Freedom in the Delay

Whenever anyone brings up the subject of procrastination, they invariably give a nod to Mark Twain who stated with his usual clarity and generous humour: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to…

Moving On

There is a time to move on. That is what my grandmother told me many years ago. It is how we move on that makes life interesting, productive, meaningful. We cannot change time, or the season. What we can do is embrace the present, to honour the moments that are given and affirm the poignancy…

Star Watchers

“We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered was the earth.” Bill Anders, Apollo 8 Astronaut We are Star Watchers. When we think of the infinite or question our place in the universe, our first action is to look upward. The sky holds opportunities and…

53 Seconds

53 Seconds of Meditation. Meditation has been defined as engaging in mental exercise, breathing deeply and repeatably so as to reach a special and elevated understanding of our place in the fast-paced, mercurial world that surrounds us. Reflections, pondering or whatever you believe meditation to be – definitions are easier than the practical application. Simply…

Art Under a Bridge

  The idea of permanence imbues feelings of safety and security. Stability, durability, endurance, constancy – these words allow us to indulge in long-term planning and undertake big dreams that will happen sometime in the future.    The assumption of indefinite unchangeability suggests that we have time enough for everything because what is today, will surely…

Creative Spirits & Innovative Cities

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…