Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Art Scene in Kelowna

I have heard so much about the art scene in Kelowna recently. Strange how a phrase comes to be floating about in conversations no matter where one goes. Some have said they don’t know anything about the art scene. Some … Continue reading

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Wicked Wind and Work

I am teaching the children’s writing class in the afternoon tomorrow and had fun working through some exercises. As I sit here in the studio a huge windstorm is blowing trees around and the building is creaking. Today I made … Continue reading

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Why do we lose our way?

Doldrums. Lack of sun. Uninspired. Putting on weight and the weight of the world I am cave dweller glum Under the gray sludge of the valley air. Inside my house the summer window closed by the curtain of clouds. Even … Continue reading

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How do you balance a life of art and politics?

Actually, art is integral to politics. It is not that one must pursue a “message” in the traditional, Marxist diligence of past decades. Politics is a word which means of the people. Art is the soul’s work. When a person … Continue reading

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Thank You to Jason Katzenback, Wikipedia, Sean P. Aune!!

The Craft of Creative Writing Mondays Jan 26- Mar 9 7pm-9pm Students are asked to Bring a journal to class for notes and inspired writing exercises. Bring examples of the genre explored in the next session to share. Be willing … Continue reading

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Wallace Stevens as I watch the bombings in Gaza

Another Weeping Woman Pour the unhappiness out From your too bitter heart, Which grieving will not sweeten. Poison grows in this dark. It is in the water of tears Its black blooms rise. The magnificent cause of being, The imagination, … Continue reading

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Does art hold its value?

Recently, an estate assessor came into my studio and talked to me about the “valuation” of art. It is, like everything else in life, about perception. I remember when I was doing research on the best place to pursue my … Continue reading

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What is today’s Horrorscope?

Inevitably my horoscope comes into my mailbox daily. Because I have many emails the mood of the day is explained to me in detail at least repeatedly. The building was locked today as I stood outside with about fifty pounds … Continue reading

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Elections and the Year of the Ox: How do we live our best lives?

Is it a year of hope? David Letterman’s top ten list of Obama’s signs of anxiety included the president elect looking for a superhero to help him. So much of the world’s economy depends on wise and considered decision of … Continue reading

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Do Politics Matter?

The current apathy, the lack of passion for getting involved in political issues is pervasive. The number of Canadians who turn out to vote indicates that people no longer have the heart for the process. Elections  have become less and … Continue reading

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