Archive for August, 2010

Freedom as a Spiritual Longing…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

The spiritual longing of freedom is a journey from darkness into the light, from ignorance to awareness, from hopelessness to courage, from fear to love.
– Glora McArter, PhD
From “Freedom as a Spiritual Longing” blog post at:

Gloria McArter is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Marriage, Couple and Family therapist.

What Everybody Wants to Know….

Friday, August 6th, 2010

“One of the biggest things I’ve learned over the years is that people want to be heard.
Every human being, no matter what age… is looking for the same thing.
What everybody wants to know is:
         Do you see me?
         Did you hear me?
        And did what I say mean anything to you?
That is what everybody is looking for.”
– Oprah Winfrey

Oprah begins the farewell season of her TV show on September 13th, 2010.
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Celebrating the Creative…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
from up and down, and still somehow,
it’s clouds illusions I recall.
I really don’t know clouds… at all.
— from “Both Sides Now,” song by Joni Mitchell


“The Clouds 365 Project represents my commitment to do something creative every day.” So says multimedia artist Kelly DeLay, who has been shooting an image or video of clouds every day since July 1, 2009. “There are no rules,” he says, “I just want to react and see where this project takes me.”

To see more of Kelly’s (and nature’s) creativity, visit the Clouds 365 Project:

Photos by Kelly DeLay

Unconditional Influence… and Inspiration

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Photo by David G. Tran. For more photos, see

Unconditional Influence… and Inspiration

This morning I awoke to the usual blare of the local news channel on my clock radio. But amidst the continuing news of the Gulf oil spill and the stock market’s rise or fall, the announcer reported something strangely different:  Some unusual rock statues had “appeared” in the Humber River, near the Old Mill subway. And the creator of them was unknown.

Living nearby, I decided to cycle up to that section of the River later in the day to see for myself. And sure enough, 20+ “inukshuk-like” rock statues had been created in a circle in the middle of the shallow river. People were there with their cameras, some on the shore, some in the water. A local cable TV station truck and reporter were on the bank, waiting to interview the now-discovered creator of the statues. And by the time I left the valley, another TV station had shown up to report on the event too.

So why the all hubbub?  Why did this simple incident get close to top billing on the morning’s news? Why were people taking time off work to see it, and TV news reporters scrambling to cover it?

As I cycled away from the site, the words “unconditional influence” came to mind. And it reminded me of my first experience with a similar “rock builder” on the edge of English Bay and Stanley Park in Vancouver, over a dozen years ago. (more…)