Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

As some of you know, I am currently engaged in study in the Diamond Approach (DA) teacher training program. I recently read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, and it was such a transformative experience, I’d like to share some of my impressions with you. The impact of nature and the ocean and sky interrelated with the … Continue reading Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Pandora’s Box and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in 2017

As I open the Pandora’s box of playbills, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia from 2017, I feel a strange anxiety. What emotions and memories will overtake me as I remember the year that was? Will I regret missed opportunities, or feel embarrassed at some of my shenanigans? The dull olive-green box made of woven reeds … Continue reading Pandora’s Box and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in 2017

Karen Rempel’s summer gig at Krystyna’s Place at 12 Cornelia St.

Sept. 14, 2017 – I worked a part-time job at Krystyna’s Place on Cornelia St. in New York this summer. I wanted to have the experience of doing a regular job, interacting with people, showing up for scheduled shifts. I walked into Krystyna’s Place one Friday night on my way to a wine bar with … Continue reading Karen Rempel’s summer gig at Krystyna’s Place at 12 Cornelia St.

Karen rempel ran the New York Marathon!

Hooray! With your support, I finished the New York Marathon yesterday, with a time of 5:06:19. This was definitely a race of a lifetime, and wonderful in so many ways. It was a glorious fall day, with bright sunny skies and the perfect temperature for running in the David Bowie powder blue suit from the … Continue reading Karen rempel ran the New York Marathon!

Karen Rempel is a New York-bound alien of extraordinary ability!

Hi everyone, I have some very exciting news! My US visa application as an alien of extraordinary ability has been approved! This is a wonderful privilege, and many people helped me by writing letters on my behalf for the application. Thank you all! From the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, this is the requirement … Continue reading Karen Rempel is a New York-bound alien of extraordinary ability!

Shadow Play art opening

As many of you know, I had my first art exhibit at the Havana Art Gallery, 1212 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, August 6 to 19, 2015. The opening was on Sunday night (August 9), and it was a really fun event with family and friends choosing which piece they liked the best. I made a … Continue reading Shadow Play art opening

Another Super Shoreline Cleanup!

Yesterday I met with a group of friends to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Our group of 6 people picked up trash for 2 hours and these are the amazing results: 570 food wrappers 1,074 takeout containers, cups, lids, bottles, cans, and utensils 432 plastic bags and pieces of packaging 1,120 pieces of … Continue reading Another Super Shoreline Cleanup!

What’s in a Tiffany ruby?

Part of the thrill of being in New York is visiting places I’ve seen or heard about in books and movies. One of the most famous, glamorous New York institutions, in my mind, is Tiffany’s. Perhaps I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s at an impressionable age, but I suspect the allure of Tiffany’s was caused by … Continue reading What’s in a Tiffany ruby?

VIFF Picks 2014

It’s the most romantic time of the year in Vancouver. Glorious fall, which brings us the most vibrant display of colour on Victoria Drive, and the Vancouver International Film Festival! Here are my picks for this year. France, China, Spain, the UK, Canada, and the US are represented. I’ve mostly gone for light entertainment, romance, … Continue reading VIFF Picks 2014