Politics done right…… by L. Martel

I submitted a portrait painting recently that was juried and accepted for exhibition for a lady that I admire greatly. Her name is Hazel McCallion and she has been the mayor of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for some 36 years. She has been the longest serving mayor of our city, was acclaimed twice and won 10 other elections. Her profession is stated as professional hockey player, businesswoman and politician. She doesn’t come from any dynasty or wealth, she never went to university and she’s the only person I ever voted for without a regret. She married and is the mother of three children and she brought to the office of mayor the clear thinking and devotion of a housewife. She served, and I truly mean served, until the age of 94. Today at the age of 96 she is more quick witted and energetic than many who are a fraction of her age. The following pictures are of this exhibition. To you, Hazel, well done!


The Quarter Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

This video is called The Quarter Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes. Besides being a great piece of music and the lyrics are pretty good too, I decided to post this today because of the French election. There is a lot of discontent with what is going on in the world. Countries are divided and there doesn’t seem to be a clean way to get off this merry-go-round of “just-in-time-employment”. If you want to know what those trade deals are doing have a look of the latest work opportunity. We had a “quarter man” at our grocery store. He was on hard times and was willing to do this small chore just for the sake of a quarter. The store manager asked him to leave. He is there no more. 4:22 min. 2MB

Satire at it BEST by Tom and Ellin Curley

OM posed the question of why do you follow certain blogs? Well this is one good reason – I discovered VoiceScapes Audio Theatre by contributing authors of Serendipity, Tom and Ellin Curley. Most of us have had our problems with the phone company so you’ll be able to identify with this short play called Till Death Do Us Not Part which is satire at its best. Check it out, here’s the link http://www.voicescapesaudiotheater.comVoiceScapes Audio Theater - Tom & Ellin Curley

VoiceScapes is a NYC-based group of audio actors, directors, sound engineers, writers and producers who work together to produce original audio theater to amuse and delight you.

Dessert for Easter by L. Martel

I’ve been kind of busy hence the post today. I was in charge of dessert for Easter, a Lemon Meringue Pie and a Sacher Torte, both made by me in my kitchen. A battle erupted over the Lemon Meringue Pie and there were two people who complained about the Sacher Torte. I didn’t put icing between the three layers of cake of the Sacher Torte. (it calls for apricot jam which is what I used to keep it moist) There was so much icing from the flowers on top you’d think they would have had enough icing. The base icing on the torte was a chocolate ganache and I used it as a canvas for the butter cream flowers. There was enough dessert for 24 servings and there was only 10 of us there – go figure – I guess we have a lot of “sweet tooths” in our family.

Getting No Where Fast by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes

This video is about the nightmare of traffic and is called “Getting No Where Fast” by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes. You would think with all the tecnology we have we would have solved one of the most basic problems of today. Well we haven’t and it is just getting worse. Transportation is an issue almost everywhere on this planet. The methods we’ve used to solve the problem (petrochemical) only create other problems. When is somebody going to discover a transporter so I can say “beam me up Scotty” and problem is solved? 1:41 min. 2 MB.


The Despairing Child is a 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas painted  sometime in the 1980’s. This painting is of a troubled child. Why did I chose this subject? We are in the middle of Holy Week and unfortunately,  suffering is part of life. This is to call to mind the suffering of others, especially the children.

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Nameste by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

This is Holy Week week and I pondered what I should post today. Perhaps it is the kind and gentle greeting (Nameste) that is characteristic to India that inspired me. If we could bring this approach to our fellow beings it would lighten the load for many. Pictured here is the flower market in Calcutta. This video is called Nameste by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes. 2:49 min. 2 MB

Ranakpur by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj

This video is called Ranakpur by swo8 Blues Jazz. Ranakpur is a village in the district of Rajasthan, India and is wildly known for it’s Jain Temples. The music begins with a tiger’s roar. We were warned not to wander out at night because of the wild life there.
Jainism was founded in the 6th century B.C. as a revolt against the current Hinduism and emphasizied the perfectability of human nature and liberation of the soul. It is especially non violent towards all living creatures. So let us focus on the finer points of Jainism that we can overcome the forces of evil. 3:13 min. 2 MB.

A Paddling of Ducks Distaff Side by L. Martel

This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas called A Paddling of Ducks Distaff Side. It was started several years ago and was, more or less, completed 2017 (signed and dated). I saw a picture in black and white and the composition rather intrigued me. So I worked on it from there. The colour and shadows took time to figure out but I’m happy with it now.