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Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2010 20:27 Written by Norm Tucker Thursday, 02 April 2009 20:08

 

Welcome to our evolving and growing magazine-website. New additions include:

 


The Last Dream and More Questions The Last Dream and More Questions

My new poem considers last and lost dreams in the context of visualizing the present and future and envisioning a society and a life we might become proud of. Too much to ask for?


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The Environment - Everybody The Environment - Everybody's Talking - But Who's Doing Anything?

The two-week United Nations environmental extravaganza has started in Copenhagen. 192 nations and their retinues will attend. 1,200 limos will be on hand. 140 private planes will arrive. There will be 15,000 participants, 5,000 journalists, countless
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What Is the Meaning of the Swiss Vote to Ban Minarets? What Is the Meaning of the Swiss Vote to Ban Minarets?

Tiny Switzerland - about half the size of New Brunswick, has just voted in a referendum to ban the building of Islamic-minarets. Why?

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Procrastination #2 - The Sabbatical is Interrupted Again Procrastination #2 - The Sabbatical is Interrupted Again

Faithful followers of this site, will recall the announcement of my sabbatical. Unfortunately, this has not quite happened - yet, and plans are being revised. In the meantime, it seems appropriate to update the status of my procrastination series.

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State of Art #1 - Earth:Art of a Changing World State of Art #1 - Earth: Art of a Changing World

Art to be art, artists to be artists communicate. But what does it communicate? Is there a story? Or is there a communication disconnect. Interrupting my sabbatical, I asked these questions after looking at images from the recent Royal Academy of the Arts exhibition. Or is it inconvenient art?

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Gone  - So Long For Now Gone - So Long For Now

Fall is here, winter soon follows, and we are taking a break - a sabbatical. For now, we'll say so long, see you soon with a card from Joci Sirak.

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Is it art? Is it art?

For several months, I have considered, and some would say procrastinated over an article and a dialogue on art, an article spurred on by a cartoon of all things.

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Taoist Inner Tube Rider - Poetry and Songs by Virginia Gillespie Taoist Inner Tube Rider - Poetry and Songs by Virginia Gillespie

The poet, Virginia Gillespie tells us in her introduction, that the 'Taoist Inner Tube Rider' is a "metaphor for the way I write. There is an impulse, I drop into it and trust the flow". Reading the book of poems and songs gave me a sense of flow, of healing water and well-being.

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BlueBeary by Kathleen McMillan, Illustrated by Rebekah Joy Plett BlueBeary by Kathleen McMillan, Illustrated by Rebekah Joy Plett

BlueBeary is a book for children but I enjoyed it anyway. What a great book? I remember years ago browsing to find suitable books for my daughters. "Nope. Nope." For one reason or other, I discarded them. However, BlueBeary is one affirming, nourishing and satisfying book.

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Remembrance 2009 - Three Videos Remembrance 2009 - Three Videos

I am grateful to Peter Emmons for suggesting the 'Put Down That Weapon' and the Paul Hardcastle videos. I have added Buffy Sainte-Marie and the 'Universal Soldier'. This concludes my 3-part series on Remembrance Day 2009.

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East is East and West is West - Or Is It? East is East and West is West - Or Is It?

The phrase "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet" - begins the first and last stanza of Rudyard Kipling's poem The Ballad of East and West. The phrase, widely familia,is often quoted to reflect on an unbridgeable polarity or to justify-rationalize an unsolved conflict.

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Remembrance 2009 - The Family Remembrance 2009 - The Family

I'm a war baby, or more appropriate a product of the war - WW II. A bit scary and complicates things, especially when my brother married a German girl.

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Remembrance and Beyond 2009 - Poetry Remembrance and Beyond 2009 - Poetry

We remember on November 11.

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Diversions #1 - For a Rainy Day Diversions #1 - For a Rainy Day

The weather - yesterday, rain - today, rain - tomorrow and into next week, rain. We need a diversion. Here are nine images.

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Procrastination #1 Procrastination #1

I have been meaning to write an article about the much maligned issue of procrastination. I still mean to do so. Procrastination has many positive qualities and should be celebrated. More to come...

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Is the Real Obama a Fake?  Will the burden be too great? Is the Real Obama a Fake? Will the burden be too great?

Many a politician lies mortally wounded on the field of excessive expectations. Barack Obama seems to be either good or lucky (O'Bama?) or both. He has won the Nobel Prize. He's taken charge to revitalize the world's economy. A Billion Dollar Health ...

