The Missing Piece

When I walk to a favourite bakery, I chose a path that will take me by “The Missing Piece” mural by the artist iHeart. There is a positive energy that comes from the message of a young girl finding a missing piece and reaching up on her tiptoes to find its rightful place in the…

Tancho Crane – Sister Cities Kushiro & Burnaby

“Burnaby was one of the first communities in Canada to recognize the economic and cultural opportunities of “friendships” with Asian cities and has supported a very active sister city relationship with Kushiro, Japan since 1965.” City of Burnaby In 2005, The City of Burnaby celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Exchange Affiliation agreement with Kushiro…

Granville Island Walk in December

“To steward this public land for meaningful urban and social experimentation among diverse, creative, cultural, and business models, engaging local First Nations and communities while welcoming the world.” Mission Statement Granville Island I have always known Granville Island as the location of a thriving public market and theater district, surrounded by art galleries, vibrant businesses…

The Valuable Time of Maturity

Mário Raul de Morais Andrade (1893-1945) was a Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian, critic and photographer. He was one of the founders of Brazilian modernism and a pioneer in the field of ethnomusicology. The rain has been with us for several days and I was thinking back to the summer walks in North Vancouver’s…

April 27, 2020 The Gift of Days

“When the rain comes, I will remember today because I have taken photos to remind me of Spring.” Those were my words on April 27, 2020, when I walked a nature path on a crisp, late afternoon. It was the time when day surrenders its light to the coming night, leaving a mellow hue as…

Welcome December

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie December has arrived, the month full of festive promise. Christmas carols are playing in stores as shoppers, with masks…