Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Mr. Tambourine Man" - Bob Dylan

An alter in the world

I have written posts using this title before.
Today I am using it again for a few reasons.

I have many alters in this world. Some of them are religious places I go.
Today I took Ava to Christ Church Cathedral. I am not religious, but I do believe in many things.
I pray, although I didn't for years. I think I started praying again after my daughter was born and was sick and we had to take her to the children's hospital. That is a place you never want to be. It is great that it exists but you never want to be there. When she was sick I prayed. I visited the chapel and made some deals with God that I would be a better person if she was to get well. I think that experience changed me.
 I did not start going to church or really change much about my life,but in a way I started to get closer to spirit or God or even Jesus.
Christ Church Cathedral- Vancouver

When Occupy Vancouver started I went down there a few times. I am not sure why exactly but I wanted to be there. I volunteered at the infrastructure tent, giving sleeping bags, duct tape, socks  and tarps to anyone who needed them.

I wandered around the camp and found the tent that was meant for praying/healing. It was shortly after that when I started to learn Reiki and dove deeper into my own spiritual path.

It has been a healing path for me, the wounded warrior the wounded healer, only if you know the darkness can you appreciate the light or something like that.

I took Ava to my doctors appointment downtown and we had time before our lunch date with Mark so we went to the art gallery and then to the Church. She likes to go to the candles and say a prayer for someone. She often chooses a little boy we knew who died a few summers ago. I have lit candles for members of my family who were sick or dying. Today I also lit a candle for Kyle and his family, this is the young man who battled cancer and lost a week ago. I think about him and his family and hope they have peace.

A while ago I wanted to do more and got on a prayer list for a church in the downtown east side of Vancouver.

weekly the minister sends out prayer requests. I try and take time to think about each person on the list and ask for healing and love and light for them.

It is a small thing and no one knows about it (until now) but I really feel like it is important to do it.

I have many alters in the world. Sometimes its the beach and sometimes the art gallery, the church is a natural one, but more often it is right here on the my desktop. I read things that shake me to the core. Sad, terrible things that go on in the world. Or amazing and powerful things that can restore my opinion of humans in general.

I read something a while ago that has stayed with me, it was a serenity prayer of sorts that went something like "may I be grateful for this day and not worry about tomorrow" and so I do that now. I try and slow down in the morning when I wake up and be grateful for the day. Slow down at night and be grateful for every blessing that day has given to me.

May you also be blessed to know peace and deep love in your life.





Sunday, March 22, 2015

New beginnings

Last week must have been some sort of celestial powerhouse. I am still feeling a buzz from the amount of activity but also how deeply things have been affecting me lately.

Truly since I became a parent things affect me deeper. I feel sadder when I hear terrible stories in the News, but also the height of amazingly positive events have also filled me with a lot of hope.

Last Saturday we went to a Pisces party on Saturday night, It was a costume party, we wore blue and there were costumes of all kinds at this event. It was at warehouse venue called Open studios in East Van. We got that last bus home to New West and got back here about 4:30am.


Sunday wasn't a write off bar far, I went downtown to the VAG for a few hours in the afternoon. I went to renew my membership and just get away for a little bit by myself. There is a new exhibit on now, a private collection and a lot of works by Paul Cezanne. There was also one painting that I got a really good look at.

The Coach Of Tarascon By Van Gogh

Later that same day I saw another carriage, this time in the new Disney Cinderella;

this version of the story also had the most beautiful glass slipper



Monday turned out to be a quiet day. Ava had her second to last gym class at Douglas College. This is the second term for this class in the 2014/15 school year. The students at DC are learning to teach the home schooler's and have an hour class every Monday Afternoon.

Tuesday I managed to convince Mark to climb the stairs at the Harbor Centre for Free Beer! They call it the Urban Grind.


Tuesday also happened to be St, Patrick's day (notice the green)

The view from the lookout was worth the climb.

and the free beer, Every Tuesday in March from 4-6:30 pm

I attended a rally for Tom Mulcair, he is the Federal leader of the opposition running against Stephen Harper this fall for Prime Minister. I like Tom and I think I will be on Team Orange this year.

