I enjoy living with a lot of big ideas and knowing the struggle, well challenges to see them materialize – for the hardships are just guiding me along the way to see the big picture one day completed.
Everybody relates to the world differently, yet it is in that, our language, identity forms our culture. At what vantage point do we perceive the best that a city can be civil, creative, conscious? The desire is a choice – I hope comes from a cooperative culture, a wisdom of crowds.
I wrote this poem, inspired by a note I wrote about the experiences of a faustian man dreaming a renaissance – while living in a despotic City.
*Author’s note: i haven’t posted much lately, the earthly rat race has had me. i have a few archive blog ideas that i hope to get published soon. It was fun to be at RMG First Fridays. a lot of high energy moments, and wish I had a few more photos capturing these happenings in this post. I look forward to the November RMG First Friday.
RMG Fridays: Hygge
November 03, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The art of being cozy. Imagine big blankets, comfy cushions and the smooth, soothing tunes of Brooklyn Doran & Rory Taillon.
As i was making way down the path at Oshawa City Hall to the RMG, i noticed a new garden. a Monarch WayStation. A project by MonarchWatch.org
When i entered the RMG, there was a table that had two raffle boxes: first raffle box was for two tickets to see a rock band at The Moustache Club and second raffle box was for a RMG kid’s package in Gallery A. I filled out one raffle ticket and put it into the raffle box to see a rock band at The Moustache Club I also notice a large banner hanging on the wall. The RMG First Fridays is branding well I thought.
There was a gluten free snack table serving cookies, brownies, pastries and sandwiches. i bought a lemon tart.
I than walked up the stairs to sit and listen to tonight’s featured music performance by FIURAN.
RMG First Fridays is a nice social gathering to catch up with friends, meet new people, an opportunity to see the newest art exhibit and hear new music.
On the first Friday of the month, join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures.
Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.
Follow the twitter feed at #RMGFridays!
Following RMG Fridays, join us at The Moustache Club for the official after party! Present proof of attending RMG Fridays at the door and get a discount on cover at the Club.
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Are you interested in performing at RMG Fridays? Please contact Carla Sinclair, Manager of Community & Volunteer Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was the last day my neighbor and I got to hangout, but we might squeeze in another one, before I move next Tuesday to North Oshawa. I always enjoy our happenings and today was no ifferent…maybe alittle. Heh 😛
First, we had ourselves some coffee, than shared a Dr. Oetker Spinach Pizza, some random discussions about things I cannot recall, and I ask my friend to make a video of me unboxing my :”I Love OSHAWA” mugs I got from VistaPrint. Afterwards, we hungout in his man cave. He is hard to hear, so he typed on his desktop what he wanted to tell me, and I read it off his monitor. Since he can type as fast as he could talk, this was great. Lol. That was a fun conversation. I would later head back upstairs to leave. I said “goodbye” to my friends parents as a neighbor. His Mom thanked me for leaving a mug as a gift. I said bye to my friend and neighbor and left through the garage. I been his neighbor for 7 years.
It was nice to see everyone. YES Staff was serving Chicken Alfredo for supper. I had just ate, so one of the staff put some in a styrofoam box to take home. I had a look at the games shelf, there were some cool games: Sorry, Battleship, Guess Who, Clue, Pop-up and Connect Four. I ask my buddy if he wanted to play Connect Four, he said sure.
The YES Staff gave an announcement and notice about an uncoming event…
Tonight we did karaoke. I sang, Blink-182 – All The Small Things. It was nice to be back. I left around 8:15pm to catch Pulse bus Downtown.
On the Pulse, I saw an acquaintence. He saw me too. I waited till we got off the Pulse bus at King Street and Centre Street to talk. He likes to talk conspiracies and shows on Coast to Coast AM. I like Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and its been awhile since I heard a show. Topics include: UFOs, Giants, Illuminati, Angels, Climate Change, Esoteric Teachings, and many more fringe type topics. The guy would get the King bus home and I walked to Tim Horton’s on Athol Street for a coffee, 2 chocolate dip donuts, follow a bit of the Blue Jays game and read a couple pages of The Convoluted Universe Book Two.
It was almost 10pm, I could pop over to the Stag’s head to watch the remainder of the Blue Jay game (they won 9-4) and sing a karaoke song. When I got to Stag’s head, I met most the karaoke regulars and friends. The karaoke MC had my stack of songs ready for me. I decide to sing a new song, Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.
I would later say my goodbyes. Outside the Stag’s head, my friend noticed my DANZIG patch on my hoodie. He mentioned that he loves that band. I thought, “Yeah, DANZIG is pretty badass.” I bought the patch at Let it Rock (downtown, Oshawa). I would catch the 402 King bus at 11pmish and go home.
