Enough’s Enough! - theHumm June 2020
Enough’s Enough! - theHumm June 2020
By Glenda Jones
We’ve been behaving ourselves and “staying the blazes home” for the past twenty-eleven weeks. It’s been fine up to this morning, when I scared myself half to death looking in a mirror. Who kidnapped my body while I slept? Lordy, I looked a wreck! Bedhead is one thing, but this COVID look that’s overtaken me is simply appalling! My hair makes me look like a Fraggle Rock stand-in.
The first weeks were all right as a good haircut will simply grow out, a little longer, but still retaining its shape. Then I tried tucking it behind my ear for an insouciant look. Not successful, I might add. The weather cooperated and for a few days my coiffure passed as windswept, but it’s gone beyond that now. It’s officially into frazzled mode. I did myself the disservice of cutting the stray pieces that draped over my glasses — not a good plan for someone who can’t wield scissors while looking in a mirror. Now I’ve got chopped off bangs that will be the laugh of the day for my poor hairdresser, when I see her again.
I met two friends last week and we all had this same manic expression, hair a mess, hands red from excessive washing, a little twitchy from lack of company. None of us mentioned our lack of grooming, and I noticed one woman had resorted to a too-short ponytail look anchored with multiple hairpins. I’m not sure, but I think another had used her dog grooming clippers to cut her hair very short. Desperate times, desperate measures! The three of us had accentuated our “do’s” with the most gawd-awful attire we could dig out: old jeans, grey sweatshirts, fusty old winter jackets still. We were all a picture of femininity and grace. NOT!
In general, men don’t seem to be as bothered about this as we women are. “Vanity, vanity, thy name sure isn’t man!” While we’re trying to tame some sort of decent style, men plop on a hat and call it good. Alan is starting to look like the old professor, with tufts over his ears and longer sideburns, but he’s not emoting over his appearance. Of course, he’d been to the barber just before the axe fell on normalcy. I, on the other hand, was due for a cut the following week.
In one of my flurries of organization, I switched over to the spring/summer wardrobe, all colourful and short-sleeved. April and early May were not kind, and I’ve had to haul out the sweaters, mitts, and jackets again. It really doesn’t matter since I never meet anyone but my neighbour (who is on the same fashion trajectory as I am) while walking dogs. Who takes time to chat in the grocery store? Who looks at anyone, or notices the ratty old jacket, or comments on the rubber boots on a rainy day? Simply “git ’er done” and get out of there. We’re wearing fear like a blanket, eschewing our usual spring/summer exuberance in deference to our fellow shoppers, and let’s face it, in the vague hope that no one recognizes this harried appearance as my new look of choice.
Enough is enough! Please, return the woman who used to be in my mirror, as this old biddy isn’t cutting it for me anymore. She’s a wreck! She needs her hair cut, she needs her summer wardrobe, and she needs a warm June afternoon to luxuriate with friends. Further, she needs some place to go other than the woods in the old work boots.
SOS! HELP NEEDED NOW!
Where to Find the June Humm - theHumm June 2020
We’re heading out to deliver the June issue of theHumm! Because things have changed a wee bit since the last time we did our distribution, here’s a list of the places we will be trying to deliver to. Hours and more information can be found at the links. Happy Humm hunting!
Dandelion Foods dandelionfoods.ca
Don’s Meat Market donsmeatmarke......
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
A new artist is blossoming in our midst. Rising to the COVID-19 challenge, Burnstown artist and businessman Jeff Wallace is discarding his anonymity and charging into the fray, determined to make a positive contribution. But first, introducing:
Jeff Wallace — Artist
Wallace has only recently arrived in a place in his life where his first love, art, is able to play a bigger role. As Forrest Gump’s mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You......
