We had a walk with Dale Brazao, investigative reporter and photographer extraordinaire. An example of his work, catching Charlie in mid-jump (for a treat, not for joy):
This lecture beautifully distills President Obama's "Clean Power Plan." If you don't want to watch the whole lecture, fast-forward to near the end, where Harvard Law School professors Richard Lazarus and (my cousin) Jody Freeman field questions: https://newfangledstudios.wistia.com/medias/tpt36mukin
This caught my eye when Charlie and I were strolling down Queen Street today. I may be a dog person but this is a bit much! Really? Still or sparkling?
Why is investigative journalism important? Watch Mark Kelley's acceptance speech for the International Emmy for current affairs here: http://bit.ly/1r0Sz5l
So proud and happy for the team that put together the International Emmy winning doc, Made in Bangladesh! And, of course, for my husband, senior producer Julian Sher, who is pictured here with exec producer Jim Williamson. Watch the docL http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/made-in-bangladesh
This is what was waiting for me at the Buckhead MARTA station in Atlanta. I know it's out of focus but my bleary eyes had a hard time taking in what looked like an entire hotel suite. Waaaay there in the front, you can sort of see the driver...
We're on the train to Ottawa to see the premiere of my brother-in-law's play, The Boy in the Moon, based on the moving memoir by Ian Brown of the Globe and Mail. If you're in Ottawa or thereabouts, it's at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until October 5
Somehow, I wasn't surprised when I read this story: http://nyti.ms/1m081Dv
Last night, we saw The Great Society, the sequel to the wonderful play about LBJ, All the Way. Shakespearean in scope and length, it's more didactic but considering everything that had to be packed in - civil rights, Vietnam, backstabbing politicians and so on - you can understand why. And it resonates with what is happening in the world today, from Ferguson to the Middle East ...
Check it out: http://bit.ly/1pJSRTq
As the Charbonneau inquiry reopens hearings today, here's my award-winning story in Walrus Magazine on the subject: http://thewalrus.ca/the-avenger/
As I work at my father's desk in his office ...
A most intelligent piece about grieving and social media. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/celebrity-news/robin-williams-lauren-bacall-dear-old-dad-and-how-we-grieve-on-social-media/article20049006/#dashboard/follows/
Three weeks at the cottage with, at best, intermittent reception means working on projects, reading, running and (our newest passion) paddleboarding! The other day, we took the boards out to Lac St. Joseph, which has real waves, tons of motorboats and wind. It was fun, if a bit scary at first. The first time my board hit hit a wave from a boat, I dropped to my knees. But I soon got the hang of it. Lake Ontario,, here we come!
At our cottage, surrounded by trees and with spotty reception, funny how my blood pressure drops as access to news is diminished. No updates on the Middle East, Malaysian Airlines or Rob Ford. It's quiet, buggy - and we went for a swim in the lake yesterday.
A new chapter in the annals of Charlie's adventures in Toronto: He was getting bathed and coiffed today, then decided to do a little tour of the back rooms. Wouldn't you know - the door to the food storage room was a little bit open. There were any number of food bags there but wouldn't you know it? He went to his own brand, ripped open the bag and got about three cups worth before he was discovered.
Number 11 on Charlie's list of things to love about Toronto: the boathouse guy who eats roast beef sandwiches for breakfast. Today, Charlie did, too.
Weird Al Yankovic's tribute (sort of) to Pharrell Williams's Happy. Enjoy!