On Forgiveness

On Forgiveness

A bitter heart devours its owner -- African Proverb

What would you do if you drop a loved one off at school or work and you can’t pick them up at the end of the day because for whatever reason some person (but really, let’s be honest, some guy) had had enough and couldn’t keep his demons down anymore and killed them?

This scenario plays out all to often.

Since 2006 there have been over thirty school and other mass shootings worldwide. The two deadliest in U.S. history – the 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic and the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school – claimed over fifty lives. 

But what happens once the bodies are buried, the media disappear and all you are left with are photos and objects reminding you of your love?

If you are the Amish from Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania you focus on healing your community through forgiveness...

The (pretend) Killing Fields

The last thing I anticipated doing this past weekend when my family and I set out to buy a couple of summer outfits for our kids was growling at another child and obsessing over toy guns. A boy, not much older than six, calmly walked over to my three-and-a-half year old daughter, Heidrun, and pointed his toy sawed-off shotgun at her chest. He made a gunshot noise with his mouth and pretended to be knocked back a bit. She only looked up at him when he pointed the gun again, this time at her face. That’s when protective Bear-Dad was awakened.

Painting the town black and white

Painting the town black and white

Here’s an idea: take two crumbling homes, paint one white, and the other black. Pretty cool idea, right? Karie Liao the artistic director of the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) thought so when she programmed Don Miller’s large-scale installation, Saturn and Cronos. Miller is an idea-based visual artist and intuitive carpenter who will paint the abandoned homes at 51 and 53 David Street  (located in Kitchener’s downtown Victoria Park neighborhood) as part of this year’s festival running May 31 to June 29, 2014.