When Rory’s (Bledel) bad boy boyfriend ran away to L.A., everyone was pretty bummed out. Luckily, there was a Jess spinoff in the works based on the 2003 episode “Here Comes The Son,” which served as a backdoor pilot. Unfortunately, The WB wasn’t willing to spend the money on the show — titled “The Windward Circle” —- which was supposed to be set in Venice, California.
Vancouver’s Next Homeless Shelter? A Beautiful Empty Home with a Ocean Views.
This stunning but utterly neglected home at 4749 Belmont is a poignant illustration of the waste which now characterises the City: (1) wasted social assets - an empty home; (2) wasted economic assets - an unrented home; (3) wasted environmental assets - wood, and other building materials that will be destroyed (not reused) following demolition or a fire. Who suffers from all of this waste? All of us who live in the City.
It is currently for sale for $25M: http://www.remax.ca/bc/vancouver-real-estate/na-4749-belmont-av-na-wp_id97942341-lst It is unclear who would spend this kind of money on a demolition project.
What would it take for the City to exercise its power of eminent domain to seize the house for a homeless shelter? The city has failed abjectly to meet its targets on homelessness reduction and the provision of social housing units, so perhaps it could start pressing abandoned properties into service to meet these goals.
The City’s most recent report on mental health indicates that for mental health treatment to be successful, patients must have a home; monitoring and treating someone who lives on the street does not work! One more reason to start making sure Vancouver’s Beautiful Empty Homes are lived in by all kinds of people - our city would be healthier, happier, and wealthier is that started to happen!
According to the Report, “a ‘housing first approach’ aggressively supported by appropriate community based treatment and other key supports can address homelessness and is a sound investment.” This approach should include the use of Beautiful Empty Homes for productive purposes; The City could negotiate longterm affordable lease arrangements from non-resident landowners to use the property for social services.
See the City’s report on treatment for mental health and addictions here: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/mayors-task-force-on-mental-health-and-addictions-releases-first-report.aspx
self-care suggestions beyond “have a bath”
- collect flowers for pressing
- plan a trip in great detail
- memorise a poem
- find and record sounds you love
- customise a piece of clothing
- read a book you loved from childhood
- have someone do your hair/paint your nails
- climb a tree (and spend some time there)
- find a free local event to go to
- visit an animal shelter
- try to recreate a great meal you once had
- record a fond memory
- do something you think you can’t do
This stunning installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper in commemoration of the centennial of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, each flower represents a British or Colonial military fatality.
This staggering installation is a work in progress, with the ceramic pippies being planted by volunteers in the dry moat that surrounds the Tower of London. The planting process began a few weeks ago and will continue throughout the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11, 2014.
World War One began one hundred years ago this year.
The world was never the same.
The poppy represents the fallen soldier in general and the soldiers of WWI in particular, after the poem, “In Flanders Fields.”
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our dead while in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amidst the guns below