Lê Vĩnh Tài | A poem or just a rope (32) – SONGNGUTAITRAM

Lê Vĩnh Tài, an acclaimed Vietnamese poet, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot. — Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works…
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Netherlands Weighs Restrictions for Unvaccinated as New COVID Cases Hit Record High

The proposals, which will be debated next week, aim to protect “unvaccinated people against infection, illness and hospital admission in high-risk locations.”
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Canada’s Standing Rock



In the early hours of Friday November 19, Gitxsan land defenders set up a railway blockade in the town of New Hazelton (situated about 130 kilometres north of Houston) in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en under siege by heavily armed RCMP forces.

On Saturday November 20,Gitxsan land defender Kolin Sutherland-Wilson told journalist Brandi Morin: “We are here in solidarity with our Wet’suwet’en allies with whom we have a mutual defence pact going back millennia.”

Kolin further noted: “As a result of their incursions onto Wet’suwet’en territory, their invasion of a sovereign nation using the militarized RCMP, we have set up a railroad blockade here in New Hazelton.”

Significantly, he also highlighted: “As a result of that railroad…

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Straight Shooter

just drive, will you?

So, I’ve learned a new skill lately.

Giving a cat a shot.

Our girl Lizzy had been losing weight at an alarming rate these last few months, so we got her in to see her vet. That’s a chore right there, because Lizzy is, shall we say, not the best patient when she goes in for a visit. She gets kinda growly and hissy. So, before we take her in, we have to give her a pill to mellow her out.

Problem is, she ain’t too good with pill-taking, either. It’s a two-person job; my wife holds her while I try to shove a pill down her throat. (Lizzy’s, not my wife’s.)

Anyway, after several blood tests, a sonogram and an endoscopy (Expensive!), Lizzy was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and was prescribed shots of B-12 weekly and steroids daily.

Now, neither my wife nor I had ever…

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Product Review: Maple Espresso Tea from Trader Joe’s

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Happy National Espresso Day! Who’s an espresso lover here?  Get some cups of espresso and celebrate today!

Well, well, well…although I started liking coffee recently, making espresso is hard in my kitchen because I don’t have an espresso machine. I used to, when I lived in LA, but when my dinner buddy and I moved up North, we decided to give it away to my neighbor to reduce the amount of our belongings. Now I miss it…I don’t know why I didn’t fight to keep that(well it took me more than 5 years to realize that though!) 

Missing my old espresso machine, one day I went to pick up my groceries at Trader Joe’s and found these yummy tea bags! Maple Espresso Tea? I mean…why don’t I get it for my tea time? 

maple espresso teaMy dinner buddy loves tea. Whenever there is a new tea flavor released, he always insists on…

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The Anatomy of Fantastical Creatures

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Do you know what the juicy interior of a Kraken looks like? Have you ever seen the inside of a unicorn’s magical horn? What about the biochemical transformation of a man into a a werewolf?

Here are some marvellous anatomical figures from French Chimerologist Camille Renversade who in 2014 combined zoology charts, anatomy boards and scientific literature with sublime fantasy art of magical beasts from mythical lands.

The anatomical drawings show the various stages of phoenix regeneration, mermaid morphology and much more.

Fantastic beasts, their anatomy and how to find them

These exquisite fantasy charts are brought together in the rare, limited release and expensive book Fantastic Creatures Deyrolle, which is inspired by the museum of the same name in Paris.

Creatures Fantastiques Deyrolle by Jean Baptiste de Panafieu and Camille Revensade

Fantastic Creatures Deyolle is by Camille Revensade and Jean Baptiste de Panafieu. Revensade was born in 1983…

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