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The Personal is Political

Fear and hate are choices. We share the sidewalk and start up conversations in line-ups with people we don’t know. Our co-workers become our ‘day friends’ and we move about our lives generally accepting those we come into contact with. There is no reason to have an issue with anyone,…

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Tired of Explaining

As a woman, here are some things I am tired of explaining:  Men are not the enemy, inequality is. If we must make anything the enemy, it is certainly not men. That’s too simple. Addressing the issue of inequality keeps the fight above the belt, so to speak. Feminists do…

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Benefits of Riding Your Bike

Neither your level of fitness, age, body size and athletic ability matter when it comes to riding a bike, You can enjoy the fun, adventure, and health benefits that two wheels and the power of pedalling can bring. Right now you may be thinking of that bike hanging upside-down in your garage,…

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Almost Every Woman I Know

Almost every woman I know has been sexually assaulted in some way. Whether it be by way of gropin, inappropriate kissing, drunken fondling, sex without permission, rape… it goes without saying that the women I know have had to endure years of mistreatment and invasion.  Telling our stories is difficult…

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On Being Heard

Written in two parts: October, 2015 The public’s reluctance to ‘get involved’ in the decision making process is based on some pretty hard realities in today’s political culture. There are real barriers, attitudes and behaviours that can easily discourage any level of civil discourse. From a decision makers point of…

Thanking Mom

Saying goodbye to someone over a long period of time is a unique experience and yet common with so many people affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. My experience in saying goodbye to my Mother was interesting, challenging, sad and satisfying. With the onset of her dementia our family had to…

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Dark to Light

I use social media to keep in contact with my friends, meet new ones and to read and learn about interesting news items. I also use it in my work as a tool to build community around an idea, product or event. As it turns out (old news) social media…

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The Internet is Bullshit

I admit, the title is intended to provoke and possibly mislead. I did that on purpose to show how easy it to claim something without backing it up… which happens to account for massive amounts of bits of information on the internet. But let’s not confuse the ‘internet’ with ‘people…

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My Best of PEI List

The following list is comprised of experiences that I have deemed amazing and worthy of passing along to anyone who may be interested in similar things on PEI in the summer months. Food The Pearl – Eclectic Row House – Seafood Sims – Steakhouse King’s BBQ – Chinese Olde Glasgow…

Winter 2015

Winter 2015 by Parkdale Doris © 2015 All Rights Reserved Cynthia King This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Good people

Some political pundits and journalists think that growing up privileged automatically makes you evil and unworthy for leadership. What’s that about? Jealousy? Ignorance? Both? The way I see it, I could care less what your background is, as long as you use your power for good. We have 2 people…

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The CBC and Me

I hate that our public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is an easy target on the proverbial chopping block every time an uninspired government comes along (which is frequent). Governments seem to be always ‘cash-strapped’ and complaining about the so-called luxury of a public broadcaster. Our CBC has been slowly…

Worry Pas…

  One of my favourite expressions is “Worry pas”… a Chiac phrase I grew up with in Moncton. I have worried about a few things in life, ie: kids, job and twatnot… but overall I’d have to say I didn’t waste too much time with it. I’ve seen what it…

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Not Canadian…not even close

Elizabeth May’s 10 reasons why Harper really isn’t Canadian: (via Huff Post) 1) First prime minister of Canada to prorogue to avoid political difficulties since Sir John A Macdonald, and Macdonald, on return, immediately went to an election. 2) First Canadian prime minister to prorogue twice to avoid political difficulties….

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Permissions are not rights

Excerpts from Abortion is Pro Life website FAQ Doesn’t a fetus have a right to be inside the body of the woman? A fetus does not have a right to be in the womb of any woman, but is there by her permission. This permission may be revoked by the woman at any…

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Island Food Underground Inaugural Pop-up

How lucky were Derek and I to have tickets to experience Chefs Ross Munroe, Peter Angus and Robert Pendergast first pop-up restaurant under the name Island Food Underground. We bought tickets in advance for $80 each, which included an amazing 4 part menu with wine pairings. The event was held at the Kettle…

10 Years of Flickr

Inspired by Peter Rukavina’s recent 10 year anniversary Flickr post I have ventured into my own archives of Flickr to find some interesting statistics about the thousands of photos I have posted over the past 10+ years. My #1 photo viewed is a photo of Matt Flynn of the band Maroon…

On Being Human

  A human being One single person Unclothed Just eyes and soul No politics or clutter Simple, strong, alive A human being Individual complexity Layered 18% carbon 65% oxygen Purposed and difficult A vanishing dot

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Thank you Wade Lynch

People come and people go. Some leave a mark, others don’t. Mostly, I only care about the ones who have made a difference in my life, as selfish as that sounds, it is. One such person in my life is Wade Lynch. A fellow stage hog, comedian, show off, lover…

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I like to be in control

So apparently, holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head. I can relate to this idea. I have one head, it is of average size and it can only hold as much information, emotion, memories,  and intelligence as my molecular entity allows for. And for someone who…

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Getting the holidays right

So my past scribblings on the consumerism and gluttony surrounding the holidays are what one might call a ‘remnant holiday manifesto’, or perhaps more of a ‘how-to’ for the nostalgically inclined obligated holiday participants. Finding meaning in an otherwise meaningless, shallow, consumeristic Christmas season, is like trying to find meaning…

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WTF is Black Friday?

