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WhippoorwillSong

@WhippoorwillSong@mstdn.social

Canadian lady writing about life, the end of life, possibly the afterlife... lots of life thoughts.

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WhippoorwillSong, to random
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What the frig is wrong with some people?

Bloody rage-a-holics mad at the world and totally nuts.

Road rage. Raging at service workers and retail clerks. Raging at unhoused people. Raging at recycling bins.

Now I guess goslings are too “woke” and it’s animal cruelty that’s all the new “rage.”

I hope they throw the book at this uncivilized dumbcluck.

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-man-charged-in-death-of-gosling-in-city-west-end-1.6899426

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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There has to be a way to detox from micro plastics, and then recycle the residue.

liampomfret, to random
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....why has this student submitted an essay with their paper in landscape orientation instead of portrait? Oo;

WhippoorwillSong,
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@liampomfret My first thought: was there a minimum page count or word count? Is this a crafty new way of padding the page count?

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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On the bus on the way home tonight, we were stopped at a busy 4-lane intersection. I was standing, looking out the front window at a total mess in front of the bus.

Cars were tangled up in something like an impromptu 6-and-a-half lanes rather than the requisite 4 lanes.

What is it with people's driving in Ottawa? Other cities seem to at least have some kind of rhythm, going with the flow... Ottawa is just anarchy at every intersection.

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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The little pleasures in life:

Taking off my shoes, lying down on the couch, and feeling the summer breeze on my toes as it comes through the window.

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Welp, my artificial Christmas tree is too big and takes up too much space, it didn't make the cut to move to the new apartment.

Why do I feel sentimental about it? I'll still have holiday swag, just less of it.

I suppose I am mourning the stuff I've bought over the years, but won't use anymore. Including items I thought I'd keep for decades.

Not a total waste... I got some enjoyment from them.

Funny... the most expensive item in my belongings now is probably my medication.

auscandoc, to ConspiracyTheories
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How Three Big Took Root in Canada | The Walrus https://thewalrus.ca/conspiracy-theories-canada/ (1/4)

WhippoorwillSong,
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@auscandoc

One: Education doesn't necessarily correlate with intelligence. We all knew that rich airhead who took 6 years and 3 majors to scrape by with a D average to get a degree.

Two: Educated people who are sharp and crave power and influence, can be sly and cynical and exploit the rubes, using conspiracy theories and the like, when it suits them. The current cultural climate suits it perfectly.

It's disingenuous to see education as any bulwark... People are nuts, educated or not...

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Sitting in a waiting room.

The staff are all wide awake, zooming around in adrenaline mode.

The patients are all half asleep. 😴

I guess I’ll wake up after I get called in.

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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It's good to see people testing the waters and discovering that there are alternatives out there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MuCN1vsrYA

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Dollarama is carrying Bar Keepers Friend now, I noticed.

This is a great (very strong) cleaner for metals, gets burnt stains off of pots and pans etc.. It used to be hard to track down.

Although Canadian Tire carries it too, it's great that Dollarama has upped its game with household cleaning supplies.

I am a dollar store nut, it is true.

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Came across an older photo of Putin, from about 20 years ago. Just noticed how much plastic surgery he's had done over the years. Quite a bit.

At least he seems to have given up on the shirtless photo ops. ::Shudder::

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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I found physio for my healing ankle fracture to be quite a grind over the winter.

On top of my cancer diagnosis, it seemed pointless, for awhile. Why bother?

After a few months though, I've seen the progress that my ankle has made. Why not face down cancer with full mobility?

The regular physio appointments turned into a goal I could manage. Some type of objective, even if it was a small one.

I guess I learned that I can still squeeze some positivity and growth out of life.

WhippoorwillSong, to Ottawa
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People driving like loons again, trying to break the sound barrier, as they kick off the long weekend here in

idoubtit, to random
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Vatican releases Supernatural Standard Operating Procedures https://sharonahill.com/vatican-releases-supernatural-standard-operating-procedures/

WhippoorwillSong,
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@idoubtit I can respect the attempt.

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Further thoughts on bilingualism:

My francophone Dad insisted that we use English at home. No mixed French and English. He was an anomaly… his belief was that French was a language of the past. Internalized bigotry? Maybe?

He wanted us to be literate and fluent in English. He was an illiterate grade school drop out, who did manual work his whole life. We weren’t going to learn the language of Moliere from Dad. I learned it as an adult.

That was his perspective, right or wrong.

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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I have mixed feelings about the whole French immersion school concept. I think the results are iffy, and the theoretical purpose (fluent bilingualism) doesnt match the reality (parents use the system for socio-economic class segregation).

I’m from New Brunswick, and my father was a francophone Acadian; mum was anglophone, and I was raised Anglo in a small, almost entirely Anglo city. There was no push for bilingualism back then. French immersion was new. 1/n

WhippoorwillSong,
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French immersion quickly became a status thing. It was only available at certain schools. (Not at lower class schools like my Catholic one.) It tended to draw kids who had parents who were teachers, doctors, lawyers, managers, white collar types.

The kids left French immersion with iffy French, and they sure as heck weren’t taught Acadian French. It seemed performative, at worst. But, it was a popular way for parents to stream their kids according to social class. 2/n

WhippoorwillSong,
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I wonder how this new strategy will work out in Ottawa schools. The social class streaming is a well-known issue, now.

Will this new strategy eliminate that problem? Will kids leave school with fluent Canadian French skills? Will newcomers leave with English and French fluency?

Remains to be seen how this experiment will go.

3/3

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/eliminating-english-only-education-on-table-of-ocdsb-program-review-1.6890429

compost, to random
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The state I live in (South of the US) is pushing a law to ban the mask in public for "health reasons".

This spring I have been so miserable because of the allergies that by necessity I decided to wear a outside again despite taking strong medicine that won't allow me to be safe outside.

There is also a deadly pandemic going on but who cares I guess.

If I wear a mask that is to protect my health and also others.

I have no name to describe how messed up this is.

WhippoorwillSong,
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@compost It seems like a great opportunity for some civil disobedience. It would take a group of people with stage 4 cancer, organ transplants, heck - allergies will do; stage a public protest, all masked up. Would they round up and drag terminally and chronically ill people into the court system for masking???

WhippoorwillSong,
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@compost It's a society run by sociopaths. I can't even.

WhippoorwillSong, to Ottawa
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We're number one at something,

Laugh out loud.

"Full-time employees see vastly more calls than those Hamilton, Toronto, Windsor"

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-bylaw-services-staffing-1.7206657?cmp=rss

WhippoorwillSong,
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I really have no explanation for it...

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Coffee's a psychoactive substance. This explains a heck of a lot.

https://youtu.be/62wEk02YKs0?si=d4VjwjuqYmfaQ9TO

WhippoorwillSong, to random
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Once you’re into a habit of practising gratitude, you start feeling sorry for people who don’t….

Some people are feasting at a banquet, but they might as well be starving.

gmr_leon, to random
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I should really try to get better at finding more people around here that I relate to to follow, or better hashtags.

The hashtags that I currently follow make me feel like I'm plugged into streaming and games industry adverts, unfortunately. 😞

WhippoorwillSong,
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@gmr_leon You can also set up filters in your Preferences to block out certain words, that might be useful too.

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