Music Spotlight

So here’s the thing: music matters.

It heals, it propels us, and it connects us. If you were lucky enough to have a music teacher, get off your backside and thank them. Track them down. Call them. Text them. Send a good old fashioned letter or Christmas card. Doesn’t matter how you do it. Just find them and say thanks. Seriously.Continue Reading “So here’s the thing: music matters.”

Spotlight Stories

Graphic Novelist, Scott Chantler

I had the chance to meet and chat with graphic novelist, Scott Chantler, about writing, publishing and editing last night at the central Library. Scott is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, and the first cartoonist to receive this appointment from a Canadian university. His novel TWO GENERALS was nominated for two Eisner Awards,Continue Reading “Graphic Novelist, Scott Chantler”

Art Spotlight

Found Object Art

Love “Sundays in the Studio” at the Art Gallery of Windsor. I spent the afternoon working with artist, Sasha Opeiko, who helped us use “found objects” to create art. It mirrors one of the central exhibits in the gallery right now. Today’s theme was food. I’m using a cracked old teacup and saucer, newspaper, cardboard,Continue Reading “Found Object Art”

Adventures Aha! Moments Spotlight Stories

The Lost Art of Letters

My friend Ed Vielmetti has a lovely practice. He sends postcards to friends on a regular basis. He told me about this when I first met him more than a decade ago at one of Jerry Michalski’s soul-changing retreats. I thought it was a wonderful way of reviving old fashioned letter writing on a micro-scale.Continue Reading “The Lost Art of Letters”

Spotlight Stories

And this is why I will never give up on print.

Electronic books and magazines may make up the bulk of my library these days out of a sense of eco responsibility, and certainly efficiency, but when was the last time you could press a flower between their pages, or inhale the intoxicating smell of paper and print? My most treasured texts will always be onesContinue Reading “And this is why I will never give up on print.”

Adventures Music Spotlight

What have YOU given up that you would love to reclaim?

How the heck do you simply forget about years of your life and the passion that once defined them? I just stumbled across a box containing hundreds of musical scores that I had composed when I was 15, 16, 17 years old. I was prolific. Then life happened and I put it all away. IContinue Reading “What have YOU given up that you would love to reclaim?”

Adventures

Scouting out Adventure Diva venues in Toronto

In Toronto this morning scouting out locations for workshops. Been a long time since I’ve been here! Used to spend a lot of time on Bay Street for business. A bit of culture shock to be back in the middle of it again. Note to self: the upper deck of GO trains and espresso shotsContinue Reading “Scouting out Adventure Diva venues in Toronto”