As far as I can fathom, Black Friday is when the starting pistol goes off and all of the Christmas shoppers begin their one month race to the Boxing Week finish line. On November 29th at 12:00am the race begins at many department  and big box stores all over the…

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Beyond tragic – Rob Ford

To the point, Rob Ford has chosen to unravel before the entire nation. He would rather bare all, than duck away and seek the help he so clearly needs. He would rather us witness his undoing and share the details of his transgressions. The fog around him right now is…

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Does the Ship Always Have to Go Down?

It’s alarming and yet satisfying to watch. Alarming in a predictable way and satisfyingly just. To be witness to an unravelling that reminds us of a poorly planned game of Jenga – the intent is forthright and purposeful but overall lacks vision and engineering. It does surprise me, however, to…

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Why Women Don’t Do Politics

THIS is why women don’t do politics. As a woman who once politicked I can’t tell you how repulsed I feel seeing this image. As a woman I know how far we have come in terms of positions of power, but then some man with a very small penis decides…

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The Christian Government of Canada

So the current Canadian government believes that the organization Living Waters provides a benefit to the public as a socially useful endeavour. This is known by the fact that Living Waters is a government-registered charity under the Canada Revenue Agency and that they fill the requirements under the CRA guidelines as…

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Kitchen Table to the Drive-Thru

Found this gem from July 2001 in the archives of my very first weblog called “Mamadunce“, named after the nickname my kids’ friends gave me back in the child-rearing days. 2 Day Limit That’s my threshold. That’s my limit for a lot of things, like: the length of a visit…

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The PEI 2014 Theme Song

Critiquing ‘art’ is completely subjective and as an artist I have always expected it. Has it always been complimentary and encouraging? NOPE. Has it ever been mean-spirited? YUP. I do art because it is who I am, not because I need anyone’s approval, so critiques are as helpful as they…

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Welcome to New Brunswick

This light house is the welcome mat on my every visit to New Brunswick from Prince Edward Island. A welcome from my home Province of New Brunswick where tourism ads depict the natural beauty and heritage of a land whose motto ‘Spem Reduxit’ means ‘Hope Restored’. Now I’m not sure…

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A Village of Women

As a little girl I went to church in a 1960’s ensemble featuring a pink coat, white gloves and black patten leather shoes. When I turned 10 I got a peace sign to hang around my neck, and I wore that to church too. Sunday School at Central United in…

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Snuff-a-the-duff-olous

We here on PEI are told there is this creature who appears every once in a while, wonders around, and then before anyone actually sees him… he disappears. The Snuff-a-the-duff-olous has only ever been seen by people in other parts of Canada, and there are those in the PMO who…

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Happy Easter

Dear Mr. Christ, You and I have never met, but I know many people who claim to know you and/or have met you, either as they sit quietly or even whilst at the mall staring up at a large sign. I couldn’t find your mailing address anywhere so I figured…

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Tips for Justin Trudeau

It is becoming more and more evident that Canada wants a new Prime Minster. Stephen Harper referring to Justin Trudeau in the HoC as a Minister may, in fact, show a wee crack in the veneer that no doubt will take a right (ahem, left) beating over the next couple…

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Joe Ghiz’s Caesar Salad Recipe

As interpreted from the 1990 CBC interview with Peter Gzowski and, then Premier of Prince Edward Island, Joe Ghiz.So here it is, much of it word for word. Make croutons ahead of time with cubed bread and butter. Lots of butter in the fry pan. Simmer them for quite a…

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What Ever Happened to Play?

Play is organized now. Children are programmed. There are agendas and goals to be met. What ever happened to play? Play in its purest forms. Play that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. Freely chosen, or as free as is practicable given the constraints of the safety of…

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Lancing a boil …

My letter to Oprah: Dear Oprah, I feel I need to apologize. For years I have been cycling back and forth to work. There were days when I definitely got to work faster than normal. Arriving to work early often made people question my integrity and abilities and I need…

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My Family Home

Counting stairs, and the smell of cigarette smoke during bridge games. Six different kitchen floor surfaces in 45 years, but the same beds in the girls’ room. The smell of a grilled cheese sandwich at lunch time and cookies after school. The hiding places and memories in attic trunks. The…

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Kids Killing Kids

What can be said that hasn’t already be said about a kid killing other kids because of easy access to guns? To those of us living in jurisdictions where guns are not encouraged, senseless mass killings are, quite simply, senseless. They may not be 100% preventable, but either is lung…

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Why the Change of Heart?