Me and TM Summer 2014

After an uneventful dentist appointment on Thursday and some business meetings for a few non profits I volunteer for it was Friday before the week really started to catch up to me. A few of my favourite relatives had birthdays this week, It is usually a good time of year.

Friday was international day of happiness or something like that. I like all these made up holidays and will post and spread these kind of things, but Friday I found out a local BC boy whose story I had been following had lost his battle with cancer. I was and am very sad to read this, He was only a little bit older than my own son, and I honestly was hoping so much for his miraculous recovery.
RIP Kyle, 

Within a matter of hours of learning about this sad outcome for Kyle I saw a post on my Facebook feed that a 13 year old boy from Peterborough Ontario had a story about him going viral, He has social problems and had no responses to his birthday party invites. His mother had gone on Facebook and asked some friends to text him a message to say Happy Birthday. Well the internet got a hold of this story and hundreds if not thousands of people sent messages, gifts and attended his party. I heard about it early in the day and by the time I had told Mark about it it was already night time in Ontario and the party was on. I was so happy to know so many people would go out of their way for a stranger to try and make his day a little brighter. I don't know if this story alone restored my faith in humanity or anything like that,but it was a welcome contrast to the sad events I had read about.

It was truly a roller coaster of a week and I am looking forward to what this new season will bring as well! 

Happy Spring - May the renewal of the season touch you deeply. 
Burrard Skytrain Station Spring 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Things can only get better.

I had this song in my head tonight, I listened to it on the way to a meeting, it makes me want to dance and sing. I completely love it.

The video is okay, but not for everybody.
I love the beat and the words.


Things can only get better.




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy Songs list.

This is pure indulgence. I wanted a place with these songs together with their lyrics. A few years ago when I was studying Reiki with Kerry she mentioned to me how some songs have become popular in our common consciousness for a reason. Some have been inspired for a divine reason. 

The first two on my list are some she mentioned. Rise Up by the Parachute Club, the second is The Greatest Love- Whitney Houston.

The other songs I have added because I feel a special affection for them, and they make me happy.
The lyrics of these songs read like poetry.

Riseup  Parachute Club

Rise up rise up) Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) We're dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come

We want lovin' we want laughter again
We want heartbeat
We want madness to end, we want dancin'
We want to run in the streets
We want freedom to live in this peace
We want power, we want to make it okay
Want to be singin' at the end of the day
Children to breathe a new life
We want freedom to love who we please

(Rise up rise up) Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) Everybody is dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come

Talkin' 'bout the right time to be workin' for peace
Wantin' all the tension in the world to ease
We wantin' love while walking on the streets
We want to be free, we want that be free

Talking about a new way
Talking about changes and names
Talking about building the land of our dreams
His tightrope's gotta learn how to bend
We're makin' new plans
We're gonna start it again

(Rise up rise up) Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) Everybody is dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come         (X3)

Rise up now
It's time, it's time, it's time
(Rise up rise up) Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up)
Everybody 
Time for you and me

                                                                   The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody's searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if, by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love



La da da da , da da da , da da da , da da da da da 
da da da, da da da, da da dad a, da da da da da …. 

Good morning starshine
The earth says hello
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below

Good morning starshine
You lead us along
My love and me as we sing
Our early morning singing song

Gliddy gloop gloopy
Nibby nobby nooby
La la la lo lo
Sabba sibby sabba
Nooby abba dabba
Le le lo lo
dooby ooby walla
dooby abba dabba
Early morning singing song

Good mornin' starshine
There's love in your skies
reflecting the sunlight 
in my lovers eyes

Good morning starshine
so happy to be
My love and me , as we sing
Our early morning singing song

Gliddy gloop gloopy
Nibby nobby nooby
La la la lo lo
Sabba sibby sabba
Nooby abba dabba
Le le lo lo
dooby ooby walla
dooby abba dabba
Early morning singing song 

(music interlude)

Can you hear me? 

