Putain …

Putain becomes shit, shit fuck, in subtitled French.

[ X] is grateful to currently reside with his Anishinaabe husband in T’karonto (Toronto), the traditional lands and territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples..

Défaillance de l’âge

Son ocd? Compulsive disorder / trouble obsessionnel compulsifsfjgd kfc ,,,,

Add  mes adieux to Like a Log


Senility is the price of living for a long time.

Trans of … missing germanic words into poetry


Pic of Citroen

China practices capitalism with Chinese characteristics


Things to Do in September

Things to do

Shots x 2

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2023 Toyota RAV4

Letter to Nancy Snyder

Dying in Africa to old Observ

All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure….   < Enoch Powell

Jealousy implies rivalry, hence equality of contestants. To suffer from literary jealousy implies …   

etym of rival : [Latin rīvālis, one using the same stream as another, a rival, from rīvus, stream; see rei- get in Indo-mm



Mother always warned me about the Book-Fairies.
I held them in greater awe than even the Christian
God during the two brief phases in my life
When I lived in fear and trembling of Him.

A memorial  prosy-poem.

Based on true events.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CwYbirvOxSf/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==  cod in spocy miso sauce

Mom and Parkinson’s

One thing I love about my mother was that that she allowed that she was glad she had Parkinson’s, once her positive reaction to the dopamine supplements she’d been prescribed for neurodegeneration worked.  At least they knew what she had.Two pieces on Brazil, three pieces on music


The older you get the more time you spend on Treppenwitz (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Treppenwitz).

What percentage of your followers on social media are folks you actually know?

A History of Adolescence

The meaning of Beulah,,,


Ausonius (c 310- c 395), Poet and Rhetorician

A friend mentioned her surprise at how lush the vineyards along the Mosel in northern Germany are. I flashed immediately on AusoniusMosella, a 4th century Latin poem I once set out to translate, until I found Christopher Kelk’s version, which does the job well. Though Mosella is about the river and its environs, the aura and lure of wine can be felt throughout its playful verses.

I taught at the University of Bordeaux in 1979-1980. This was just before I entered the wine business, a refugee, that time, from academia. Ausonius, like Montaigne, was bordelais. He is remembered in the illustrious St. Emilion grand cru Château Ausone, which sits on the site of his nidus senectitus, nest of old age, to which he retired once his patron the Emperor Gratian was assassinated in 383. Montaigne and Ausonius were both local cult objects of attention for the scholar I had wanted to be, as were to be sure the wines of Bordeaux themselves.

I had first learned of Ausonius in a 1969 graduate seminar in Edmonton by Ted Blodgett, of whom the poet was a favourite. In the memorial piece I wrote for Ted I opined

I owe Ted almost everything I know about Latin and medieval literature, in particular Virgil, Catullus, Ovid, Propertius, and even Ausonius, whose poem on the vineyards of the Mosel, Mosella, Ted demonstrated dans le texte was a worthy successor to Ovid, at least the latter’s secondary works, Tristia. 

I recalled as well Ted’s dwelling…

… on what the coming of Christian cultural hegemony meant to the late Latin world, in particular how frustrating Ausonius found the “defection” of his dear friend Paulinius of Nola, who converted to Christianity in the 380s and cut himself off from classical Latin culture.

Ted found a similar tension within Augustine of Hippo, whose Confessions, of which we had to read extracts, recounts his ambiguous feelings for the passionate image of Dido in Virgil’s Aeneid once the good Father had renounced the world of sensual desire. So when I came to explain to Ted why in 1976 I admired Mao Zedong’s prescriptions for post-revolutionary literature, I compared Mao to Augustine, both writing from the other side of a cultural gulf in which the old high classical culture was to be sealed off for ethical reasons, but by someone who had mastered it. (https://alteritas.net/GXL/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/A_Tribute_to_Ted_Blodgett-1.pdf)

I was not a Maoist, in fact being a certifiable petty bourgeois intellectual I often suffered rhetorical slings and arrows from that quarter in the political trench warfare of the 70s. But I was a child of my times and bought into the illusion of revolutionary change.

Funny, now, that I bolstered that belief with a thread that began with Ausonius.

My Concerns

Let me add to my concerns: apart from the persistent cough I apparently suffer from several early symptoms of parkinsonism: dysphonia; micrographia;, festination with staggering steps; maybe pill-rolling; a left arm tremor (which has been diagnozed as essential tremor and which responds well to propranolol)

However I also have a tendency  towards hypochondria….
Tremor (essential)


Staggering steps / festination




Hypochondria or Parkersonism?

Parkinson’s disease is the most common form of parkinsonism and is also called idiopathic parkinsonism, meaning that it has no identifiable cause.[22][32] The accumulation of a misfolded protein alpha-synuclein in the brain, and its spread throughout the brain makes Parkinson’s disease a neurodegenerative disease classed as a synucleinopathy, and more specifically as an alpha-synucleinopathy (αsynucleinopathy).[33]


Other recognized motor signs and symptoms include gait and posture disturbances such as festination (rapid shuffling steps and a forward-flexed posture when walking with no flexed arm swing). Other common signs include freezing of gait (brief arrests when the feet seem to get stuck to the floor, especially on turning or changing direction), a slurred, monotonous, quiet voice, mask-like facial expression, and handwriting that gets smaller and smaller.[48]

Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a type of dementia characterized by changes in sleep, behavior, cognition, movement, and regulation of automatic bodily functions.