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Calendars – The People’s Art

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Reid Dickie

Tis the calendar season!

Stores have large displays of 2015 calendars, Calendar Club kiosks are popping up everywhere and businesses are keen to get their free calendar and their name on your wall. Technology hasn’t figured out a way to transcend the obvious convenience of wall and desk calendars yet. They are still a daily necessity and, thus, a perfect gift, with the right images, of course.

I got curious about the origins of picture calendars and discovered they started in Red Oak, Iowa when Edmond Osborne and Thomas Murphy, two college friends, bought a woodcut of a grand local courthouse with the intent of selling the pictures. To offset the cost of the woodcut they sold advertising around the picture and added a calendar. The first wall calendar was born. It was 1889.

The Osborne Company was formed to create and sell promotional calendars. The founders traveled around the world buying images for their calendars as well as using the work of some of America’s most renowned artists: Thomas Moran, Frederick Remington, Maxfield Parrish, Rolf Armstrong and many others. Wall calendars became the people’s art; their high-quality images often had nostalgic, erotic or humorous motifs. Images of children were and still are very popular as calendar subjects.

While I was looking through some of my mom’s teaching materials she used in the 1930s and 40s when she was a school marm in rural Manitoba, I came across six images painted by an unknown artist with copyright belonging to the Osborne Co, Newark, NJ. No other credit is given although they have a Parrish feeling to them, especially the backgrounds but that’s just a guess. The nostalgic pictures are 4 by 5 inches and each is titled. If you have any information about these images, please contact me.

The picture at the top of the post is called “The organ man singing in the rain.” Here are the other five.

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“Wind a-blowing all day long.”

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“Marching, here we come.”

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“Up in the air I go flying again.”

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“Little children saying grace.”

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“We are lucky, with a lamp before the door.”

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The Lonesomes Is Coming

THE LONESOMES

Sixteen Prairie Stories

Debuts Sunday, March 16, 2014

Written, produced and directed by Reid Dickie

AUDIO: one blast of a steam train whistle           "I don't like trains."     AUDIO: another blast of the whistle          "Never have. I was born on a train but it was a rude and crude way to come into the world. It surely was."

AUDIO: one blast of a steam train whistle
“I don’t like trains.”
AUDIO: another blast of the whistle
“Never have. I was born on a train but it was a rude and crude way to come into the world. It surely was.”

 SYNOPSIS 

 Strange births and strange deaths and the lives lived in between on the Canadian prairies.

Stirred by the forsaken tumbledown farmhouses and barns, rusting farm equipment and lonely places they abandoned to the prairie wind, the voices of the pioneers and their descendents tell their poignant tales.

Farm folk recall their struggles against the elements. Town folk recount interpersonal conflicts and complexities.

There is no music but for the lonesome prairie wind.

A beautiful dream of sadness and joy ensues.

PREMISE AND PRODUCTION 

When you drive down a country road and see a lonesome old farmhouse, sun-baked and tumbling down or a busted-up half ton rusting away on a rise or an abandoned red barn, don’t you wonder what happened in those places? Maybe you even create stories about them.

Tillie Sweet lived in this house. (SIGHS) Aw, me. Tillie came from the big city of London England where there is more land than sky. Just off the boat, she married Willaker Sweet. People round here called them Tillie and Willie.

“Tillie Sweet lived in this house. (SIGHS) Aw, me. Tillie came from the big city of London England where there is more land than sky. Just off the boat, she married Willaker Sweet. People round here called them Tillie and Willie.”

Winnipeg writer and video producer Reid Dickie found sixteen such places in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and let their stories arise in his imagination. The Lonesomes is the result!

“It’s life and death at play on the open prairie,” says Dickie. “Change is chronicled in personal events, measured by lifetimes. The stories tell of the desperate births of people, towns and ideas, of mystery, trickery, love, revenge and bizarre deaths, glimpses of the human condition that resonate deeply with people everywhere, city and country, town and farm.”

Luke, our first born, was conceived in that truck. It was a hot day in late August and me and Mary were drivin' home from seeing her parents about an hour away. We stopped for a pee by the road when a prairie storm come up with thunder and lightning. It rained hammers and nails. We couldn't see to drive so we had wild sex in the steamed up truck by the side of the road.

