The former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was ground zero when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and is now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as the A-Bomb Dome. On August 9th a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. As we commemorate this 75th Anniversary and the horrific loss of civilian life and suffering that ensued our thoughts and condolences are also with all those suffering loss and devastation in Beirut today, where a modern-day ground zero has resulted in images so reminiscent of those seen in Hiroshima seventy five years ago.
Seeing the body of the late John Lewis crossing this bridge for the last time yesterday was a moment that seemed to capture a nation at a crossroads, with the hope that the bridge will be renamed after him, a true national hero and the conscience not only of the Congress but of the whole country.
Dedicated to his memory.
One of those days when it felt good to hold a brush, use the colors left on the palette with different paper from the drawer, listen to the voice Sarah Bareilles, and mourn the loss of the wonderfully talented Canadian Broadway actor Nick Cordero from Hamilton to whom this post is dedicated as I send heartfelt condolences to his beautiful family.🇨🇦
We also remember Emily Tuck murdered with so many others on that fateful day in Nova Scotia.
And of course we remember all those whose lives have been taken from us by Covid19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
But as we mourn them all this Canada Day we also say thank you, as we do every day, to all of our frontline heroes who have been there for us since the beginning. It is a Happy Canada Day for so many thanks to each and every one of them.
On this Canada Day we remember Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-members of the Canadian Armed Forces who went down with their helicopter off the coast of Greece in April.
On a day when the Pacific Spirit Park sparkled in its beauty at every turn I would like to remember my amazing brother-in-law, a veteran, who left us today surrounded by his wonderful family after 98 years of a life that inspired all of us who knew him. We will miss him but his spirit will never leave us.
Sunset over English Bay from Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver last night was balm for the soul after the heartbreak of the day as the country mourned the loss of Captain Jennifer Casey.
Yesterday’s Massacre of the Innocents in Kabul was simply heartbreaking. This drawing today includes both a sketch based on a Reuter’s photo together with one of a section of Giotto’s Massacre of the Innocents c. 1305 from the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, which moved me so much when we visited twenty years ago. There are no words but a need to express with this drawing outrage, despair and remembrance.
On the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces what better way with which to honour them all than with these Dutch tulips in triumphant bloom on our deck in today’s glorious sunshine.
Lest we forget.
Natalie McMaster and her daughter Mary Francis playing alongside the video of 17 year old Emily Tuck, murdered a week ago, was both a heartbreaking but also beautiful moment during yesterday’s “Nova Scotia Remembers.” Thanks to all those who contributed to the online vigil dedicated the all those beautiful souls who are no longer with us.