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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Shine a light in the dark friends...and enjoy being together

What a time we are living in, eh? While it's easy to be upset and concerned (impossible not to be), I also can count my privileges...I am relatively affluent, quite safe, a white man, healthy and live in a stable social democracy.  All that to say, I am sad and angry and worried, but realize how many others are suffering or at risk more than I am. Trumpism is unleashing much that disturbs and much that is already harming people.

Here's something I love:



Hope
by Vaclav Havel

Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world
Either we have hope within us or we don’t.
Hope is not a prognostication—it’s an orientation of the spirit.
You can’t delegate that to anyone else.

Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy
when things are going well,
or the willingness to invest in enterprises
that are obviously headed for early success,
but rather an ability to work for something to succeed.

Hope is definitely NOT the same as optimism.
It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.

It is hope, above all, that gives us strength to live
and to continually try new things,
even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.
In the face of this absurdity, life is too precious a thing
to permit its devaluation by living pointlessly, emptily,
without meaning, without love, and, finally, without hope.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Cutting the Facebook Cord

I needed more psychic space,  more free moments each day, and to lose that twitchy must-check-it feeling - so I deactivated my Facebook page a few months ago. I miss some connections, some updates and the addictive rush of seeing notifications, etc.  However I really do feel freer and have more space opening up. (You can still MESSAGE me if you happen to miss me on FB.)

I will come back to my blog again more often I think.  In any case, here I am at the beginning of 2017...

One big thing in 2016. My mother died in November, at 90 years old and with lots of time with family in her final months. I was with her the last week each day and was there with brother Monty for her final breaths.  It was moving, profound and something every human will experience in some way (the departing, not the witnessing).

I find myself reaching for the phone...and then have a sinking feeling that she's gone.  So I talk to her in my mind.  She was a wonderful human...good, generous, witty, forgiving, smart and even stylish. Here's a photo from a couple of months before her death.



















That's it for now...more to come.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Not too many years ago I thought I'd be retired by now - living simply and doing lots of the things I enjoy - and only working for dough now and then if it interested me. (Those things include family, travel, paddling, hiking, reading, writing, activism,. hanging out in this cool town of Nelson etc...nothing overly ambitious.)

I even set my computer passwords to a declining-to-retirement phrase and number.  Well, here I am working a lot and not seeing away to slow down much, let alone stop. There are lots of reasons why - all related to economics or lifestyle, and there is also a sense that it's just harder to get by in these days of high-priced real estate and cheese (and many other things).

So I work on consulting contracts that appeal to me (mostly), balance it with vacations and time with family...and figure I'm fortunate to be in my 60's and have all that I have.  I suspect I won't be 'not-working' anytime soon...

Some of that work takes me north these days - the photo is from Old Hazelton, a little place I was in for 10 days recently.

Nice to see some of my long-time blogger friends here still!  Life goes on, eh?


Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 - who'd a thought it?

When I was 18 I really did think that 30 was old. Now that I'm in my 60's I look at anyone 30 and see someone who is still in the formative stages of young adulthood. Interesting.

Mark Twain did a nice job of describing how I sometimes feel:

"I am aware that I am very old now; but I am also aware that I have never been so young as I am now, in spirit, since I was fourteen and entertained Jim Wolf with the wasps. I am only able to perceive that I am old by a mental process; I am altogether unable to feel old in spirit. It is a pity, too, for my lapses from gravity must surely often be a reproach to me. When I am in the company of very young people I always feel that I am one of them, and they probably privately resent it."

Anyhow, all this by way of saying I'm still here, as in alive on the planet and also as a sometimes blogger, who uses facebook a lot more these days. Now I'll poke around your blogs and see what's up! 

Photo by Zoey - summer 2014



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Daughter Zoey just released a 5 track album, which was produced by son Ryan. I'm proud of course...and I like the songs!

Here is is if you'd like a listen.


http://lavalleelavallee.bandcamp.com/

 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time flies (whatever you're doing)

Life goes on, eh? Sometimes I see my face while shaving and wonder where the lines came from. (Sometimes I wink and say, "Hey! How ya doin?" but that's a different story).

I think if one is fortunate enough to live a long life, there are clearly stages somewhat defined by age. The middle age years do bring about reflection and angst for many. The 50's seem to be a time of moving to comfort with oneself (hopefully) and I am now in my 60's and in many ways I do feel at one with my place on the turning orb of Earth. 

Now if only I had more time to read, gaze at the mountains, stroll the abandoned track bed, coffee with friends regularly, rant like a madman on certain issues, travel the globe with Anna and more...that would be nice.

Fall in Nelson BC

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Still here!

It's so long between blog posts that I wonder sometimes if I should continue leaving it up at all. However, it's sort of like an old address book - I know I may need it. I also like to look at what some of you, who I met here, are up to.

On the what's up front:
- We bought a house in town in Nelson BC and are in the midst of moving. Walking distance to everything...and the landlord where we are is delighted for us to leave our canoe on his beach (with an open invite).
- We're going to Europe this summer for a few weeks (Berlin, Paris and Devon, UK).
-  My wonderful children, who are featured in these many posts, are doing well. Zoey is in Mexico with a friend, then off to Montreal to visit her bro for a couple of months (Ryan is studying electro-acoustic music at Concordia University). Zoey has another year at UVIC in Victoria, BC.
-  I'm older than the last time I wrote here!  Still in good health, sound of mind (if a little warped in the humour department), and generally pretty happy on the 'how is it to be a humanoid now?' scale.  Still working on human rights issues, watching political news in moderation and considering wearing an Anonymous mask to work...

I'll post some photos soon. I can be found being a simple minded modern person - over at Facebook, more often than here. I know...


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