Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Puppy

My Puppy

He waits each morning
Until it’s light
He left the house
Last night

Now he’s lost his place and
You can see on his face.
He hasn’t learned not to roam
And has wandered far from home.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Bear's Night Journey

A Bear’s Night Journey

When I started to travel this night
It seemed to be a very quick decision.
But I knew it would be all right,
My eyes are adapted to nighttime vision

I usually make these decisions alone
But this morning our group was called together
By our leader who said in an ugly tone
“You must bring more food before bad weather.

We almost always have food availability
And can fill up on fish and rabbits.
Next to our leader I have the best ability
But sending me off hunting is one of his habits

Tomorrow I must go through a human field
They have come to see all bears as danger
There is nothing I can do to make them yield
Then there will be a problem with the local ranger

But the journey has now begun

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


There are eighteen novels connected to Dune;
A dry sandy planet which looks like Earth’s Moon.
A long time in the future or perhaps in the past.
We humans are no better in the Universe blast .
But here we need to seek no apology.
Readers of the novels will gain much psychology.
So look at the sand dunes painted above.

Then read the novels that you will come to love

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Eagle's Story

The Eagle’s In Charge 

Millions of Years ago
I started out.
Just over a hundred years ago
I joined the Boy Scouts.
Now as I watch out
Over the land
America’s the place
I will continue to stand

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sitting On The Edge of Time

Sitting On The Edge of Time

Looking through the window of my computer
Listening to the outside world
With over seventy four years of life gone past
To an uncertain future; slowing eyes, ears and memory
I smile, look over the edge of time, then jump.

No, someone says he’s too old
No one laughs
And then, released from damns in each of us
New ideas flood our conversation

At times each flounders
Fearing he or she is beyond their depth.
But always someone throws a lifeline.
No one drowns

At last we’re tired
And sit on cushions staring
Eyes meet again from flowing minds
We leave out thought adrift

What is democracy
But the right
To swim together

In conversation

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wisdom and the Light of Truth

               He march’s along, blinded by the light of truth
               Shining from the inside out, it guides his way
               Through Darkness

               He sees so clearly within the distance
               Of his mind, that he fails to hear
               The truths of others
               And so he walks alone in silence.

                Blinded by the light of truth
               Hs stumbles and then falls
               Each step becomes less certain
               Unknowing that the light he sees

               Is nothing but a curtain.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

American The Great "God Bless America"

America The Great

All the world is full of humans
Found together in society.
Most of us love our home
Like in ancient times
The ones in Rome.

But some times
We must face a snake,
And then must fight
To avoid a break

Memory: International Mail Art Exhibit

Not only is art a great experience at home, my wife and I like to share our paintings with the rest of the community, if possible, around the world.  My little painting next to me, entitled "America The Great" was created to express my love for my birth country the USA.   I also love Canada and am a citizen of both countries.  I had no idea that this small painting would bring such happiness.  The painting is an excellent example of freedom in North America.  As you read this let me say "May The Force Be With You."

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Meet An Angel Fish Couple

An Angel Fish Couple

The Male

“Going out looking for a meal,
Doesn’t make me into a heal.
I’m ready this moment to make a lunge,
if I come upon a delicious sponge.”

“Following me is the woman of my life
Although she is not my only wife
With my fins erect and on my sides
I signalled her (and others) to be my brides.”

“Some times I get in a terrible mood
I become aggressive about  my food.
And other males will be very sorry
If they come into my territory.”

The Female

“It all happened in a very short time.

He swam up to me and signaled ‘you will be mine!’
He made all kinds of fast movements
In a very few moments.”

“Then swimming in good weather
We put our tummies close together
As close to him, as I thought I should,
I let out ten thousand eggs for good.”

“Now I wonder where he’s going.
An increased level of temper is showing
He’s looking for someone to start a fight
Any other fish will just right.”

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Walk of my Life

The Walk of my Life

Getting Oxygen into my Brain
Even while walking in the rain
Is helpful to my happiness

Walking keeps my muscles strong
And smilling with neighbours who come along.
All help losing  body weight

It is also a factor in fighting disease
With a heart full of ease.
It helps as I age

A postive view of aging
Is an important gain of life.
That balances stress
And makes it easier for my wife.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Riding My Life In Retirement 

I make my choices day by day
And live my life the joyful way
Sitting behind my faithful steed
I take a sip of wine
And continue to read

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Somewhere Over The Rainbow[i]

