Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sign the Petition for Floyd

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Province of Manitoba in Canada Covid-19 Update

I am very pleased and proud of Manitoba and its residents.

By the time Covid-19 hit Canada, the rest of the world was already experiencing the tragic effects of this virus, we were ramping up our strategies to contain it.  Unfortunately the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta were hit hardest and by the time we had our first case in Manitoba it was March 12th.  Most of the business sector voluntarily closed their doors and went home which greatly helped to contain the virus.  We are now at April 30 and to date we have 273 cases with 6 deaths, our cases are currently growing by 1-2 cases a day, sometimes 0.  Premier Brian Pallister announced yesterday that Manitoba will begin to re-open on Monday, May 4th and the list is vast enough to get people back to their jobs and restart the economy.  He has done an absolutely smashing job along with many other folks to get us up and running in order to save the economy from complete collapse.  Here is our re-opening plan!  And people joke about Winnipeg all the time as being one of the most undesirable cities to live in, but hey, am I glad I do!


Everyone knew the water would rise,
but nobody knew how much.
The priest at Santa Croce said, God
will not flood the church.
When the Arno broke its banks,
God entered as a river, let His mark high
above the altar.
He left nothing untouched:
stones, plaster, wood.
You are all my children.
The hem of His garment, which was
the river’s bottom sludge,
swept through Florence, filling cars and cradles,
the eyes of marble statues,
even the Doors of Paradise. And the likeness
of His son’s hands, those pierced palms soaked
with water, began to peel like skin.
The Holy Ghost appeared
as clouds of salted crystals
on the faces of saints, until the intonaco
of their painted bodies stood out from the wall as if
they had been resurrected.

This is what I know of restoration:
in a small room near San Marco,
alone on a wooden stool
nearly every day for a year,
I painted squares of blue on gessoed boards—
cobalt blue with madder rose, viridian,
lamp black—pure pigments and the strained yolk
of an egg, then penciled notes about the powders,

the percentages of each. I never asked
to what end I was doing what I did, and now
I’ll never know. Perhaps there was one square
that matched the mantle of a penitent, the stiff
hair of a donkey’s tail, a river calm beneath a bridge.
I don’t even know what I learned,
except the possibilities of blue, and how God enters.

               Mary Cornish

Friday, March 27, 2020

Open and Closed Spaces

Open and Closed Spaces

Tomas Tranströmer
Translated from the Swedish by Robin Fulton
A man feels the world with his work like a glove.
He rests for a while at midday having laid aside the gloves on a shelf.
There they suddenly grow, spread
and black out the whole house from inside.
The blacked-out house is away out among the winds of spring.
“Amnesty,” runs the whisper in the grass: “amnesty.”
A boy sprints with an invisible line slanting up in the sky
where his wild dream of the future lies like a kite bigger than the suburb.
Further north you can see from a summit the blue endless carpet of pine forest
where the cloud shadows
are standing still.
No, are flying.


Czeslaw Milosz
Hope is with you when you believe
The earth is not a dream but living flesh,
That sight, touch, and hearing do not lie,
That all things you have ever seen here
Are like a garden looked at from a gate.

You cannot enter. But you're sure it's there.
Could we but look more clearly and wisely
We might discover somewhere in the garden
A strange new flower and an unnamed star.

Some people say we should not trust our eyes,
That there is nothing, just a seeming,
These are the ones who have no hope.
They think that the moment we turn away,
The world, behind our backs, ceases to exist,
As if snatched up by the hands of thieves.

Sunday, December 8, 2019


Such short summer;
fish on the hook.

Flash Back

I remember when
my dreams
wouldn't let you -


Friday, May 3, 2019

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real 
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures 
Are all I can feel
Remembering you standing quiet in the rain 
As I ran to your heart to be near 
And we kissed as the sky fell in
Holding you close 
How I always held close in your fear
Remembering you running soft through the night 
You were bigger and brighter and wider than snow
And screamed at the make-believe 
Screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage 
To let it all go
Remembering you fallen into my arms 
Crying for the death of your heart 
You were stone white
So delicate 
Lost in the cold 
You were always so lost in the dark
Remembering you

The Cure

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Thunder only happens
when it's raining -
she flips her long black hair

Debbie Calverley


I remember when we walked
through cities
like we owned them

Debbie Calverley