Celebrating the Seasons: Haikus by Ellen Jaffe in Response to Photographs by Catherine Raine

Tree branches, blue sky reflected in melting ice —   winter hieroglyphics. Fractal patterns, webs of connection, forest’s neurons awake. Branches stretching out over cold morning waves sunlight glints on stones. Bluebells in spring, spring into life, forest wakes in mute beauty. Reeds stand sentinel, green and straight against a wavy background — one moment […]

The Saint of the Lake (2017) with Recording by Sean Mc Dermott

The saint of the lake sits high in a sequoia that grows from an ait kissed by mild waves. Alone yet expansive, the art of silence presses the holy woman’s heart between two ferns, releasing notes of dried clover, cornflower, and marigold. Rain begins and the saint stirs, prays and praises the blesséd cover of […]

Highland Creek Park on a June Afternoon

Just behind Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, a steep switchback trail leads me to the west bank of Highland Creek, where tall grasses sway beside a sandy bank with cheerful stones below. As I continue along the narrow path beside the bank, I stop to photograph an elegant monarch butterfly before moving into deeper tree cover […]

Sample Chapter from Visualizations for Heartbreak: Words, Photographs, and Collages by Catherine Raine

Anguish Your anguish is a force, a separate soul that cries out for solace and remedy. Although I have some medicine for you, I cannot restore the beloved person who abandoned you without warning. Into this void, my voice may drop like a stone. It hurts to see you cry, face in your hands, unable […]

“Less Lecturing, More Collaging” Session at Teaching and Learning Symposium, Centennial College (February 25, 2020)

Facilitating this art session on the theme of “What is Education?” was a pleasure and a privilege. I loved seeing the resulting collages and hearing the participants’ insightful and inspiring comments about their work.