         I recently came across the research article listed below and my heart started beating faster. The goal of the authors is to explore the significance of music to us older folks.  We are told in the first paragraph that while younger person’s attachment to music is well known, that of seniors is less understood.
         Some research articles even suggest that we seniors become less attached to music as we age.  So the researchers, who are here in Canada, began their journey by gathering info from the Canadian Study on Health and Aging.  First the researchers developed a questionnaire that asks about the importance of music in the person's lives.  Wow, this partly explains why I love Glee, American Idol, and The Voice.   Oh yes and I also love So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars.
         Recently, upstairs in my art painting “office.”, I recently plugged in a portable radio and I plan to turn it on whenever I go up to paint.
         I also like to hum and sing and play with a harmonica. I also have a dulcimer, which I don’t play with very often.
 Now here is an interesting quotation “ Moreover, because music listening entails complex cognitive processes in structuring and retaining information, it is reasonable to ask if the  judged importance of music depends on general cognitive status.”
         So the began their research. There were  320 subjects with a mean of 78.3 years.  The subjects were asked five questions:
1.     How frequently do you listen?
2.     Do you participate in choirs?
3.     Do you play a musical instrument”
4.     Name a favorite song and it’s popularity/
5.     How important do you think music is?
Next,   “  ---It can be inferred that music can contribute can contribute to the quality of life regardless of mental capacity.”
    Finally, there are three important things to consider:
A)     First: government should make music a priority in connection to seniors
B)     The issue is challenging for example the government should ensure access and proper use of hearing aids (I have hearing aids for both ears and quite often forget to put them on when I walk out the door
C)     “Finally:  there is a role for education  in the fields of gerontology, developmental psychology, music education, music therapy, and music psychology to emphasize  the importance of music.”   PS I seldom get feedbacks from my blog posts but I would love to read what you think.

[i]  A, Cohen,  B. Bailly & T, Nilsson (2002). The Importance of Music to Seniors, Psychomusicolgy,  ,18, 89-102.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Something Fishy

Something Fishy

Big Fish: “Hey you two, slow down!”
Little Fish:  “NO WAY”!!!
Big Fish: “I”m new to this river.”
Little Fish: NOT TODAY!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Shouting Match

A Shouting Match

The Spider:  “Get out of my way or I’ll bite you!”
The Puppy:  “ I’m lost and anyway I’m bigger than you.”
The Spider: “Ha! You’ve never met a Black Widow before!
The Puppy:  “Better be careful; don’t make me sore

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Valley of Love

The Valley of Love

I hiked all night
In a forest of dark and quiet.
As the Sun began to rise
 I came upon a wall
On the other side was
A land of beauty
Then I heard birds singing.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tiger's warning

The Tiger Speaks

“You are taking us away
You're killing us and destroying our homes
I have been hoping you would change.
It has taken me a long time think this through
My friends look to me for leadership.
When I make up my mind
There is no turning back.
My tail is between my legs
And there is no turning back.”

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dream World

Dream World

This painting is my first fully imagination-based project. It is a reflection of dreams that have arisen and encouragement from my Fine Arts graduate wife. Until recently most of my paintings have come externally; copying photo representations of people, animals and landscapes.
Along the way I have had a growing desire to be “creative.”  And one of the things art advisors tell us is not to end a painting project by dumping acrylic leftovers into the sink.  So, a few days ago I began this project. In addition I recently have occasionally been able to actually manipulate dream characters while I’m still asleep.
So, a few days ago I began this project by applying “left over” paint to a canvas on the other side of the room. The next day the paint began to reflect specific images as I added more paint.  This evolved into a plan for the whole project.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Bear of Stone

I began my creativity hobbies five or six years years ago.  First with woodcarving and using stone.  Next month I will show more.  My first representation is my Bear of Stone. I have not included any poetry with this because my bear prefers to stand alone

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ella The Kitten

Ella The Kitten

When Ella entered into our path
She was a young and curious kitten.
Who acted out and made us laugh
With chasing birds she was smitten.
In our side yard we have a tree.
Birds often come there to rest.
Soon they came to see
It as good place to nest,
After that Ella got real excited
We couldn’t watch her all the time
And so one day she started to climb
When a bird in the nest was sighted.
Her climbing skill had not developed yet
But she started up the trunk
On a small branch she almost lost her grip
And must have thought her life was sunk.
We came in time to get her free
She was a very happy cat
And while she likes to look at birds 
She doesn’t try to climb the tree

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Our Cat

Ella The Enchanted

Living with Ella is a wonderful life
Sitting on my lap purring
She lessens stress
And much of my strife.

To deal with other animals
Especially birds that fly by
She sits quietly at the window
Staring up into the sky

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An Angel Fish Couple

The Male
“Going out looking for a meal,
Doesn’t make me into a heal.
I’m ready this moment to make a lunge,
if I come upon a delicious sponge.”

“Following me is the woman of my life
Although she is not my only wife
With my fins erect and on my sides
I signaled her (and others) to be my brides.”

“Some times I get in a terrible mood
I become aggressive about  my food.
And other males will be very sorry
If they come into my territory.”

The Female
“It all happened in a very short time.
He swam up to me and signaled ‘you will be mine!’
He made all kinds of fast movements
In a very few moments.”

“Then swimming in good weather
We put our tummies close together
As close to him, as I thought I should,
I let out ten thousand eggs for good.”

“Now I wonder where he’s going.
An increased level of temper is showing
He’s looking for someone to start a fight
Any other fish will just right.”

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Happy Happy Happy


 I am a very happy man.
I live each moment the best I CAN
I enjoy life and am getting the most out of each day
Including my darling wife with whom I like to stay.

