the Heliconian Club in Toronto tomorrow at 35 Hazelton Avenue,
my end of school deadline too -- I rushed home from delivering
the paintings to prepare for my final class at the Regent Park
Community Learning and Development Center). That is a poor
excuse. Pictures tomorrow. It's a beautiful show. Come out and
photographer, whose piece about me on his Skype blog got
me noticed by Oprah Winfrey's people in 2009, asked about
the things I had learned that year. It's a nice tradition to notice
what mattered as the year ends. This has been both a wonderful,
and hard year. Wonderful in terms of a super life, kind friends,
in the family. This first gratitude from last year still holds true.
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I wrote this a few years ago, and it still works as one of
the first things I learned again in 2022. I am not religious,
so what I like about the festive season, is the joy around
the light returning, which is all about rebirth -- a new year,
new ideas, new possibilities.
to see the sunset, and because we are also more late night
people, we rejoice as the days get longer. So this is what
I learn every year -- try and be the light.
fires in California, fires across Canada, hurricanes on the
east coast, climate change so out of control, 32 countries
experiencing wars, mass shootings in America. A normal
But as I said a few years ago that despair is not generative
-- it doesn't lead to change. And change has to happen now
for the sake of the planet.
When I first talked about this I was thinking of the work
of my artist friend in Nova Scotia, Flora Doehler. Not only has
Flora chosen to live a rural and sustainable lifestyle.
Her paintings are so joyous that they instantly lift the
viewers up, and make them happy. Flora grows her own
garden with her husband Larry Knox, and also sits in the
garden and paints -- celebrating the ecstasy and beauty of the
I do believe that celebrating the world is one of the most
vital reasons for making art -- to inspire people, and help them
to love the planet, and value all of our lives on it.
Have a loving your light day!