Showing posts from November, 2014

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Christmas seems to have lost its meaning.

Walk into any major store, and you are assaulted with glitz and glitter promoting consumerism ideology. Gone are the carolers, for fear of being politically incorrect. Parties are a rarity, and Christmas concerts are waning, as we move away from large group gatherings, to smaller, impersonal interaction. (Let's face it, we'd rather watch an event on a large flat-screen TV, than participate) Christmas has become a neatly-wrapped promotional bundle, with barely any significance.

I'm not sure when this all came about. I know this is not just some nostalgic disposition, as I have personally seen a change in the very fabric of the Christmas spirit. It's evident no matter where you look; with snowman, reindeer, Santa, and the focus on gift giving, there's barely any room left for the real meaning of Christmas. Instead of being thankful for the winter solstice with the merger of the birth of Jesus Christ, the focal point is commerci…

Turn the Page - Chapter Eight

“There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.” - Piper Payne

This is the EIGHTH chapter in the "Turn the Page" series, where I keep an online diary of my daily activities, thoughts, and notable events. When I started writing this journal, it was intended as an easy way for my family and loved ones, to keep track of what was happening in my life. I now have friends from all over the planet who enjoy reading my journey; from homelessness, to life in the big city! The story started in early Spring, is a testament to good friends, and lost love.

The journey doesn't end, rather, it's merely begun! If you haven't taken the time to read the earlier chapters, I suggest you do. Things make much more sense, when you start at the…

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

REVISED: Ashley is having an art show, where she will be selling  her paintings and other works. On November 28 from 12 PM to 7 PM and November 29 from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Alberta College of Art and Design, her art will be on display. I highly encourage people to come and support Ashley! ------------------
Recently a good friend of mine was telling me about his daughter who is going to school as an artist. Naturally, I was intrigued, as Canadian artisans are diverse and celebrated all over the world. With great interest, I asked if she had a website that promoted her work, and I can honestly say that I am impressed.

I would encourage everyone to take some time to check out this young woman's work.
Ashley Chantelle - Print, Paint, and Photo
One piece that really kicked me in the feels, is a painting of a woman walking down an empty highway. The imagery reminds me of having to forge ahead in life, heading down unknown roads, with nothing left. I openly wept at the magic this paintin…