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sculpture Augusta Savage
“The Harp”, 1939

Augusta Savage’s sculpture was inspired by the lyrics of James Weldon Johnson’s poem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Standing at sixteen feet, it was Savage’s largest sculpture.

Lift Every Voice and Sing 
– By James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us.
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won…

Today let’s celebrate Juneteenth; also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day by continuing to educate ourselves on the matters of black lives and the dark, painful history they have had to endure throughout the world.

How do you speak to bias and bigotry?
Start by
having the first conversation at
your own kitchen table
The world will say to you:
there is too much hate.
Devote yourself to love
love yourself
so much that you can love others
without barriers
and without judgement.
— Cleo Wade

 

#love
#equality
#justice
#Juneteenth
#BlackLivesMatter

Image: Instagram


painting Alma Thomas,
“Red Azaleas Singing
and
Dancing Rock and Roll Music”, 
1976

 
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. — Nelson Mandela

Real leaders lead with love. — Cleo Wade

#love
#equality
#solidarity
#BlackLivesMatter

Image: americanart.si.edu

Gary Bunt

“Daffodils”

“The Righteous”

“Daffodils” (detail)

“The Poppy Field”

Today I said goodbye to a very dear friend and neighbour, Mr. Rodriguez.

At his funeral, I learned that his story is a precious one.

In 1957 he immigrated to Canada from Portugal with his wife, Lucinda, two small children and $500 in his pocket.

Although he didn’t speak English, it wasn’t long before he started his own company, Royal Cleaning Services. His hard work paid off, he sold it and opened Antonio’s Fish Market in downtown Toronto. After that, his love of gardening led him to a position as head gardener at Edwards Gardens. His final job was Supervisor of Maintenance with the City of Toronto.

I also learned that his motto in life was to go slowly and do it correctly. I guess that’s what helped him with his uncanny ability to fix things without any instructions or guides.

But something that I’ve seen and known about him for years is his deep love for his family, especially his wife. It has always stood out to me and that, I will never forget.

Two years ago she passed away after a long battle with dementia. With the help of his children, I watched him patiently care for her at home right up until the end. After her death, he created a heart-shaped flower bed in her memory just outside his front door. Watching him tend to it was one of the most tender and touching things I’ve ever seen.

I will also never forget his steady presence in my daily life. For the last five years or so he has always been there. Quietly observing the going on of our little street from his porch or from inside his garage. Like a faithful friend, I could always depend on him to have time for me, to greet me with a smile, wave or warm hello. He was never too busy. I miss him. I miss our daily interactions very much.

So you can understand why I’ve chosen the work of self-taught British artist, Gary Bunt as an expression of my feelings. I find that many of his paintings beautifully depict the comfort and friendship that comes from the presence of a quiet, solitary figure – something that I have come to know, cherish and am now missing terribly with the death of my dear friend and neighbour, Mr. Rodriguez.

— J.

#loss
#friendship

Images: portlandgallery.comportlandgallery.com; portlandgallery.com

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photo Steve Gindler / “Cvatik”

Having had the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coincide with the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada created quite a “royal” buzz – more than usual.

Not often does a “regular” girl live out her Cinderella story, marry a prince and become a princess. Or rise in personal status and influence because she’s married into a family of “real-life” kings and queens.

But is becoming a royal the only way to do so? For one to feel like a princess and influence others for good?

For me, it’s learning to love yourself and others well, that’s what’s required – not marrying a prince!

Reach out and help others.
If you have the power to make someone happy, do it.
Be a vessel, be the change, be the difference, or be the inspiration.
Shine your light as an example.
The world needs more of that.
― Germany Kent

Happy Victoria Day!
Fête de la Reine!

— J.

#quote
#life reflection
Image: Instagram

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