Creative Spirits & Innovative Cities

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FAÇADE Festival 2017

It was a late night in early September.  The summer warmth lingered, still unwilling to give way to a cooler season. The muted lights of Vancouver’s downtown cafes spilled onto the streets, mingling with laughter, voices and the aroma of fragrant spices.

In the midst of a vibrant night scene, one street commanded a hushed audience fully engaged within a mythological world of light and music.  It was opening night of the FAÇADE Festival 2017 that began at 7:30 p.m. and would end at Midnight.

The FAÇADE  Festival is a week-long public art production presented by the Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Jane Jacobs once wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because and only when they are created by everybody.” Artistic expression is the foundation of bringing communities together.  When we recognize and share our creative spirit we are building innovative cities that will continue to thrive within a vast global world.

 

A Blessing

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For that which we are about to eat, may we be truly thankful.

Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

“Some hae meat and canna eat, –

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

Sae let the Lord be thankit.”

Robert Burns

Happy Thanksgiving

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“A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.”  Canadian Parliament proclamation, Thursday, January 31, 1957

I was once told that practice makes perfect; in my experience, I found that it also makes permanent.  A thankful spirit comes from practicing gratitude on a regular basis.  This week will be dedicated to thanking our family, friends, community and fellow creatures that walk with us in the world.

Vancouver Gastown Steam Clock

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?” William A. Ward

Anger & Answers

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Sometimes it’s okay to be angry – at injustice, hunger, poverty and discrimination.   These are universal struggles that require the entire global community to focus on seeking answers, rather than assessing blame.

It starts with me.  Today, I will join the community and focus my energies on solutions.

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.”
William Arthur Ward

Talent vs. Genius

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, Vancouver B.C.

May our eyes see beyond the obvious and take another look at the improbable, impossible and impractical…perhaps we have overlooked genius?

Back Home…

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I have read many books that promise to reduce the cost of travel, yet I confess that I have never completely mastered the frugal concepts brought forth in these self-help books.  There is always a crisis, at the last minute to shred my budget. All is not lost! There is good news – travel is not limited to distance. Coming home is just the beginning of reconnecting with your own country.

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton