A Sense of Wonder (fragment)

apricot computer 1980s

Apricot Computer

If you have a detective nature,

You will find so much to trace:

The words on the page are your

Clue that there’s more than just a face,

Staring back from the computer screen;

You need only search through history

To find more that it would seem

To another – a sense of mystery.

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Starling in Silver Birch Tree


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City of Vancouver, Mid-70’s


The railway lines are on the top right of this aerial shot. In fact the first bridge is probably Cambie Street, The Broadway and Columbia bridges are just out of view.

Why is this important? Because the SkyTrain, which was introduced during Expo ’86 is now superimposed over the railway tracks. The landscape has changed forever from when I lived there.

Here’s another view, including the North Shore. Stunning vistas.

North Vancouver Aerial

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Stars with Canadian Roots


Some of the stars pictured above will be quite familiar to you. Some might not. The point of this exercise is to show the world that a lot of American talent is actually from Canada.

For a small listing of some of these stars click this link.

Sometimes the only time you ever find out where they’re from is when they win an award of some kind, and then the Canadian media will let you know.

“Have a great day!”

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Father (in) Time has Wrinkles


A Wrinkle in Time

According to everyone who read this 1962 bestselling book, this is one of the world’s best. I wouldn’t know, never having been privileged enough to read it.

But I saw the movie today with my granddaughter, and she seemed bored. She’s nine years old, about five years younger than the heroine of the story, Meg. Most of the film was special effects, and after a while those FX start to wear out their specialness.

The Oprah Effect


When the world found out that she would be involved, people started to pay attention. But, honestly, that’s not enough to make it worthwhile. Reese Witherspoon is funnier, and she steals the show as Mrs. Whatsit.

But the star of the show has to be the young lady playing Meg, Storm Reid. Her journey is the ‘warrior-in-training’ one.  Her “wound is how the light gets in”. Sound familiar?

Finding Father


It’s the hero’s journey. Every great story has it: think Luke Skywalker facing Darth Vader. Megan’s father, Dr. Alex Murry, is lost in space (and time). He cannot find his way back home. He needs help, and Meg needs her Dad. Her ‘cry in the night’ signaled to the universe that she wanted to find (never dreaming that she’d be) the solution to his dilemma.

The four years between her Dad’s disappearance and the present time has undermined Meg’s confident. Adolescence would have done that, too, but this missing piece in her life has made it much worse. She is distrustful, and acting out at school. In other words, she has no reason to “believe in herself”. (When asked, my granddaughter told me that was the message of the movie.)

Children who have missing fathers have to fight harder to gain and maintain their equilibrium. I suspect that’s why so much was made of Meg’s imbalance in the Cave where they meet the Happy Medium (who wasn’t very happy to help). It’s a visual sign.


When Alex apologized to his children and his wife, I cried. The sense of abandonment washed over me like a shower, followed by a feeling of total release.

This film is cathartic. So, for that alone, it is worth the price of admission.

Go see A Wrinkle in Time. Chris Pine isn’t getting any younger.

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Searching for the COMMUNITY Symbol


It’s a simple job, right? You just Google images until you find the one that you want.

But what if that image doesn’t exist? What if you then use the Bing search and still come up with nothing? Most people would invent their own.

My Criteria

I wanted two things to be reflected in the symbol:

Neptune’s Trident and the Bermuda Triangle.

I pictured the trident interlocking with the triangle. Only one image did that, and it looked like a stylized Ukraine symbol crossed with an Israeli six pointed star, like this:


The Closest Approximation

These are Lego accessories. They are supposed to be identical, but there are differences.

However, they lend a certain gravitas if worn as a lapel pin or a signet ring. For simplicity sake, this will be the look of the COMMUNITY symbol in the graphic novel.


I could have also drafted the picture myself. But I think I want to keep that image private.

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Chaos Theory: the Butterfly Effect


Can One Small Act Lead to Change?

We like to think so, but the concept is counter-intuitive at best. After all, one person cannot effect change in the greater world, can they?

