You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it.

Today, after a full on week of work & activity, I woke up with an age old pain. It’s a reminder that I can’t take things for granted. But that also time has a way of putting things back where they belong. Love has a way of breaking the silence. Every Where Is Some WhereContinue reading “You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it.”

A Fortunate Kid: a clerk of records for the people

One of my favourite books is John Berger’s A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor. In my mind, it is perhaps the 2nd best of John Berger books and yet most of my (art or healthcare) friends have never read it. To me it is a masterpiece of witness: a moving meditation on humanity,Continue reading “A Fortunate Kid: a clerk of records for the people”

Re-Building Compassionate, Playful and Powerful Communities

8 days ago, i was elected as a local (Labour Party) councillor. 8 days on, I still can’t quite believe that the electorate has lent me their trust and votes. That’s all it is though, a lending. I need to earn it over the next 4 years. I hope, with all my heart, that IContinue reading “Re-Building Compassionate, Playful and Powerful Communities”

2020: A year meant for listening & learning – but are we doing it?

I’ve spent many years doing this Live Drawing gig. It’s my biggest livelihood maker. I get to draw and learn for most of my living! How cool is that? Alot of people wonder how I can listen and remember and draw – stuff that I might not actually know, hearing the content for the firstContinue reading “2020: A year meant for listening & learning – but are we doing it?”

Holding space.

This date – the 24th May – in more normal times – seems to be the day of amazing things as Facebook memories reminds me today. 6 years ago I started my proper rehabilitation from the first wave of being super sick and not having any energy outside of going to work & doing theContinue reading “Holding space.”

The epic train ride ahead: Toronto > Vancouver.

I’m posting this now as I’m not sure when I will have time before I leave on my WIFI free journey across Canada via train. Via Rails # 1, The Canadian operates from Toronto to Vancouver. The train stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Jasper, with several departures in each week. The 4466 km journey takesContinue reading “The epic train ride ahead: Toronto > Vancouver.”

gifts and choices

In my procrastination of trying to write up my methods section for RF2 (my next PhD barrier) I came across Jeff Bezos’s commencement speech from 2010. (Not super sure how I reached  it in my click-a-thon). But I found it to be incredibly important. After my life got shook up when I fell sick, IContinue reading “gifts and choices”

Help Aleppo Smizz Print: Lets Be Kind Again

I’ve been watching the tragedy of Aleppo for months and months now. Slowly, and slowly getting more and more, and even more horrific. I never thought that in 2016 we would be looking at the world through fear like we are now – a world seemingly well connected, a whole history to show us howContinue reading “Help Aleppo Smizz Print: Lets Be Kind Again”