The Carnivorous Planter

 

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There is a devil lurking in the shadows seeking to devour whosoever comes its way. It is an elongated beast, some 5 metres in length and 1 metre broad across its back. It perches menacingly, its hollowed out back standing at least 60 centimetres above the ground. It’s dark brown flesh is scarred from many a battle. It reeks of peat and earthly moss. Deep within its back lay the flowing orange fire that lures its victims to a sudden and untimely disaster.

That insidious monster is my neighbour’s flower planter situated obnoxiously between my double driveway and theirs. It is an accident waiting to happen, violating at least one city bylaw. This devil disguised as an innocuous marigold flower planter has destroyed more of our vehicles than I care to elaborate. Front bumpers, rear bumpers, lower body panels, tires, wheels, and doors – the dastardly creature has attacked and devoured them all.

I have pleaded with my neighbour for well over a decade to remove the barrier or at least cut it back to be in compliance with city bylaw. It is nearly impossible for a car to turn left from the street on to our driveway without the danger of being accosted by that mud brown devil incarnate of a beast called a flower planter. We have spent literally thousands of dollars repairing various automobiles of ours (not to mention friends) after a confrontation with the beast.

Last night was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. We just purchased a brand new car that cost us literally half the price of our home in 1995. The new Honda hot hatch was parked on the far left side of the driveway, far away from the smelly monster. My wife and daughter were taking our “old” car out for a spin. Our youngest was familiarizing herself with her “new” hand-me-down. After picking up some ice-cream at the local supermarket, she tried to maneuver the Honda coupe into the far right side of the driveway, being ever so careful not to hit our shiny new car.

Lo and behold, the monster was awakened, lunged out, and took a big bite out of the front bumper. It’s talons tearing and scratching at the lower front of the car.

My devastated daughter just sat in the car and cried. Her “new” car was no longer immaculate, but wounded and mangled. By the time I was called outside to inspect the damage, I was livid with anger – not at my daughter, but at that damn planter and at myself for allowing this to go on for so long.

Sometimes, being a good neighbour is a one way street with little or no cooperation from the other party. That’s it – the war is on. That planter is going to be removed come hell or high water.

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Age Creep: One Day or Another its Going to Get You…

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The epic ride…that was “fun”, I have to go home now and ingest a bottle of  aspirin.

creep |krēp|

(creep in/into) (of an unwanted and negative characteristic or fact) occur or develop gradually and almost imperceptibly: errors crept into his game | (as adjective creeping) : the creeping centralization of power.
• (creep up) increase slowly but steadily in number or amount: interest rates have been creeping up in the past few weeks.

I would like to discuss a certainty for all of us. We all age and we will all eventually die. There is no other polite way to put this – aging and death are inevitable for each one of us. It does not matter what religion or ideology one subscribes too – we will all experience death. The differences or even arguments over our respective religions and ideologies are often based on our views of the afterlife more so than in the present.

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Time for Spring…

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I have long heard of the promise of Spring
Well before I could relish what it can bring

Awakening new, oldness renewed
And story-book lovers true

So to writ this place and time
Ordered to celebrate yours and mine

Many thank-yous resounding from heartened vox
This day and night equinox

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The Dreamcatcher

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Albert Einstein during an interview that was published in “The Saturday Evening Post” in 1929.

Another video utilizing Final Cut Pro X and a Garmin Virb Elite camera. The video reminds me of the various forms of aboriginal art in Saskatchewan including the Dream Catcher. I really enjoyed creating this short video 🙂

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The Blur of Colour

A series of photographs taken at the Regina Floral Conservatory. The blending of predominantly pastel colours and the blurring effect was accomplished by the random movement of a hand-held camera with a slow shutter speed.

#LoveLife

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