Singing a song
Loving a song

                                                                           "ShinyHappy People" REM
Shiny happy people laughing

Meet me in the crowd, people, people
Throw your love around, love me, love me
Take it into town, happy, happy
Put it in the ground where the flowers grow
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Everyone around, love them, love them
Put it in your hands, take it, take it
There's no time to cry, happy, happy
Put it in your heart where tomorrow shines
Gold and silver shine

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Whoa, here we go

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people holding hands
Shiny happy people laughing

Shiny happy people holding hands
People, happy people
People

"Morning Has Broken" Cat Stevens

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day


                                                                "What A Wonderful World" Louie Armstrong 
I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying,
"I love you".

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.



                                               "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" Tears for Fears

High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
D.J.'s the man we love the most
Could you be, could you be squeaky clean
And smash any hope of democracy ?
As the headline says you're free to choose
There's egg on your face and mud on your shoes
One of these days they're gonna call it the blues
And anything is possible when you're Sowing the Seeds of Love
Anything is possible - Sowing the Seeds of Love
I spy tears in their eyes
They look to the skies for some kind of divine intervention
Food goes to waste !
So nice to eat, so nice to taste
Politician Grannie with your high ideals
Have you no idea how the Majority feels ?
So without love and a promise land
We're fools to the rules of a Government plan
Kick out the style ! Bring back the jam !
Anything...
Sowing the Seeds
The birds and the bees
My girlfriend and me in love
Feel the pain
Talk about it
If you're a worried man - then shout about it
Open hearts - feel about it
Open minds - think about it
Everyone - read about it
Everyone - scream about it !
Everyone
Everyone - read about it, read about it
Read in the books in the crannies and the nooks there are books to read
Chorus !
(Mr. England Sowing the Seeds of Love)
Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes
High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
Every minute of every hour - " I Love a Sunflower "
And I believe in lovepower, Love power, LOVEPOWER !!!
Sowing the Seeds
An end to need
And the Politics of Greed
With love

                                                         "Peace Train" Cat Stevens

Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train

Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it's getting nearer, it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again


Sisters and Brothers -from Free to Be You and Me
Sisters and brothers, brothers and sisters
Ain't we, everyone
Brothers and sisters, sisters and brothers
Every father's daughter, every mother's son

Brothers and sisters, sisters and brothers
Each and every one
Sisters and brothers, brothers and sisters
Every mother's daughter, every father's son

Ain't we lucky, everybody
Bein' everybody's brother
Ain't we lucky, everybody
Lookin' out for one another

Ain't we happy, everybody
Bein' everybody's sister
Ain't we happy, everybody
Lookin' out for Mister Mister

Ain't we lucky, ain't we
Ain't we happy, ain't we
Ain't we lucky, ain't we
Ain't we happy, ain't we


Do do, ooh ooh, do, ooh do, ooh (4x)

Sisters and brothers, brothers and sisters
Ain't we, everyone
Brothers and sisters, sisters and brothers
Every father's daughter, every mother's

Brothers and sisters, sisters and brothers
Each and every one
Sisters and brothers, brothers and sisters

Every mother's daughter, every father's son

Monday, September 30, 2013

Turtle Island - What's in a Name?

Tonight Justin and I were talking about the origin of the name America, and how that name came to be used. We discussed how The United States has appropriated the name and how no one else really uses it. Maybe in South America ( I have never been there, and don't know for sure) they may refer to themselves as "South American" But as a Canadian I have never said I am NORTH American. The U.S. just Owns it. Let them have it anyway!

The name Turtle island came up so we looked up the origins of that name.


This Wikipedia page has a brief description. Basically there is a First Nations legend that refereed to North America as Turtle Island. A story passed down orally and recorded long ago goes like this;
,
  "Sky Woman fell down to the earth when it was covered with water. Various animals tried to swim to the bottom of the ocean to bring back dirt to create land. Muskrat succeeded in gathering dirt, which was placed on the back of a turtle, which grew into the land known today as North America" 

I like this story. Turtles are amazing as they can live on land and in water, They adapt and survive!

It makes me really feel the culture is so beautiful to have this story and I want to learn more about the people who traditionally have lived here in this beautiful and blessed land I live on.


Pink - Just give me a reason.



I love it.