Category Archives: General

Farming Life

We have been relatively in charge of 5 acres for 3 years. I always knew we’d start farming. The question is, when does that become official? When I’m outside at first light hoping to ward off any munching deer? When it takes only an hour of shoveling to turn over my entire compost pile? When I obsess continually about seedlings, and mulching, and weeding? When we name it and start its own Instagram page? By the way, we named it and started its own Instagram page: @choruspondfarm


Spring Music and Nanaimo Chronicles New Podcast, Inside

On this week’s episode of The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, 50 minutes of a wild ride through a few different kinds of music, followed by an installment of Tod Maffin’s Nanaimo Chronicles Podcast – Inside.

Here is the file, airing to over a million humans in the Coast Salish area around the 101.7FM transmitter on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 beginning at 8am PST

The Music

  • Los Lobos – Kiko and the Lavender Moon
  • Luiz Bonfa – Pernambuco
  • Alex Izenberg – To Move On
  • Nancy Wilson – How Glad I Am
  • Linda McCartney – Seaside Woman
  • Johnnie Frierson – Have You Been Good To Yourself?
  • Pierre Cavalli – Un Soir Chez Norris
  • Wings – Spin It On
  • Ween – Learnin’ to Love
  • Blackrock – Yeah Yeah
  • Max Webster – Toronto Tonto’s
  • Gorillaz – Last Living Souls
  • They Might Be Giants – Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work)
  • Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
  • The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  • Beck – Gamma Ray
  • Nanaimo Chronicles, Inside – Wren

Hundred Mile Diet

Kicking off the new Gregorian year with some thick CanCon tracks.

Here is the file, airing on New Years Day, 8AM on CHLY 101.7FM

Carmanah – I did it all for you
Carmanah – Roots
Blue Moon Marquee – Shading Tree
Carolyn Mark – Flaming Star
Carolyn Mark – Not Like the Movies
Painted Fruits – Gender
Painted Fruits – Mechanical Rhythm
Great Speckled Fritillary – Polar Star
Wolf Parade – Fine Young Cannibals
Wolf Parade – Solders Grin
Wolf Parade – Lousy Pictures
Aaron James and the Black Water – Fear II
Harp’Axe – She’s Got
Harp’Axe – Get Out

Dubmatix – Wicked Part of Town

Wedding Post

June 22nd 2019 and the week leading up to, were absolutely magical. Somehow we managed to host roughly 300 people on our 5 acres in Cedar. Here are the pictures I have collected from various contributors to show you how the day went. By organizing it this way (on my own site), I am creating an online keepsake. I have added commentary and captions below the photos.

Let me just say, that a lot of people came together and helped make everything go off without a hitch. My sincere thanks are for those people and to all the people who came to share in the festivities on that day.

Here is a link to the YouTube video of the ceremony

Our friend, Timofey commissioned the backdrop for our altar. It is a hand-embroidered tapestry from a couple of Shipibo artisans. The threads depict many different significant plants. Tima actually arrived a week prior to the festivities. He was an enormous help. Thanks, Tima!
Ian George came through with some amazing light displays. He arrived the night before and set everything up while we were all at dinner. Too bad I didn’t get any pictures of that, but there were roughly 80 people who went to the Legion in Ladysmith for a Meet-and-Greet dinner that Pat’s Dad, Randy hosted.
Our friend, Jess, created two pinatas of our heads. Evidently they were too tempting for all the kids around, because they got smashed in an impromptu re-enactment of sugar-addled Lord of the Flies. Apparently it was a brutal free-for-all.
Bean bag toss tournament for gift certificates to Gabriel’s, The Vault, Long and McQuade, and Funk Your Fashion
Paint-your-own-face and mask-making table
Jess and Jesse smooch by the bomboniere table. Gifts for guests included pots of succulents, mixtape CD’s, books, flowers, bubbles, bookmarks, and artwork
One of the two food trucks: VI Pizza and their mobile wood fire pizza oven. I highly recommend!
Eamon’s great wedding gift: a Kombucha Bar!
Sweet Pete jams with the kids for a moment.
Ice block excavation station! I made a giant ice block full of random toys. With little hammers and spray bottles, the kids made quick work of it. Note, the low-hanging unattended pinatas.
The ceremony begins! See a link at the top of the page to the YouTube video I made for Kevin.
Fox, bummed he didn”t get any pinata candy.
Jesse Clark is one of Pat’s oldest pals. What he said during this ceremony was so touching and pertinent! I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing a better job. Thank you, Jesse! We value your incredible wisdom.
June went with Grandma for about two seconds
Decorated Wilma
We competed in Rock Paper Scissors to see who would deliver their vows first. It got a little ridiculous when Pat and I kept choosing the same weapons and tied the game 7 tries in a row. Telepathy? Dude is always in my head.
Asking Fox to bring the rings
Made by our friend, Darren from Alchemy Adornment, our wedding bands are matching rose gold with a hammered petina.
My mom, Helena, and Nana Joan
There’s Pat’s brother, Andy, their mom, Bonnie, and my Aunt Sherry.
Hugging my new dad.
TH’US, Th’greatest rockers in my humble opinion.
Pizza and Taco time!
Best bartenders in the wild
McIntosh’s as far as the eye can see
Pat wore a sleeping baby on his back during our first dance
We MC’d ourselves
Andrew gives a speech
Sweetdreams
these two…
Sweetdreams
Fully stocked potluck snack bar
The Eleven Twelves
Pat does a keg stand, commando, in a kilt.
Party crashers
Why sleep when you can play all night (and all morning?)
June slept here for 5 hours. PERF.
The morning after