Moving on from stress and silence

I’ve moved from a dark, old, dirty depressing basement suite to a bright, new, clean and uplifting suite across town.

I had from the 18th until the end of the month to move, thanks to the generosity of my new landlord. That it only took five days should give you a sense of how much I wanted to get it done.

Moving provides opportunities to purge and cleanse. I’ve consolidated my collection of family and personal treasures into totes and destroyed the original boxes for appliances, cookware, cutlery, etc. This alone should be a good motivator to stay put awhile. It’s ridiculous how many addresses I’ve had… and how many ROEs I’ve collected.

During the move, I took an evening to also shed the many binders of notes, essays, projects and the like from my years at Thompson Rivers University. I’ve kept only those things I wrote as I worked toward my BA of Journalism. So, I’m going to post a few of the shorter ones; those that either amused me or tweaked my creative side. Strangely, it doesn’t appear I kept any of the electronic versions.

This first one was a short modelling exercise, done in Maxine Ruvinsky’s class. She seemed to have a knack for bringing out my creative writing. I can’t recall who we were modelling but here’s the result.

Stress and silence. Those are the stifling swords slicing away at a brain depressed. They don’t stick around, the cowards. They slash and whizz about your thoughts with evil ferocity and riotous anger. Circling like a buzzard, or a buzzsaw, the most serious of the two is silence. It draws you inside yourself, suffocating with a sea of sorrow. It pushes friends away and strikes like a snake-lunge of nothingness into the jugulars of strangers.

Stress starts the firestorm of silence in some. It whips across memories and time, fanning tempests of pain, rising from ashes of loneliness.

My second post in this series will be tomorrow… where I’ll discuss the hands of a logger.


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Clients and places where I’ve had photos and writing published include: The Tyee, BC Outdoors Magazine, Currents Magazine, Kamloops Daily News, Kamloops This Week, Smithers Interior News, Okanagan Vacation Guide, Hummingbird Beach Resort, U.S., Castlegar News, West Kootenay Advertiser and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. My best photographs are available at: My images can appear on framed prints (what I’ll mostly focus on), home decor and apparel products. The choice of what image appears on what is mine for every image and buyers can customize their choices, too. There are beautiful frames and mats, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and more. All inks are archival and all papers are acid-free. Fine Art America has 14 manufacturing centres in 5 countries, including one in Canada, which will minimize shipping costs and speed up delivery times. Fine Art America has also partnered with Deck the Walls, The Great Frame Up, and The Framing and Art Center to sell artwork at 150+ retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. All this and they offer a 30-day, full refund guarantee!
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