Etobicoke at Sunset, a photo by quirkycity on Flickr. I spent Saturday evening experimenting with my camera at night. I got three reasonable photos out of it. You can see the rest on my flickr space.
I don't know why she swallowed that fly. My job feels sometimes like I'm chasing down the logic behind decisions. We switched our software at work from a 2-dimensional computer-aided drafting (CAD) software program to a more robust and intelligent building information modeling (BIM) program. It's an interesting change, making you think about the building … Continue reading Decisions: Swallowing the spider to catch the fly
Global News is airing a week of segments on Children's Mental Health, sponsored by RBC Children's Mental Health Project. Monday's segment: Young Minds: Stress, Anxiety Plaguing Canadian Youth; is available online, with video links. The comments in the written article are interesting. I can understand why mental health is still considered 'taboo'. With critics blaming … Continue reading In the news: Stress, Anxiety and Canadian Youth – my response
I received an email from the LinkedIn Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) & Quality Innovators group advertising an NICU design competition. You can download a PDF of the information package from the website: Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. Design Competition. There are two categories for this competition - theoretical and actual facilities. From the website: … Continue reading Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition
George Stroumboulopoulos (Strombo) had a post on his website this past week that described the effects of music on premature babies. Strombo writes: Traditional lullabies and favourite songs (slowed down to resemble lullaby) were played or sung for the babies, along with rhythm therapy such as a whooshing of the ocean or a heartbeat. Researchers … Continue reading Music as Medicine
Ever since I saw the explosions on Monday, I haven't been able to stop thinking about you, and the four months we spent together nearly 10 years ago. In fall 2003, you embraced me as I worked for an architecture firm in your downtown area. You gave me coworkers who cared about me, which was … Continue reading Love Letter: Dear Boston
What's in a job title? I am not looking for a job. I really enjoy working for my current firm. However, like any good social networker, I maintain my LinkedIn profile. Because I am open to connections, weekly I get emails on current job postings that might be available to me, like the ones in … Continue reading Architect: What’s in a Title?
For E, who would turn 35 on Sunday, March 24th. I miss you. ***** I reached across the table and put my hand on Sarah's arm. "It's so good to see you again. It seems like forever." Sarah frowned and nodded her head in agreement. "And yet, like it was only yesterday?" I nodded. Sarah always … Continue reading Fiction – Reminiscing
I watched from the bar counter as she sat there, well-dressed in black and completely out of place in this dive, methodically chewing the ice from her empty glass. Darkness filled her thoughts, but rather than lose herself in alcohol, she drank diet soda, and stared blankly at her cell phone. It vibrated every few … Continue reading Fiction – Too Many Friends
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) sent a link to a Grab-Bar study in their e-newsletter this week. The study's objectives were to: 1) determine if and how people actually use toilet grab bars; 2) determine which configuration was more effective in facilitating safe toilet transfers; 3) determine if the grab bar configuration used had an influence on … Continue reading CMHC Research Highlight: Grab-bar Preferences Study
One more penny. That was her mantra. Saide's mother established it quite early on that a penny saved was a penny earned. It was easier to meet life's bigger goals when broken into smaller chunks. Every time she found a penny on the street, she picked it up, placed it in her pocket, and on … Continue reading Fiction – A Penny Saved
Prompt: photograph *** Dreamers have come and gone, silence fills this empty piazza. Cold and run down life no longer fills the streets with joy. The statue that sat centred and glorified, long fled our streets in favor of better company. She left her fountain of youth behind, the waters that kept our skin vibrant … Continue reading Fiction – Wishing Well
quirkycity's photostream on Flickr. My husband and I went to the Canadian International Autoshow again this year. You can find some of my detail shots at my Flickr site photostream. For me this year, it was all about the details. The show had everything from car sections, to engine blocks below, to a rolling car … Continue reading All in the details: A day at the Canadian International Autoshow!
A few years ago l joined a startup writing group called ThinkingTen. The concept is simple: there’s a daily prompt and you have 10 minutes to write whatever comes to mind. l deleted my blog posts from the site when I received an email saying the founder was shutting down the site. I hadn’t written anything … Continue reading Fiction – Second Hand
I've been home sick, and rather than watch the entire Downton Abbey Series, I fell into the world of Investigation Discovery (ID) Canada. This true crime drama channel, which has shows on crime, police, missing persons, and revenge. I prefer watching some of those shows to the crime dramas like CSI (any version) because the … Continue reading Are some people born to kill or can we even tell?