Thank you to David’s Tea – It’s teatime in the studio all the time repurposing their Advent Calendar and solving the problem of my palette of mixed acrylic paint drying out too quickly in this heat.
Happy Sixth Birthday to our beautiful granddaughter ❤️ So happy we could celebrate this special day with her now that we can finally travel here in the Province of British Columbia.
Je n’ai pas une pipe.
Happy Father’s Day, as I remember my own father and grandfather, and say thank you to my amazing children and grandchildren for all their love on this special day.
My thoughts, as always, are of all those children who have no father to give their love to in this troubled world of ours, especially the nine year old boy who lost his whole family in the terrorist attack in Ontario earlier this month. He is very much in my thoughts today.
Today I grieve with my treasured Muslim friends and colleagues mourning the loss of such a beautiful family in London, Ontario who were just out for an evening walk, and thinking of their 9 year old son in hospital, orphaned by such a despicable crime of terrorism and hate. I will always stand with you against Islamophobia, hatred and racism of any kind. My heart breaks with yours as I send my deepest condolences to all of their family and friends in mourning tonight.
And as we walked our thoughts were also of dear friends who are grieving today; and of the 215 children whose remains were so recently found in the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, knowing that so many more remain to be discovered. Viewed from the trail we were walking on orange shirts could be seen in their memory placed all along South West Marine Drive.
Once again this year, unable to gather for the Annual Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis, we walked in the Pacific Spirit Park today in memory of Jodi and all those who are bravely suffering from these debilitating diseases.
Walking in the Pacific Spirit Park yesterday my thoughts were of the 215 children whose remains have just been discovered buried on the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. These children, some as young as three, were taken from families across British Columbia who they never saw again and died often far from home and were then never accounted for.
What a tragic, shameful and heartbreaking part of our Canadian history. On Friday, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) said it mourned alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. “There are no words to express the deep mourning that we feel as First Nations people, and as survivors, when we hear an announcement like this,” wrote Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the UBCIC. “Today we honour the lives of those children, and hold prayers that they, and their families, may finally be at peace.”
I send my heartfelt condolences to all the families and ask that you to keep the memory of these beautiful lost children in your thoughts as they will always be in mine.
On a day that the deaths of 59 children, often dying together with their parents and siblings buried in the rubble of the only homes they have ever known, a day that their deaths have been described as “unfortunate” and considered collateral damage, one cannot help feeling a sense of helplessness and despair. Six-year-old Suzy Eshkuntana was one of those children, trapped for seven hours before being rescued today after an attack that killed her mother and four siblings who were with her in their family home that was destroyed around them. To celebrate her young life being saved, and in memory of the family she has lost I have decided to take some time out to create a painting in their honor. I hope when I return this tragic time in our shared history will be close to being resolved for all parties. Know of course that my thoughts will continue to be always with all those families and especially the children suffering such pain and loss so far away.
Congratulations to Nancy, Nazde and the whole University of British Columbia student production team, together with all of the inspiring performers and artists, who last night gave us a never-to-be-forgotten virtual 27th Spring Gala that was simply an absolute triumph. Heartfelt thanks and bravos to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Gala a reality. 👏👏👏
This is hell on earth and we must not turn away. It is not about whose side you are on or who you pray to, it is not about who wins or who loses, it is about the suffering and loss of life of innocent children, it is about the loss of humanity and a universal failure of leadership in a world that has lost its way. Wishing Eid Mubarak to dear friends tonight is hard knowing that their hearts are breaking. I hope they know I am thinking of them, together with all grieving families so far away but yet so close.