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“Please, I Need Some Help With This”

I am trying something completely new.

I get ideas for blogging all the time, but if I’m not actually in front of; a piece of paper, an open/ready WordPress app – the idea/ideas are as good as gone.

Okay – so today as I was puttering in the kitchen, I was inspired to listen to Fleetwood Mac’s – Rumours album (1977… I know!).

Anyway, my brain was yet again actively engaged in, my never ending obsession over ‘community’.

I mean – what is this?

I even draw conceptual pictures about it.

[photo of b+w sketch here]

[photo of colour sketch here]

All the time I was in the kitchen, listening to my music, I was going back and forth to my pad of paper and wrote down my ‘random’ community thoughts. Ugh!

[photo of my scribbly notes on community here].

Anyway here’s my idea. I am going to dictate my notes into my blog here, hoping you can help me decipher my meandering thoughts.

Here goes:

Our children are sacred.

They are very important to our ongoing civilization and evolution as a species.

We nurture them.

We are their role models.

As part of our community, they will grow up into caring nurturing adults.

We can heal our past wounds by focusing on the pain we don’t want.

Each of us has a role in our community to look after ‘our ‘children. Providing for their needs.

Where one cannot do… Another will pick up.

[something needs to go here???]

We will all understand the same desire… And we will work towards that desire (values?).

[hand sketch of stages of life: Baby. Toddler. Child. Teen (another word for ‘teen’?). Young adult. Adult. Elder. With the stages is a drawing of a ‘wavy line’ (horizontal) representing the ‘ups + downs’ of life/stages of life. Each wavy line has a horizontal ‘straight line’ going thru the ‘middle’. This ‘straight’ line represents ‘balance/harmony’]

Community is: collective, collaborative, living, experimental.

Community = The whole.

Community = Life. Balance. A safe place to experiment. To take risks.

Community will always strive for balance and harmony. Under those values… the community will know when things are out of balance.

[analogy for community in a drawing. As follows:

stars (stars in the sky = highs in life)

boat (boat = community = balance/harmony)

anchor (anchor below the water = lows in life)]

Something about a ‘barometer’ came to mind here.

I have a whole other page of notes on ‘time’ and how we work with it – but will leave it for another post.


Hold Fast

I just got back to the house from a dog walk.

It is a beautiful day. Sunny. Warm.


It’s been a hard winter.


When I was out walking in the neighbourhood, I saw people; raking, picking up branches, changing over winter tires, watching their kids playing. I saw kids walking with friends. Kids biking. Kids walking their dogs.

Last night, our family watched a movie. “Hold Fast”. I’ve been thinking about it a lot today. I love Newfoundland.

With all of that, I make these observations:

If we want a better quality of life, we need to reflect – what we want.

Think it. Live it. Be it.

We all want to be respected. We don’t always know how this works.

Be polite. Be kind. Be understanding. Be open. Listen. Observe. Pause.

Be mindful. Be grateful.


Life is hard.


“It takes a Village – to raise a child”.

It takes a ‘Village’ – to raise a ‘Village’.

If we are fortunate, in this life, we grow from being babies, into children, into teens, and then into adulthood.

Not everyone experiences all of these diverse stages – living their life on this planet.

We grow older. Our bodies give way. We die.

It’s okay to die. It is okay to be afraid of dying.

Death – is just the last piece of ‘our’ puzzle. It is always harder for those left behind.


We cannot deny death. It ‘is’ our impending death, that helps us appreciate our life.

We are not immortal.

We should not live – as if we are.

We ‘are’ just passing through. It’s okay that we are just passing through.


Regardless of where we live on this planet – our needs are basically the same.

We ‘are’ basically the same.

We need water.
We need food.
We need shelter and to feel safe. We need to feel – that we are loved.
We need to feel connected – to things outside ourselves.
We need to feel – we belong to a community.

Past these things – we can flourish.


We are all individuals, but we need to work together.

We have a lot of problems, but they aren’t big enough to be unsolved.

We do not ‘own’ anyone, but ourselves.

Parents do not ‘own’ their children. Parents give birth and look after their children, until these children are ready to go off on their own.

