Site Revival, Art Retirement, and Miscellany

  • I’ve revived this site and migrated it to a new web host.
  • This means that some things are broken, including many links, navigation on the older portfolio galleries, and various other features that no one is likely to miss. I may fix them eventually.
  • Much of the content describing me, my goals as an artist, or build details about the site are out of date. I may update them eventually
  • I am no longer actively pursuing art as a career, having decided in 2012 to retire from being an artist. I will likely write about this eventually.
  • Here’s is what I’ve been up to:
    • 2007-2009 I was the Communication Coordinator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.
    • 2009 to 2015 I worked at Concentra Financial, first in communications, then in estate administration.
    • 2015-2016 I completed a Master of Business Administration at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan

Back from the Dead (Again)

This is yet another long-overdue post. My life since joining the Mendel Art Gallery has been a little busy. Things are settling down a bit, which is part of the reason I have time to write this post. Plus I’ve gotten a few other projects mostly out of the way. Regarding the Mendel, shortly after I started as Communications Assistant I became Communications Coordinator, and did both jobs solo for about six months. Read on for a summary of what I’ve been doing.

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I’ve joined Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery as Communications Assistant

If anyone has been wondering what happened to my online presence, a full-time day job found me and has taken over a large proportion of the time I would otherwise spend in the studio. Any scraps of free time have gotten parceled out between family, a prior commitment for me to repaint the exterior of the house we’re renting, and daily necessities. Studio time ranks fairly low on the list of priorities, and blogging time is even lower.

But you’re wondering about the job. As of August 8, 2007 I am the Communications Assistant at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. This means that I work on such things as maintaining the web site and blog at, doing print design for invitations, posters, Folio magazine, and other stuff. I also do assorted proofreading, editing, and copywriting, interface with the media, and work on press releases.

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A Christmas List for Someone Who is Hard to Buy Gifts For

Every year around late November or early December I get requests from my extended family for a list of possible seasonal gift items for me. This isn’t unusual, nor is the fact that it is prompted by the fact that I am apparently hard to buy for. This year I actually made a list, but it turned into more of a blog post than a practical guide to navigating the shopping-centric part of the holiday season on my behalf.

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An Average Sunday, Plus Powerful & Sexy Women

In which I briefly mention American white trash during a tangent about a fashionable hat, but mostly talk about a day spent shopping, visiting friends, cooking, and packing.

Today we spent some time with Lia’s friend Yoko. We did a little shopping, ordered a couple of inkans—Japanese name stamps—and had lunch with Yoko’s parents. Later, I cooked up a storm, and we had a fabulous supper.

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A Poet’s Birthday

If you’re one to pay attention to these things, you’ll have noticed that this is the second poetry-related post in two days. Poetry lives!

At one point, this post was turning into a longish text that sounded more like a funeral speech than birthday wishes. Luckily, I know a good frankeneditor who cut out all the eulogizing.

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Elegy: Julian Pas (1929-2000)

This entry has been in the works for over a month, and although I’m not completely satisfied with it, today is probably the most appropriate day to post it.

In my recent explorations of Japanese temples and shrines, I’ve often thought about my dad, Julian Pas, who passed away five years ago today. He was a scholar of Chinese religions, and as my sister noted in a recent comment, he used to explore Taiwan with a motorbike and a camera. I had known he was an avid photographer—that’s probably where I got it from—but until Sonya told me, I hadn’t known about the motorcycle expeditions.

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Lia Has A Blog Now

Tonight Lia finally succumbed to my haranguing and asked me to set her up with a blog. As you’d expect, it’s much nicer to look at than mine. It’s not working completely smoothly yet, but give it a bit of time. And don’t let that stop you from giving it a read.

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Odds & Ends

I don’t intend to turn this blog into a daily list of links, but today I’ve got a random assortment of stuff, some of which can’t wait until I get time to write a full post about it, some of which has been hanging around waiting for me to get around to write about. And some stuff which doesn’t deserve its own post. But I’ll let you guess which ones are which. It’s basically a whole bunch of random that I’ve somehow managed to connect together. Food, technology, courtship & marriage, and more!

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Apologies for the title. As a piece of writing it’s plain, unexpressive, and utterly lacking in imagination. Though I’m sure the subject—England—will be more interesting, as are our plans there. Would you expect anything less from news that’s interrupting food week?

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