying health issues will catch whatever is going around. The vulnerable become responsible for protecting themselves from those who are invulnerable enough not to wear a bloody mask.

To minimize the discomfort that the statics were causing it was decided not to report them – it created a paranoia that wasn’t good for business. Except of course for the pharmaceutical industry – who, according to one conspiracy, were behind the outbreak. How many drugstores were saved by booster shots? 

Add to which we gravitate research that supports our personal biases. Masks are most effective if they are worn properly is evidence enough for some to say ‘masks don’t work’ rather than watch a YouTube video on how wear them. That video is ‘fake news’ while the one supporting their contentions is accurate. 

Statistics don’t lie. But like history itself, truth is in the mind of the teller, not in the facts. I’ve read that statically 80% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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Snow Torsos

A brief, but heavy snow in January resulted in the first snow people of the year. Though by the time I got around to taking photos some of them were showing signs of ‘decay’ that they could be aliens or possibly even sculptures. ‘Snow people’

lost the Ikea kit directions 😦
the in thing scarf
smile of the influencer
face without a face
curb side service
lonely blue
the blue snow group
too much to drink?
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Memorable Yule Moments

Miscellaneous winter photos – around my east end Toronto neighbourhood

lights on my back steps

my back steps
the start of something big
such a festive bow
great colour matching
bush lights
seasonal green on read
stringing the tree along

Lights Delight

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Hearts in Blue or White

I first noticed these neon hearts in house windows last spring. I did a yahoo! search & found that they were made here in Ontario – https://www.ourglowinghearts.ca. I’ve seen them in mostly blue, red or white. They are meant to show support for front line workers. I ordered a red one as they are custom made to order. It is lighting the stair landing here. It came with a certificate of authenticity.

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