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March 2006

March 13, 2006

Those wacky sisters

A truly goofy online interview with Jackie Burroughs and Mag Ruffman - recently upheaved from the video vaults of Sullivan Entertainment. 

March 01, 2006

Twig-a-licious

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It's almost pruning time, and that means lots of free material for creating whimsical structures for your home and garden.   

Come to the Canadian Home Workshop Show March 3rd, 4th and 5th and learn how to get started building rustic projects like Mag's twig un-privacy screen,  quirky garden seating and wabi-sabi* accessories. 

Mag will be on the Main Stage Friday at noon and 2:30, Saturday at noon and 2:00, and Sunday at 1:00. 

*Wabi-Sabi:

The term wabi-sabi suggests such qualities as impermanence, humility, asymmetry, and imperfection.   Wabi-sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world.  It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things.

[In other words, measuring is overrated and screw-ups can be more engaging than symmetry.  If you're the spontaneous type, this is your kind of woodworking.]

Avonlea Lives

Qandainstructions_1Jasper Dale invented the first live chat software in 1919 by wiring two empty tins together with string.

Friends of Avonlea can chat online with Mag on Wednesday March 8th by registering now and then signing in on the day.   (Bring your own tins.  And keyboard.)

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Mag's Books

  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

  • : How Hard Can It Be?

    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie