CP Rail Arbutus Corridor

Arbutus Corridor Controversy

I first discovered the Arbutus Corridor in 2013 when I had a client in Kerrisdale. Every now and then I go back and walk down sections of it I haven’t visited before.  I really like what they’ve done with the place. Along this 11-kilometre stretch of unused railway line, residents have created and maintained community […]

People watching in Gas Town

People Watching is More Interesting than TV Sitcoms

I had a drum teacher that told me he never gave half hour lessons because he felt that it was too short a time frame. His reasoning was that by the time he explained a certain concept and then demonstrated what it should sound like, there was no time left for the student to explore […]

Carnegie Library Vancouver

Carnegie Library Romance

It might seem like an inconsequential thing to add to a bucket list, but it’s on mine for a reason. I always get the same reverent feeling walking into a library as I do entering a church, but there’s something about a Carnegie library that intensifies the experience. When I finally made my way to […]

City of Vancouver

Vancouver City Hall

Since reading City Making in Paradise, I have become more aware of why and how a city looks and functions in the way it does. In this spirit of pilgrimage, I visited Vancouver City Hall earlier this week, where many important decisions regarding Vancouver’s infrastructure, services, etc. are made. This “new” Vancouver City Hall, in […]

Moon from Balcony

Peacock Chair with Moon

Even though I’ve had my little camera for a couple of years, we’re still getting used to one another. Taken in mid-May of this year from my balcony, I tried to capture the full moon. I think I missed getting the setting right for a night sky picture, but I liked how it captured the […]

Gordon Wood School

One Room Schoolhouse

Earlier today I took the bus to Broadway and MacDonald to do errands. On the way back, because it was such a beautiful, sunny day,  I randomly got off the bus and walked around. I ended up at MacDonald and West 7th Ave. This part of the street dead-ends into a park behind General Gordon […]

SFU Library at Harbour Centre

Belzberg Library

One of my clients used to rent office space in a building directly across from SFU Harbour Centre. Simon Fraser University has several campuses and buildings downtown. But ever since I caught a glimpse of a library through the large, front windows, I’ve wanted to check it out. So one day in May, I strode […]

Apartment Buidling Flower Bed

Flower Bed

I pass by this apartment building all the time on my way to Davie Street. For the length of the building, they don’t have grass; just flower beds on either side of the entrance. There’s always something interesting growing there. In summer, it’s a riot of colour. It’s not so bad in the spring either. […]

Foto Friday

Fireworks

I have been watching the annual fireworks display from my balcony ever since I moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver. It started out as Symphony of Fire, sponsored by Benson & Hedges, but when the Canadian tobacco advertising laws changed in 2000,  another sponsor was found and the competition was renamed Celebration of Light.  One of […]

Friends & Family

Afternoon with the Bard

Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to attend a matinee performance of The Tempest on the Main Stage of Bard on the Beach. My friend Maggie was given two tickets, and she asked me if I wanted to go. Of course I said yes! Walking to Vanier Park, the greyness of the day […]

From Journals Past

Dismissed – Fragment 55

She feels redundant, dismissed, irrelevant. As if her efforts are not valued. She tries to feel gifted with music, patience, understanding and love. She tries to dance with electricity and perspective. But in the end, she harbours a secret understanding that the people in her life – both work and personal – bludgeon her with […]

Movies

Structural Integrity of a Literary Composition

Last Thursday, I met up with a friend for a movie and a bite to eat. We chose to see The Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively (Adaline Bowmann) and Michiel Huisman (Ellis Jones). It’s the story of Adaline, who mysteriously remains frozen in time at the age of 29, even though in actual years, […]

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