spirit park


 
Yesterday’s photo of the day from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver with which to start your Sunday; a moment to lift everyone’s spirits. It certainly did ours as I hope it does yours.

life’s illusions


 
Yesterday’s reflective moment in Fisherman’s Wharf, Vancouver as I return to the leaves today.
 

“I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.”

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now
 

546 leaves


 
I have begun this drawing of the 546 leaves I collected today from the Pacific Spirit Park to represent the 546 children separated from their parents. As a parent and grandparent who loves his children and grandchildren so much this is my way of representing the heartbreak and the anguish being felt by so many families suffering in this tragic story of state supported kidnapping of children.
 

 
As the drawing continues I will post its progress and will be thinking of each child as I draw every one of these fragile leaves.

spirit ballet

 
 
Pacific Spirit Ballet in four movements inspired by our daily visits to the Pacific Spirit Park and by two of the sublime dancers of the Royal Opera House.

the dog that didn’t bark in the park


 
Today’s moment of the day, our introduction to beautiful 9 year old Stella who very kindly posed for us on the Council Trail in the Pacific Spirit Park. Happy Monday 🙂

je suis prof

Dedicated to the memory of Samuel Paty


 
Once again the Place de la République in Paris today became the “capital of the world” to use the words of Francois Hollande after thousands gathered there and throughout France to protest and remember those lost after the Charlie Hebdo attack over five years ago.

Today they gathered in Paris and across the country to remember Samuel Paty the teacher so cruelly murdered in an horrific terrorist act on October 16th. The words I wrote on my post after the Charlie Hebdo attack on January 15th 2015 were very much in my thoughts today:
 
In the studio today my thoughts are very much with all the citizens of this great city as they walk in their millions for remembrance, for freedom, for tolerance, for love, for mankind, for the future.
 

Je suis enseignant
Je suis prof
Je suis Samuel

Looking again at my post from five years ago…


 

…plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
 

May Samuel Paty rest in peace.

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the way he saw it


 
Thank you to Pete Souza and the makers of the The Way I See It. With this moving and unforgettable historic photo documentation he has captured the greatness that can be America with the life and humanity of one of its greatest presidents. It gives new meaning to the words “make America great again,” for this is the true greatness that our beloved neighbors down south are voting in record numbers to return to.