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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...


Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 is a long way from 1951

It's been a long time since my last post, although I do lurk on some of your blogs now and then (I like the word "lurk"). 

When do we have the blogging-friends party? If anyone wants to help organize it, I will host it here in Nelson BC. We can sit at the library computer bank and send messages and posts to each other; paddle in a flotilla of canoes on the lake (I want to see Susan and Lindsay try to paddle while talking like mad...I want to paddle with Cheri and tease her); eat grilled wild salmon and fresh potatoes; talk late into the night over wine (and whisky for the bold)...it's all possible.  Life is too short not to try.  Let me know.

Meanwhile, the daughter is now 22 and completing her degree in Philosophy and Spanish, while working on her music. Here's a video of Zoey and her friend Evy Jane...written, performed and produced by them. I like it, but I'm the dad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tC6Emhfb4E&feature=plcp


The photo is evidence that the 16th annual mens lake cruise did indeed take place. (Kate Winslet never showed...).



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Still here, just not 'here' much...

I'm over at facebook more than here...and on twitter now and then too - and simply involved in a busy life. But I can't pull the plug on Withinsight and when I visit, I remember my lovely connections through here.  Hello you!

All is good here in Nelson BC. The lake is shimmering today, there are blossoms and verdant greens on the hills and mountains...and still snow up top. Almost makes me forget about the state of the planet and the things that drive me mad (intolerance makes me very intolerant for example). 

Some random artifacts from my current time (is that an oxymoron?).

Some songs from the daughter, who continues to do well with all things good.  Zoey Ockenden

The son does well too, and goes to Concordia in Montreal this fall for Electroacoustic music - a sample piece here:   Ryan Orion

Some photos...click to biggerize them.


The kids in Victoria, BC Easter 2012

Moi...at Fletcher Falls near Nelson, BC

Canada Day last year - can it get more Canadian?

Nelson waterfront at low water in spring 2012



Saturday, November 05, 2011

Occupy your heart

There's a lot of discussion and public venting of opinions on the Occupy movement. The gist is usually that protestors may have some legitimate gripes, but they are unfocused at best, and rather annoying and should go home. Here's a link to a US Senator who takes that critique and turns it on its head.





I think there are a few other things happening too:

- Discovering that there a movement can arise that doesn't really care if the mainstream media or politicians get them...that predictable outcomes are something those in power should be afraid of (or pay attention to).

- Being rich ain't what it used to be ... at least the uber-rich might consider not flaunting it in a world that is beginning to see them as, ignorant and wasteful.

- Moving to conversation before taking positions or demands is a good thing...this one leading to conversation about equity and what kind of society we want to live in.

I'm an optimist by nature, and I don't need to see results or clear plans to know when an idea is gaining some ground. Or as one demonstration sign hopefully says, "THE BEGINNING IS NIGH!"

Monday, September 05, 2011

Summer has been fine...

Summer took a while to launch here in Nelson, BC Canada...with a long, wet and cool spring, which seemed to bleed into mid-July. But finally August came in with trumpets blaring and it's been mostly sunny, clear and filled with beauty.


Our home was also filled with visitors from Australia, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Gabriola Island and Japan. Loved every one of them, but also enjoyed the odd quiet day, with the canoe calling, playtime with the neighbors on the beach, a good novel or a few...and the feeling of 'summer' that brings back the Halcyon days of childhood.


Tomorrow feels like the first day of the year.



Blossoms just outside front door

Ready to paddle?

Restored Streetcar #23 - running through Lakeside Park, Nelson



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