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i made some flowers for my mom   to celebrate her birthday.
Lilies are her favorite.
She said to me, “ah, now my lilies are not yet over for the season!”

to find her treasure (the flowers) mom followed ten cryptic clues
we laughed at our site-specific foibles, our love of this place,
our family home, temagami. I love my mom.


for the last three years i’ve had the great pleasure to create and provide the decorations for a kids bike parade. I hand-make streamers out of used plastic bags + salvaged veggie twist ties.

HOW i ride my bike all over town visiting various large-chain grocery stores where people ‘recycle’ their disposable plastic bags    i don my gloves and dig through the bags of bags    searching for beautiful colours    most bags are not desirable: thin white safeway beige yellow buy-low grey home depot yuck.

A gem would be solid red or blue sears, multicoloured record store, white and pink hello-kitty! I’ll post instructions sometime.

here’s the thing with this work. it’s not collectable. it doesn’t hang on your wall. it’s not new. is it even art? just because some kid hung my quote work on their bike for a few days and rode in a parade… i suppose the kids feel validated for loving their bikes for fun and freedom, parade viewers see the bikes and feel hopeful for the future. i feel good too. okay.

can i take credit for the cuteness of kids?  mmm nope.

finally some pictures from one of the lantern workshops that i coordinated    held at the Secret Lantern Headquarters.

these young fellows are very skilled at making things   due to the encouragement they have received from parents who take them to community art events, and also their experiences at gatherings such as Fire Maker where they learn primitive skills such as making a bow and arrow or learning to skin a rabbit.

while you cannot see it in this picture   one of these lanterns featured an owl and a fern.

having the kids present brought much lightness    and a sense of welcome and rightness to this workshop.   as did the candidness and contribution of all who were there! THANKS ALL!


connection in the dark days making things together     so basic so human we are

how to make pickled beets   :   salvage beets from farmers field    peel    wash    slice thinly    arrange as star for photograph    add salt with no iodine    add tiny bit water    caraway seeds    wash bucket    mix all   wash plate    make weight to rest on plate maybe another smaller bucket with water in it or maybe a giant clean rock    press PRESS wait WAIT    cover with cloth    stir every few days and press some more    make sure to keep the beets completely submerged so add brine if needed

when will it be ready? not sure yet.