We need to feel nurtured – in all stages of our life. From birth – until death.

We need to look after each other.

It takes a Village – to raise a Village.

Many hands – make light work.

Many minds bring many solutions.

Many minds bring different perspectives.

It’s okay to disagree.

Things are rarely – black and white.

Things can be messy and grey. It’s okay that it can be like this.

We need to care for each other.

We need to work together.

We need to respect one another.

We need to work ‘with’ our planet.

Our planet is our home.

Home – is important.

Tom Thomson visits Canoe Lake Cemetery: Uncut Version”

Tom Thomson visits Canoe Lake Cemetery: Uncut Version".

Your Body Is My Canvas

art by: Alexa Meade

A Blanc Canvas Rambling
I love watching TED videos. For me, they represent ‘visual’ snippets of a concept or idea, that our fantastic brain can create. TED e-mails arrive in my Inbox, et voila. Based on interest, I can choose whether I want to watch – or not.

I am a ‘visual learner’. It’s how I learn best.
[Admin Brain: “Did you forget, you also learn by doing?”]

And we are all ‘different’ in the way each of us learns.
[Admin Brain: “And is a conjunction – you know?”]

And… there is absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g wrong with this.
[Admin Brain: “And is a… NVM”]

It’s makes life diverse.

It makes life interesting.

It’s how our brain works.

It doesn’t mean we can’t learn through other methods (i.e. audio, written word etc.), it just means our brain works better with ‘one’ of them. It’s like we are in ‘the learning groove’ when we work with the method we prefer best. And we like being in our learning groove! It’s safe in there.
[Admin Brain: “Your audience should consider ‘the learning groove’ as they interact with other people… especially when they feel annoyed others are not seeing/doing things in ‘their’ own learning groove”.]

In “Your Body Is My Canvas” video, artist Alexa Meade demonstrates what I call ‘upside down thinking’.
[Admin Brain: “Huh?”]

Upside down thinking [to me] means changing our brain’s normal pattern of thinking, to something else. But, something ‘really’ different. Like how Alexa was thinking.
[Admin Brain: “But is a conjunction – you know.”]

Happily, [I saved my ass] I was able to come up with a solution to a few problems thinking this way.
[Admin Brain: “Your audience should consider ‘upside down thinking’ next time they have a tough problem and their brain isn’t able to figure it out – using the ‘old’ learning grove… especially when they are under the gun [need to save their ass”].

Next from A Blanc Canvas…
Aviary App

This Is Me In Grade 9

In honour of the awkwardness of Grade Niners.

“Grade 9”

songwriters: Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Andy Creeggan, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart

I found my locker and I found my classes
Lost my lunch and I broke my glasses
That guy is huge! that girl is wailin’!
First day of school and I’m already failing

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

I’ve got a blue-and-red Adidas bag and a humongous binder
I’m trying my best not to look like a minor niner
I went out for the football team to prove that I’m a man
I guess I shouldn’t tell them that I like Duran-Duran

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

Well half my friends are crazy and the others are depressed
And none of them can help me study for my math test
Got into the classroom and my knowledge was gone
Guess I should’ve studied instead of watching wrath of khan

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

They called me chicken legs, they called me four-eyes
They called me fatso, they called me buckwheat
They called me Eddie

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

I’ve got a red leather tie and a pair of rugger pants
I put them on and I went to the high school dance
Dad said I have to be home by eleven
Aw man I’m gonna miss stairway to heaven

This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine
This is me in grade nine, baby, this is me in grade nine

Happy Anniversary | Aug 30 1996

Working on a card for my husband.

Front of card.

Back of card.

Harvest Moon
Neil Young

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say

Just like children sleepin’
We could dream this night away.

But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light

We know where the music’s playin’
Let’s go out and feel the night.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar

When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart.

But now it’s gettin’ late
And the moon is climbin’ high

I want to celebrate
See it shinin’ in your eye.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

Beer And A Banana Nut Muffin


No – it’s not a banana nut muffin!

It’s a S’mores thingy. Humph! : |

… just watch this… ok? 10 million other people did.

The Power of Vunerability

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