When I attended the Durham Region International Film Festival at the Regent Theatre, I had the opportunity to join the VIP Pre-Screening event on the balcony and schmooze with the big cats. One such cat was Councilor John Neal. To make chit-chat, he ask if I was going to City Council Meeting this Monday, and I told him thanks for letting me know and I will it into my calendar.
Monday was a slow day, so I didn’t cause too much trouble today. My Mom gave me a ride to Brew Wizards for 4pm. I spoke with Pat finding easy games to donate to Brain Injuries Association of Durham (BIAD) because their game stock needed better fun and simpler games – like: matching cards, Snakes and Latters, Connect Four, Guess Who and Shark Attack to name a few. Pat was impressed with my “Shark Attack” name drop. He told me he would try to help me out. I order va samosa, 3 cookies and coffee, went into back room to chill and read a chapter from The Convoluted Universe Book 2.
I left Brew Wizards around 6:10pm. Oshawa City Council Meeting starts at 6:30pm. I didn’t know what was on the agenda, but if a City Councilor ask me about attending, I figured the Universe was conspiring fdor me to be there.
As I enter Oshawa Civic Square, I noticed it was a lovely day there, and I started to snap photos. I notice I was pressing up against time, it was 6:25pm. I decided to slow down on my photo snapping and get my butt into Oshawa City Hall fot the City Council Meeting.
When I enter the Council Chambers, the Council meeting had started, so I grab a City Council Meeting agenda from the table and found a chair and sat down.
“…Council to rescind the council seat appointments made on March 20, 2017 and revist the appointment process for filing the vacancy.”
In the Standing Committee Reports section, a couple of the “Reports of the Corporate Services” Committee fascinated me:
1. Board and Committee Best Practices (CORP-17-39)(See Page 500 and Pages 1 to 8)
Recommendation1. That Council authorize the City Clerk to implement administrative practicesby Q1, 2018 in support of:
a. measures to identify required skills, experience and representation on boards and committees;
b. flexible board and committee recruitment methods to broaden potential applicants reflective of required skills, experience and representation;
c. measures to encourage recruitment of individuals reflective of the City’s diversity, including outreach and potential partnerships with relevant community organizations;
d. measures to identify and monitor the progress of diversity represented on the City’s boards and committees including a voluntary, self-identified, confidential diversity questionnaire to be included with application packages for appointment; and,
e. applicant screening and short-listing methods to support appropriate fit and Council’s review of applicants, to be determined by the City Clerk in consultation with applicable staff; and,
*I read this and though this could be a sample of what a Policy and Procedure Guideline could look like for EOII
2. That the City Clerk provide reporting to Council on the progress of the administrative practices implemented, including aggregate reporting on diversity represented on boards and committees in a manner which would not identify any individual and other best practice recommendations; and,
*That’s an interest way to use words to hold boards and committee unaccountable and lack transparency
3. That the City Clerk prepare any necessary housekeeping amendments tothe Advisory Committees of Council Policy and Procedure for Council’sconsideration; and,
4. That Resolution CORP-17-20 be removed from the Corporate Services
2. Appointments to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and the OshawaCentral Business District Improvement Area Board of Management(CORP-17-40)(See Page 506 and Pages 9 to 10)
That Lisa Hart be appointed to fill the vacancy for a person with a disability on the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee for the term September 2017 to November 30, 2017; and,
*I’m on the OAAC. It funny that this term is just 2 months. We can meet quorum as is. Why not just wait till November when notice goes out in the Oshawa This Week newspaper and online for residents to apply for a year, 2 year or 4 year term.
2. That Cindy Malachowski be appointed to the Oshawa Central Business District Improvement Area Board of Management for the term September 2017 to November 30, 2018.
*I hope Cindy’s appoint to the Oshawa Central Business District Improvement Area Board of Management is a good one for the downtown businesses.
3. Technical Amendments to Designated Driving Services Standards in LicensingBy-law 120-2005 (CORP-17-41)(See Page 506 and Pages 11 to 14)
That Licensing By-law 120-2005 as amended, be further amended as detailed in Section 5.2 of Report CORP-17-41 dated September 7, 2017 concerning proposed amendments to Designated Driving Services Standards in Licensing By-law 120-2005 respecting Designated Driving services standards; and,
2. That the notice provisions of By-law 147-2007 be waived for the technical amendments Committee Outstanding Items List.
