Saturday, May 19, 2018

Kindred Spirits

The further I get along in years the more I value the friends I have come to know.
Especially the close ones who have been in my life for decades.
How decades you ask?
Well, I have known this table since the early 70's.
You can imagine the stories that were recounted.
We gathered for tapas ahead of a party for another dear friend.
Us and maybe ... 100 others.
So, we go through the decades knowing people.
Friending people .. some closer than others.
Getting closer to some in a variety of ways.
Like, reading each others posts on the internet and being amazed.
Being drawn together by a mutual passion...
a love for animals
... and a bond is formed.
Then after a few years of saying "Let's do coffee", and it not happening, you both show up  at the 60th birthday party for a friend.
The friend being Tom. That's him on the left.
Then after a few hours of mingling with a huge room of friends 
you finally get together to chat. 
YES ... Live and in person.
A meeting of friends.
A meeting of Kindred Spirits

"Kindred Spirits are two people that make a special connection by sharing a bond that has joined them by the means of an experience that has drawn them together on a higher level of consciousness. This connection can be from the same experience at the same time
or two separate experiences similar in nature"

It was such a great pleasure to spend time with Michele.
Talking about our respective animal welfare initiatives just reinforced a bond created in the digital world.
Talking about the things that others just don't get and gaining strength from that.

Our friend Sandy captured the image of 
Michele and I.
She posted it and many other party photos on Facebook a few days later.
With the posting of the photo came comments from a couple of Kindred Spirits 

"My Kindred Spirit, Terry Shewchuk. I love this man for what he stands for and the work he does. Terry is the founder of Spanky Project.
Terry organises trips to Cuba a few times a year to spay and neuter the dogs and cats in the streets and for the people that cannot afford these services. 
Terry has an incredible team of veterinarians and volunteers.

I am so proud to call him my friend.
Thank you my friend for all the "right" you do in this world!"

"To my Kindred Spirit Michele Bower. I share the same love and admiration for you and your work with Boxer Rescue Ontario.
In the animal welfare world you are the ones that do the heavy lifting.
You see the abuse the hurt and the pain.
I know it talks a toll.
Only the bravest, strongest and most loving can do the work you do.
You are angels from above to those that have been beaten down.
You raise them up to live life again.

Abrazos mi Amiga!!!!!"


Boxer Rescue Ontario (BRO) had it's beginnings in 2000. It is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to placing abandoned, injured or lost boxers in loving homes.
Michele tells me in the beginning the intake was 36 dogs for the year.
Now it is 200 annually.
Awesome people doing amazing work. 
BRO could sure use your support.


The Spanky Project has been helping Cubans help their animals since 2003.
Based in Havana they conduct free spay/neuter clinic.

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another."
-Luciano De Crescenzo











Sunday, December 17, 2017

"Love is touching souls"


I do love the tax payer funded CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) and CBC Radio 2.
Radio 2 is one of the constants being streamed from my Samsung tablet through my 1977 Technics SA-5270 35 watt receiver.
Old and new come together for pure joy and entertainment. 
This morning listening to Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe's Weekend Morning came a treasure. 
Composer
Joni Mitchell
Title
A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell)
Artist
Prince
Album
A Tribute To Joni Mitchell

8:33am

A cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You"
Well not a total cover. Leave it to Prince to put a twist on things.
He plucks a verse and there's the song.


Here is Joni's masterpiece. I've included the lyrics so you can sing along.


Just before our love got lost you said
I am as constant as a northern star and I said,
Constantly in the darkness
Where's that at?
If you want me I'll be in the bar
On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you are in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter
And so sweet oh
I could drink a case of you darling and I would
Still be on my feet
Oh I would still be on my feet
Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I'm frightened by the devil
And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid
I remember that time that you told me, you said
"Love is touching souls"
Surely you touched mine 'cause
Part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh you are in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter
And so sweet oh
I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'ld be on my feet
I would still be on my feet
I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours, she knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds and she said
"Go to him
stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed"
Oh but you are in my blood you're my holy wine
You're so bitter
bitter and so sweet oh
I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'd be on my feet
I'ld still be on my feet
hmm

And now for ...
I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I used to be frightened by the devil
And drawn to those who weren't afraid
Remember when you told me
That love was touching souls?
Well, surely you touched mine
Part of you pours out of me from time to time in these lines

You are in my blood like holy wine
You are so bitter and so sweet
I could drink a case of you darling
And still be on my feet
Still be on my feet

You are in my blood like holy wine
So bitter, so bitter, so bitter
And so sweet
I could drink a case of you darling
And still be on my feet
Still be on my feet
Still be on my feet
And still be on my feet


Check out CBC's "Under The Covers" for  other great finds.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CLIC - Eastern Ontario Photo Show 2011

Well, today The County got some much needed rain.
We took this opportunity to load Skeeter into the car and head to Picton for
CLIC - Eastern Ontario Photo Show.

Located at 289 Main Street Picton,
Books & Company
hosted this event in their fabulous second story space.


As per normal, awards are handed out at these events.

Best In Show went to Dawn Oosterhoff from Ottawa.

I was honoured to have one of my photos recognized...

... as were eight others.
Nine photographers CLIC with jurors
If you find yourself in Eastern Ontario, on or before the August 7th. head to
Books & Company in Picton and take in this feast for the eyes.

A big thank you to the organizers and volunteers.
Special thanks to Dave Hill. Dave dropped of my photographs while I headed for the mountains of Mexico.

Kudos to Sue Barclay for her "Fab" grouping of the photographs.
Oh, just so you know, Sue can keep a secret. We had dinner with Sue and, her photographer husband, Sam a week before the show. She knew of "I'll Fly Away" placing third.
She never let on.
Sue, next year I'll bring an extra bottle of a local vintage to loosen those lips.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CLIC - Eastern Ontario Photo Show

July 30th to August 7th, 2011
Second floor Gallery of Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton, Ontario

This is the second year for this event. The collection of regional talent is exceptional.

I am very happy to have three pieces selected for exhibition in the show.

"I Can Fly"

"Dia de los Muertos"

"Morning Coffee"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Call Me A Pinhead

As summer is poised to make it's annual return, we welcome the 18th year of
This annual event takes place in Picton, Ontario.
Located in Prince Edward County, this is the area I call home.

The juried show is open to residents of "The County" which has a wealth of talented artists.

This year I have delved into the world of pinhole photography.
Digital be damned.
Give me a tin can with an f100 aperture, some photo paper and I'm good to go.
Morning Coffee
You can see the above effort at this years Art In The County.
For more pinholes and other works come by our Makers of Stuff gallery.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Morning Light


Sunday, April 25, 2010

World Pin Hole Day 2010

Today I spent the afternoon at the
located in Yarker, Ontario.

We gathered at the invitation of Anna and Andrzej to take part in


I had a great time.
Thanks go to Andrzej Maciejewski
for his guidance.

Ozzie you rock !!

Check out the 2010 World Pin Hole Photography Day gallery.