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Raccoons exonerated

Danica snapped a cell phone picture of the culprit who has been grubbing around our back yard at night.

So now we know who’s leaving all those holes in the lawn. What are we going to do about it? Stay back, respectfully, that’s what.

A perfect gift

Danica gets to wear them and I get to see her wearing them. Thank you, Joni!

I did my best to photograph the incredible delicacy of Kim Delaney’s hand-crafted silver wire earrings, but I’m far from a pro jewelry shooter. The centre stones are garnets (my birthstone 🙂).

Danica says she’ll model them when we go out, soon. Meanwhile, head over to the Haute Wire Jewelry shop on Etsy. Kim is a friend of Joni’s, beautifying the world from beautiful Salmo, B.C, in the Canadian Rockies.

April flowers bring May showers

There are at least two ways of looking at today’s Ashbridges Bay photo.

You may see some poles on the right, advancing toward the water’s edge. Or, you may see water encroaching upon the poles after a few unusually rainy days.

For some, there is only one view. The water is attacking the poles … and must be pushed back! Volleyball nets need support and the season starts next week.

Earlier hopes for milder action have lost their charm. In come the heavies.

Blueberry-Bran Muffins

Your Royko Recipe for May, 2017

Blueberry-Bran Muffins

Food & Wine Magazine, Sept. 1991, Page 112.
Makes 12 muffins.

  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unprocessed oat bran
  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup mashed very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup herb honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped blueberries or raspberriesfresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 375 ̊
Line 12 standard muffin cups (2 1/2 inches in diameter) with liners.

In a medium bowl, toss together the wheat bran, flour, oat bran, cinnamon and baking soda. In a large bowl, whisk the banana, honey, egg and vanilla. Whisk in the buttermilk. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients until barely combined. Fold in the berries. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.

Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, until the centres spring back when pressed. Turn out on a rack to cool for 30 minutes.

Douglas Rushkoff at Appel Salon

I could not have had a better seat … front row! … to hear the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus deliver wonderfully subversive ideas about how machines could be used to serve humans, rather than the other way around.

An animated and entertaining personality, Rushkoff is also a refreshing antidote for the Silicon Valley mantra, that humans are merely an evolutionary stepping stone on the way to a digitally superior race of things.

I learned about, but have not yet listened to the podcasts at Team Human, produced and hosted by Mr Rushkoff. I’ll be getting to that soon.

The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon program offers a wealth of informative (and free) lectures and interviews on the 2nd floor of the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street.

Selling Rudolf Bikkers serigraphs

I bought this set of 5 colourful silk screen prints at auction around 1980. I love them, but they are big and I need the wall space. All are in their original frames, with glass and matted. Signed, 125/125.

They are all the same size. The frames are 25″ wide x 29″ tall. They should stay as a set.

I have no idea how I will promote their sale, but I may as well start here. Rudolf Bikkers is an established artist who made these for his own kids. Maybe a discerning parent could give them a new home.

Price? A reputable auction house gave me a conservative, provisional estimate of $1500 -$2000 for the set, but I would be content with $500 for them. If you are interested or know someone who may be, drop me a comment.