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20 May, 2024

Port Renfrew, British Columbia



Sheer, moments of pure, Bliss. I've encountered very few of these over the last couple of years. But my certainty is undeniable when they do occur.


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The forest remains quiet while the city is exploding with Stanley Cup fever. Once again, a scale around the island lives up to its promising zen. A life of working 'from home' while you catch sounds of orca breathes from your bedroom window. An upcoming wooden plank on the beach pier, secret saunas in the middle of nowhere and a flight through the aurora borealis. In times of stress, it's critical to locate your inner peace. I tend to bring my mind in + out of the darkness in an attempt to become an expert on navigating it. The woods host great grounds for those of us who outgrew the McDonalds playplace, and need a place to reflect. Though, the amount of tourism is aggravating and parking is about as expensive as a full walkthrough at Whole Foods.


 

The Leather Boys (1964)



Newlyweds, Reggie & Dot are bombarded with hardships within the working-class marriage, while they focus on their opposing viewpoints. Rita Tushinghan, who I adore deeply, performs eloquently as always. The screaming matches alone draw such anxiety from the viewer. Her and her mum exchange toxic suggestions over tea, as Campbell's character befriends a local biker, with whom he spends the majority of time with. This kitchen-sink drama demonstrates the regular, everyday human relationships from an era that seems so regular. It's refreshing to look back at problems that make sense - Questioning one's sexuality in a fast-paced, sleazy environment. In addition, if anyone knows the name of the song Reggie puts on the jukebox, please get in touch with me - Shazam is useless. After all, 'when I talk to the kettle, I don't expect the pot to answer.'


 

The Midnight Library By Matt Haig (2022)


The teachings in this toward the unpredictable nature of quantum physics. Nora Seed, genius, takes her life and ends up in the Midnight Library. Throughout the volume of bookshelves, endless possibilities of lives she could have lived in literature form. The more lives you try, the easier it was to imagine a better life from where you found yourself. However, the more lives you live, the harder it may be to feel at home anywhere. Right? Every life contains millions of decisions, and they influence the outcome immensely. They say, to never go back on a life that you've once tried, for there always needs to be some sort of variation. We place so much fixation on our lives to convince ourselves it was never the right one. A memory so vague and intangible, it will hardly be there at all. Does Nora see this through? Do you?


 

The Wooden Sky - Something Hiding for Us in the Night

 

A true, master-piece of music. If only there were a life where I had caught them at one of their many in-store, acoustic performances at record shops that are no longer with us. With Neil Young and Matt Good inflections, embrace the slow buildup to folk vibratos from heaven. This was released at such a good period in life, and you can feel it throughout the song. Not to be sappy, but if the sky were actually made of wood, that'd be tree-mendous.


 

The People Have The Power by Patti Smith


In these times of strife, New York punk poet recites her dream, frustrated with the concept of struggle. For we, the people, withhold so much power to create ongoing change, but choose to hate, inflict pain, and decide to turn on one another. This is contemporary talent at its finest. The musical rendition of this on most days would benefit so well in the modern world.

Thank God for sending us Patti. A true, empowering woman, whose contributed to modern literature like no other, providing a world and journey to those who care to listen.

Updated: May 5

4 April, 2024

Tamarindo, Costa Rica



How often are you asked, and more importantly, how comfortable are you answering the question; "Are you Happy?" How does one handle such a request? We all have different ideas of what the feeling of happiness may look or feel like, right? The study of Eudaimonia goes beyond the standard, textbook definition. How does one obtain this enlightenment of true happiness? Furthermore, how do YOU define that term? Between reading, writing in my own experience with the subject matter of philosophy, there are often two factors that remain constant towards the influence;


a) What is our purpose? and

b) Where are we currently in accomplishing that purpose?


The present version of yourself does not represent who you wish to become. Nor, does it in the reverse. Living with the idea that you will one day reach this apex can drastically impact your everyday decisions. Your mentality of locating that eternal happiness can present itself in many forms at any time.


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Quite an outgoing gathering of humans in such an intimate setting these past few days, it's clear to me how vulnerable people can be with their feelings when they feel safe in their environment. I am incredibly fortunate to have been brought on to connect deeply with the poets, the emo's, the Wildlife Photographers, the heartbroken and the damned. Pinto gallo & sweet plantains for breakfast from here on out! It gave me such joy to be a part of this community and learn where so many walks of life come from, what their adventure has been like, and what lead them to this very moment.


Do you ever experience this sense of bliss you can't possibly explain? Sure, you do.


Take the necessary time to slow your life down and find fulfilment.


Pura Vida!


 

Take Shelter (2011)




Obsessing over an incoming storm, Curtis LaForche plans to protect his family's safety by any means. Michael Shannon performs the small-town, Midwest Father who struggles in dealing with his deaf daughter and rampant hallucinations. I've admired this film since its origin, and have always felt inspired by its visual appeal - The VFX were surely ahead of their time. With navigating a potential schizophrenia diagnosis and the township turning on the family, this buildup leads to the big blowup at the legion, in an incredible dialogue delivered by Shannon. Night terrors & biblical metaphors, this film depicts the importance of family and making a choice based on impulse. The intensity of the human emotion alone is breathtaking. I've always wanted my own tornado shelter...


