Archive for September, 2010

My son, Miles, turns 24 today

That’s him on the left.

Two claims you can make …

… that your antagonist will typically corroborate without further ado:

“You’re being defensive.”

“You always need to have the last word.”

English Bay Silhouette

English Bay Silhouette


I flew into New York City two weeks after the Twin Towers were destroyed. Driving into Manhattan from the airport, I could see, illuminated by huge lights, dust still rising from the debris.

That next morning: I saw strangers in the subway talking to one another. New Yorkers didn’t seem to do that before. A city I loved so much gave me and everybody else in the world even more to love.

This was one of thousands and thousands of memorials placed throughout the city. It was in front of the Washington Square Park Arch, through which, standing on Fifth Avenue, before September 11, 2001, one would see the Twin Towers.

Val McMeekin

I am so lucky I met Val before she left Vancouver for Lethbridge, Alberta, where she’s working as a hair stylist. Val is a wonderful and magical artist. Her new montage of road- and sidewalk-scapes, “All Things Have Meaning,” gave me, it felt, new eyes.