Glenn Kubish

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

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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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mcdaveni, mcdavidi, mcdavici
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mcdaveni, mcdavidi, mcdavici
In the event that Oilers captain Connor McDavid scores five points in a victory at home against [insert opponent team name here], I offer this verse, with apologies to L. Cohen, to capture the scene as high-spirited fans wearing #97 sweaters stream out of the rink, high-fiving each other, on the ...
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Thank you, Sapporo! ありがとうございました
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Thank you, Sapporo! ありがとうございました
There must be imperceptible valleys of isolation between us.Email has revealed this communication gap  You email me. I see it drop onto the top of the ladder of messages on my smartphone. I am content for now to know that your message has come in. I do not respond. You may feel slight anxiet...
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Long live Leonard Cohen
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Long live Leonard Cohen
It is now after midnight in Montréal. Leonard Cohen has been dead for one year. Is it ever November 7.Tomorrow, I am off to Calgary for an evening bicycle ride with friends I haven't yet met to mark the first anniversary of the poet's death This may seem a strange thing to do. But I remember...
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Saturday in Edmonton, Edmonton in Saturday
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Saturday in Edmonton, Edmonton in Saturday
"Are those AVOCADO earrings?!" the server asked Shelagh. "Yes, they are," she replied with a bit of a head tilt to the right.We were sitting for lunch at the Local Omnivore. I was a quarter way through a double burger so good I later walked up to the guys in the kitchen to say thank you.The ...
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See you at home!
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See you at home!
"I'm gonna stop for some groceries," Shelagh said. "See you at home."We were leaving, she in her little car, me on my bike, after having coffee at Iconoclast by the graveyard this morning.I got home first. To a locked house. Unless I have to, I don't carry keys anymore. I still can lose keys if I...
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Smart phone drives home message
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Yesterday I upgraded my iPhone to version 11.0.3, and today it is suggesting I might be a liar. I kinda like this. 📱The new version gives me the ability to delay all notifications to the phone while driving, say, to Jasper, say, today. Before driving off this morning, I wondered for a second if ...
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Late night thoughts on what I don't like
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This afternoon, as I sat in a darkened theatre watching a movie I never would have chosen to watch had I known how sad this scene I was watching Amy Madigan in was, I remembered something Alexander Prior said.Prior is the Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He is young, like 24, I...
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