“Luke, our first born, was conceived in that truck. It was a hot day in late August and me and Mary were drivin’ home from seeing her parents about an hour away. We stopped for a pee by the road when a prairie storm come up with thunder and lightning. It rained hammers and nails. We couldn’t see to drive so we had wild sex in the steamed up truck by the side of the road.”

"Oh my, yes. That's the barn where the thing happened that nobody talked about. I remember it like it was yesterday."

“Oh my, yes. That’s the barn where the thing happened that nobody talked about. I remember it like it was yesterday.”

Dickie has written and blogged about Manitoba heritage for over ten years. On the genesis of the project, he said, “This is a somewhat romantic extension of my research and writing about prairie history. The sixteen stories in

The Lonesomes span more than a century of history, roughly 1890 to 2005, from pioneers opening the harsh prairie to second and third generations living complex lives in small towns and villages.”

Simple but striking prairie images abet the richly-textured stories, some based on actual events, most fictional. Says Dickie, “The Lonesomes is a place where rusty old farm machinery suddenly spouts poetry, where the blue vastness of the prairie sky frightens a woman to death, a place where an old barn is recalled as the scene of an unsolved mystery, where a defeated small-town mayor sheepishly tells his odorous story and where two retired telephone operators have a chance encounter with life-changing results.”

DOCTOR  "Oh, Mary. For some unknown reason, life is cheap out here on the prairie. It comes and goes in a flash. Very often, too often, I just have to stand by and let the Lord do his work. That's all I can do for your boy is stand by. And pray. Please know, Mary, that you and your family will be in my prayers tonight. How are your other children feeling?"

DOCTOR
“Oh, Mary. For some unknown reason, life is cheap out here on the prairie. It comes and goes in a flash. Very often, too often, I just have to stand by and let the Lord do his work. That’s all I can do for your boy is stand by. And pray. Please know, Mary, that you and your family will be in my prayers tonight. How are your other children feeling?”

Dickie, who grew up in the western Manitoba town of Shoal Lake, hired professional actors to voice the roles and recorded them at state-of-the-art Video Pool Studios in Winnipeg. “The audio is exceptional thanks to Michel Germain, an extraordinary engineer,” says Dickie. “All the actors brought their best game to The Lonesomes.”

Shot in HD digital, visually The Lonesomes ranges from still life to montage to live action. Says Dickie, “The images are simple; the raw, explicit stories blow through them like the restless prairie wind.”

DORT  (SLIGHTLY UNDER HER BREATH) "Remember Lil? We usta have the best gossip in town, didn't we?" (DORT LAUGHS NERVOUSLY)  LIL "Always the best. If you wanted to know who was pregnant and shouldn'ta been, ask Lil or Dort. If you wanted to know whose business was about to go tits up, ask the phone gals. If you wanted to find out who gambled and/or drank too much, which men liked boys better than girls, and vice versa, who really stole the church statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, ask the busiest bodies in town."  DORT  "It was quite a burden, bearing all that knowledge, wasn't it Lil?"  BOTH CHUCKLE

DORT
(SLIGHTLY UNDER HER BREATH) “Remember Lil? We usta have the best gossip in town, didn’t we?” (DORT LAUGHS NERVOUSLY)
LIL
“Always the best. If you wanted to know who was pregnant and shouldn’ta been, ask Lil or Dort. If you wanted to know whose business was about to go tits up, ask the phone gals. If you wanted to find out who gambled and/or drank too much, which men liked boys better than girls, and vice versa, who really stole the church statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, ask the busiest bodies in town.”
DORT
“It was quite a burden, bearing all that knowledge, wasn’t it Lil?”
BOTH CHUCKLE

Written, produced and directed by Dickie, the sixteen stories in the 45-minute video range in length from one to five minutes.

Starting Sunday, March 16, 2014, The Lonesomes will be available on YouTube, one new story every day for sixteen days. Offering a peek into Dickie’s creative process, each story will be accompanied by its script, character backstory and location information. On March 31, the entire video will be available on YouTube. Follow The Lonesomes at http://www.readreidread.com

The Lonesomes: 16 Prairie Stories

Written, Produced and Directed by

Reid Dickie

Running time: 45:00

Original format: HD digital

ALL-MANITOBA CAST

Voices: Steve Black, Duane Braun, Troy Buschman, Reid Dickie, Mitchell Johnston, Borys Kozak, Carol Anne Miller, Nora Nordin-Fredette, Liz Olson, Allan Palmer, Chris Scholl, Dennis Scullard, Tannis Zimmer

Choir: Troy Buschman, Reid Dickie, Garcea Diehl, Liz Olson, Chris Scholl, Tannis Zimmer

ALL-MANITOBA CREW

Casting

Shelly Anthis

Audio Engineer

Michel Germain

Video Recording

Reid Dickie

Sound Recording

Video Pool, Winnipeg

Locations

12 in Manitoba

4 in Saskatchewan

For their cooperation and encouragement, Reid Dickie extends special thanks to Kevin Uddenberg, Kenny Boyce, Terry Lewycky, Vonda Bos, Rick Fisher, Prairie Dog Central.

