Neil Young is touring across the country in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, raising funds to help the northern Alberta aboriginal band in their fight to preserve their land from oil sands development. The Canadian tour dates include: Jan. 12 Toronto, ON- Massey Hall; Jan. 16 Winnipeg, MB- Centennial Concert Hall; Jan. 17 Regina, SK- Conexus Arts Centre; and Jan. 19 Calgary, AB- Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba
Evelin Richter‘s latest commission, Awaiting Serendipity, was completed and delivered just in time for Christmas. The hand-built ceramic sculptural piece (345mm x 180mm x 435mm) is glazed in antique silver and includes an old hand drill, mounted on a wooden base.
You rock, Girlfriend!
Amanda Marie Reimer (1926-1974)
Only the young die good...
We hear a lot about “culture clashes” and “culture wars” these days, in a world of homogenization and globalization. Thanks to my Facebook friend Brenda Morison for this thought-provoking quotable…
At a 50th anniversary reception for Icograda hosted on Sunday, 17 November by Montréal International and Mission Design, I was honoured to receive the Icograda Achievement Award. As the inscription reads, “The Icograda Achievement Award is the highest recognition granted by Icograda to designers for their contribution to the profession.”
Icograda is the world body for professional communication design. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network of independent organisations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of communication design and expanded media. Founded in 1963, Icograda actively promotes the value of design practice, thinking, education, research and policy, representing more than 200 organisations in 67 countries and regions globally.
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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
—John McCrae (1872–1918)
(source, with more examples)
Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
Andrew Lewis is a talented graphic designer. He’s well known for (among other things) his poster designs. Shown here are a few of my favorites…
See more of Andrew’s posters here…
Southeastern Manitoba, Canada
I stopped eating meat, poultry, and eggs from “factory farms” in the 1980s — for both ethical and health-related reasons. Naturally, I was delighted to find a small family farm devoted to producing wholesome food the traditional way, without caged animals, and without the use of steroids or hormones. Besides the (truly) free-range eggs they provide us with on a year-round basis, we have also enjoyed excellent chickens and select cuts of “ethical meat” from time to time.
I like buying directly from the source, and I like knowing the actual folks who invest their energy producing the good food I am privileged to eat.
Sue and Adam Dick, along with their sons Cameron and Anders, run Ivy Hill Farm. They moved from the city and founded their farm based on their strong convictions about food safety, quality nutrition, and the humane treatment of animals. Ivy Hill Farm raises heritage breeds that live their 24/7 natural, happy, normal lives grass-fed in pastures. Located on the edge of woodland wilderness south-east of Steinbach, the farm is a bustle of animal activity — Irish Dexter cattle, Berkshire and Tamworth pigs, Hair Sheep (that don’t need shearing), goats (for milk), horses, and a variety of chickens are watched over by a “security crew” consisting of Clara the donkey jennet and a trio of farm dogs, helping to fend off unwanted visits from local bears, wolves, and coyotes.
Everyone should have a farmer. Learn more about Ivy Hill Farm here or here… and no, this is not a paid advertorial.
All photos © Ivy Hill Farm, 2013