families belong together

17 new leaves and remembrance

666…in progress – Day XXXI

 
17 new leaves, on a day on which I remember as if it were yesterday, like some of you I suspect, as a 17 year old schoolboy where I was when I heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. These inspiring words from his inaugural address could not be a more relevant call to action today.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

666 – a graphite journey of tears


 
Today on day thirty of my graphite journey of tears I am taking a moment to reflect on the six hundred and sixty six children separated from their parents and who are represented by my drawings of leaves from the Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver; children who are as beautiful and unique as each one of these leaves is; children who have been tortured by a policy of state sanctioned child abuse by the Government of the United States; children for whom the locations of their parents remain unknown; children who are suffering unimaginable mental anguish for which we recently learnt they were being denied mental health care services by that same soulless government; children suffering from crimes that will be remembered as some of the most heinous of the 21st century, crimes that are reminiscent of those of Nazi Germany in which children were also separated from their parents and suffered similarly unimaginable mental and physical agony that was only short-lived for many because they were gassed.
 
Today we thank those who are working every day to reunite the children with their parents and seeking justice to ensure the criminals responsible for this despicable crime will be held accountable, as they must and will be with the help of a new administration.
 

Thank you for reading.
 

My journey of tears for the children will continue tomorrow.

12 new leaves

666…in progress – Day XXVIII

534 leaves completed on a day when we learn that the White House killed a deal in October 2019 to pay for mental health care for migrant families separated at the border.

12 new leaves and family


 

666...in progress – Day XXVII

After drawing today’s 12 leafs I was lucky enough to be able to spend an afternoon with our two beautiful grandchildren. I couldn’t help thinking about the separated children the leaves represent and how important it is to keep them and their families in our thoughts each every day until they are all reunited.
 

16 new leaves & tools of the trade

666…in progress – Day XXV

October 25th

Today, November 16th

The pencils are getting shorter.

11 new leafs and a birthday


 

666…in progress – Day XXIII

…and a birthday card for my always beautiful “lily of the valley” ❤️

…and starting this morning with 445 leaves.

22 new leaves and remembrance


 

666…in progress – Day XX11
 

…on a day on which we remember all those who lost their lives in Paris 5 years ago today..
 

In remembrance this was my post on November 15, 2015
Studio 365: Day 319
 

Day 319

I wrote, on Studio 365: Day 11 after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, how I fell in love with Paris on my first visit there as a young boy in August 1962. I posted a drawing I had made sitting in the Tuileries Garden on a beautiful summer’s Day. Now, here I am on Day 319 once again expressing solidarity and sympathy through the best way I know how with all those mourning today in Paris, in France and around the world. The drawing from that same never-to-be-forgotten visit in 1962 is of one of bridges over the Seine, when one of the most beautiful cities in the world inspired a young boy who has felt that inspiration ever since.  Je suis Paris.