Downtown Alleys

In my current story Unfinished Business, a critical scene unfolds in a Vancouver back alley just like this photo. Unappealing, dingy and downright scary. Wikipedia describes an alley as a narrow lane, path or passageway, often reserved for pedestrians and usually running between or behind buildings. Because of geography, stairs are often a feature. Many… Continue reading Downtown Alleys

Beware the Heat Wave

A heat wave signals more than hot temperatures.  It means a surge in violent crime. Rising temperatures increase the rates of homicides, sexual offences and assaults. Riots and uprisings also tend to take place during summer.  This is borne out by research conducted in a number of countries.  Twitter online hate speech also increases during… Continue reading Beware the Heat Wave


A yellow dandelion flower with green leaves growing from a crack in concrete, cement. A concept of growth, overcoming difficulties, strength, hope, beginning, rebirth. Nature power. Cinematic filter.

The sunny flower we love to hate “I have lost my smile, but don’t worry. The dandelion has it.”- Nhat Hanh We should leave them for the bees but still…. They take over.  We feel obliged to dig them out! Poison them!  Pour hot water or vinegar on them! But they’re so much more than… Continue reading Dandelions