Harpin’ with th…Harper … The Rock Opera

This website is an ongoing story in the making of a rock opera. The author and main character is a Canadian-Celtic Granny elder who does art and takes life one day at a time, juggling ideas and trying to find her place in a strange modern world. Her silent and sometimes faithful companion is an Irish Magpie named George.

MaggieQuinn is the eternal youth that Granny hardly experienced and never really wished to leave behind but leave she finally did, and Maggie found herself frozen in nowhereland somewhere between the wishful dreaming states of wannebe and might-have-been. Maggie was the one always looking forward. Grannie is the one now looking backward. Grannie is crazy for Peace.

Sour Milk

Maybe it is too late.
Maybe the cash-cow
Has been out to pasture
For too long
That it has turned
So what to do about
Mad-cow in hard times.
Ask someone who was thereM

Well it looks like the old grey cash cow “ain’t what she used to be” as the song goes. Ok right song wrong animal, I agree.
So who has another solution besides cash for all?

It seems there is always barter.

So if I can figure out which cash to go to at Sobey’s or Superstore, I suppose I would just March down there with one of my artworks and exchange it for a cart of groceries.
Meanwhile, in the tradition of all those great French artists who bartered their works away, let it be known that I am open to bottles of wine, my favourite being just about any red wine from France or Romania.
Hard times calling for hard measures, as they say, I might even consider some home-made wine as long as it’s not to vinegary.

Cut the Crap

Give us money. BIG money.

NAP? No more NAPS. We need money.

Enough with the NAPS!




Old news is no news

Cut the Crap. Give us MONEY!

More napping stories?


Is that sleeping beauty finished with her NAP?

Where is her share of the MONEY? Well of course a Princess needs money too. So wake her up.

More old no news? MONEY

So where are the women
Do we need to show boobies to get money?

Not if you have a good job.

Oh, by the way, the policy framework idea? Pretty rickety. Besides, she can’t eat policy. GIVE MONEY!

Wouldn’t minimum wage be a better idea? Maybe only for those with jobs … Especially certain jobs.

OK, then what about Peace? Would world peace be better than an individual basic income?
I guess that would depend. Besides, why not both? Have there been any Peace & Income Meetings? Any Peace & Income Conferences?
Promise one thing. No more NAPping.
We need money. Now is the time for Basic Income Action and Basic Peace Action


If we really had a voice what might we say?

Give us money or give us peace.

We have no money
We have no peace.
Do we have voice?

We need a voice
A BIG voice

“There is a significant gap between language inscribed in our Security Resolutions, our declarations, our action plans, and the actual reality of women’s participation in decision-making when it comes to peace and security issues.”
– Radhika Coomaraswamy

What do I think?

Well if anyone really wants to know … if the war-mongers are not going to allow women a voice then they should be paying women for this enforced silence. How? Basic Income. Guarantee every woman a basic income.

Maybe that is something the UN might consider.
Yes the reports are valuable. What might be better is to give the money to individual women. Help women buy back their lives and the lives of their children.

an Action Plan

Action Plan? … Cut the Crap and give us money … BIG money!

20 Years ago, if we had had a voice, what might we have said?

Cut the Crap. Give us money.

Are there no women of voice? Hardly … Unless they belong to certain SIGs
That would be Special Interest Groups … Meaning that they work for their own special interests, whatever that might mean …
Business for example.
Yes, it is a women’s organization. It probably does take good care of its members. If you are not a member? If you happen to be an independent artist, especially one that dares try to paddle her canoe upstream? Hmmmmm well I’ve never been privy to their constitution. I guess I think of them as the old girls’ network. I don’t know that they would support basic income.


Yes! Eureka! You got it!
That is exactly what I will vote for.

And what about being a global citizen

” we believe that people also want what is good for others. We don’t want other people to suffer; we all would prefer to live in a world where everybody can lead a worthy, fulfilling, happy live. That is the basic conviction that underlies our goals. The challenge, therefore, is to organise our societies and the world community in such ways, that the fulfilment of our own personal needs does not harm others. A basic income that guarantees every man, woman and child freedom from starvation and degrading poverty would be an important step to achieve this goal.”

I read somewhere today … something about some psychologist saying that if you ignore people long enough they will just go away and thus you get rid of people who keep making demands … That was how I interpreted what I read …

But I think …
Do you really really
Want to know
Like the song goes
It ain’t necessarily so

Definitely not Ubiquitous:

“…urrently receiving provincial welfare cheque”

And more


That time is nearly here
I’m trying to decide
Make up my mind
Oh no not who
Not this time
Here and now
My question is if
In that frame
I look around
What do I see
Policy Resolution 100
Wearing Depends I smell
What else, what choices
Promises are less binding
Besides who reallly
Believes that swaddling
Ever brought security
As for teaching new ways
What would Bible Bill do
If he were alive today
Study the studies
Same old the hacks might say
What can they tell you
About those not holding stakes
When even Deloitte must know
It is always the same
Same old stakeholders
Same old recipients
Same old political game
Same old shafters’ gain
While I left as usual
Behind thinking
Beyond the vote
Still not who but if
That cap matters
As it might
Where are the voices
Of real people
Are they really those
Who work only between
Or would that be
Betwixt the dole
What about the souls
Never counted never seen
Buried by sheafs of
Sheafs of
Left despairing
Over final payments
Never paid
From salaries never made
PEI wants the Pilot
To go to them
How could I agree
When New Brunswick
No better situated
Indeed all the Maritimes
Are in equal need
And fair is fair
From sea to sea
We see not
A great deal better
Or across the continent
And as long as I have gone
So far from my own backyard
There is need across the world.

So if I lived in PEI
What would I do
Even if I did believe
As I tend to not
Pre-power or re-power promises

What if I were … American?

Let me study this issue

Femme Couvert

Yes a French expression and new to me too.

I found it in an interesting piece of writing about how Canada was developed on the backs of women on their backs. Now this is not the sort of Canadian history I ever learned in school. As I recall Canadian history was mostly about Fathers of Confederation and war generals. It wasn’t about any mothers or even the cannon fodder who rotted in the trenches.

“not fear anyone on Earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Read more from Shilpan Patel at his blog, Success Soul (or subscribe to his feed).”

Oops that’s not it. No, I have nothing against good men. I admire Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.

I just feel that Canadian women have their stories too and I wonder whether the women who helped build this country were justly served by historians and educators and politicians and powerful entities that developed as a result of Womens’ work and sacrifice.

I wonder what those early Canadian women would think about how Canada has developed.