Tuesday, November 30, 2010


This is absolutely a Fabulous Video, documenting the incredible work that goes into drum making and the beautiful Rythmn in Rich Africa Culture. It is 10 minutes but really a wonderful video I hope you will watch and share!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eastside Culture Crawl- Last Day- Check It Out!!

This is from Ross, we were in Rebecca Coleman's Social Media Class. He and his wife and business partner Sarolta Dobi also attended Langara's Photography Program about 5 years before me. If you have a chance to go, you should, I hope to go next year!

To wander the open studios in the Eastside Culture Crawl.


Drop by a studio if you get a chance today!


Ross Den Otter

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tina Winterlik - Art Show-Bean Around the World!

Please Visit Bean Around the World in Kitsilano(on Cornwall / Walnut St.)
Art Work on Display by Artist Tina Winterlik
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Paintingathon http://paintingathon.blogspot.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Help Covenant House- Save The Future!!

The other day I got something in the mail, well my friend did, because we ourselves are actually sharing and do not have our own place. Something we pray will change very soon.

Life is like that, you have a plan, but things just don't follow it, things don't fall into place...you take 2 steps forward, and then someone or something pulls the rug out from underneath you.

It is in these really difficult times that hopefully someone will reach out a hand and pull you up. It has happened to me a number of times, because sometimes for some reason, some people just fall more than others, we are not bad people, we are not lazy or stupid, Life Happens! Bad things happen, that is Just Life!

BUT good things happen too!

Anyways, as I was saying this letter from Covenant House arrived, and it had these cute little cards, and a letter. My guess is very few people read the letter. My guess is that many people kept those cards and didn't actually read ALL the letter and just tossed it in the recycling.

It was a GREAT letter, it was so truthful and so accurate, and so IMPORTANT! So I'm asking you to go back and look at that letter because that letter explains what happens to kids that don't have the solid LOVING environment to grow up in and become healthy happy adults and actually contribute to society.

That letter tells how VERY DAMAGED SICK people sneakily prey upon beautiful young children and youths and then those children become damaged, and then these young people have no hope to actually contribute because they must seek help instead.

The Downtown Vancouver streets are scary. Years ago I had to take the bus up Hastings to commute and I saw really sad and awful things.

So I'm asking you to please READ THAT LETTER, ALL OF IT! and please visit this link and say to yourself, WHAT IF I didn't have that loving family, or WHAT IF that person didn't reach out and help me up when I fell...

That's all I'm asking, I know you'll do what you can after that.

Do you have an old winter coat?

Somewhere Over The Rainbow!!

I heard this first time about 3 years ago when I was riding home in a taxi on a VERY snowy day in Nelson B.C. The cab driver told me the name but I could not remember it. I heard it a couple of times since...and then went to a site today and heard it, so I google it and looked for it on Youtube and viola! Isn't that wonderful that we can do that.

I LOVE THIS SONG! I am sad to read that the artist has passed away as I did not know. But it's wonderful to be able to go to Wikipedia and read about his life.


Israel "IZ" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) (pronounced [kaˌmakaˌʋiwoˈʔole]) was a Hawaiian musician.

He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.

Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the last 15 years

I can not embed it, but I put the Youtube link here


The power of the internet...it's amazing, when used for good, it can be so wonderful, we can share all the beautiful things in our lives and it's this huge wonderful library where we can remember loved ones lost and learn about amazing things. That is the key here, using it for good. Sharing and saying wonderful positive things...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bernadine Fox at the Eastside Culture Crawl - Nov 26, 27, & 28

 Check out my friend Bernadine Fox's Work, she's an incredible artist! You can see her at the Eastside Culture Crawl this weekend.

Twitter: Bernadinefox
Facebook:Bernadine Fox
Blog http://bernadinesblog.blogspot.com
YouTube: foxbernadine

Copyright(C) 2010 Bernadine Fox BFA All rights reserved.

Eastside Culture Crawl & Kitchen Culinaire

 If you love great food and art, Check these links...

There are Good People Out There!!


Return to spender

OTTAWA-When Mike Pisapio locked his front door on Cloverlawn Crescent and headed to work Thursday morning, $1,000 in crisp, new $100 bills sat in his pocket, waiting to be spent on Christmas gifts for his wife. Read more....


WOW! I love stories like this. I know there are lots of good people out there, and this confirms it. I have found money before and returned it...but the person was very suspicious, and for all the effort I went to, to actually locate them, well it wasn't nice. It was only $107 in a wallet, but they just said Thank you and didn't offer even a toonie as a thank you. Thing was at the time I really needed that money, but in the end I know in my heart my Karma was bright and shiny because of it.