A Be Happy Production

© Reid Dickie 2012 

CONTACT: linreid@mts.net

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The Lonesomes Are Coming!! The Lonesomes Are Coming!!

The Lonesomes: 16 Prairie Stories

New Video by Reid Dickie

Snapshot 1 (06-07-2012 9-37 PM)Strange births and strange deaths and the lives lived in between on the Canadian prairies. Stirred by forsaken tumbledown farmhouses and barns, rusting farm equipment and the lonely places they abandoned to the prairie wind, the voices of the pioneers and their descendants tell their poignant tales. FarmSnapshot 1 (23-05-2013 5-59 PM) folk recall their struggles against the elements. Town folk recount interpersonal conflicts and complexities. There is no music but for the lonesome prairie wind. A beautiful dance of sadness and joy ensues.

The Lonesomes begins here 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

One new story a day for 16 days.

Click any pic to watch the 2:36 trailer

Snapshot 7 (06-02-2012 1-51 PM)

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Take a Minute…

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Last of the Best – Canada West

Lush promises and a bright future guaranteed on the Canadian prairie with a free farm to boot in this 1907 promotional poster!

Another poster from around the same era with the same intent.

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New Page Added – Heritage Buildings

In addition to heritage houses and churches, I now have a page devoted to Manitoba heritage buildings that don’t fit either of those categories. The first two buildings featured are Brandon’s Central Fire Station, today’s post; and Stonewall Post Office. I will be adding more buildings regularily. Pages are listed along the top above the header picture.

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Lifeguard – More DickTool Co Video Now on YouTube

Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard  13:38  1981  b/w

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       In a mythical place at a specific time, beauty is obliterated and ghosts are all that remain. Haunted by memory, pain and utter loss, an inner voice commands and deceives to maintain some warped balance where none is possible. Here a lifeguard strives to find normalcy, simple actions fail under extreme duress, ultimate sorrow ensues. 

            In no way related to the pop song of the same name (Diane Ray, #31 1963)  our video Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard or, simply Lifeguard, evolved during its production. At the time, Linda had opened IF… to which she devoted her days, evenings and energy so her involvement with this was limited. The basic idea was mine and grew out of Post Nuclear Primitivism. It was shot in three different environments, all of them under the aegis of Plug-In.

            First we selected a lifeguard by placing a small ad in the classifieds. Of the three men who auditioned, we selected Bruce Mitchell for the role. At the time, Bruce was a student of the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, extremely photogenic and had an unusual presence. His charisma is evident but I wasn’t completely successful capturing Bruce’s mystique. Bruce became a professional dancer and choreographer, moved toToronto and died in the early 1990s. The Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers offer a bursary program in Bruce’s name. 

            Artist Terry Hays had an installation at Plug-In at the time in which he built a room inside the gallery and covered its interior completely with fabric. The floor, walls, pillars and ceiling were tufted, wrapped and spread with various coloured fabrics. One reviewer said it felt as if he’d “been deposited inside a huge Charlie Brown sweater.” An elegant wooden path lined with chaser lights ran through his room. It felt like a perfect environment to shoot some of Lifeguard so with Terry’s permission, I went ahead and used his wild “set.” 

            Other scenes were shot outside Terry’s installation in the white gallery space and the final sections were shot at Plug-In’s new location across Main Street on McDermot Avenue. This was before the gallery was set up and just as it appeared when rented with stacks of wood and rubbish all around, a perfect location for the conclusion of Lifeguard

             The DickTool Co All-Night Show premiered Lifeguard. Its first gallery showing was at Plug-In Gallery Dec 9 to 13, 1981 then at Metro Media Vancouver June 25, 1982.

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Kangaroo Birth Cycle Coat Gets 200 Hits!

