scam likely.

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who is scam likely?

an old friend from elementary school?

someone i went to camp with? 

an indy band?

someone i met at a carnival?

sam likely’s twin?

i’m not sure, but scam calls me often

he/she must feel rejected

as i never take their call.

“cats have a scam going- you buy the food,

they eat the food, they go away;

that’s the deal.”

– eddie izzard

 

 

naliqqaittuq.

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snow day yesterday at last

 a really good day to stay home from school

Inuit in Canada’s North have their own unique names for the months of the year. Aseena Mablick, an announcer for CBC Nunavut’s Inuktitut-language radio program Tausunni, has been collecting information on the names of the months in Inuktitut for years.

Mablick says one of the reasons she’s sharing this now is to “keep the language.”The names in Inuktitut are interconnected with the environment and wildlife surrounding the Inuit in Canada’s North.”It’s a truthful and honest calendar for people who are living over here, everyday, like us,” she says. “We just follow mother nature’s ways for naming the calendar.”

Each region in Nunavut has its own unique names for the calendar, and Mablick shared with us just two of the regions she’s looked into — Baffin region (also known as the Qikiqtaaluk Region) and Nunavik (northern Quebec).

January In Nunavik, January is “Naliqqaittuq”, literally meaning “nobody’s able to compete with it,” says Mablick. “It has to do with the coldest weather in that month.”

January is called “Qaummagiaq” in the Baffin region. It means “bright day coming back.”

meanwhile in ann arbor…

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credits: cbc news (north), aseena mablick, deadline detroit

b.r.

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why is it that my children were shocked

when i told them that i was born ‘before ranch’ (b.r.)?

shock and awe that i was alive when

cap’n crunch, doritos, $100,00 bars, pop tarts, ding dongs, cool whip, count chocula, and more

came to be

back in the day when food fell into the 

quick, easy, greasy, crunchy, sweet, and fun category

and lived to tell.

 

“my mouth doesn’t want to be quiet.”

-greta, age 4

 

poles apart.

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yep, not me. 

just wondering why my fitness app

is willing to measure

pole dancing but not pole vaulting

both involve strength and flying.

 

 

“i have tennis shoes with little rhinestones that I slip on if I exercise.

but I always wear heels, even around the house.

i’m such a short little thing,

i can’t reach my kitchen cabinets.”

-dolly parton

 

 

photo credit: naviant health

rock out.

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when you’re little

 walking around the museum

 see a big old bumpy boring rock

walk around to the front of it

 find an amazing, amazing surprise

that is inside of it

you just have to touch it

 there are no words.

“sometimes the most shocking surprises are the most beautiful surprises.”

-lori wilhite

 

year of the rabbit.

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happy lunar new year

in the year of the rabbit

to all who celebrate

“leonardo fibonacci, the great 13th century italian mathematician (1175-1250)

created the ‘fibonacci sequence’ to explain behavior in nature mathematically.

history has it that the first question he posed

was how many rabbits would be created in one year starting with one pair.”

-rick santelli

tiny bread box.

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Born in Utah, NATALIA MEIJOME spent a large portion of her childhood in her father’s original hometown of Buenos Aires. She created this most unusual bakery as an homage to the Argentine panaderías she loved as a child. In lieu of a full-scale shop, however, Meijome opted for a much more diminutive format. Locals in the area know to go early to this self-service bakery with a view of Mt. Monadnock in order to snag the best pastries.

Every Saturday morning, Meijome stocks her Tiny Bread Box in rural Vernon, Vermont with goodies such as palmeritas (laminated pastries covered in caramelized sugar), maple bacon cheddar biscuits, and alfajores maicena (tender sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche). Offerings vary daily, but tend to lean heavily on a sourdough starter for extra flavor. For her milk bread loaf and individually portioned cinnamon rolls, Meijome uses tangzhong, a flour-water roux often used by East Asian bakeries to produce an exceptionally tender crumb.

To order, customers simply need to scan a QR code and pay with a credit or debit card. Tiny Bread Box partially operates on the honor system, which inhabitants in this small New England community have always respected.

Tiny Bread Box is located right near the Vernon VT forest trailhead (J. Maynard Miller Municipal Forest), making it ideal for hikers looking to stock up on snacks.

“all sorrows are less with bread.”

-miguel de cervantes

 

 

 

credits: instagram, gastro obscura, giarvis

staying on course.

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The Thorington Schoolhouse, in use 1859-1955 Washington Township, Michigan, USA

 

“there is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education.

in a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.”

-john f. kennedy

 

 

image credit: jeff bondono

partly cloudies.

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when walking by the river

 

“today is one of those excellent january partly cloudies

in which light chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,

and then the shadow sweeps it away.

you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,

trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”

-annie dillard

 

 

huron river, argo park, ann arbor, mi, usa – january 2023

daylight.

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north manistee, michigan lighthouse pier

As days drag on and the sun still sets relatively early, you may be left wondering are the days truly getting longer? The short answer is, yes. But only by a few minutes. Each day in January we average an extra 2 minutes from the day prior.

By the end of February, we can expect an additional two hours and 30 minutes. February 28’s sunrise is at 7:20 A.M. And the sunset is at 6:30 P.M. The first 6 o’clock sunset of the year arrives on February 5.

As we ease closer to our longest day, June 21, we’ll gain an additional 6 hours and 41 minutes of daylight. The longest day of the year, the summer solstice on June 21, is 15 hours and 21 minutes long.

We’re on our way!

“run for daylight.”

-vince lombardi

 

 

credits: wxyz-tv detroit, isabella hulsizer, photo: john l. russell