Sunday, March 30, 2014

Like local tv personalities you over dressed
The ones you tried to impress never noticed
just like you they were caught up in themselves
all you wanted to hear was your own voice
the choice you made was the predictable one
like ol' faithful you gushed every time
you dropped the dime
and sang the song that was requested
shaking hands was what you were made for
at least bred for in that small town
never one to be swayed by others
you did your own research
from questionable less reputable resources some said
not the kind of message you would want for the children
or for that matter put on the stand
in a court of law
was it something you saw or something you heard
the word is what comes down
in a small town
are the blood running through the veins of this place
trucks in the roadside stops
signs the only sign of anyone left alive

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sun rises
Trees grow
Rain falls
The surprise is in the eyes
when not just the mighty 
but all of us
have fallen
and though it leaves us breathless
and raucous
A force to be feared
like a snake
In the end you are running for the anti-venom
Or running from something
usually the past
If only life had an autocorrect 
instead it has moments
where you seek acceptance
you know the ones I mean
where we are the people that we dream of
You have the unmitigated attention of others
A connection that fits like a puzzle
and you try not to waste it
but somehow it feels like that
pretty normal
in an after school special kinda way
Or a john hughes film
the deductible you pay is the time it takes
to make it all happen
Time = Money

Ah, the indomitable Mr. Gervais...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

the ethics of make-up

Making up is hard to do


Animal ingredients

A number of different animal ingredients could be used in your makeup. Vegetarians should watch out for stearic acid and glycerin, both of which could come from animal or vegetable sources, sorbitan or octyl stearate, cochineal/carmine (found in lipsticks and made from crushed beetles), and silk - found in some eyeshadows. Vegans should also look out for beeswax, honey and lanolin.
Unfortunately, most products don’t include ingredients listings.

Harmful cultural practice?

Susan Jeffries in her book “Beauty and Misogyny” suggests that the wearing of makeup not only consumes women’s time and money but also their emotional space.(1) Though makeup’s supporters argue that it offers an opportunity for women to exercise creativity, this is rather limited, she argues, because “women are required to conform to strict rules in order to function in workplaces and escape criticism and discrimination.”(1) She concludes that makeup fits the criterion of a harmful cultural practice as defined by the UN, because “the substances that women apply to their hair, face and body in pursuit of beauty are directly dangerous to our health”.(1)
In liberated 2012, women can do whatever they like. It’s all about choice – including the choice of whether to wear make-up or not. However, given the pressure of marketing and society’s expectations of women to look ‘good’, it’s interesting to examine women’s relationship with make-up. Does make-up feel like a necessity or a fun optional extra? We asked three young women about their relationship with make-up.

VIA Ethical Consumer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This charity is amongst the World's smallest and most effective. It is literally 2 people who make a difference in untold poverty stricken children's lives. Right now they are working in Cambodia and all they rely on is an email list of generous people who send money to them for clothes, books, first aid, clean water, shoes, shelter and the list goes on.

Consider donating even a small amount to these folks, if you want to give to a worthwhile cause. Every cent will be spent wisely.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


York #1

York #2

Art Auction!

Mitch and Shar with their Tony Durke original, 'A Coalition Finds its way to Freedom', at the Oscar Party fundraiser for Cineworks in Vancouver, at the QE Playhouse. Photo by Lindsay Bailey. 

International Women's Day

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sunshine for Birthday Girl

In our eyes lie the secret to life
Not the house, the home
The way in which we roam is the decider
The wider picture is the one that draws focus
The trivialities turn the clock
We all just keep walking and talk gets deafening
You and I know the difference between that and this
which is a true collaboration
A destination to get to every day
For the most part, we make it
and if we don't, we fake it until we make it
which is what everybody else does
at any rate

birthday girl

Oh, you, my lover, friend and now mother
I like this in you, it is what came to be and it suits you
Wearing the ring is my shield for the parts of the world that are scary
It is bullet proof and beautiful
Growing up was easy and now that you are grown
Your understanding is alluring and humour beguiling
You threw the rule book out the window
You sped up when the light turned orange
Always the confidence, always the brilliance
And a dash of innocence

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

                     Antartica.                                                                                            NASA
                      flat iron, new york, 1930s.

Might as well jump. Jump! Go ahead and jump. Jump!

There have been quite a number of Wall Street jumpers lately. Seems like taking the plunge out of the office window is becoming the choice du jour for guilty, failed banksters. And for money. What a pointless thing to kill yourself over.  Not everyone is feeling sympathetic...