      Another milestone in DickToolery! It may not seem like many in the context of viral videos, but Kangaroo Birth Cycle Coat has become the first DickTool Co video to achieve 200 hits in five months on YouTube. Viewed most in the United States, it’s received hits from Canada, Italy, India, Malaysia, Australia, Saudi Aradia and Myanmar too.  Thanks for viewing! Winnipeggers may recognize the background music, Fascination. Local furriers, M. Hurtig & Sons, used it in their radio ads during the 1960s. Watch our video again for the first time.

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I’m Now a Double Blogger

       Papa’s got a brand new blog!

      As if one blog wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I now have two! The new blog is much different from readreidread and has a specialized theme –  the history of my hometown Shoal Lake, Manitoba.

        The genesis of Shoal Lake History goes back to my hospital stay in January when I had plenty of time to reflect on my life and identify any loose ends that were dangling in front of me. One loose end was all this stuff I’d written about my hometown that was never published anywhere. What better place than a blog to share the little town’s history! 

         It’s a WordPress blog at www.shoallakehistory.com and uses the 2010 Theme which is more than adequate for my needs. I wrote a short article for the hometown paper about the new site. Here it is:

New Website Devoted to Shoal Lake History

             From the North-West Mounted Police to the Manitoba and North-Western Railway, from dirt-poor settlers to self-made millionaires, from world-class butter to the last scalp taken in Manitoba, all the tragedy and the achievement comes alive online at Shoal Lake History.

            Created and written by author and former Shoal Lake resident Reid Dickie, the site (actually a WordPress blog: http://www.shoallakehistory.com) makes Shoal Lake History available to the world. The new site contains seventy-seven stories and feature articles about the town’s past and over 100 pictures depicting Shoal Lake through the decades.

             “While I was researching feature articles for Crossroads This Week before and during the centennial, I unearthed some wonderful stories about Shoal Lake that needed to be told,” says Dickie. “I’m especially fond of the sixty Shoal Lake Minutes, short articles on specific events or people which each take about a minute to read. Overall, it’s an easy-to-read format and very user-friendly.”

            When asked why he created the blog, Dickie, who recently retired, said, “I have the time, the energy, the resources and the interest. Plus it’s hard to retire from something I never saw as being work.”

            He’s also repaying a debt. “I spent eleven years, from age 8 to 19, growing up in Shoal Lake in the Sixties. They were formative years. Later in my writer’s life, I found my memories of the little town to be a goldmine for stories, situations and characters. The least I can do as payback is help people remember where they come from. That’s my legacy to Shoal Lake.” 

            What’s the future of the Shoal Lake History site? “I see it as an onus blog,” says Dickie.” By that I mean, I’ve done some research, written some articles and created the site. I’ll occasionally add to it but now the onus is on current and former residents of Shoal Lake, or anyone who has an interest in the little town’s history, to add new and fresh material.” Asked what kind of material he hoped people would submit, Dickie replied, “Personal stories, short or long articles, updates, historical pictures, family histories, school projects – anything related to Shoal Lake’s past from any era. All contributors will be published and credited. Details are on the site’s About page.”

            Dickie hopes that histories from Oakburn and Kelloe will be submitted as there is little about them presently on the site. He also sees the site as having potential for educational use, perhaps as teaching aid for local history in the schools and library.

            “It’s like a virtual Shoal Lake Historical Society,” says Dickie. Shoal Lake History can be found online at www.shoallakehistory.com

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Three Months Ago Today…

Reid Dickie        

           Three months ago today I started this blog. It has turned into a full-time job for me with five to eight hours a day devoted to it. I admit about 25% of that time is clicking refresh looking for new views. The little thrill of the traffic counter going up by one is starting to wear off. Suddenly getting 16 hits at once is a whole other thing though!

            Although the overall traffic for the three months is rather impressive, approaching 4000 views today, this enthusiasm needs tempering with some information about Word Press where this blog lives. While Word Press abounds with creative possibilities and is relatively easy to use, it has a few crazy-making roadblocks that detract from the overall enjoyment of its purpose. I won’t list them. Word Press users know what I mean.

            Word Press’s dirty little secret is the actual number of views you get. Spam referrals often account for many of my so-called “views.” I don’t mean the spam that naturally flows like sewage through the internet and gets flushed out by spam catchers. Here is Wikipedia’s definition: “Referrer spam (also known as log spam or referrer bombing) is a kind of spamdexing (spamming aimed at search engines). The technique involves making repeated web site requests using a fake referrer url that points to the site the spammer wishes to advertise. Sites that publicize their access logs, including referrer statistics, will then end up linking to the spammer’s site, which will in turn be indexed by the search engines as they crawl the access logs.”

