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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

2020 Mar 23 - Ángeles M. Pomata, Dwelling Out Of Timepainting Ángeles M. Pomata, “Dwellling Out of Time”

Enough is enough. Go home and stay home.
This is what we all need to be doing.

—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Today the Prime Minster chided all Canadians who are blatantly defying orders to stay home.

“We’ve all seen the pictures online of people who seem to think they’re invincible. Well, you’re not,” he said emphatically.

He made it crystal clear that his government is out of patience with those who are ignoring advice to stay home. Their selfish actions are increasing the risks of spreading COVID-19 to their families, friends and in the community.

My heartfelt response to Canadians and all fellow citizens of this world, “Is it not our ‘civic duty’ to do what we can to flatten the curve??”

J.

#stay home
#stay healthy
#self isolate
#flatten the curveBlack-Shoe 2Image: pixels.com

2020 Mar 16 - Margaux Rebourcet, hand sanitizer and counter top
painting Margaux Rebourcet

Today, Canada closes its borders.
Canadians abroad were called to come home.
Schools, restaurants and non-essential businesses are closed.

The Dow Jones lost almost 13%, the biggest one day drop since the stock market crash of 1987.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam regularly tweets about the importance of:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Coughing and sneezing into your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Who would have ever thought that the generic statement, wash your hands, chided to us by our mothers would someday be one of the most important messages we are told to help save our lives and the lives of others?

J.

#life
#stay safe
#stay healthy
#Covid-19

Black-Shoe 2Image: Instagram

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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Mark Heine 


“Three Little Birds”

24″ X 36″ oil and canvas

Together we wait
for spring.

— J.

#micropoetry
#fivewordsImage: mheine.com

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