Spring Gillard

Living in Joy

Whatever you do, make it an offering to me – the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering. – Bhagavad Gita

We can’t give anyone joy or security by increasing her bank account or adding to his collection of vintage wines. Of course, a well-chosen gift […]

Tiny Vancouver Special

Our Mayor took part in the annual homeless count recently. The City had hoped to eliminate homelessness by 2015. Instead, they found 536 people sleeping on the street this year, up from 154 in 2011. I came across this tiny Vancouver special as I walked the Chinatown neighbourhood over lunch one day. The art installation […]


Popular theatre is used by some adult educators as a process to explore diverse and often controversial issues. I have participated in a couple of interactive productions where I stepped onto the stage and became one of the characters midway through the play. It is a remarkable and engaging experience with frequently surprising results. Artistic […]

A New Day

Iranians celebrated the Persian New Year on Friday. Nowruz or “new day” is marked on the first day of spring. One of the Nowruz traditions is to set a table that includes a variety of symbolic items, such as a mirror (sky), an apple (earth), candles (fire), and a goldfish (animals). Rose water is said […]

Mint Condition

A friend sent me this photo recently of me back in the day. He worked for BC Lotteries and I worked for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. As previously posted, I was the Ball Girl for the Lottery show for a time, along with my duties as Creative Supervisor. I joined the lottery corp just […]

Nature Girl

As a child, my mother’s favourite book was A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter, published in 1909. So naturally I wanted to read it growing up. I checked it out of the library when I was 11 or 12. However, part way in, my mom took the book away from me as she […]

Hats Off

The beautiful Kwakwaka’wakw Centennial Pole in Hadden Park, Kitsilano Beach in front of the Maritime Museum is in need of support. Artist Mungo Martin carved the pole with his nephew Henry Hunt and his son David Martin back in 1958. The ten figures on the pole represent the ten Kwakwaka’wakw clans. This pole is an […]

Danny – In Memoriam

I am reposting this in honor of Danny who passed away recently. Fourth Avenue is just not the same without him. This was first posted in May 2010. There will be a memorial for Danny on Tuesday, April 7th at the Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch St.) from 12-1 p.m.

Everyday I walk a gauntlet […]

A Green Stand

Ancient Forest by Drew Hopper via Green Renaissance

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. – William Blake

One day, when I was a growing boy, my grandmother asked me a question, “Have you […]

Time Change

Daylight saving time (DST) wasn’t even on my radar yet. As a result, I did not set my clocks ahead last night before bed. I only clued in when I saw my computer clock was an hour later than the rest of the clocks in my house. Despite “springing ahead,” I’ve felt behind all day […]