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Bits and Bites

We have another long weekend ahead of us and I'm not quite sure what I want to do to fill it.

There are two festivals going on in the city - a music one and an arts one - so I'm guessing we'll head out tonight and tomorrow and see what's happening.

It feels a bit strange to me to be in a city where there seems like there is always something going on.

Even weirder, that I did live in Toronto and have no recolection of 'events' happening in the city.

I always seemed to be broke, no money to actually go out and do anything. Now, we seem to have ourselves on this unspoken budget - and we've managed to be able to have a life.


Another top priority is editing/writing for Mosaic Minds. It's amazing to think all these people work together through email - not many of us have ever spoken on the phone and I'm not sure how many have actually met each other.

It really shows the way of the future will be through written communication. I realize that we can now do video conferencing with sound but for now, it's mostly email.

Perhaps because we are all writers - and mostly all of us have blogs - we are able to pull things together.

Writing is more then just a craft for a hobby or a way to earn your living. It actually allows you to communicate without saying a word.

This month's issue is Heros and Role Models. I'm really looking forward to reading some of the pieces this month.

The writing just keeps improving plus, with a theme like that, it will be neat to see who people look up to, who they aspire to be, who gives them drive.


I don't usually open forwards but today I was sent an interesting one. I would give credit but there was none at the bottom so I found this link on the internet.

It was one of those ones that gives descriptions of various personalities. This one had to do with what day you were born. It defined you as a tree. I was quite impressed because I would say it's quite accurate.

Chestnut Tree (the Honesty) — of unusual stature, (I'm short) impressive, well-developed sense of justice, (I like rules) fun to be around, a planner,(and sometimes, not so much a doer) born diplomat, (I like arriving at an understanding) can be irritated easily, (I have no patience) sensitive of others feelings, (As a child, I cried whenever ANYONE cried) hard worker, (I try to be - but don't we all?) sometimes acts superior, (ouch) feels not understood at times, (People just don't listen:)) fiercely family oriented, (I miss them dearly) very loyal in love, (I've been with they boy almost a decade!) physically fit. (well, let's not push it shall we?)

How does that happen? By picking the date that you're born, suddenly, someone can pretty much describe you in a few sentences?

I guess it's the old astrological debate. Are we like our sign because of the cosmos or because we have been reading it every day for years that we have simply developed into what they describe?

So then I started to look at people I knew: D's was sort of accurate, however, I see him a bit stronger then they give him credit for:

Pine Tree (the Peacemaker) — loves agreeable company, craves peace and harmony, loves to help others, active imagination, likes to write poetry, not fashion conscious, great compassion, friendly to all, falls strongly in love but will leave if betrayed or lied to, emotionally soft, low self esteem, needs affection and reassurance.

My mother - again, not as accurate as I would say but there is some essence to it. Plus, I do recall it was one of her favourite trees:

Weeping Willow (the Melancholy) — likes to be stress free, loves family life, full of hopes and dreams, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful, musically inclined, loves to travel to exotic places, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with when pressured, sometimes demanding, good intuition, suffers in love until they find that one loyal, steadfast partner; loves to make others laugh.

My father - I can see a few of these in him but perhaps my mother would have a different perspective:

Elm Tree (the Noble-mindedness) — pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

And I went on and on, finding people that are close to me, trying to figure out whether or not this theory was true.

Perhaps it's just a nice distraction.

For those who I know read - here you are:

E - Oh, how Canadian :)

Maple Tree (Independence of Mind) — no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

The Js - well two of them at least - both competing to be the centre of attention

Rowan Tree (the Sensitivity) — full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Sister C - your decision making skills come in handy for thos of us who panic

Cedar Tree (the Confidence) — of rare strength, knows how to adapt, likes unexpected presents, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, a great speaker, determined, often impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waits for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Sister H - you ARE always saving your pennies

Ash Tree (the Ambition) — extremely attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism. Ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be very egotistic, reliable, restless lover, sometimes money rules over the heart, demands attention, needs love and much emotional support.

Bro - so you'll be the first of us to have wee ones - ha!

Apple Tree (the Love) — quiet and shy at times, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant attitude, flirtatious smile, adventurous, sensitive, loyal in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, many talents, loves children, needs affectionate partner.

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