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30 Aug, 2019

Weekend reading: August 31 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

I stopped by @Dovercourt411 on the way home from work and picked up radishes and kale from Larkspur Farm today. Dovercourt is a great place for a veggie stand! It’s there every Wednesday afternoon.(Here’s their IG ? : https://t.co/576EM5fRvb) #ottawa #eatlocal pic.twitter.com/4KQjsVsmqk — andrea tomkins (@missfish) August 28, 2019 We need to stop striving for […]

17 Aug, 2019

Weekend reading: August 17 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

You said “what punishment of gods are not gifts. Do you really believe that?” @andersoncooper, choking back tears, asks Stephen Colbert, as they discuss grief. “Yes,” replies the comedian. “It’s a gift to exist and with existence comes suffering. There’s no escaping that.” pic.twitter.com/p5rUUhZKxq — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 16, 2019 I assure you, […]

10 Aug, 2019

Weekend roundup: August 10 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

I am very pleased to report that the Margaret Trudeau Butterfly Garden at @TheRoyalMHC had dozens of visitors today. I couldn’t even count them all. ????? Backstory: https://t.co/aeDXBEHCVG #myOttawa #mentalhealth @MargaretTrudeau @JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/yqsPT9Lkgu — andrea tomkins (@missfish) August 9, 2019 Woke or Not, the Caftan is Sexy, nytimes.com Why Doesn’t America Know More About Gun […]

03 Aug, 2019

Weekend reading: August 2 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

40% #tree canopy cover is recommended to tackle the urban heat island effect. The City of Ottawa is currently developing a new Official Plan. Will we see a 40% canopy cover target embedded in this plan? The short answer is: only if we ask for it.https://t.co/AVANpeWQoV — Ecology Ottawa (@EcologyOttawa) August 1, 2019 Can the […]

27 Jul, 2019

Weekend roundup: July 27 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

#HEATWAVE2019 Our dog had no idea you had to buy ice cream, he was just another kid in line, waiting for a treat and suddenly this happened…? pic.twitter.com/305ZL78y7A — #RobinHood (@realrobinhood18) July 24, 2019 The Crane Wife, theparisreview.org Binge-drinking sending more young women to ER, ‘eye-opening’ study finds, cbc.ca 26 No-Cook Dinners for a Heat […]


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