            I don’t understand what that means exactly except that some days half my “views” are spam referrals. Typically anywhere from 10 to 20% of my hits fall into the spam category. They aren’t real hits and badly skew the overall figures. Word Press’s non-solution for this is to bunch the spam into “other sources” and pretend it has gone away. If you are looking to build a blog that relies on quality and real hit information, forget Word Press.

            On the larger positive side, having this blog has given me an instant outlet for my creativity. Working in radio and having the store were excellent outlets for my expression and the blog carries on that tradition admirably. My intention this year is to Find My Audience and the blog has helped me do that. It has helped me clarify what I actually know and what I need to express while providing guidelines for my current state. Between my active imagination and the hundreds of articles, pictures and video I have stored on my computer, there is an unlimited well of content yet to come. I love being able to think of an idea for a feature, create it and post it within minutes of the original light bulb effect.

            What have I created on my blog in the past three months? There are over 150 posts in 41 categories with over 1200 tags and about 275 pictures on my blog. Eleven pages are filled with a diversity of stuff:

  • ABOUT investigates my present, past and past lives;
  • BIRDLAND has 4 features on my encounters with birds and the complete 1959 Songbirds of North America collector card book;
  • CHURCHES offers pictures and short features on 12 Manitoba churches;
  • DAY TRIPPER has 14 interesting places to explore around Manitoba;
  • DTC ART traces the art projects Linda and I created between 1977 and the mid 80s, up to 1980 so far with more to come;
  • FAQ answers six questions pertinent to shamanism;
  • FICTION has 14 pieces of my short fiction;
  • GALLERY shows 24 pictures of Linda and I from kidhood onward;
  • HOUSES features 12 Manitoba heritage houses;
  • SACRED PLACES offers my reports on visits to 15 sacred sites in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

            My friend Jim was saying I should watch for the 3-month ennui that bloggers sometimes feel. After an enthusiastic start, the phenomenon of fading interest is common. I haven’t felt that yet but once the warmer weather invades the prairies I may feel less inclined to blog. Once I start traveling, it could work the other way with much more to report on.

            Future plans for the blog include a new page devoted to a history of IF you have to get dressed in the morning, the vintage clothing store Linda and I ran in the 1980s, a three-part series of feature articles called Sacred Places and Consciousness which I am finishing now plus more of everything! 

            There is plenty to see and do here and I am grateful to my readers for delving into all the little cubbyholes I’ve created. I hope it’s as much fun to explore my blog as it is to build it. I love feedback and have over 50 comments so far plus lots of star ratings. Please let me know if you like what you see on ReadReidRead and what you’d like to see more of.

            The bottom line: three months into this, call me a happy little blogger who is humbled by the response, grateful for every real view and keen to see where this will all go next, spam referrals notwithstanding. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

            Be happy and love one another. Reid

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New Sacred Place Report Tomorrow

           We’ll take the gravel road out of town and find ourselves at the top of another lonesome wind-swept hill in western Saskatchewan. Join me there. The next Sacred Place report posts at 12:05 AM Sunday Feb. 27.

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Two Things

ONE

THE DICKTOOL KIT GOES PUBLIC

            For the past few years, Linda and I had talked about putting some of our video art onto a DVD and giving it to friends. That dream is now a reality.

            Thirty-five years in the making, The DickTool Kit, a compilation of Super 8 film, video and audio created between 1976 and 1984 by Linda Tooley and Reid Dickie, is now complete and available for public scrutiny. Consisting of four DVDs , one CD, a 64-page book I wrote describing The Kit’s content and some memorabilia from IF…, our vintage clothing store, the Kit comes in an image-window metal box. Over six hours of DickToolery! Sound like fun? 

      The DickTool Kit with Linda peering out of the window of the metal box.

          Operating both as an archival project and homage to beautiful Linda, The DickTool Kit celebrates us when we first fell in love and how we used the enormous creative energy our union ignited. As it says in the accompanying book, “These are the images we chiseled onto the cave wall and lit with a tiny flickering fire.” How wonderful to be able to share them decades after they were created!