This summer we tried to return an Iphone, we tried Craigslist, I thought it would be so easy, but after answering many emails, even posting the phone on Youtube, well no luck. We took it to the police, where, because it had some type of lock on it, it basically ended up in the garbage, because they could not give it to us because of privacy laws and they could not find the owner. That was sad, Iphones are expensive.

This mail carrier has awesome Karma and the man that lost the money must have wonderful Karma too, since the money he lost was returned. I just love a Good News story like this...very Christmasy...and at this time of year ...there's a lot of people who need that cheer!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Check Out My Art Work at Bean Around The World

I put some of my work at Bean Around the World - on Cornwall in Kitsilano, yesterday, so please go check it out. Right now it's paintings from the Paintingathon, and my FairyFotos, I will be adding more too, hopefully tomorrow. Also it is up until Dec 7/2010 so I will changing it around a bit, so it doesn't get borrowing and because I have so much work I want share with you. I will take some pics and put them up here in a bit. Lots to do right now, have to run to the printer so I will touch base in a bit. Cheers.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Contest and Art Show!

So definitely didn't make the list for the Vacationer Wanted Contest! Ouch! Don't know if it was just that my video and resume never made it up...because I always got this weird code 9 error or that it just wasn't good enough. Curious to see who did make it and I wish them the best of luck. How Cool is that to be able to travel around the world, blog it and get paid!

Oh well God must have other plans for me, and well for now,  I am getting ready for my little art show at the Bean Around The World on Cornwall St. (Vancouver B.C.) and I hope that you can drop by for a coffee and take a peak at my artwork, that goes up Wednesday so drop by after that...to see it all up.. It's going to be up til December 7th so that is really cool!

Brrrr....it's cold out there, just felt the cold breeze come thru the window...yikes it's going to be cold...I don't like the cold. I spent years working in the cold at a processing plant and just lots of time outside, and my bones and tendon no likey!  

I'm getting so excited about Christmas and now I plan to paint my place so that will be so nice. Lots of work but in the end it will give me such a new perspective. This time of year is great for staying inside and doing things like that...in the warmer times and summer it's just to hot to stay inside and who wants to.

This is the time of year to bake and decorate and make hot chocolate. I wonder if it will actually snow here. For many years we only got smidgens of snow...or it would dump and then melt away. In Nelson now that was a different story.  I hope that  we get to enjoy the snow for a bit and  we can go out and play and then after I hope we can run away to warmer temps. Just praying and projecting. Lots of projects to finish first.

Okay that's all for today. Touch base later. :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Autumn in Vancouver

Eagles, Fall Colours, Beautiful Scenery, and Totem Poles

2 Eagles on Totem

So today was pretty cool, there were two eagles on top of the totem pole. Check this out. I'm going to make a little video in a bit, check back later. There not super sharp because they are pretty far away, and my camera can only do so much, I added a watercolour effect to make it look a little better.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rememberance Day

Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day in Canada. The memorial at the McCrae House (detail view); two Canadian-style poppy pins can be seen resting on the sculpture.
Official name Remembrance Day
Also called Poppy Day, Armistice Day
Observed by Commonwealth of Nations (except Mozambique)
Type International
Significance Commemorates Commonwealth war dead
Date 11 November
Observances Parades, silences
Related to Veterans Day
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. (Note that "at the 11th hour", refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.)


Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol of remembrance
Poppies are sold every year as an act of remembrance to fallen soldiers at war

The poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare

War poetry

Poppies stand as a prominent feature of In Flanders Fields, one of the most frequently quoted English-language poems composed by front-line personnel during the First World War. It was written by John McCrae, a doctor serving in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and appeared for the first time in Punch magazine on December 8, 1915.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

- John McCrae

Grand Ole Trees!!

I just loved these super tall old trees! Wow if they could talk. Sometimes I worry about them when the wind blows really hard. They are sure gorgeous today!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Eagle on a Totem Pole

I just love my new camera. It's just a little Canon, but it's so small and light to carry, and takes awesome photos. Check out my Eagle on the Totem Pole. This is the first time I actually got a decent shot of this, I have seen eagles on the pole many times over the years, never got very good photos of it.

Cameras have improved so much, it's just amazing how far we have come. Anyways, without further ado my photo of the day!

Big Changes!! Cloud with a Silver Lining!

Please bare with me a bit, as I am trying to unify all my blogs, link them together with buttons and give a more polished look. So things might be crazy for a little bit, so I ask for your patience. Gracias!

Took some great photos today. Here's one of a cloud with a silver lining. Saw an eagle on the totem pole and I will share that with you asap. First things first though.