Monday, March 30, 2009
Introducing my friend Marsha...
This links to Artful Solutions, a website that portrays the art of my friend Marsha, in Victoria BC. It also gives you some insights into Marsha, a very special woman indeed. I hope you can visit and have a look around.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Spring in the mountains...
I have to be cautious when I say that this winter seemed far too long and I'm done with it. Only because I was in Hawaii for about a month and anyone who knows that would be justified to treat me like an AIG bonus recipient.
But look at this photo, just outside the bedroom. Yes! Snowdrops rising as the snow itself disappears.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Inspiration...hope...feeling the fight
is to make hope possible,
rather than despair convincing.
- Raymond Williams, Welsh academic, novelist and critic
Tianamen Square 1989
And this is Severn Suzuki, when she was 13. She's David Suzuki's daughter and is an adult activist now.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A Wee Toast on Saint Paddy's Day O
Here's to the band Flogging Molly, to Mr. J. Depp, to pirates and wenches everywhere and to everyone with a wee bit o Oyrish in yer bones. (That's you!)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Humour for the road...
A little humour for you (Canuck style).
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Okay, just to make it really new I'll add a photo of Anna and I on Kauai a month ago - which has nothing to do with Cuba directly (other than the latitude and the Obama reference).
I smoke a nice Habana cigar with 2 pals every so often as well (goes well with a smooth single malt whisky). These tobacco gems are brought back from Cuba vacationers or purchased locally here in Nelson.
Our government talks to their government - there are investments, development opportunities, cultural exchanges. Hey, Prime Minister Trudeau and Fidel were pals (see above).
Okay now - I know the US/Cuba history thing... even lived in Miami for two years, so I know the Cuban American vote thing too. I also work on behalf of some Cuban prisoners of conscience through Amnesty. It's not perfect there (although US rented Gitmo has even more illegal prisoners than Fidel does).
So what's with the cold war, the embargo, the propaganda, the imposed hardship on Cubans, the military threats? Why not thaw things out, normalize it? How long do you think it would take for people power, trade and investment to bring down the cafe-leche wall?
I fear for the Cubans when fast food, bullshit entertainment, free market etc. arrive, but something must change. Put President Carter on the job and things would change in a few years. I think he gets it.
Meanwhile, those Canadian winters will continue to be moderated with Cuban beaches, nasty big lovely cigars, rum and good food.