*An angry lady spoke to this item. She spoke how this By-Law amendment is a cash grab and is strangling the Designated Drivers Industry. When spoke as a Delegation Request, I only heard her volume and not recognizable speech. When she came back to her seat (Which was a row behind me and 5 chairs over to my left – I walked over to her, told her I was hard of hearing, and asked if I could read her deliberation, and she handed me it. I read it and return it and thank her for letting me read it.
Before I left, I walked over to David Conway, I showed him a note asking if he gave his Delegation, he said he did. I don’t know what the City Council response was, but I know David will post it on The Oshawa Citizen – The Voice of Oshawa
I packed up my stuff and left the Council Chambers. I rode the elevator down with 4 people who were at City Council Meeting tonight in support of the Lady’s delegation opposed to By-Law amendment affecting the designated drivers Industry.
Outside, I recognize it was a warm night, a nice night for walking about. I began walking to Tim Horton’s on Athol Street. On my stroll – a friend bumped into me. At first I didn’t recall where I met him, but after a bit of talking I knew who he was. His name is Michael and I met him at The Vault like 3-4 years ago. We walked into Tim Horton’s together. I told him to keep in touch and handed him my business card. I ordered a green tea and sat down to finish reading a chapter in The Convoluted Universe Book 2.
Around 9:30pm, my buddy Mike C came in to sit with me. He was just visiting a friend in the South end. I told him I was gonna do karaoke at Gravity Lounge. He told me he was tired and was gonna go home to crash.
At Gravity Lounge I met my comrades and said I was gonna sing a song, but would leave shortly – for a needed rest for a long day of happenings tomorrow with my neighbor and at the BIAD in the evening for Youth Engagement Services. I grabbed my stack of songs, randomly choose “Sting – Fields of Gold” to sing and than I went home.
My day of happenings began at brew wizards for a knowledge café with Brian Rideout. Our discussion centred around my WordPress theme ‘ArtHive’ for eoii.org that had some glitches with changing the Menu font colour. After some source code investigation and genius work by Brian – I now have light blue Menu colours. We also had a simple analysis of the Google Analytics for eoii.org, and Brian explain some of the readings to me.
In the evening, it was to be DRIFF at Regent Theatre with my friends Mo, Dezz and Kezzy for a night of high jinx; and because the Universe hatches its generous schemes at times, if we got to the Regent Theatre for 5pm – we could part take in the VIP pre screening. We were down for that.
6:00 pm – Red carpet and photo session
FILM SCREENINGS | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Pollyanna | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Roman Gubin | 02:23 mins | Short Film
A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.
Erika | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Hanna Jovin | 17:40 mins | Student Film
Set in 1940s Nazi occupied Bosnia, an unlikely friendship forms between two young girls on opposite sides of the war.
The Meaning of Life | Oakville, ON | Directed By: Cat Hostick | 91:22 mins | Feature Film
A struggling musician gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown, working to help a 9-year old leukemia patient get past her illness through music.
Rick Kerr and I
Random people on balcony
DEZZ & Mo looking non-chalant on balcony
Bob Chap,man and Roger Anderson
Me, Mo and Dezz
Me, Mo and Dezz
Mo, Derek and Dezz
Outside Regent Theatre red carpet
DRIFF’s People’s Choice Award Ballot. Kezzy gave me hers before she left. I forgot to hand them in. Pollyanna was the better movie, because it was a cool short film, a happening of a girl with paralysis getting out of wheelchjair to do contemporary dance in a semi busy train terminal, than sitting back in her wheelchair.
A View From The Balcony
Mo, Dezz and arrived at 5:05pm. We were the first on the balcony and first to treat ourselves to the Cater food.
On the balcony, I watched an Oshawa Count Counts promotional trailer. I saw a quick clip of me being a Toronto Para Pan Am Games torch bearer and lighting cauldron at Lakeview Park (1:13 mark).
After the shows, we all caught the DRIFF, we had to sneeze and make are merry ways home, yet I decided I would cruise downtown and do karaoke at Stag’s head.
As I stood contemplating on a pole, outside the Regent Theatre, my sneaky friend, Brad, pranced into the screen. I told him about DRIFF and mini miracle, Shannon and myself are trying to forge with Feelgood Natural and Backdoor Mission. Brad told me he thought his friend ‘Jesse’ was playing at The Atria tonight. He thought he might like to go, but wasn’t sure if Jesse was playing. I told Brad I would check it out (it wasn’t far from where we we’re too.) Brad jettison to make a phone call and I went to Atria.
