"Cat Stevens" is back.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, is blogging from COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (http://en.cop15.dk/) in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 7-18, 2009.
We invite you to check out her dispatches on the work to fight global warming. Copenhagen is a great opportunity for the church to work, pray, and reflect together on what Mardi calls "God’s abundant healing of soul, community, and creation." Also, please help bring more visibility to the Moderator's reflections from Copenhagen by linking to her blog from your own church websites!
Moderator Mardi Tindal's Mod Blog
COP15 Day 1: Connecting Dots
The World Gathers
So What to Do?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wendy got me this DVD for my birthday and I can't stop listening to it. Best guitar album I've heard in years! Nobody compares to Jeff Beck! (Yes, I said nobody!)
In this clip he covers "Eternity's Breath" by Mahavishnu Orchestra and Billy Cobham's super funky "Stratus".
I love the cool vibe of Beck's new (22-year-old) bassist, Tal Wilkenfeld too.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Lupe1 - dimitridf - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimitridf/3623271859/
Lupe2 - eebrierley - http://www.flickr.com/photos/eebrierley/3956746703/
Lupe3 - Mez Love - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mezdeathhead/2495923976/
Lupe4 - Kit Z - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kit_z/281922924/
Lupe5 - Gwen - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwen/2973166335/
Lupe6 - giveawayboy - http://www.flickr.com/photos/giveawayboy/13443959/
Lupe7 - catwommn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/catwommn/343193519/
Lupe8 - Industry_is_virture - http://www.flickr.com/photos/industry_is_virtue/2342742436/
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Above, my father-in-law Paul and I enjoy Thanksgiving by tinkering with the family dock, sometime last fall.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
WonderCafe (www.wondercafe.ca), the websites I work with, is presenting a huge street art event called Paint Your Faith. Four of the top aerosol artists in North America have been brought together to create a work of art on a 30' x 60' wall donated by Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. This tarp will cover the artwork until its unveiling (with a big block party) on Sept. 19. This is a great project and really inspiring to be a part of! More info here:
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Chief Arvol Looking Horse (S'unkawakan Wicas'a), 19th generation keeper of the original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation of the Sioux.
[Picture from an interesting article on a ceremony held to release the spirit of the bison which had died in Yellowstone.]
Thursday, August 27, 2009
1. Sen. Ted Kennedy
2. Cesar Chavez
3. The Dalai Lama
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I'm thinking a lot about Tony Elfering (R.I.P.) and our P*Land skating adventures back in the day. This Duane Peters video shows the radical P*Land style of skating in my opinion, which totally argo and quite different from the "gymnastics on wheels" style of pro skaters today. Glad to see Duane Peters has still got it, even at 40+ years of age, though he looks a lot worse for the wear-and-tear. He spits into the camera at the end (1:35), which is probably unnecessary, in case you want to skip that part :-) Still, great stuff!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
There is something very dangerous about the direction and tone of this activism. And--as Andrew Sullivan points out--it's been heard before in America.
[Flyer distributed in Dallas in November 1963.]
Monday, July 27, 2009
[Picture from NowToronto]
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"If you practice for ten years, you may begin to please yourself, after 20 years you may become a performer and please the audience, after 30 years you may please even your guru, but you must practice for many more years before you finally become a true artist—then you may please even God." --Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
"Guitarist Carlos Santana once said that a single note of Khan’s sarod 'goes right to my heart,' while classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin - who prompted Mr. Khan to first visit the United States in 1955 - once called the sarodist 'the greatest musician in the world.'"(Sepia Munity: "Farewell to Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.")
"Ustad Ali Akbar Khan embodied the very pinnacle of our great classical music tradition. In his hands, the sarod was an instrument that expressed with unsurpassed beauty and eloquence the noblest aspirations and deepest yearnings of the human soul." -- World Music Central
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
This evening, if you happen to be in Portland, go check out my Mom's book reading at Annie Bloom's Books! If you don't happen to be in Portland, you can check out my Mom's blog here, or just go buy a copy of Sisters Singing!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
"There were many good skaters who contributed positively to the sport and somehow Skateboarder magazine chose to promote a gang of kids who only sought to destroy the sport on an organized level." -Russ Howell
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I love rootsy reggae from the 1975-1985 era. Almost all the reggae albums I originally had from this period I picked up used at Logo's Bookstore in Santa Cruz, California -- at first mostly based on the cover art alone. I found some great music. Sadly, a lot of it isn't available digitally (and my albums all melted in the hot sun one summer ....).
Roots Archive is a great site for digging into old reggae.
Of course, wanting to remember anybody only in their prime and youth is a horrible denial of all the twists and turns we all go through in life. But after observing what happened to both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson over the course of their careers, who in their right mind would want what they had? Who would want to be a star? Not me.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
This beautiful car pulled up to us in the Junction yesterday. What it was doing in that neighbourhood I can only imagine. But it did remind me that the Junction is where Wendy's dad saw Queen Elizabeth I during a train stop in the 1930s. This could have been her car! It was that out of place!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I approached an elderly gentleman who seemed riveted, but disgusted by the scene in the street in front of him. “I’ve seen violence like this before,” he remarked, “What can one expect when you disrespect the people. This is a coup d’etat. After blatantly cheating the people they won’t be able to turn this off.”
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Rahaf Harfoush, a twenty-something Torontonian, was the new media strategist for the Obama campaign and is a brilliant speaker. She has written a cool book revealing all the secrets of Obama's ground-breaking (and many say, election-winning) use of social media to rally his folks and get out the vote.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Carlos Santana is beginning a two-year residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. I never thought of Carlos as a Vegas act, but there you go. Maybe Vegas has changed. But Carlos is still Carlos....
"In my own vision, I feel like we're bringing a Trojan horse to Las Vegas," Carlos Santana says.
"Not necessarily to infiltrate or to infect," he is quick to add. "But Las Vegas is basically realized on luck, chance and fortune. ... We're bringing something really different. It's called power to God's grace. There's no chance with that one."
The Santana sound can be "sexy, swampy and funky, but it still has the element of (John) Coltrane and Mahalia Jackson in it," he says. "It makes your hair stand up beyond the illusion of entertainment or show business.
"I love infusing and activating people with knowing that you and everyone in your family has a spark of the divine and you can make a difference."
[From "Spiritual Validation: Carlos Santana calls still being relevant an incredible blessing." May 29, 2009. Las Vegas Journal-Review]