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Spirit World Speaks

DSCN5346_3Prompted by a curiosity I had about 20 year cycles, I have been rereading my journals from 1994. During that year I was in Tofino doing some film work and quite serendipitously connected with some relatives I didn’t know I had. They are connected to the Cree bloodline that runs through my Dad’s side of the family. In honour of my new found family, a childhood friend gave me a beautiful print that year by Lee Claremont, a First Nations artist who lived in Kelowna. It was called Spirit World Speaks and it spoke to me immediately. Despite the fact that I loved it then and love it still, it has taken me twenty years to have it framed. When I found myself reliving the meeting with my Tofino cousins in the pages of my journal, I decided that it was high time. My cash birthday gift from my parents helped pay for the framing. I hung the print yesterday. It looks as if it has always been there. It’s as if I matched my furniture to it. I have lived in my place for 11 years now and that wall above my dining room table has always been empty. Now it dances with colour and yes, joyful spirit.

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