Night Music: Look What You’ve Done To Me

November 26, 2015

One of my truly favourite recordings.

Welcome Back, Jak

November 26, 2015

It seems like a dog’s age since I wrote anything substantive in here.  But I haven’t been lazy, just very busy with other stuff.

Most of the last five or six days has been taken up with creating maps from the corpus of data now in the Grandview Database. These maps will show versions of the historical development of Grandview from its founding in the early 1900s through to today.  But they sure eat up the time!  My plan is to present some of these maps at the January 21st meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group — come along and see for yourself!

I have also been entering almost a thousand new data points ready for the 1st December upgrade of the Database. It will seem a lot fuller and chunkier now, along with some reformatting work.

There has also been a lot of work behind the scenes for the NO TOWER Campaign.  For example, the emails concerning the failure of the City to supply requested information go on and on.  The matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner with a formal complaint.  I am hoping this ties in with the Commissioner’s own announced audit of the City of Vancouver’s compliance practices. We’ll see how that plays out.

There have been a long series of NO TOWER meetings with politicians and others; by Christmas, the Coalition members will have met with just about ever Councilor, for example. I tend to avoid the meetings themselves, but there is always a lot of discussion and preparation that goes into them. There is also a lot of other material to write and prepare for all the various facets of a community-based campaign.  The NO TOWER website is full of the results of these efforts of the entire group.

And that’s not to mention Thanksgiving (for my half-American family) and getting ready for Christmas and just keeping warm. It’s been busy!



Image: Street Art #12

November 25, 2015

street art xii _ all dressed up

Night Music: Unit 4 Plus 2

November 24, 2015

Back when this was new, I remember swapping a copy of the Stones’ “Not Fade Away” for a copy of “Concrete and Clay“.  Ahh, the foolishness of youth!

Image: Kayaks In The Mist

November 23, 2015

kayaks in the mist

Poem: Aromamore

November 23, 2015


was it the jitterbug perfume

she poured on my soul

— the fragrance of an everlasting kiss —

that keeps me staring

into the dark?

my neglected work

— lying angry like an abandoned maiden

scattered across my desk —

shivers with jealousy

as I part the curtains once more

and stare into that scented slice

of memory


Night Music: God Bless The Child

November 22, 2015