• I don't know how I'd missed this, but Dr. Brian Goldman of CBC's White Coat Black Art did a TEDx talk last year, and it's wonderful. It's called: "Doctors make mistakes, can we talk about that?" (The video is at the bottom of this post if you'd like to watch it in its entirety.)

    On my health pilgrimage, and as part of working on my zine, I've been tracing back through my medical history, trying to connect dots between all the possible factors that got me into this state of less-than-ideal health. I've been researching root causes of various symptoms and ailments, and how they're all intertwined. I've been thinking back to all the various extremely traumatizing interactions I've had with healthcare practitioners over the years.

    One thing is crystal clear: doctors make mistakes. And some of the really good ones are starting to admit it.

  •  I've been meaning to write this post for ages, to tell you all about another one of my little TMI secrets... I have tricky gums!

    Tea Tree Toothpaste

    By tricky I don't mean they are sneaking around setting up practical jokes, I mean my gums are temperamental and hard to keep happy. If I don't floss enough, they get all inflamed and bleedy. And for years and years, if I didn't use Colgate Total (ie. a toothpaste containing triclosan) on a daily basis, they got all inflamed and bleedy. So I used it for probably 20 years.

  • I went for a little solo photowalk the other day, in some strange yellow sunset light... As most of you know I'm no longer really a West End girl, so these shots are around East Van. Hope you like em!

    Cone variety of hydrangeas?

  • Ok, so I keep hearing people talking about "ease" and moving towards doing what comes with more "ease". The work I was doing before was mostly things that I felt came pretty naturally to me (being organized, mediating between different stakeholders, writing emails, planning), but work didn't feel full of "ease" by any means.

    Socializing didn't feel easy. Taking care of myself didn't feel easy. Even when I left my job in the spring, NOTHING felt easy.

    Resting didn't feel easy, thinking about what I wanted to do with my life didn't feel easy, I felt fucking stressed and anxious all the time, in between trips and visitors all through the summer. I tried to go take art classes, and that all fell apart quickly. I did creative projects at home. I floundered. And then a couple weeks ago, it suddenly hit me. 

  • I'm embarking on a health pilgrimmage. More on this later...maybe. I've also been working on my first zine, Chronically Yours, about living with chronic illness, so I've been doing a lot of reading and research about coping and support for chronic illnesses and chronic pain. I've found some really wonderful resources and readings, and some of them deserve full posts but for now I wanted to take a moment to share some of my favourites with you.

    R&R: Reading and relaxation

  • #8 on my Life to-do list: Make a zine. Check!

    Chronically Yours 1

    You heard me right. After wanting to make a zine since my teen years, and never getting up the guts to fully write and publish one, I've done it!

    Issue #1 of Chronically Yours is up for sale in my new Etsy shop as of this morning!

  • Hot One Inch Action is an art show put on every year by Hot Art Wet City, an organization that promotes local artists in Vancouver and organizes various shows around town. Hot One Inch Action now happens in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, and for the first time this year also NYC. This is the third year in a row I've attended the show, it's really fun as you (as an attendee) can take part by buying $5 bags of buttons and then trading to get the buttons you like best! 

    That's all great on its own, but... this year I had a button in the show! Not only is it my first time with a design in the show, but it's the first time I've ever entered a submission in any kind of art show! So many firsts!

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  • Knitters from Vancouver and surrounding areas have been eagerly chomping at the bit for weeks, nay months, waiting for this past weekend to arrive. Why? Knit City!!!

    Knit City was a weekend-long event put on by Knit Social, a knitting event company run by Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean. It was the first one, but judging by how popular it was, I doubt it will be the last. The level of excitement about this event was hard to contain - Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were full of knitting posts and high praise for the event. It was indeed wonderful!

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  • I didn't get around to writing a more detailed post about Bruno's and my road trip through Oregon and California, though I've peppered some of the photos through posts since then. Better late than never, I wanted to at least gather my favourite photos, both digital and film (now that I've got them developed). I've kept the two kinds separate, since the film ones have a bit of a different look that I find interesting. You can see the full unedited set here.

    It was a wonderful two weeks, the redwoods and the coast were so much more breathtaking than I'd ever imagined. The coast was so rugged, and the trees were so enormous. I particularly enjoyed camping our way south, and spending some more time in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Portland.

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  • I realized this summer that I have my "favourite places" in lots of other cities up and down the coast, but I hardly have any here in Vancouver. I've been looking for them, but I haven't found them.

    I'm extremely envious of Portland. And also Seattle, Victoria, San Francisco... Filled with jealousy. And filled with love. But mostly jealousy. I try not to resent Vancouver for not having all the things that I want and can get so easily in Portland or other cities. Yes, I know I'm demanding. But I have seen what's possible... and it's glorious.

    Bluebird in Seattle

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