Green Heroes

<note to self>

nativity refugeestrudeau pledged to admit 25,000 refugees by the new year, who are, no doubt, harried. in contrast, the book i’m reading, true refuge (which i blogged about last week) is about finding inner tranquility. i wonder if i would even seek inner tranquility if my outer tranquility evaporated? as my son pointed out, jesus started out in the refuge of a stable, an event we remember at this time.


wayne’s top one hundred tracks.

#99. Wayne Shorter (1933), Footprints.


Danish Radio Big BandDanish Radio Big Band, DR Koncerthuset 2014.


Maria Schneider rehearses her orchestra at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, January 2004, New York City, NY.

NDR Bigband directed by Maria Schneider (1960), JazzBaltica 2009.


First-Play-Daniel_1124071821871_16x9_620x350-from cbcFirst Play: the Trinity Choir and Daniel Taylor (1969), Four Thousand Winter. Streaming for free until 2015-12-03. ‘If you love choral music, drop what you’re doing and listen to this stunning new Christmas album‘.

jimi Born 73 years ago today, Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) said, ‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.’ one of the first songs i learned on bass was one of his. later, i discovered this one. But this is the real deal, and live.


Tuesday, 2015 November 24

Frederick Horsman Varley by John VanderpantThe Group of 7 (1920-1933) Plus 2




Fred (Frederick) Varley (1881-1969)

Left to right:
Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay (1920), Shell-torn Trees (1919), Mountain Woods, British Columbia (no date)
Frederick-H-Varley-Stormy-Weather-Georgian-Bay-1920shell-torn trees-1919-varleymountain woods, british columbia-no date-varley.



‘Romantic and independent, Varley was known as the “gypsy” of the Group of Seven.’

sampson skywakingwatched todd sampson (1970) skywalk (walk a tightrope between skyscrapers several hundred feet up) to show we can manage our fear. rick ranted that when it comes to refugees, canadians have ‘been here before’.

Wednesday, 2015 November 25

Devon Pagebirds and skyscrapers writes, ‘Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change … intends to exempt reflected light from the permit requirements[, which endangers migratory birds]…. You can take a stand…. All you need to do is head over to the Environmental Registry and fill out the submission form.’ (tx, sh)

runge colour modelreading about various models of colour.



Thursday, 2015 November 26

manufacturingwild_deer-from-cbcwatched the nature of things (manufacturing the wild), about rewilding,creating a non-human space, but a non-human space is controversial. what do you think?


josef albers from wpJosef Albers (1888-1976) ‘would see magic [in everyday life], he would see something deeper. And he believed that the majority of people just missed the true reality–it was available for everyone to see, but nobody was looking.’


Friday, 2015 November 27

fall leaves--homage to josef albers-from a non-human space to a very human one: reading about new york’s pennsylvania station, opened on this date in 1910 but demolished in 1963, leading to new york’s ‘landmarks law’. rebuilt that year but called an ‘architectural crime scene’. at one time, ‘one entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.’ susan played with her grand-daughter. (‘fall leaves–homage to josef albers’ by pkl [full-size], also very human, though inspired by nature’s fall colours.)

Weekend, 2015 November 28-29

green-heroesstudied colour rendered in html. watched green heroes (the art of change and the power of an idea). susan is in toronto visiting, as well as marching in this: ‘At the end of this month, world leaders will meet in Paris to start negotiating the next global climate deal. The Twenty-First Conference of Parties (COP21) is our best chance to avoid catastrophic climate change and set the world on a path to a more sustainable and equitable future.

On November 29th, communities and civil society groups are launching COP21 with a global day of climate action. In Toronto, we are mobilizing in solidarity with communities in our city, across the country and around the world! Together, we will call for real action on climate change during and beyond COP21. Join us at Queen’s Park!

Share our Facebook event with your friends and let us know that you are coming out.
November 29, 2015 at 4pm – 6pm
Queen’s Park’

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