Friday, January 8, 2016

Leave your Darth Vader helmet at home

Last week I ordered two tickets online to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Wednesday. My tickets were emailed to me for me to print out.

On Tuesday, I received this email from the movie theatre:

"Fans are encouraged to enhance their Star Wars experience by wearing costumes at theatres across Canada, but props and toys that could become tripping hazards or impair vision in a theatre are best left at home. Guests are prohibited from wearing masks ..."

Owl pellets!

I was all set to wear my Darth Vader helmet, with the 3D glasses on top... ;-)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Migration: a haiku

strange migrating bird
circles south on gusts of wind--
plastic garbage bag

Copyright Barbara Etlin 2015, all rights reserved

Monday, November 16, 2015

Surprise Birthday Party

On Saturday night we were guests at a surprise party for my friend's birthday.

We hid in the back room of Paintlounge West Toronto until she and her husband arrived...

S U R P R I S E !

She was really surprised!!!

For the next two hours, the guests and the birthday lady either made individual acrylic paintings or collaborated with someone. 

At first M and I were intimidated by the idea of making a work of art, especially in public, but it was surprisingly fun. We were all beginners, together. And everyone was supportive. A couple of staff artists were on hand for information or help.

Acrylics dry fast, so there was no time for "painters' block."

M and I collaborated on this painting.

Today would have been the birthday of my late friend and cover designer, Kevin Slattery. I like to think he peered over my shoulder as I painted, encouraging me to have fun.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Echo's Glass Ceiling

Echo's Glass Ceiling

You may think you know what the glass ceiling is: the barrier which limits your progress towards attaining the job or goal you want.

Echo knows the true meaning, especially when nudging for treats while we're having a meal.

I wouldn't need to nudge if the glass ceiling weren't there.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Version

Wordless Wednesday - Halloween Version



Niagara-on-the-Lake, October 2014


Friday, October 16, 2015

Publication News! Short article in The Toronto Star's Life section

"This skunk got drunk" - Published in Toronto Star

In August I submitted a short article about my experience with Boomerang the skunk to the Life section of The Toronto Star, as part of an article by Isabel Teotonio about wildlife in the city.

My piece, "This skunk got drunk" is on page 2, featured at the end of her article, "Concrete Jungle." It was one of over 200 submissions by Toronto Star readers.

Thanks, Isabel!

Echo and I are Snoopy dancing today!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Leaves

October Leaves

Since we moved from our house to a condo five years ago, leaf collection has taken a new form. We don't bag them. I take photos of them, mostly for a friend whose home state doesn't have the variety we have here in southern Ontario.

Besides my usual vantage point from my terrace

 this year we also explored another park

 and I took photos from the car

and when we passed over a bridge.