life at this speed
Updated: Apr 4
31 March, 2023
Vanderhoof, British Columbia
Can you feel the climate shifting? I don't know about you, but I feel like winter seems to be starting later and lasting longer. The days seem to overlap and shift focus throughout the consistent travel and work projects. But I am beyond grateful for this life. I've met so many wonderful and intelligent human beings over the last bit. Locals in distant towns, industry experts in their greatest form, and passerbys that live in their element, going about their own. Each one of us has a story and a sense of where we are going. Although often, it can feel as if confusion and comparison override our outlook. Flooded with poison and misguided information from endless media sources, it can be challenging to unplug and be present. I find that once you develop a frame of mind that recognizes the world around us, you can evaluate what's necessary and important. But being introduced to a wide variety of new open doors, can also provide you with a sense of purpose. There is so much to discover and try out in this life, and sometimes we can't always bring ourselves to embark on them. I encourage you to try if nobody else has.
And finally, to you - Nero. You were considered one of the best. We brought you in from the streets and provided a life for you (one of which that may not have lasted this long), and you quickly became a fan favorite. I'm going to miss every single piece of food fed to you, backyard rummaging, and breathe-blows your way. Fly free, Nero. The perfect cat. RIP.
French flick depicting the riots that ensue, following the police beating & murder of a young boy. The child's older brother constructs a gang together to voice their anger and hatred, and the film demonstrates the fall of a dystopia's authoritative figures. The opening scene ALONE, will most likely make Cinematography history (Thank you, BZ!). For those who don't love the idea of following subtitles, this film pulls you in so heavily that you barely even realize you're watching a movie. The audience is witnessing a real civil battle, immersed so closely to the action. A magnificent job well done by the cast & crew. La Resistance, lives on.
Cue the Anti-Flag...
Jason M. Colby's ORCA - How We Came To Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator (2018)
With the recent passing of the known 'World's Loneliest Orca' Kiska - most likely the first killer whale I had ever seen live in-person, I wanted to take a deep dive into the species to learn more. Colby's text reveals a complete breakdown of the facts and history. The compelling story of Namu, and how scientists/researchers grabbed hold of the very first opportunity to study this gentle creature. A fitting read lately when further and further news and awareness is brought into the public eye about their risk of extinction. I am Humbled to be in the presence of arguably the most powerful, intelligent and spiritual animal species ever to reside in the sea.
Hope - Reader (2018)
I remember discovering this band maybe three years ago and to be honest, I've never slowed down with playing this banger at it's loudest potential. It's easily one of my all-time favorite tunes. The pace it begins with really sets the listener up for a firmly-structured track, and a beyond perfect energy throughout. With the combination of effects, blissful vocals, and a monumental riff-break to close the curtain, I simply don't think I will ever tire of this one. And to find out they were from Hamilton, made life that much sweeter. Though I never got to catch them live, one can only place a smidge of hope in a [often] hopeless life. 'Cause you have gotta realize that I'm never gonna feel the same as you'.
Home by Whitney Hanson
A poem about feeling away from your home. Your sense of comfort and familiarity. For some of us, that might be somewhere geographical. Maybe it's a specific time in the past? How about a person? Hanson, along with her drop-dead gorgeous, multi-colored eyes delivers a driving message to watch the sunset to, and dream about your place of home. To reflect on those who made us whole. I think we've all felt this way in our lives. Throughout our busy lives, no matter what - home is in our hearts. Embrace it.