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The Magnificent Seven - A Poem The Magnificent Seven - A Poem

As October passed, so did all my balcony plants except for one petunia that has survived and continues to bring me joy in November...

 

The Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama's Macaroni Moment

If you suddenly came face to face, nose to nose with that smiling countenance called The Dalai Lama, how would you greet him? That question came to my mind after listening on the radio, to the Mayor of Vancouver last month when The Dalai Lama arrived...

 

Prelude - Joci Prelude - Joci's New Book Coming Soon

Here are a few images from Joci Sirak's forthcoming book (Vancouver in Black and White is the 'working title') to which I have added the quatrains - words that garnish...


 

At the Gallery #3: Vagaries at the VAG At the Gallery #3: Vagaries at the VAG

 

At the Gallery #2 - Vibrant and Memorable Art by Nicole Carrie At the Gallery #2 - Vibrant and Memorable Art by Nicole Carrie

 

Customer Services From The Heart 1 Customer Services From The Heart 1

 

Diversity 2 - Images from Emily Carr Graduates of 2009 Diversity 2 - Images from Emily Carr Graduates of 2009

 

Diversity 1 - Diversity Week in 2008 at University of Queensland Diversity 1 - Diversity Week in 2008 at University of Queensland

 

Canine Capers - A Dogged Diversion Canine Capers - A Dogged Diversion

 

The Third Eye - Novel by Mahtab Narsimhan The Third Eye - Novel by Mahtab Narsimhan

 

Little Hunger - Poetry by Philip Kevin Paul Little Hunger - Poetry by Philip Kevin Paul 

 

Canadian Notebook #3 - Corazan Aquino & William Lyon Mackenzie King Canadian Notebook #3 - Corazan Aquino & William Lyon Mackenzie King

 

A Canadian Notebook #2 - The Fatal Look-Back A Canadian Notebook #2 - The Fatal Look Back - The Miracle Mile

 

  Eau de Cadillac - A Poem Eau de Cadillac - A Poem - GM in a Bottle

 

 Full of Gas Full of Gas - Humor Too Loose at the Louvre

 

I Am A Spirit I Am A Spirit and Moments of Love - Poetry in Celebration of Life

 

A Canadian Notebook #1 - July 8.09 A Canadian Notebook #1 - Multicultural Challenge

  

What Woould Gandhi Do?Be the Change You Want to See in the World

A review and excerpt from Pummy Kaur’s book, "What Would Gandhi Do? – simple solutions to global problems". The author considers what individuals can do locally and globally to help solve complex problems such as poverty, pollution, global warming, crime, drugs.and more.

Gandhian principles - 21 of them - are brought into play and we are left to consider how we can participate as citizens of the world. Each us can start with a small step and builds from there.

 "What Would Gandhi Do? is an excellent and challenging book. Ms. Kaur speaks to us directly and honestly, from experience, and with integrity.

 

  

Chinatown iiiPhotography Without Fear - Dialogue with Joci 

An ongoing conversation with Joci Sirak starts by reviewing his series of Chinatown photos. He shares his creative process, how and why he chooses his subjects and the challenges and rewards of being a photographer.

"When I go out with my camera...I’m totally relaxed, try to think of nothing, just let everything flow around me. It is an ultimate pleasure and some kind of joyful meditation to me...."

    

 

Lonely Land"Cedar and Jagged Fir Uplift Sharp Barbs – the Beauty of Strength Broken By Strength and Still Strong"

The above words start and close  A.J. M. Smith's poem 'The Lonely Land'. Juxtaposing this poem with Group of Seven, Tom Thomson paintings, and recent photographs, we ask, "Is the land lonely? Is Canada lonely? Are Canadians lonely? What do the words and images tell us about Canadian values and relationships? Where does the notion of loneliness come from and how does it impact the lives of Canadians and the institutions of Canada?"

 

 

Dragonfly Dance

 Metamorphosis - Grow and Change - Poetry

"Sweeping the pond/ The dragonfly bears witness/ To change/It was always so/ It will always be thus/ Grow and change".


 

 


 Journal Bliss

Violette's new book, 'Journal Bliss - creative prompts to unleash your inner eccentric' is now available. For those of us who keep a diary or journal, or just wish to, or want to add some creativity, fun and joy to our communications, here is a book with lots of practical ideas. It is a useful book....

 

See also  Violette.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

Mind Mapping Mind Mapping - learning and using the process - may be the best way to improve and increase your ability and capacity to think, organize and communicate your thoughts. Yes, it may be the best way. And Tony Buzan, a graduate of Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, is an expert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Norm Tucker

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