Glenn Kubish

My blog comes from where I've spent some time: Athens, Jerusalem, north end Edmonton.

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On Alberta Avenue
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On Alberta Avenue
Nothing is wrong here. The boy lying in the middle of Alberta Avenue is making a snow angel on the asphalt. Why wouldn't he? There is snow. He is a child. His parents are busy with the other little ones. There is no danger. He got back up the second time his father called.The avenue is closed for...
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Scarlatti through the drywall
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Scarlatti through the drywall
Scarlatti's Sonata in C came through the quite beige wall of a downtown condo this afternoon. I stood and listened and read the words on the fire alarm on the wall. (I have cranked the audio. There is too much humming from the hallway machinery, but you can kinda make it out.):I knew it was Scarl...
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Three more life sentences
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Three more life sentences
I collect sentences.Here are three more from the forest of pages read.The trucks filed by against the background of the white church in a long string like the days of a man's life, and it seemed as though it would never end. - Chekhov, A MisfortuneThe trucks filing by are rail cars moving ac...
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25 seconds
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25 seconds
Brian Fallon has proven that everything can be done in about 25 seconds.Take this in:Or: Brian Fallon has proven everything can be done in 25 seconds as long as you had prepared for a long time.Or: Prepared truly.I will try to remember the lesson of these 25 seconds in 2018.
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XXVI
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Today is December 26. 12/26. Which brings to mind Bob Howes snapping the ball to Wilkie, #12,  who pinned it for toe-first Dave Cutler, #26. I think Howes was #53. Which is how old I am on this 12/26.The 26th of the month has a kind of manufactured significance this year. Every day for six m...
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Video Taken a Few Kilometres above Jasper Townsite, on Revisiting the Shore of Pyramid Lake during a Tour, September 20, 2017
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Wordsworth, de Botton reminds us during this, the Christmas season of reading books and listening to music and remembering events, believed that spots of time spent in nature were, when recalled, correctives against the corrosive work done to human souls trapped in the enmity and envy that course...
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A crosswalk of life
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A crosswalk of life
Let's quickly rewind how I somehow managed today to get invited to Ethiopia.I am just back from Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton. I walked there with Averra to make sure he got to the proper entrance. He works housekeeping at the arena. He has been in Canada for just a few weeks. He wasn't sure ...
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12 of the ornaments of Christmas
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12 of the ornaments of Christmas
The star is a few degrees off, the garland sags here and there, and the tree itself is quite fake, but this is our Christmas tree. It's our family tree. It points to the real places we have been. I still get up early to watch it twinkle and I squint and squeeze lens flares out of the tiny lights....
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Psalm 23 on Stony Plain Road
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Psalm 23 on Stony Plain Road
I stopped to record this fragile scene yesterday. Motionless, protected from the December sun by a giant black umbrella, a figure wearing black boots sat pointed at a gravestone in the snow.The poise and publicness of this silent communication were remarkable. Out of the frame, automobile traffic...
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Word games people play, now
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Word games people play, now
Joe South said it pretty well then: Oh, the games people play now/Every night and every day now/Never meaning what they say now/Never saying what they mean.Eliot found words for the way words don't want to be found: Words strain/Crack and sometimes break, under the burden/Under the tension, slip,...
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