At The Atria, there was differently a show going to happen. I ask the bartender if there were a “Jesse” playing, it took me 3 tries to explain my request, but I did finally get a “Jesse” was playing and he was tall with short hair. By that time my friend Naomi came by for a warm greeting. I texted Brad that “Jesse was playing, he was tall and had short hair.” Brad texted back that his friend ‘Jesse’ was a girl, and that she was playing a show tonight, but was in Peterborough. LOL. I left Atria and than walk to Stag’s head.
At the Stag’s head I got lots of compliments and looks. It was the outfit. “Style is the Man.” I choose to sing, The Fray – How to Save A Life. As I sang halfway though the song, my buddy Curtis came near waving a lit lighter in the air. It was a special song. I needed some air after that one. I stood outside Stag’s head and greeted a few friends till, Rick strolled in and said, “Man you know everybody.” I smiled.
You are what you eat, so I want to be a yellow pepper not a ROLO.
Cooking is an art, for me – its a job because its a task that don’t come easy. Plus when it involves food preparation, it feels like brain surgery. But I gotta eat, have a measure of independence, so ‘stirfry’ seem like a great meal idea to try work on my cooking skill.
My friend wrote me out a list what stirfry should be. See photo below.
So with a good like of ingredients – I had some idea my first stirfry should be. My Mom took most of the responsibility to cook the first bowl: kale slaw, mushrooms, onions, I think green peppers too;
the second bowl – I had more control: yellow and green peppers, mushrooms, onions
and the third bowl I almost burnt the house down: tofu, green peppers (which are burnt), mushrooms
In that stirfry mission, I thought I would attempt to cook tofu. It was the ‘regular’ kind, very soft. I also thought I would cook with soya sauce, probably added too much coconut oil and stove was on to HIGH a level. The house slowly filled with smoke, set-off the smoke detector and my Dad trumpeting about burning the house down with the family inside.
Once the smoke was gone with the drama, I sat down to eat what I ‘cooked’. My Dad said, “Tofu is not suppose to be that dark.” I told him that was the green peppers. He than replied that they didn’t look very green. Happy situation turned humorous. The tofu was actually best thing I ate on that plate. My Mom said she would look after the stirfry cooking, so I haven’t cooked stirfry since.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Wegrowfood, had a community potluck and drum circle at Alexandria Bounty Community Garden today. I had just recently joined the Alexandria Bounty Community Garden Facebook group after learning about it from Pepper Patch Community Garden Facebook group. I mentioned that i would bring my jembe and some beet flavored potato chips. i didn’t know what to expect, it would be my first time to Alexandria Bounty and I was getting there by myself. Being a wayfarer, I revel in these happenings. With faith in community – I knew I be looked after.
As I arrived, my friends, Sonya and Daniel were arriving too. (Synchronicity is like a game for me these days.) I got acquainted with most everybody and everybody was caring and down to earth. Melody, who I conversed with on Alexandria Bounty’s Facebook page, got me a chair. Daniel helped me by getting a plate filled with food for me. As I sat eating, I noticed a golden retriever. She felt like an old soul. I wanted to pet her and say “Hi”.
During the drum circle, this dog (Izzy) interrupted my playing to be petted. When I stopped petting her to play with the drum circle, he tuck his head under my left forearm or put his paw up to my left hand or lick me. Melody told her to lay down. I still gave her a few gentle scratches on her forehead.
The night ended with, walking with Daniel and holding Sonya’s hand to the sidewalk, so I got there safely. I waited for the 401 Simcoe DRT to head downtown.
Departing the 401 at Centre St. and King St., I decided to go to Coffee Culture. I wasn’t sure if I was going to order anything, I just wanted a place to chill and collect my thoughts. There was a stack of Oshawa This Week papers. I grabed one and sat down. The front page headline got me excited about community and education: “DURHAM HIGH SCHOOLS SOON TO BECOME A ‘HUB’ OF ACTIVITY IN EVENINGS, WEEKENDS.” I took out my pink hilighter because I knew this was gonna be good.
Through partnerships with DDSB, like YMCA, Abilities Centre, Girls Inc., and Durham Region Health Department, a “youth hub” is going to be built into schools this year: Henry Street High School, Ajax High School, Brock High School and G.I. Roberts C.V.I.
These projects, is about kids hanging out at school in evenings, taking part in community partner activities, connecting community and being a “positive social development.”
“A DDSB official say some elements might include: comfy couches; music and sound equipment, cellphone charging stations, WiFi; snacks, a microwave, sink and coffee maker; video game systes, board games; computers; and ping pong or azir hockey tables.”
I feel this was what The Vault and 3V Co-op Marketplace strived to be, but more gear to entrepreneurial artists and community animators. And I feel stronger than ever that this kinda business model for the arts community, to have a hub – a living space, can root itself into downtown and transform it through community and education.
