Getting WordPress trophies for Likes and Follows is like the icing on a slice of New York cheesecake. It’s a pat on the back. A digital cheerleader that motivates you to keep up the good work, and encourages you to continue blogging your heart (and thoughts) out in the most eloquent way you can, whether that’s with words, images or both.
Today, I was given this interesting WordPress notification and trophy: “Congratulations on getting 1337 total likes on SIM | ANTICS.” At this point, I’d like to interject with a sanitized Wth? remark (which, translated into French, approximates “Quoi?”) Continue reading →
A male (Chinese) Golden Pheasant. He’s one of a resident pair, and exhibits the yellow colour mutation. The other male (whom we’ve yet to spot) is referred to as a Red Golden Pheasant because of his red breast/belly. Unlike the bigger birds at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, these two are unnamed. Regardless, they will stop you in your tracks with their dazzling palette.
Could these be the not-so-fabled hallucogenic psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms)? I wouldn’t want to be “tripping” over these! A few colonies were spotted growing alongside the border between our lawn and the neighbour’s. Their shapes remind me of paper umbrellas that sit in mojitos.
The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus, etc.): a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
Despite one photographically documented visit to Santa Claus in the local shopping mall when I was four, my parents never sugarcoated Christmas, Easter, sleep, or the losing of one’s baby teeth; they were far too practical, not to mention busy to be overly indulgent with their offspring, who was already a handful (times two). Continue reading →