mixed media on hanging wood plaque, available on etsy
It's wet and blowy, soggy leaves cover the ground, the air is warm. Halloween decorations are everywhere, the city is bedecked in orange and black.
EDIT: please, read the excerpts before you accuse me of America-bashing. I have chosen to delete a comment from someone (Anonymous) who obviously did NOT read the excerpts, or understand them, and ranted about America bashing, going as far as to use the word "vilify" and bring in North Korea. I used to live in the U.S. and my family lives there, and while I may disagree with certain things happening anywhere, including my own country, I do not bash.
I've been dipping into Douglas Coupland's second book on Canada (author of the famous book Generation X), filled with our psyche, our idiosyncracies, great photos and photo-collages. Here's a snippet from a chapter titled War; it explains us quite well:
"......Canada is not an imperialist nation. We're not out for more land. We can only have what we have now. This keeps us humble and forever on guard......
"What about wars not on our own turf? Americans love their country and if it goes to war, they'll support it. When they ask us 'Why aren't you joining in our war?' and we say, 'We love our country too and we're supporting out country in the way it has chosen to act,' Americans get angry. Americans like to treat Canada as either a nation or a 51st state, depending what suits their needs at the moment. But being a nation means you have sovereignty and the freedom to choose your way....
"Canadians know darn well that, more often than not, our existence suits the Americans. We're indeed their back door, their underground railroad, their matrix -- or whatever metaphor you choose. In some ways, if the War of 1812 had gone differently and North America was one big United States, the Americans would have had to invent Canada as a diplomatic construct, precisely for all the alternative strategies and options our presence affors them."
Meanwhile, indoors, my work continues.