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sketchbook: Saturday 24 March 2012

Sat 24 Mar 2012 ca. 12:45 pm Lonsdale & Esplanade An urgent thrum of traffic barreling along Esplanade in front of me. But now, with a green light for Lonsdale, there is the electronic cuckoo of the pedestrian signal. And … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Thursday 1 March 2012

THU 1 MAR 2012 1:00 pm ETERNAL SALON Not a busy place. Japanese being spoken by the bearded young guy at the reception desk. The woman customer is gone, and now he clinks pens in a glass jar, seeking the … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Sunday 26 February 2012

SUN 26 FEB 2012 ca. 2:00 pm SEAWALL FALSE CREEK The cold rolled steel of the bench on my backside. Wan sun falls on the brick pavers set in a herringbone pattern; shadows are long; the bricks are outlined trimly … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Sunday 1 January 2012

SUN 1 JAN 2012 11:45 am MY HEARTH Every fire has its own biography. This one was almost stillborn, but now, after repeated rearrangements and relightings, it is born: its throaty breath sounds over the growing hiss of steam escaping … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Thursday 29 December 2011

THU 29 DEC 2011 ca. 2:10 pm X-RAY LAB ON 16th ST. Women’s voices, the faint sound of a pop song on the sound system behind. The waiting-room is a sandy-tobacco color, consistent with the wriggle of greenish-beige in the … Continue reading

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sketchbook: two days in December 2011

TUE 6 DEC 2011 3:15 pm HATZ SALON A grotto of warm light looking out on the cool gray light outside. Chestnut-colored wood of this high little table: it supports a potted poinsettia and a fluffy Father Christmas figurine. Plangent … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Sunday 27 November 2011

SUN 27 NOV 2011 7:35 a.m. BRACKENDALE In the dark and quiet of morning at my sister’s house. Kimmie reads a magazine on the sofa opposite. A clock ticks quietly above and behind me. Outside there is the heavy rush … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Saturday 12 November 2011

SAT 12 NOV 2011 12:40 p.m. IN THE CAR Parked in the lot outside Michael’s craft store while Kimmie shops. Quick rattle of raindrops falling like rice-grains on the roof. Windshield misted over with lobes of fog, making the gray … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Thursday 27 October 2011

THU 27 OCT 2011 ca. 1:00 pm LOUTET PARK We’re up here so that Kimmie can finish spraying fixer on the shoes she’s prepared for Robin’s Halloween costume: Dorothy’s red shoes from The Wizard of Oz: a cheap pair of … Continue reading

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sketchbook: Wednesday 19 October 2011

WED 19 OCT 2011 ca. 10:30 am GRANVILLE & BROADWAY The black steel bench is cold; the thrum of traffic is insistent, loud, and close. I’m facing east across Granville Street while Kimmie has her teeth cleaned back on Burrard … Continue reading

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