Greetings once again from the wilds of North Vancouver.

I seem to be slipping into a rut in which days blow by without much progress on “things,” which is kind of disturbing, but what can I do except carry on?

Despite all the good news this week — particularly the absence of a violent overthrow attempt of the US federal government — I have spent too much time doomscrolling. I really need to break that habit.

Thankfully my friend Doug sent me almost 200 pages of his next novel to review and comment on. …

Hey there! It’s Friday once again, and once again I find myself wondering where the week went. Actually, I know where some of it went, but not all of it. It rained rather a lot and I think that distorted my perception of time.

Thankfully the past seven days were far less exciting in terms of American politics then those from the week before, so that’s good. I keep reading alarming headlines about things that could go sideways in the US during the inauguration, but all I can do from here is hope that doesn’t happen.

Anyway, let’s get on to the things I actually know something about. …

How is it possible I am already worried about how 2021 will go? It’s only January 8th.

Sorry. I’ve written and rewritten this section many times, trying to avoid sounding preachy. It’s hard. I apologize.

It turns out, though, that I was surprised by what a deluded group of idiots could manage to do when incited by an elected nitwit and initially ignored (and even encouraged) by the police who should have kept them under control. The desecration of the US capitol — I have no other word for it — is a disgrace. All involved need to go to jail, including the president. …

So here we are at the start of a whole new year, and a whole new decade if you want to count it that way. In any case I sure hope things are better in 2021. I’d say I’m not sure how they could get any worse, but I don’t want to jinx things.

Along with the celebrations of the various holidays — most of which involved overeating, as usual — a few things have been accomplished of late, and a few mildly interesting things have happened as well, so let’s get going.

First, I need to recognize that Medium (the website where these posts are hosted) confused me a couple of weeks ago. They added the ability to customize how my posts look a while back, and in response I made things very purple. Just because I could. However, it turns out that if you are reading my posts on the Medium app on your phone or tablet, the colour changes don’t appear. Nothing in Medium’s description mentioned that limitation, but it was pointed out to me by a reader who uses his phone for such things. …

Last week I failed to realize that this week’s usual posting day would fall on Christmas. But now that I look at the calendar I also note that next Friday is New Year’s Day. The holidays are conspiring!

I think I will take a week off and post something more significant on January 1, 2021.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy and enjoy the holiday as best you can.

Oh, and if you have suggestions for what the hooks in the entryway should be named, you now have another week to get them to us. Keep ’em coming!


Welcome to my new custom layout here in Medium. I selected that nice purple because that’s how I was feeling on the day I fiddled with it. I might change it again. Maybe even before next week’s post. Or not.

Anyway, the week is over and here we are, feeling purple. As usual I have no big, metaphysical concepts to share this week, but that should not be a surprise. If you came here looking for that sort of thing you’re going to be disappointed.

What I can do is tell you about what happened this past week.

First off, on something like Tuesday morning I got the email containing the natural gas bill. So I went off to the bank and paid it. No problem. About two hours later, though, Tinkerbelle was barking furiously and would not shut up. That’s not normal. Most pedestrians only get three barks, even those with dogs. They’re loud, but limited. You have to linger to get barked that seriously. …

Greetings yet again, fellow travellers. The week is over — at least as I mark them — and it is once again time for me to write something about it. Or about something else. When I get started I never know where these things will wind up going.

Actually that isn’t entirely true. I always check the photos taken since the last post to see if any are useful. Sometimes they are and sometimes they aren’t, but it’s a place to start. Also, if I come across anything during the week that is particularly interesting or amusing I generally add it to the draft right then, when I find it. …

Greetings, gentle reader, and welcome to December 2020. Yes, this year is finally crashing to a close, and I could not be any happier.

Sorry. Thank you Ryan Reynolds, though, for creating that. It sums things up really well.


This week was full of stuff that resulted in very little to share. Much moving about of things (mostly in the garage) as a result of which, in the end, little apparently changed. I know it happened, but no one else will know or care.

But that doesn’t mean there is nothing more to read. Oh no! …

I know, I know. What does that title have to do with anything?

We’ll get there. I promise.

But before we do, I’ll cover some of what happened this past week. Because that’s what you expect, right?

You know, I wonder what random readers of these posts think of them. If this is your first time reading something here and you’re confused, please let me know that, or something. These have gotten progressively weirder ever since I graduated from art school. Not that art school had anything to do with that. …

Wow. The past week was something of a blur. I cannot claim to know where it all went, really, but I was busy much of the time. That might not be entirely healthy, but such is life.

It might not be obvious to those on the outside, but Covid is on the rise here in BC in a big way. Not as bad as anywhere I’ve read about in the US, but not good by BC standards. The province saw over 750 cases identified the day before last, and over 500 yesterday. Those are worrying numbers, and new rules are in place as a result: mandatory masks in indoor spaces, restrictions on a number of businesses and activities, and so on. I am happy so many people take it seriously here, and I hope we get it back under control quickly. Of course this was basically predictable once it got cold and everyone started staying indoors again. …


Jeff Powell

Sculptor/Artist. Former programmer. Former volunteer firefighter. Former fencer. Weirdest resume on the planet, I suspect.

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