I’ve been a little delinquent on the blogging front lately because my brain fell out.
Meanwhile, life has continued to unravel as life does, and now I’ve got a bit of a backlog of things to blog about.
For example. Last night GC and I went to Paul Dewar’s art auction for Haiti at the Cube Gallery. This turned out to be a lot of fun, mostly because it was such a friendly and sociable crowd. I had some interesting and amusing conversations with likable strangers. There were some good-natured bidding wars. And there were almost a hundred pieces of art to look at.
This is a piece of Shannon Lee Mannion’s keyboard art. I don’t really know Shannon, though our paths have crossed quite a few times. We’ve met at aquarium society meetings, anti-SCAN legislation meetings, craft shows, and other places. She’s very outgoing and sociable, so we’ve had a number of conversations over the years. She’s got an eclectic set of interests, and her latest thing is keyboard art. She calls her keyboard art, generically, QWERKY B’s. Each one is unique, and most are theme-based.
There were three other pieces I liked a lot. A pottery bowl, a large painting that looked plain black at first glance but was actually a richly textured and colourful piece when you looked carefully, and an abstract called Sunshine that had three luscious colours blending into one another. It sat pretty much ignored throughout most of the silent auction, and then in the final moments became the subject of a multi-party bidding war.
In other news, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced yesterday that it will appeal the BC Court of Appeals ruling on the safe injection site, Insite, to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Insite has come to symbolize harm reduction in this country, which is why it’s being so aggressively targeted by the Conservative government. The principles of harm reduction run counter to Conservative ideology, which is purely about police and prisons, with a bit of treatment for youth thrown in, and maybe some moralistic, simplistic, fear-based propaganda masquerading as prevention.
Despite overwhelming evidence that the US approach to drugs and addiction is profoundly ineffective and hugely expensive, our government stubbornly continues to imitate it. I don’t get it.
What else? I finished that career counseling course, so I now have a Career Action Plan. It’s quite interesting, actually. I’ll blog about that later.