 


Spaceships Over Glasgow By Stuart Braithwaite (2022)


Mogwai's finest Scot depicts his upbringing and the sought out music career at large. The endless concert quests with siblings, watching Sonic Youth side stage, and being belligerent at almost every turn, this book tells the adventure in a well-written timeline. You really get the feeling of sitting in a Scottish pub, listening to him tell you these stories in real time. Demonstrating what really happens when a band is on non-stop tour, how it feels and affects the camaraderie. Forever holding Braithwaite's statement close to heart; "No matter what is going on in your life, music can transport you away from it."



 


Casper Skulls - The Science of Dichotomies

Often compared to the blessings of Sonic Youth, Sudbury-natives deliver pure gold. Steady bass lines that could happily go on forever, accompanying vocals of indie essence and tones of that perfect twine. The song structure and especially the male vocal delivery seems to please the masses. At the time of me writing this, their website has expired and I remain hopeful for more greed. Casperholic indefinitely.




 

just a second, i am turning into gold by Christi Steyn


A promise to yourself and the world around you as you embark on your healing stage, your transition, and your absence from your norm. It can be challenging to convince those around you of your current availability. We never want to ask anyone to wait on our timeline, and understanding that process typically stems from somebody else's experience in a similar fashion. Not knowing how you will get there, just that it feels absolutely essential to you in that stage, right now. There is a ton of sacrifice in Steyn's writing, with the intent on returning to the world covered in complete gold. Take the time for yourself and trust the process. You're morphing into the brand new you. Go & save the world, CS...

26 January, 2024 Vancouver, BC




I've been reflecting loads on the idea behind New Years Resolutions. Whether we define them as goals or resolutions, each of us strive for an impactful change in our lives once that clock strikes. Whether or not we keep consistent in progress, that universal gap between motivation & procrastination will often show it's true colours. Sometimes, it feels imperative to even pretend to have goals set in stone to share among your peers. Providing a guidebook to follow while we all continue to strive for greatness. But they're not always systematic. I've actually noticed a trend within social media lately, where it's 'hip' to not even have resolutions. I believe progress and change can be beautiful, but understanding the value in going in neutral.


For those seeking the twist, forming a habit is a skill which requires practice and sheer determination. For myself, it's always been helpful to locate others with similar wishes that will create a better environment. There must be a pleasure in the process in order to stay on track. It may also assist you in keeping accountability. I generally evaluate the previous year and determine what I would like to do different. Does it benefit, or make matters worse? There doesn't seem to be a right or wrong answer to this wishlist, just a slight modification to your behaviour patterns that will generate happiness.


Make it enjoyable and don't set your sights too high. After all, it's only another year...


 

The Sasquatch Gang (2006)




Not for everyone, but you'll have to let your brain melt. This film pays homage to the friend group of my college days, where we would recite every dialogue line with passion. Tattoo the script on my back, would yah? The infamous sasquatch is on the loose in Clackanomah County and this group of friends are on a mission to locate evidence of its presence. Justin Long delivers his role with such grace and hilarity, all the while paying off debt for a purchased hamburger. LARPing, hiking and the importance of friendship make for an entertaining nerd: POV experience. For many of us, it could possibly be the best film we've ever had the privilege of feasting our ojos uponeth.


 


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson (2011)


Forgiveness unblocks the future. This novel depicts the story of life through the eyes of adoption in an experiment with experience. The scene where Mrs W. is informed of the writer's sexual orientation is empowering, and it's so intense only to build up and reveal the book title itself in the perfect placement. The mysterious definition of what home is. What does it represent? How does it feel when there is little to no order, and what happens when we leave that home? 'The things that I regret in my life are not errors of judgement but failures of feelings.'



 


The Walkmen - In The New Year

I take a gander at this each + every start of the new year. As many others do. NYC's own demonstrates perfect percussion along with reverberating guitar tone and flawless yells. Having the privilege of staring in awe at this at the local club was one of the many highlights of last year. I would be amiss not to s/o the one & only PM in his part in TD3 to this track, for it started it all. Ain't your heart in the strangest place, too?



 

Light by Ian Thomas


Taken out of Green Islands: Poems from the Great Bear Rainforest, native-bred Thomas paints a perfect image of the isolated interior. With weather patterns wet, foggy and dull, the factor of light still seems to exist. It's just a matter of how you define it and where you choose to look for it. With so many different sorts of ecosystems and species running amok, this global treasure is alive with bright illumination. The contrast of saturation and colour depicting in Thomas' words really give the reader an opportunity to step foot into the six and a half million hectares of land, and experience the beauty of nature.


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