Vancouver

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We visited the Vancouver Public Library downtown today for the first time in many years and had forgotten how breathtakingly beautiful it is. What a jewel in our city and how lucky we are to have such a world class resource for us all.
 

 

grief seeking comfort


 
More words of wisdom and comfort from the Nature Trail in the Pacific Spirit Park today that seem to speak to these dark days.
 

 

With thanks once again to Metro Vancouver BC for their inspiring and uplifting project:
 

 

“If trees could speak.”

Shame and Prejudice


 

 
Today we visited an exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Shame and Prejudice – A Story of Resilience.  It was created by the brilliant artist Kent Monkman as a project for the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in 2014. Kent is a Canadian First Nations artist of Cree Ancestry whose maternal Grandmother was a survivor of the Brandon residential school in Manitoba. He writes, “I could not think of any history paintings that conveyed or authorized Indigenous experience into the canon of art History…Could my own paintings reach forward a hundred and fifty years to tell our history of the colonization of our people?” The answer is that with his moving and powerful paintings indeed they have. He is a true master in the same tradition as Giotto, Caravaggio and Picasso.
 
I could write so much more about how this exhibition has affected me particularly after the completion of my leaves drawn to represent the children separated from their parents by the US Government. After seeing Kent’s work today and seeing his painting The Scream with the children being taken from their parents by our own Canadian Government and placed in residential schools hundreds of miles away from their families and homes, I realize that my own work is no way complete.
 

 

 

 
Today I have reembarked on the leaf drawings once again so that the final piece will include an acknowledgment of our own shameful history to represent how Canada failed the children of this country in a manner as cruel and inhuman as the treatment of the children of families seeking asylum by our neighbours to the south.
 

 

leaves of love


 
Five moments of the day on the trails in the Pacific Spirit Park where, no surprise, the leaves have a new meaning for us with two that caught our eyes today.
 
   
 

the view is sunny


 

It may be cloudy today with a forecast of snow here in Vancouver
but the view as the week begins couldn’t be sunnier.

start the day


 
It may be dark outside early in the morning but a view like this from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver on Monday is a good way to start the day don’t you think?

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
 

Happy Labor Day


 

Last night’s sunset in Vancouver was a winner.
Happy Labor Day, especially to our Frontline Heroes