The idea of the Butterfly Effect has taken hold of our imaginations. In itself the idea is scientifically insignificant, until rounding was introduced to a value in a computer program for modelling predictive weather phenomenon. Then it changed the outcome in the what might happen two months down the line.

But does it really happen in “real” life?

Three Billboards…


We watched this award winning movie last night.

The plot line is simple, but far-reaching.

Mildred Hayes is grieving the rape and murder of her teenage daughter Angela that occurred seven months earlier. Angry over the lack of progress in the investigation, Mildred rents three abandoned billboards near her home, and posts on them: Raped While Dying, And Still No Arrests?, and How Come, Chief Willoughby? The billboards upset the townspeople, including Chief Bill Willoughby and Officer Jason Dixon, the latter being a racist and a violent alcoholic. The open secret that Willoughby suffers from terminal pancreatic cancer adds to everyone’s disapproval. Mildred and her son Robbie are harassed and threatened, but to Robbie’s chagrin, she stays firm about keeping the billboards up.

While Willoughby is sympathetic to Mildred’s frustration, he finds the billboards an unfair attack on his character. Angered by Mildred’s lack of respect for his authority, Dixon threatens businessman Red Welby, who had rented Mildred the billboards, and he arrests her friend and coworker, Denise, on trivial marijuana possession charges. Mildred is also visited by her abusive ex-husband Charlie, who blames her for their daughter’s death.

Willoughby brings Mildred in for questioning after she injures her dentist in an altercation in the dental clinic. During the interview, Willoughby coughs up blood. He leaves the hospital against medical advice and spends an idyllic day with his wife Anne and their two daughters, then commits suicide. He leaves suicide notes for several people, including one to Mildred, in which he explains that she was not a factor in his suicide and that he secretly paid to keep the billboards up for another month, amused at the trouble this will bring her and hope that they will keep attention on the murder. Mildred is threatened by a crop-haired stranger in her store. Dixon reacts to the news of Willoughby’s death by assaulting Welby and throwing him out of a window. This is witnessed by Willoughby’s replacement, Abercrombie, who fires Dixon.

The billboards are destroyed by arson. Mildred retaliates by tossing Molotov cocktails at the police station, which she believes is unoccupied for the night. However, Dixon is there to read a letter left for him by Willoughby, which advises him to let go of hate and learn to love, as the only way to realize his wish to become a detective. Dixon escapes with Angela’s case file but suffers severe burns. Mildred’s acquaintance James witnesses the incident and provides Mildred with an alibi, claiming they were on a date. Dixon is treated for his burns, and he is temporarily confined in the same hospital room as Welby, to whom he apologizes.

Discharged from the hospital, Dixon overhears the man who threatened Mildred bragging in a bar of an incident similar to Angela’s murder. He notes the Idaho license plate number of the man’s vehicle, then provokes a fight by scratching the man’s face. At home later, he removes a sample of the man’s DNA from under his fingernails. Meanwhile, Mildred goes on a date with James to thank him for the alibi. Charlie enters with his 19-year-old girlfriend Penelope, and he admits to burning the billboards. Mildred tells Charlie to treat Penelope well, and she leaves.

Abercrombie informs Dixon that the DNA sample does not match DNA found on Angela’s body and that the man was overseas on military duty and had come back to the country 9 months before. Dixon stays confused and does not connect the clues. Still his instinct tells him the guy is guilty. Mildred and Dixon conclude that the man must be guilty of some other rape, and set out for Idaho to kill him. On the way, Mildred confesses to Dixon that she set the police station fire, though he indicates that he knew it was her all along. They express reservations about their mission but agree to decide what to do along the way. (Wikipedia)


Although this film is clearly a fantasy, it has many truthful elements which seem to echo the Butterfly Effect. But I think the most important one involved tho letters that Chief Willoughby left for Mildred, Dixon and his wife. They were masterpieces of how to effect change in others, and the results were visible.

So, try to remember that no act, however small,  goes unnoticed. You might not be able to predict how things will turn out, but you can be sure something will change.

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