Stephen Harper said he wanted to be different, he said he believed in ‘open federalism’. He said he wanted the Provinces to be part of the dialogue. He said this in a speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal in 2006: “Open federalism means benefiting from the experience and expertise…

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Projected Greed

Poor Santa is getting a bad rap. Never mind that he can whip through the world in one night constantly shaking soot from his outfit as he tries to remember every child’s wishes for a toy-laden Christmas morning… dude has pressures. And now look what we’ve done to him. He…

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Binder Bound

So there is this binder. Sturdy, 3 ring, 3 inch, easy to carry along, designed to stack nicely with other similar binders. Someone important covets it, takes care of it, refers to it when needed. It is a binder not unlike the binder that sits beside me as I write…

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On being a tomboy

As early as I can remember, I had aspirations to throw a ball as hard and far as any boy in my neighbourhood. I had a good start, learning the nuances of the throw as instructed by my father and by mimicking the boys. I don’t ever remember throwing ‘like…

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The trip home

I’ve been traversing the Northumberland Strait on a regular basis for over 30 years. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on ferry and bridge fares. Been stuck on the ferry in the ice 3 times, enjoyed some great 45 minute chats with old friends and took countless photos of boat wake…

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Art belongs in public spaces

Operation Graffiti Wipe-out week?? This is an actual event happening in Prince Edward Island’s gentle little hamlet of Summerside in June. An event proposing that graffiti is a gateway crime and decreases property values. I would like to propose another solution to those offended by illegally placed artistic writings. First…

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Back to growing

So just about everywhere, the current generation of youngins’ are beginning to realize that past generations pretty much fucked things up royally as far as growing food is concerned. Now of course I’m not talking about the passionate collective of gardeners who seem to permeate every generation regardless of era-specific…

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A sight to behold

I swear by cycling as the best way to notice the most amazing show-stopping scenes, just by the virtue of the slower pace cycling brings to your day, not to mention the ability to stop on a dime and capture a beautiful moment in time. These harbour seals hung out…

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All-round good thing to do

Making friends, enjoying the beauty of Prince Edward Island, improving one’s health, building stronger communities, truly making a difference in our world… what’s not to like about all of that? Just so happens that there is one event that is open to anyone and everyone who wants to do all…

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Nothing like a mountain

Hard not to whip out the camera when you’re surrounded by such natural beauty. Professional mountain goat, Ashley Dunsford, has a keen eye for the interesting and amazing spectacles of the mountain she lives on in British Columbia. Makes me want to go back for a visit.

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DDT is good for me-e-e!

Sit back in your time travel chair and imagine yourself mid-20th century, back before the inception of  Clean Air and Water Acts or the public’s knowledge of such clubs as the Sierra Club  or the Open Spaces Society. The second industrial revolution is in full swing and world populations continue…

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Returning to manageable ‘friendships’

I spent years collecting an array of ‘Facebook friends’, saying yes to almost anyone who requested ‘friendship’ and searching out those long lost high school and childhood buddies. I added those who lived in Stratford making it easier to get in touch with me during my stay as their MLA….

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Trusted News Source

(First drafted October, 2011) Its definitely not a new discussion or argument, but where we get our news and how the ‘new media’ has influenced public input and what we think of as ‘journalism’, in general, gives more flavour to Marshall McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Message”. It used to…

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A brief essay on Holiday Gluttony…

…. or Christmas consumerism, whichever gouges at you most politically correct. Every November/December I perplex myself with the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’ of the over-indulgent, drippingly frothy, wretched way the Christians put on a birthday party . It’s not that I’m query-free for the rest of the year, but as the…

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Symons Lecture

This afternoon, Canada’s Chief Statistician Emeritus, Dr. Ivan P. Fellegi, received the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Symons Medal and gave the 9th national Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. For those who had been following the Federal Government’s decision from 2010 to change the mandatory long form…

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So now what…

I met someone at a ‘Tweet Up’ last week who suggested I start a blog. I tried to be gracious and explained that I had ‘did that done that’ kind of thing years ago and didn’t feel like re-visiting the blog as a tool to self-promote and ‘share’ with the…

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Inspiration

  This photo is of the October, 1927 Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and Photons, where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory. The leading figures were Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. But the reason this photo hung in my office for the…

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Thank you

It’s the morning after the election and all I know for sure is that I am thankful to so many people who worked so hard. Thank you to my election campaign team: Tanya, Kathy, Daniel, Ron, David, Donna, Della, Dave and Peter. Plus all of the other volunteers who helped…