Sunday Evening Reflection: Our Lady of the Isles

Thig crìoch air an t-saoghal, ach mairidh gaol is ceòl. The world will end, but love and music will endure. Gaelic Proverb The Outer Hebrides, also known as The Western Isles, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.  These islands are separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides…

Sunday Evening Reflection: Cindy Sherman

“The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told.” Cindy Sherman A year ago, on October 26, 2019, Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition, Cindy Sherman, opened with great fanfare. I had marked this event several months in advance, as this exhibition was an exploration of Cindy Sherman’s…

Sunday Evening Reflection: Kamui Mintara Playground of the Gods

Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods), situated on the slopes of Burnaby Mountain Park, a few steps away from the Simon Fraser University campus, was a gift to the City of Burnaby from its Japanese twin City of Kushiro. There is a gentle reverence that pervades the pristine parkland that overlooks the city of Vancouver,…

Sunday Evening Reflection: Benediction

Over the past months, I have taken my poetry recitation outside. There seems to be a fresh energy that comes when surrounded by the sounds of a vibrant nature scene that thrives within the confines of city life. “Benediction” by Georgia Douglas Johnson was my companion when I came upon a family (gaggle) of Canadian…

Sunday Evening Reflection: A Farewell to September

I welcome October, the season of gold and mists, of lingering sunshine and darkening clouds, of harvest and thanksgiving. I gather my books and supply of fragrant teas, much like a squirrel puts away her acorns for the coming winter. And yet, my heart still remembers the loveliness of September and the way the days…

Sunday Evening Reflection: The Road to Abbotsford

Abbotsford is a historic country house in the Scottish Borders, near Galashiels, on the south bank of the River Tweed. It was once the home of Sir Walter Scott, poet, historian and biographer. Abbotsford came under the care of The Abbotsford Trust in 2007 – a charitable trust created following the death of Dame Jean…