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Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Gift Guide For Unholidaze

For synaesthetes, art dabblers and the insatiably curious

Alexander Theroux, “The Primary Colors: Three Essays” (Henry Holt and Company, 1994)
given to me as a gift while I was in hospital in 2009 by a dear friend, this book is a delicious and splendid rumination on red, blue and yellow with a serpentine meandering through art, literature, music and film, if memory serves.

For Justin Trudeau’s dead father and others who walk in the snow

Brightly coloured boot laces from StolenRiches.com. (I admit I got this from Oprah’s list, but purchased them earlier this winter for a certain husband who does a lot of walking and gets tired of all the dark colours.

For Purdy fans and sweet fangs, (No, I don’t mean Al)

Purdy’s Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels. I have purchased these locally at the Rideau Centre location. They are divine and delectable treats for anyone who enjoys the combination of sweet and savoury.

For those who spend a lot of time indoors with lovers on long winter nights

“Love Where the Nights Are Long: An Anthology of Canadian Poems,” edited by Irving Layton (McLelland & Stewart, 1977). Let Leonard Cohen and gang inspire the libido of a potential lover.

For the sipper, not the tippler

Pilliteri Estates, Niagara-on-the-lake 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine, a taste of sunshine so sweet and light, it will lighten any dark night of the soul.

For the housebound, who needs a trip to Spain

Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain – the man plays the flugelhorn. Davis was an experimentalist who amped up jazz and this album is no exception. Bitches Brew is my favourite Miles’ album, but this one leads the mind to sunny climes, elevates the spirit.

For those unable to resist wounded birds

Born to Be Blue, a film about Chet Baker. this film came out last year and seems to have been lost in the usual Hollywood big-box of bland. Ethan Hawke plays Baker skilfully & even sings.  Baker was a troubled soul. that trouble is reflected in his performances and in Hawke’s rendering.

For Miss Lonelyhearts who never dines out

A gift certificate to North and Navy, one of Ottawa’s most delectable restaurants. It’s a beautiful place, the food is exquisite, Italian old world and new . $30 will provide a platter of varietous cichèti, each one no more than a mouthful and an aperol spritz with its lovely orange sweet and bitter tastes. She can sit at the gorgeous marble bar at the back of the restaurant and chat up the waiter.

For the explorers, the rebels and questioners of convention

“The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures” by Dossie Easton and Jane W. Hardy, 2nd Revised Edition (Celestial Arts, 2009). I actually prefer the first edition, but this one will do. A helpful guide by example for those who wish to explore relationship types other than monogamy. It is a book I have given away a few times now and one I go back to help others interested in opening the cage and seeing where they might fly to.

For unsatisfied lovers


“When Someone You Love is Kinky” by Dossie Eastn and Catherine A. Liszt (Greenery Press, 2015). I have an earlier edition of this book and don’t know what has changed, but I highly recommend it for anyone who has a partner who might want to engage in adventurous, more than  missionary…sexual activity. It’s a way to communicate with them and understand their needs. It doesn’t speak down to those who are not into sexual exploration, it just helps them to understand.

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