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As time flows past…

29 Nov

As time flows past...

I ought to say that things did not turn out the way we expected back in the 60s. I was a teenager then and a lot of my friends were covered with hair. There were drugs about, but there was a lot more going on then than just drugs. My buddies carried “stash bags” (to keep your stash of drugs in). I had one too, but I kept a camera in it.

We wanted a better world. We thought that we were the majority. We would fix things. If we had to, we could change things when the old people (who had screwed it up) died out, like dinosaurs.

A cartoon character in Pogo said, “We have seen the enemy and he is us.” If we ever were the majority, a few of us must have switched sides.

What is left? A pending economic crash? More misery than ever? More misery? I thought about it, and I realized that these things are not very important to me. What do I really care about?

It’s not that difficult. I don’t fixate on whether someone has more of something than I do. I care more about what kind of person I am. I want to try to be more of the person I want to be. So, ultimately, I can win this game.

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As time flows past…

29 Nov

As time flows past...

I ought to say that things did not turn out the way we expected back in the 60s. I was a teenager then and a lot of my friends were covered with hair. There were drugs about, but there was a lot more going on then than just drugs. My buddies carried “stash bags” (to keep your stash of drugs in). I had one too, but I kept a camera in it.

We wanted a better world. We thought that we were the majority. We would fix things. If we had to, we could change things when the old people (who had screwed it up) died out, like dinosaurs.

A cartoon character in Pogo said, “We have seen the enemy and he is us.” If we ever were the majority, a few of us must have switched sides.

What is left? A pending economic crash? More misery than ever? More misery? I thought about it, and I realized that these things are not very important to me. What do I really care about?

It’s not that difficult. I don’t fixate on whether someone has more of something than I do. I care more about what kind of person I am. I want to try to be more of the person I want to be. So, ultimately, I can win this game.

Trying and Failing

11 Oct

Trying and Failing.

Trying and Failing

11 Oct

A few weeks back, I heard from Don Sipos, about a friend’s brain
cancer and started writing about it. Sean Connor, a Kelowna
photo-journalist had recently found that he has a cancer in his
brain. It’s a career-ending, life-threatening thing.

I posted on every social media site I knew of, and in a blog. I was
surprised when Facebook flagged it as newsworthy. I was also
pleased for the help they were giving me.

Don arranged a Art & Photography Auction to benefit Sean. I wrote
about it, publishing everywhere I could. On the day of the auction, I
helped deliver tents, chairs, a table and art to the venue.

It was a rotten day. It was cold and it rained. Almost twelve people
stood around talking and wishing for warmth and buyers. Four or five
people bought paintings and photographs. A few donated. At the end of
the day, cold and wet, we packed up and went home.

I have to ask myself ‘why would I do that’? I have no answer, but I had
to do it. I’d do it again. You don’t try – you do. I hope the next time I
do something like this that I have more people listening to me, that
more people will participate next time I run around, screaming for help.

The Kelowna Capital News will sell the remaining artworks at their
offices. If you live in Kelowna, drop in and have a look. You can help
Sean and get something nice for your wall. Or you can help by sending
money in care of Don. You can PayPal a donation to:
dongsipos@hotmail.com

The auction could have been a lot better. But, who knows, I might get
over it.

Sean’s California Adventure

27 Sep

Red Tinsel Garland

Spirit of the Season

Sean is in Loma Linda now, getting treatment for his brain tumor. Don Sipos and I have been trying to raise money for his travel and living expenses, but it’s a struggle and Sean’s living on a credit card. This weekend we have an Art and Photography auction. I have no idea how it’s going to be. I have a 24″X36″ canvas and a 10″X12″ print I’m donating. I would have donated more, but was told to pick two and limit it to that. My selling price for those two prints would be $2000. I hope they sell for more.

Sean Connor Art and Photography Benefit Auction

23 Sep

Tulip Magnolia

Tulip Magnolia

I have been blogging and posting all over the web, and I saw no results. It felt like a big waste of time and I was starting to become discouraged. Then Facebook made the story a top news item. People started thinking I was an important player in making this event. I have to correct this impression. I am not important here. All I’m doing is writing, encouraging and brainstorming. And, with my poor excuse for a brain, I ought to admit that my brainstorming is pretty lame.

Don Sipos, a longtime photographer and longtime friend of Sean’s is doing so much. Not bad for a stroke survivor, not bad at all! This guy’s the hero. He called me a few minute ago with news. He was excited because:

Pizza Hut on Harvey donated a car full of bottles. They filled Don’s car. He can return them for a refund to help Sean.

McDonalds is donating refreshments (coffee) including cream and sugar for up to 350 attendees at the Sean Connor Benefit Art and Photography Auction at Kerry Park in Kelowna, October 1, 2001 from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

Ordeal or Adventure

17 Sep

Ordeal or Adventure.