Archive for October, 2009

October 23, 2009

Bridge to a Cool Planet – October 24, 2009

Bridge to a Cool Planet event expected to draw thousands

Assembling at the Parade on Cambie Bridge

Assembling at the Parade on Cambie Bridge

I designed and helped paint the banner on heavy plastic with acrylic paint.

You don’t see many (any??!!) clear plastic banners but this worked really well.

My idea was that if it rained, it could be turned into a group umbrella – but it was a lovely day and the sun shone through it all day long.

I wasn’t sure if the acrylic paint would adhere, but it was fine – I considered Sharpies, but they weren’t bright enough on the plastic. Opaque was needed.


October 22, 2009

Geography of the Mind

I have 6 paintings up at the Vancouver Unitarian church this month. I was inspired by Sandy McMullen’s Inner Landscape paintings, and these began with my ponderings on various psychological type functions. But I’ve begun to think to get paintings truly representational of the various types, you’d have to have people of that type paint them. Mine all look like they were painted by someone like me :>)

Between the Worlds – (acrylic; 8″ x 8″) /Blue Skies Above (acrylic; 16″ x 16″) / Downhill to Completion (acrylic; 8″ x 8″)

From A to Zed (acrylic; 16″ x 16″) / Live Long and Prosper (acrylic; 8″ x 8″) / Well of Consciousness (acrylic; 8″ x 8″)

October 21, 2009

50 per cent solution

Vancouver has a goal that 50% of all trips be non-private car. i.e. at least 50% by bus, feet or public transit. I’m in – and I have a new ipod to help with my public transit life.

October 18, 2009


Here’s a quotation I heard today at a talk on art and social change. I’m not the first to find inspiration from insects:

The biologist J. S. B. Haldane liked to say that if biology had taught him anything about the nature of the Creator, it was that he had “an inordinate fondness for beetles.”

–Carl Zimmer, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, p. 198

October 15, 2009

Blogging for Climate Change – Oct 15

Here’s my post for climate change blog day:

Make Friends with Insects

Treat the insects well
Teach them to sing and dance
Help them to organize themselves –
if you think they can learn something from such as you.

Facilitate diversity – introduce wasps to beetles
And red wriggler worms to grubs

Share your gifts with the insects
whether you studied law, architecture or literature
Let them see your finest work.

If you have good manners,
show the insects how to build a civilization.

You know what they say about treating people well
as you climb the ladder
Because you’ll meet them on the way down?

It could be that the
meek and mild,
tiny and terrible
Persistent and plentiful
will inherit this earth

We must pass along the best of what we know
to the next generation

October 15, 2009

October 13, 2009

Poetry as Spiritual Practice

A friend (Hi, Franci) says I write prose poetry. I’ve come to feel I have poemphobia, but not poetphobia (some of my best friends are poets, Hi, Keith, Janet & Jo-Ann).

Robert McDowell speaks to me. I’m hoping to be a recovering poemphobic.

October 11, 2009

Creating Meaningful Jewelry

I love the book

Amulets and Talismans by Robert Dancik

It’s subtitled: simple techniques for creating meaningful jewelry.

It combines photos of beautiful jewelry made with simple materials and techniques and very clear and encouraging instructions on how to use said materials and techniques.

October 10, 2009

Mountainview Cemetery

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