With Meditation practiced every day
I live in the here and now with much to say
Yes worry and stress come from inside thought
But so does happiness

Living fully one step at a time
The life I live is full of love
And happiness

Monday, February 4, 2013

Where Are The Berries ????

“I come to the meadow often enough
Looking for berries and other good stuff.
I really don’t have much to say
But if I’m hungry enough
I’ll eat grass and hay.”

“Most people think we are really quite cute.
Other’s grab their rifles quickly to shoot.
Because it’s less likely to occur in BC
Wanting to shoot us is a puzzle to me.”

“A lot of the time I do my hunting alon
In the meadow and forest close to my home.
                                     But in the summer when the salmon swim in
                                         I go fishing with dozens of my other bear kin.”

                                         “Well now like I’ve been yakking a lot
                                          And sitting to long in just this one spot.
                                        I think I just saw a couple of rabbits.
                                           I think I’m fast enough to catch them.”

Friday, February 1, 2013

King Crow

The Crow: King of the Birds

I announce to all birds
I am the king of the land
I am also the smartest of my own band.
If you listen closely I almost speak words

I have found many ways
To get something to eat,
From insects and spiders to
Nuts on the street.
I also like parking lots.

I do not live alone.
I have friends and family.
When we’re ready for children
My wife and I build a nest together
We enjoy flying with our neighbors.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

An Alpha Wolf's Tale

An Alfa Wolf’s Tale

As you can see I have retained my
Dominant expression; far from submission.
Yesterday a horse kicked me on the head,
While I was hunting in the wrong position.

I was the leader of my pack
Until that old horse I was hunting
Showed he knew how to act
When he used his head for bunting.

Now I journey on without family
Alone and very very angry.
Now that I have passed away,
I have become a demon.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Bald Eagle Speaks

The Bald Eagle Speaks

Being one of North America’s largest Birds
 The feeling of responsibility is almost beyond my words
My over 7000 feathers help me keep from harm
And during the winter they keep me warm.

I am a symbol of freedom and escape from strife
Independence is the symbol of my life
Yes among birds I seek be in charge.
That’s in part because I am very large.

You humans need examples that I will share.
Once I got a wife I was always be there
Even though she’s bigger than me
She does not try to scare,

So, while there still those who like to shoot me
I will continue to be one of America’s beauties
And fly through the air on life long duties
And sing; My Country Tiss of Thee

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mama Bear and Her Baby

      Mama Grizzly Bear and her Baby

Her hair looks grayish and brown;
Seen in Grizzlies all over the world.
But this meadow is hers and
No other animal will try to take it.
For them the task is too tough.

In B.C.’s hot summer sun,
She looks at her cub in silence;
With only an occasional grunt.
She knows that world’s humans
Are not likely to come there to hunt.

She looks down at her baby
And gives a deep sigh
Her last little ones, after only
Six months, had started to die.
And left her quite lonely

Now, in the sunshine of summer
She cuddles her young one
In warm wonderful heat
And reaches down for more grass
Something she decides to eat

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Venus Earth's Neighbor

Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin

While Venus de Milo, the statue, is noted for her charm,
Venus the planet is noted for its harm.
Venus de milo, is a creation of female love;
While Venus the planet; evolved in the sky above.

Both Earth and Venus circle in similar paths
And both planets are together near the sun
But unlike other planets in the system
Venus the planet travels backwards
In the opposite direction; the only one

There are other things about Venus
You might like to know
First, it has the System’s brightest light
Following the Sun and Moon
It’s brighter in the sky than any star.

Its surface has been compared to molten lead
With active volcanoes all over the place
Even if we could stand on it we’d be crushed and dead
More than other planets, Venus is the hotter
And it has not even a touch of water

Finally, the Earth rotates the Sun in 24 hours
Venus takes 10 times as long

Monday, January 7, 2013

I Wondered What To Do With You

I wondered What To Do With You

                             The Cat
When first you came into my sight
My instinct told me to take a bite
Then I thought we ought fight
But learning tells me that’s not right

                             The Duckling
Yea, when I first saw you
I knew in an instance that
I must keep my distance
But with time I learned
That you’re ok to be around

                          The Cat and Duckling Together
We sit here
Looking at each other
Both with different kinds of mother
And now we can live with
One another

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

An Unusual Friendship

An Unusual Friendship

The cat and dog look up into the sky. 
They see angry birds and the cat wonders.
While growing up she’s been quite shy.
With few words to other cats and
Nobody with whom to play.

Now in a garden flowerpot she and the dog sit together
Looking at the birds; all of the same feather.
But the birds attack each other
And they really seem full of hate.

When the cat met the dog with whom she sits
Both were young and somewhat scared but;
During their early years the same space is shared.
She was young and so was he.
And getting together seemed destined to be

The dog became the oldest pup in his family
When his brother came on board
And he had learned to adjust
So when he met the cat he did so calmly. 

Watching the birds squawk at each other
The cat wonders if that could happen
To her and the dog.
The dog is more curious than fearful.