Thursday, December 27, 2018


The kids during a lazy Christmas break, focused and intense, as they create some plastic masterpieces using their new 3D pens.

The 3Doodler Christmas present I bought on sale for my daughter was such a hit that my son also decided he wanted to buy one this Boxing Day. Their creative juices have been flowing all evening.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!! (a drawing by my soccer-crazy 8 year-old...)

Jesus “Salvatore” van Nazareth scores game winner in match of the ages 

Saints United 2 – 1 F.C. Devils  (FT) 
Sunday, Cosmic Stadium, photo: Gabriel D’Angeles (Revelations Press Service)

   In a showdown that will define the game for millennia to come, an obscure midfielder from a dusty corner of the Roman Empire turned the match upside down in the final minute of additional time, scoring the glorious victory goal in a must win situation for the Saints. The clear underdogs against its long-time rivals the Devils, the team based in Jerusalem but drawing its squad from a variety of towns and villages across the nation, was down one player (Judas, on a late-game red card) and on the verge of elimination until glory finally fell on them, snatching the Cup decisively from the Devils. 

   The tone of the match was established early within the first few minutes. Saints’ veteran striker Adam Eden scored in the 6th minute on a heavenly cross from his attacking mate Eva Giardino. Only a few  moments after, the same pair was lured into an illegal tackle, allowing Devils’ captain and sweeper, Slip Viper to draw a foul in the box. Viper tied the score on an easy penalty kick. 

   The next ninety or so minutes saw the ball mostly in possession by the Devils who appeared to have the upper hand in both technique and stamina, though often using questionable tactics. There were, however, some hopeful moments from the Saints squad, with a tenacious lone run towards the goal by Moses Manna, a screeching header just over the crossbar from Elias Prophet, and some long-range shots by Rex Hezekiah and Josiah King, both which rattled the Devils’ goalkeeper. And the Saints’ defence, despite their lack of experience in the face of a better equipped opponent, did shine, cobbling together some remarkable teamwork to fend off an aggressive (and often creative) offense, thereby setting the stage for the Man of the match, Jesus. In a series of moves that can only be described as “miraculous”, Jesus took possession of the ball from a taunting opposition midfield, leapt high as if being “lifted to heaven”, turned around in mid-air to deliver a bicycle kick from (above) mid-field whipping a shot in the upper-right corner of the goal at the 95th minute, to reign in victory for the home team. 

   So, who is this player, you might ask? 

   A recent call-up, the former Nazarean carpenter was born on Christmas Day under obscure circumstances in Bethlehem. But despite his humble upbringing, documents show that his family ancestry includes such football greats as David Royale and the legendary AbraĆ£o, among others. It is fitting, then, that his recent burgeoning popularity as a local sensation has earned him nicknames such as “Salvatore”, and “The Miracle-Worker”. Those who know him well speak highly of him. Former team mate and superstar Johnathan Battista said, “I knew I needed to hang up my cleats and make way for Him – He was the new one that was to come!”. Sports writer and pundit Paulus Apostolos pontificates, “when I watched him play that first time on TV many years ago, my eyes were opened, and I saw the beautiful game in a way that I could never see it before – it’s as if I was born again!” 

   Critics claim that it is just this sort of apparent non-adherence to long-standing tradition and a new sort of zeal that will cause social strain, upsetting the political balance and corporate relationships that the soccer establishment has relied upon for centuries to create power, and millions in profit for those that have it. We only know for certain that He has remained mum on his new-found popularity, but it is rumoured that Jesus himself has tweeted to his close followers what he aspires to bring to the game and to its fans. It is expected that He will reveal more, but there is a growing body of chatter that will continue to testify to His greatness. 

   In the mean time, let us revel in the joy that He has brought to the game and to the world, as we also dribble and shoot our way to victory on the coat tails of His winning goal. 

   Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Every Day in May 2018: The Last 10 Days

This is the result of the last 10 days of "Every Day in May".
This is my fourth year participating in this Facebook sketching group, in which participants post one sketch a day throughout the month, in response to the day's theme or prompt.

Day 22: hands... my daughter reads, then falls asleep

Day 23: fried eggs: egg prior to frying

Day 24: seafood: dried kelp

Day 25: outdoor sketch: an uninspiring Calgary Trail view from a coffee shop

Day 26: a towel

Day 28: some coins: 1 Krone coin and 5 Yen coins on a key chain

Day 28: a house plant: succulents

Day 29: headphones

Day 30: bread

Day 31: representing a hobby: two pairs of cycling shoes

Monday, May 28, 2018

Every Day in May 2018: Week 3

This is the result of week 3 of "Every Day in May.
This is my fourth year participating in this Facebook sketching group, in which participants post one sketch a day throughout the month, in response to the day's theme or prompt.

Day 15: dessert... (!)

Day 16: a frog

Day 17: crumpled paper

Day 18: nuts

Day 19: coffee maker or mill... a bag of coffee filters

Day 20: a camera

Day 21: a bag... pouch of art supplies

Monday, May 14, 2018

Every Day in May 2018: Week 2

This is the result of week 2 of "Every Day in May.
This is my fourth year participating in this Facebook sketching group, in which participants post one sketch a day throughout the month, in response to the day's theme or prompt.

Day 8: eye, ear, nose or mouth... my daughter sleeps, ear in the dark

Day 9: worm's eye view or bird's eye view... a view by the office

Day 10: a radio... our new Google Home Mini
Day 11: a butterfly... folded paper butterfly
Day 12: sunglasses... clip-ons

Day 13: a fruity cocktail... parts from our juicer

Day 14: a row boat... a paper boat and (ubiquitous) crane

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Every Day in May 2018: Week 1

This is my fourth year participating in the Facebook sketching group, "Every Day in May", in which participants post one sketch a day throughout the month, in response to the day's theme or prompt.
This is the result of week 1.

Day 1: an old foldable one

Day 2: mushrooms

Day 3: a bird ... Canada Goose feathers

Day 4: "May the Fourth be with you... my son dreaming of Jedi adventures

Day 5: sea shells... from my daughters collection from our trip to Cornwall

Day 6: shiny and metallic ... a miscellany of old bike parts

Day 7: a stone ... three stones from a river bed in Rocky Mountain House, AB

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My Steeds: Number Four: the "newer" road bike

The series on my bicycles continues after a two year hiatus... this is my newer road bike, built from various new and second hand parts last summer after the acquisition of a decent used aluminium frame and wheelset from the local community bike workshop. It has now become my go-to weekend bike.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Break Forth One 2018

Notes from the 2018 Break Forth conference, renamed "Break Forth One" this year... another Spirit-led weekend filled with much inspiration, blessing, reflection, worship, and joy.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

children's choir and organ

The kids and their choir performing at a church, with the huge choir behind them. It would be nice to hear them together some time...

Monday, November 27, 2017

cafe scenes

Some recent (and not so recent) sketches from local cafes...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

choir practice

 Scenes from my children's choir practice.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

a trip to the mountains

Some sketches from our last trip to Banff National Park and Canmore.