Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Toronto (out of an ankle cast, started physiotherapy)

Martin Centre

Martin Centre: Doctor said ankle can come out of cast, although extra caution would prescribe 2 more weeks. Now in street shoes, no bouncing, physiotherapist is deferred for 2 weeks in case hard pressure is applied. DY and I stopped by Chinatown for shopping, with me on crutches, lower leg has turned numb. Wearing court shoes in the house instead of sandals, feeling my way after the injury 9 weeks ago. Not even a new ultrasound since Dec. 27. (Martin Family Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20180301

UToronto Art Centre

UToronto Art Centre: Figures of Sleep exhibition @MueckRon (2002-2002) “Untitled (old woman in bed)” on loan from National Gallery of Canada. Hyperrealistic sculpture slightly smaller than real life, spotlit in a dark room. Show closes tomorrow. Standing on two legs after yesterday coming out of the two-month cast, both the injured and uninjured limbs are out of shape. (University of Toronto Art Centre, King’s College Circle, Toronto) 20180302

Toronto Light Fest

Toronto Light Fest: Illuminated long house may not be official art installation, but the shell of a patio on Gristmill Lane. Next to last night of Toronto Light Festival a destination for some walking exercise with crutches. Near-freezing temperatures, but no snow, lots of photographers out. (Gristmill Lane, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario) 20180303

East York Town Centre

East York Town Centre: Mall walking on crutches, should soon graduate to cane. Enclosed shopping centre in Thorncliffe Park is central to Pakistani and Afghan community. Bulletin board in supermarket has homemakers offering special cooked breakfast on weekends, presumably too much work for fully employed weekday employees. (East York Town Centre, Overlea Boulevard, East York, Ontario) 20180305

OCADU Grad Studies

OCADU Grad Studies: Lecturing @OCADU_SFI with @redesign and Jeremy Bowes, on “Architecting for Wicked Messes” for “Understanding Systems and Systemic Design” class. Full-time cohort opted for a more loosely structured studio room, students spread out at tables and chairs. (OCADU Graduate Studies, 205 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20180307

St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital: Statue at the official address at the east entrance on Bond Street, the conventional entrance is at the south on Queen Street, or emergency off Victoria Street. Quiet halls with administrative offices lead to elevators to busy floors. (St. Michael’s Hospital, Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20180308

Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery: Wool hand-tufted textile @ONSITEatOCADU @alexkeha (2015) “Stele” (which is defined as “the central core of the stem and root of a vascular plant”). Part of The Sunshine Eaters exhibition, artists and designers looking at land, plants, flowers and trees. (Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20180309

Sumac Creek Health Centre

Sumac Creek Health Centre: Portrait in @BennyBing series @TheDanielsCorp Regent Park Rotating Gallery for March, on the walls by doctors’ offices and treatment rooms. In regular office hours, are only the sick, injured, and medical professionals privileged to view the collection? Appreciating art as therapy in addition to other healing services. (Sumac Creek Health Centre, Regent Park Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario) 20130312

Athlete's Care, The Beach

Athlete’s Care, The Beach: First visit to physiotherapist for Achilles tendon recovery. Scheduled appointments twice per week for the month until we get on the plane for Shanghai. Flexibility of right ankle is at 25% of left ankle. Initial exercises assigned to stretch for mobility, strength will be the next priority. Went shopping, bought foam roller stick. (Athlete’s Care, The Beach, Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20180313

OCADU

OCADU: 69th meeting of @StronglySustain with web conferencing, featuring update on Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toollkit Project. Watched experience report video from a First Explorer. Participants included both some from the founding, through to some coming new to the work. Had post-meeting discussion on activities in parallel communities. (OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20180313

Yorkville

Yorkville: Looking southeast, Cumberland Terrace low plaza on Bay Street built in 1974 contrasts to the new One Bloor skyscraper at Yonge Street, the current tallest building in Toronto (since the CN Tower labelled a freestanding structure, not a building). The Manulife Centre on Bloor Street is also vintage 1974. We don’t visit this upscale neighbourhood often, yet it’s biking distance from home. Some personal business led us to check into some other shops. (Bay Street at Cumberland Street, Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario) 20180315

Riverside district

Riverside district: Mastered homemade vegan black bean soup in Instant Pot. Day 3 on dietary portfolio prescribed by Dr. David Jenkins at UToronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, inventor of the glycemic index. Had negotiated with researchers for a menu without psyllium or plant sterol margarine, then spent 2 days reading journal articles to determine grams of viscous fibre, soy protein and pulses for consumption. Clinical trial published 2015 shows Portfolio Diet reduces LDL cholesterol, but adherence is only 48% compared to DASH diet with non-significant improvement but has 105% adherence. (Riverside District, Toronto, Ontario) 20180318

UToronto iSchool

UToronto iSchool: Talk by @GeoffreyCBowker “How the West was Won by Data”. Full room for lecture by prominent academic, as part of a quick visit serving as external examiner in a Ph.D. defense, Long day for a professor coming from Pacific Time into Eastern Time. Digest at https://ingbrief.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/2018-03-19-1610-geoffrey-bowker-how-the-west-was-won-by-data-utoronto-ischool/ . (UToronto iSchool, Bissell Building, St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20180319

SystemsThinkingTO

SystemsThinkingTO: Earlier selfie with @wjbellows reconnected @jp2connect to me, social tie through the Ackoff S3 program. Agenda for SystemsThinkingTO meeting was an open conversation with Bill Cooper to W. Edwards Deming, and the blend of ideas from multiple sources. (LoyaltyOne offices, King Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20170322

Snow Lion Meditation Shop

Snow Lion Meditation Shop: Selected buckwheat hull pillow to replace one that predates my current spouse. This shop offers smaller ones to be used as meditation cushions, we chose the largest for our bed. We may continue to look for just hulls, 5 lbs. should fill the old pillowcase. (Snow Lion Mediation Shop, Pape Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20180328

St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital: Signed up for MyChart personal record app at Patient Registration on Donnelly wing south, after seeing new brochure. Appointment with orthopedic surgeon about Achilles tendon confirmed healing, the additional mobility and strength is left to the physiotherapist. (St. Michael’s Hospital, Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20180329

May 1st, 2018

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