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First blood: They’re baaack!

First blood: They’re baaack!

So there I was today, in a bikini — yes, my naturist/nudist friends, a bikini — planning to take my first dip of the season in the lake when a horde of black flies had me beating a hasty retreat. And, yes, they drew the first blood of the season from me. They are ferocious […]

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On gender neutral pronouns and the future redundancy of transgenderism

On gender neutral pronouns and the future redundancy of transgenderism

Update: Apparently, the word “transgenderism” has fallen out of favour with trans people and is considered to be insulting. My apologies with anyone who was offended the use of the word here. *** As some American politicians struggle with what Vladimir Putin has (correctly) called “political schizophrenia,” some Canadian politicians have been wrestling with gender […]

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Nudism/Naturism: Risks of foreign intruders?

Nudism/Naturism: Risks of foreign intruders?

Some new friends and I were talking about skinny dipping and other social nudism activities when one person, a middle-age woman, gasped: “I might skinny dip in an indoor swimming pool where the water is treated with chlorine and such, but I would never swim naked in a lake! There are little fishies that could […]

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Working-class slaves: Heroic?

Working-class slaves: Heroic?

Funny how a workday can seem so long and a lifetime so short, eh? I’m sure many have voiced the same thought before me — though, maybe not so many with the word “eh” in it. (But I digress again.) When you factor in the amount of time we spend sleeping in our lives, life […]

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Of rain and shopping therapy

Of rain and shopping therapy

We’ve had more rain than normal in Quebec this spring, which combined with a fairly rapid snow melt is resulting in flooding in many communities near rivers and the temporary displacement of hundreds of people. I can’t remember ever seeing as many weather warnings about rainfall. People are genuinely afraid of rain these days, and […]

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Methodists to their madness

Methodists to their madness

So, the United Methodist Church’s highest court in the United States has ruled that the consecration of the church’s first openly gay bishop — a married lesbian — has violated church law, the New York Times is reporting. I’m stifling a yawn now, because the ruling does matter to some people in the United Methodists […]

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Of peepers and bareleggin’ it

Of peepers and bareleggin’ it

True to seasonal form, we went from heat-the-house weather to hot summer temperatures overnight. On Wednesday, it was grey and cold in this part of the world. On Thursday, I woke up to said grey, cold conditions and by noon, was ripping off my pantyhose and barelegging it again under sunny skies as the temperature […]

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Power to the people?

Power to the people?

Sometimes, in the early hours of the morn, I wonder about the surreal state of human affairs and how we as a species have somehow allowed a few world leaders and a few rogue varmints to bring us to the proverbial eve of nuclear armageddon. How is it we have given such a small number […]

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