            The limited edition of 100 sets were only given away to family and friends. None were made available for sale. However, I donated a copy of The DickTool Kit to the City of Winnipeg Archives and Records Control last year. Jody Baltessen, who is City Archivist and Records Manager, sent me a letter informing me that The DickTool Kit has been catalogued and ensconced in the City Clerks Library collection, specifically in Box A1187. Anyone wishing to view and/or study The Kit can find it in the collection at the City of Winnipeg Archives, 380 William Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

            Jody said some of her staff remembered our vintage clothing store, IF…, and enjoyed the footage about it as well as the video art. Jody and I have worked together in a couple of different capacities for the City of Winnipeg. She is a sheer pleasure to work with – highly competent, creative and humorous – all qualities needed to work for The City.

            You can find more details about The DickTool Kit in Be Happy: Reid’s Year-End Review. The contents of The DickTool Kit are referred to historically and descriptively on the DTC Art page at the top. Twenty-two of the videos from The DickTool Kit can be viewed on YouTube on The DickTool Co Channel.

            The tagline for The DickTool Kit is, “Taking the scenic route to The Obvious.” How much more Winnipeg can you get?

TWO

            You might already have noticed this but it is now extremely easy to share my Posts and Pages with your friends on social networks. At the end of every Post and Page, you will find Share options: email, Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Digg, Reddit, Press This and print. Click on your choice and share away.  I love getting feedback and the easiest way to give me some is to use the handy dandy five star rating system after every Post and Page. It’s fun!  Be happy. Reid

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Every Picture Tells A Story

           Now, every picture you see on ReadReidRead will have a backstory. To discover the backstory, hover your cursor over the picture. It will tell you something about  itself, reveal some background on the location or be an outlet for attempted humour. I’ve been working away making sure this happens consistently. The large header at the top of this page will never reveal anything further about itself but all others surrender to a hovering cursor. Since hovertime is brief and sometimes I am not, you may have to return hover to get the whole story. Have fun!

Here’s a picture to practise on

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You can rate stuff now!

ReadReidReaders now have a new feedback option. After every post and every page are five white/blue stars and “Rate This.” Just hold your cursor over the stars to get their meanings and rate away. I appreciate any kind of feedback I get. Ratings are anonymous so feel free to click away. Thanks.

Be happy, Reid

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Another Sacred Place Coming Sunday!

            Let me take you away to a wild and desolate place on a hot summer day with a red-tailed hawk crying in the sky and Spirit awakening all around us. Where will we go? The last hint said it was farther west than the Big Muddy Valley in southern Saskatchewan. I can only tell you it is the single most mysterious place I have ever visited. It’s out there. Join me Sunday, January 30 for the next Sacred Place.

Lush rolling hills in scenic southern Saskatchewan during the wet summer of 2010. This is not the sacred place.

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What’s New?

          Two weeks after being sprung from Health Sciences Centre I am feeling much improved. My stamina is returning, the meds are working well and my attitude is positive and bright. I’m planning spring and summer activities and travel. 

         New on the blog today is Gallery page, a photo gallery that so far features pictures from Linda’s youth growing up in Winnipeg. More pictures will be added all the time. Churches, Houses and Sacred Places are now more accessible and easier to read on their own pages at the top.

         Just added, you can read a short story called Lunch on the Fiction page; in DTC Art, I have added another year, 1979, to the chronology and included more links and images on the whole page. Along the sidebars you will find new buzz blurbs on Crazy Wisdom, Who said…? and What’s Really in Stuff. These will change frequently. If you hover over small pictures they will tell you more about themselves. There is now a traffic counter on the blog, monitoring hits in real time.

          Thank you for reading Reid.

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The Next Sacred Place

         I am continuing the 12 Sacred Places series by adding a new report on the last Sunday of every month. The next Sacred Place arrives here Sunday, January 30. Let me take you away!

        Where will it be? Hint: it’s further west than the Big Muddy Valley in southern Saskatchewan.

   Here’s a picture of the Big Muddy along Hwy 18.

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Coming Soon! New Feature! Reid’s Pop Song of the Month and Why!

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Just added…

The next instalment of DickTool Co history, specifically 1978, in DTC Art. Another work of short Fiction bringing the number of my short stories to 12. More answers to FAQ including “What is the contraction of being?” Down the right side scroll, six more DickTool Co collages from the late 1970s with modern descriptions. Enjoy!

 

 

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All Mod Cons, Old Souls, Going The Distance, Ashes to Ashes: Find it all in Reid’s Year-End Review Coming Friday

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