I would meet my friend Chrissy at Coffee Culture. It was a random happening. I told her about what I read. She had to go and meet someone for business. I checked my smartphone for Facebook updates and learnt my buddy Carmen was performing open mic at Gravity Lounge.
It was like 8:30pm, open mic starts at 10pm, so had some time to move on from Coffee Culture and do something else till it was 10pm.
I went to 15 Sports and Grill. I thought I would order a coke, watch Blue Jays game and than pop into Gravity Lounge to show my support for my friends performing at open mic. Instead I was given a Tedley tea with a small cup of cream and container of packages of sugars on the side. Lol.
I stayed till Jays game was over. It was 9:45pm. I got to Gravity Lounge at 9:50pm. I saw Carmen, gave her a hug, wished her a good show, told her to say “Hi” to Paul for me, and that I had to go home to rest. Friday, I got a Knowledge Cafe with Brian at Brew Wizards for noonish and than a date with 3 friends to Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) at Regent Theatre. And, I need to shave and shower. Lol.
Okay, I’m going to go shave and shower (at least try too), and than its “Bed Time for Pedro.”.
Do you know what is in your drinking water? And what if what you thought, fluoride was a way to prevent tooth decay, was really misinformation and puts your body at risk of numerous diseases. Whether your pro or anti-fluoridation, an open forum is needed to debate the facts and make a consciousness decision about putting fluoride into your drinking water.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2014, Free Durham From Fluoride held a “Learn about the hazardous health effects of water fluoridation in Durham Region” event, with guess speaker Dr. Paul Connett (world-renowed toxicologist and leading expert).He spoke with plain English about the averse effects fluoride in water has on the population.
It has been a long time since I visited this social issue. Simply, your toothpastes says to not shallow your fluoridated toothpaste, yet its okay to drink fluoridated water? I wish this cause got another such event. I’m putting that intention out there. 🙂
I like to hear your comments about pro or anti-fluoridation.
Here are some videos to help you understand the arguments about pro and anti-fluoridation.
“I Love Oshawa”, for some residents its too hard to say, because they seem to have joy about calling Oshawa ‘The Dirty Shwa’ or ‘Armpit of Ontario.’ Language is a big part of culture, its how society understands or identifies with itself, other communities, towns, Cities, etc. I Love Oshawa I guess is a campaign for the City to love itself and be whole. I worked with a friend to create an “I Love Oshawa” design I want to have on t-shirts and mugs. The original design (see below image) was created at The Open Vault, 2014, with my design concept, by MoxArt. I will update in another blog post with a preview of the new “I Love Oshawa” design. Stay tune.
I been working on how to launch EOII for 6+ years. During those years, I read and study from lots of books. See Resources and browse EOII Bookshelf. I often would have a date with a book over coffee and jot down notes. I have many journals, duo tangs, binders and loose papers to account for. Because I was lazy (lol), I hardly left a reference to where I got those notes from. I recently been organizing my entrepreneurial notes and discovered 3 small pieces of ringed journal paper with 4 written notes stapled together. When I find out where I got them from, I will post an update to this blog post. I believe I got them from, The Organic Entrepreneur by Maxine Hyndman.
Merge ideas with Purpose, the best ideas are collaborated and connected with nature.
Visualize the outcome your evoking, take stock of accomplishments, get past the wall.
Your Thoughts Create Reality
Your imagination is fueled by desires and passions to manifest thoughts out of actions. By aligning life with thoughts you will create the reality from intentions and discipline.
The committment to your vision is a challenge. It has to be because value comes from the fruits of labour. Its not the task at hand that matter – its the end result. Success is relied on focus on goals and decision making. Identify your talents, work to your strengthens, and ask for help. (Just asK). Don’t make assumptions or presume others will help, ask and speak up to make it known. You are responsible for your own actions.
7 Market Questions
1. what do i do each day to attract customers?
2. what do i do each day to turn potential opportunities into actual business?
3. what do i do to monitor my business everyday?
4. what do i do to nurture the love factor in my customer relationship?
5. how discipline am i about my time?
6. how do i build on my curent knowledge and skill?
7. how am i turning information in knowledge and knowledge into wisdom for myself and for my customer?
Emotion Motivate Through Consciousness
1. identify the feeling or emotion
2. do something, one tiny thing, to maintain conscious movemment, even if it is to stop and breath awhile.
3. find out how you really feel about success now.
4. decide if you still want the goal.
5. detach from fear, imbue transformation for good to empower yourself and environment.
6. have empathy and tcm. be vigilant and evaluate your emotional state.