Image of the Week

The clenched hands say “let’s consider this, shall we?”, while his facial expression says, “I have something important to say”.  Also, subtle but effective use of drop shadow.


Eyeball truck

Today while sitting in a coffee shop, I saw one of those trucks with the giant signs on the back drive by.  Ok, perhaps a normal occurance in an urban environment, but I just can’t help but feel it’s a gigantic waste of fuel, and senseless pollution.  In fact, the truck had a little “powered by BioFuel” logo on the cab, which means that it was essentially burning up poor peoples’ food.

But perhaps what was most absurd, was that the ad was essentially a pictue of a giant eye.  A truck driving a giant eyeball around is a disturbing image in itself with Orwellian connotations; particularly in light of Bell’s recent hardline stance on internet throttling.

So, Bell is driving an eyeball truck around, which both commands our gaze and gazes back at us, and is powered by poor people’s food.

Anyway, it was all a very traumatic experience.


What’s the deal with tourism?

No, seriously.  Most isms are some sort of ideology, like Marxism, Judaism, Rastafarianism, etc. but tourism?

I mean, what’s so ideological about some guy who’s like “say, I’ve always wanted to go to Spain”

Hot Dog

 “He said he was having a hot dog, so I had a hot dog,” McCain, referring to Bush, told reporters on his campaign plane during a flight to Florida.

Yes my friends, someone went to journalism school so they could report on things like this.

George… what is that enchanting cologne you’re wearing?

Emotional Alchemy

Through a Glass Darkly from The Sun Magazine, by Miriam Greenspan

This too shall pass – and when it does, according to Miriam Greenspan, you might be a better, wiser person.

Greenspan talks about the ‘dark’ emotions, and how we shouldn’t see these as negative. As she explains it… “the dark emotions are inevitable. They are part of the universal human experience and are certainly worthy of our attention. They bring us important information about ourselves and the world and can be vehicles of profound transformation.


This profound transformation is what she calls emotional alchemy:

[F]irst we need to accept that we are broken. This initiates the “emotional alchemy.” If we can hang in there with grief, it changes from a feeling of being “hemmed in” by life to a feeling of expansion and opening. We will never get back to the way we were, but eventually we reach a new state of “normal”… [not] the mundane kind […] but the deeper kind, which is a process of remaking ourselves and how we live.

Grief is a teacher. It tells us that we are not alone; that we are interconnected; that what connects us also breaks our hearts — which is as it should be. Most people who allow themselves to grieve fully develop an increased sense of gratitude for their own lives. That’s the alchemy: from grief to gratitude. None of us wants to go through these experiences, but they do bring us these gifts.

The same is true for fear. We think of fear as an emotion that constricts us and keeps us from living fully. But I think it’s really the fear of fear that does this. When we are able to tolerate fear, and to experience it consciously, we learn not to be so afraid of it — and this gives us the freedom to live with courage and enjoy life more fully. This is the alchemy of fear to joy.”

So similar to Martha Nussbaum’s argument that emotions reveal a vulnerability to the world that we should embrace – a vulnerability that represents our goodness, our willingness to care about a world that we can’t fully control.

Greenspan talks about grief to gratitude, and fear to joy, but one thing I’d love to ask her is: anger to what? Is anger an emotion we should accept and embrace? To me, anger seems different because it is a dark emotion that can sometimes bring people into the ambit of our suffering in ways that aren’t entirely fair. Sometimes we lash out — we intentionally hurt — when we allow ourselves to be angry. This seems like a reason to try to suppress anger in ways we shouldn’t suppress fear or grief.

But then, Robert Solomon claims that anger is a justified reaction to the violation of one’s rights. Perhaps this isn’t always true, but in some cases it definitely is. In these cases, anger can be a call to empathy – a call to whoever we are angry with to stop and see the emotional reaction they have provoked in us. But an effective call to empathy can’t be expressed in an angry way, or it will raise the person’s defenses instead of inspiring that empathy that we are seeking. It seems like the process of emotional alchemy with anger is tricky, and depends on a few things: one, deciding whether or not our anger is really a reaction to the violation of our rights; two, deciding exactly which of our rights have been violated; and three, expressing that anger in as constructive a way as possible. Not easy when you’re in the middle of a flash of rage – but probably worth striving for. Greenspan again:

“Enlightenment for me is about growing in compassion, and compassion means ‘suffering with.’ Enlightenment has something to do with not running from our own pain or the pain of others. When we don’t turn away from pain, we open our hearts and are more able to connect to the best part of ourselves and others — because every human being knows pain. I’m not sure what enlightenment is, but I’m sure it has something to do with turning pain into love.”

~  Reilly

Condo Crunch

According to the CBC, “Great towers of glass and steel are going up in every big city in this country, and in many of the smaller ones too.”

According to Wikipedia, some common words associated with the Tower card in Tarot are:


  • Chaos —– Sudden change —– Impact —– Hard times
  • Crisis —– Revelation —– Disruption —– Realizing the truth
  • Disillusion —– Crash —– Burst —– Uncomfortable experience
  • Downfall —– Ruin —– Ego blow —– Explosive transformation
Think about it.



“The point of cities is multiplicity of choice.” – Jane Jacobs.


I triple dog dare you to read this blog:

“Poised to become the new landmark, Essence Condominiums in White Rock will bring a sleek, sophisticated elegance to the corner of Johnston and thrift Avenue in White Rock’s popular Uptown neighbourhood…..”


See, my life depends upon my dying

My religion is to be kept alive by love:

   life derived from this animal soul

and head alone is a disgrace.

The sword of love sweeps away

the dust from the lover’s soul

for this sword clears sin.

When the bodily dust is gone,

my moon shines:

My spirit’s moon finds an open sky.

For so long, O adored one,

I’ve been beating this drum of love for you

to the tune of

“see, my life depends upon my dying.”


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