COVID, Kids, & All the Feelings - theHumm June 2020
By Nicki Gallo
There’s this exercise that I like do when I work with kids. It helps us to explore how our feelings are something that we experience in our bodies as well as our minds. First, I give the child a piece of paper with the outline of a person. I ask them to colour the location on the body where they feel certain emotions and match it with a colour. For example, they may feel red/anger in their hands: “I’m so mad I could punch someone!” Or feel yellow/nervousness in their bellies: “I have b......
By Miss Cellaneous
The good news for area art lovers is that many local galleries have been able to re-open — most with reduced hours and all with extra safety precautions in place. We highly recommend a visit to Almonte’s General Fine Craft generalfinecraft.com and Sivarulrasa Gallery sivarulrasa.com , Riverguild Fine Crafts in Perth ...more
Michael Rikley-Lancaster is the Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and a member of the group that was planning to launch the first-ever Mississippi Mills PRIDE Week this June. We contacted him to find out how both the Museum and MM Pride are faring.
theHumm: Since becoming Curator, you (with the assistance of your staff, board and numerous volunteers) have made many improvements to the Museum and have hosted incredible exhibitions by artists from......
Noé Charron is a 22-year-old non-binary trans woman (who uses both she/her and they/them pronouns) who started her transition while growing up in Almonte and working at Baker Bob’s. We contacted her to find out how her transitioning was perceived and received by the community, and what advice she has for people who want to try and foster a more welcoming and compassionate atmosphere.
theHumm: As an employee at Baker Bob’s, you were one of my only examples of someone who......
Embers of Hope Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos - theHumm June 2020
By Kris Riendeau
Bonita Ford is a co-founder of Permaculture Eastern Ontario and author of the new book Embers of Hope: Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos. We contacted her to find out how this book came to be, and how she hopes it can help us all to “nurture the small forces that may radically transform our world”.
theHumm: You had me from the title, because hope seems to be one of the most precious “commodities” — albeit one that isn’t for sale ......
By Sarah Kerr
Hello again friends! I hope you and your littles are ready for a 3-month summer “vacation”. But one from the ’50s without camps, daycares or programmed sports… and for many, juggling working from home. Sounds idyllic, right? Okay, this doesn’t exactly sound like vacation, but if there’s any advice that I can offer it’s that the summer of quarantine begins now!
Yes, you may be wondering if I’m the minister of education to declare something like that, and to be clear… no I am not. But as the d......
John McQuarrie is a photographer and publisher of the recently released book Almonte, Spirit of Place. We contacted him to find out how his most recent book came to be, and how the current lockdown is affecting its reception in the community.
theHumm: Your photos are stunning — can you tell us a bit about your training and background?
John McQuarrie: Like many working photographers, I simply consumed print and online tutorials along with each advance in imaging......
KITCHEN at Sivarulrasa Gallery An Exhibition in Partnership with the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum - theHumm June 2020
Until July 10, Almonte’s Sivarulrasa Gallery is pleased to partner with the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum to present KITCHEN, an exhibition that elegantly combines wo......
Just as we were going to print, stories about the death of George Floyd started hitting the news and social media. theHumm doesn’t report on breaking news, but we thought this information about a......
By John Pigeau
Following a national trend, business at local bike shops is booming.
“A hundred percent, absolutely,” says Pete Wood, owner of Heritage Bikes in Perth. “A lot of people are finding that......
By John Pigeau
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By the Fulton’s team
When Shirley Fulton-Deugo, owner of Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush, got together with the team from Almonte’s Dairy Distillery, little did she know great things were in the makin......
Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Oct 26 Bon Evans & Dave Bull
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
Oct 30 Chris Murphy
Nov 2 Eric Uren
Nov 4 - 18 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Nov 6 - 7 Itty Bitty Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 6 John Wilberforce
- Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator
- Romp, Stomp & Chomp! Thanksgiving Art Tour in Mississippi Mills
- One Day Only Open Studio Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- More Music at MERA!
- From Quiet to Concerts Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall
- Leave the Leaves (and other counter-intuitive suggestions)
- Rural Root Goes Fishing! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
- Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain
- Red Trillium Fall Tour
- Pumpkins-Plus in Perth Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!