This morning a fellow artist posted a meme about fear.

Hmmm, thinking about this … I think, when it comes to fear, depending upon your stage in life, fear can change …

Imagine a young person just moving out of a loving, secure home facing the exciting world of adulthood and freedom, full of hope. As long as the world treats them well they might live a life without fear.

Imagine that same person later in life, beaten down by the fears that their youthful hopes have become impossible dreams.

Then, imagine that person in older age. Is there really much point in looking forward when those dreams of your youth are no longer realistic. And there is no going back. All we can really do is pass on our experiences and our stories in the hope that we might help someone else along their path. For that we need Intergenerational contact. Otherwise, what is there to live for?

If I were to have a dialogue with a younger artist what could I say about fear?

And if that younger artist were me, if I could reach back in time and talk to myself, what might I say?

So what might I say?

I might tell that younger person to be very, very afraid of things like injustice and greed. I’d probably tell her not to run away from these but to fight back, to not ignore negative messages, hoping things might get better.

I’d tell her to not be afraid to stand up for her own beliefs, especially in the face of bullying. As for abuse or violence or revenge, I’d tell her to walk away from these, not in fear but in gratitude that she is able to recognize and avoid such paths.

Most of all, I’d tell her she needs nobody’s permission to call herself an artist.


Never Forget

I am the first artist-in-residence at the Doucet-Hennessy house in Bathurst, New Brunswick. My new exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday, July 3

By the way, I strongly identify as Irish. Yes, technically I am Canadian and one might suppose that today I would be celebrating Canada Day. However, for reasons I’ll not go into at present, I prefer to celebrate the Heritage passed down to by my ancestors, the Hennessys and O’Tooles among others.

The Don’t Forget You’re Irish art exhibit opens to the public July 3. Drop by Tuesday to Saturday for a cup of tea and a chat at the historic Doucet-Hennessy House in Bathurst, New Brunswick. If you play Celtic or Acadian music or any sort of traditional folk music, we hope to have informal music sessions on Saturdays from 2-4. Bring along your acoustic instrument and join us. Music workshops are in the planning for September.

This exhibit is open to the public from July 3 – 28 in Bathurst, New Brunswick. More about the exhibit in this press release: https://surmonbabillard.com/art-exhibit-dont-forget-youre-irish-doucet-hennessy-house/”>Irish Canadian family settled on Bay of Chaleur in Canada.

Warning Warning

Who hates Baby Boomers?

But why?

What did we do?

The big pensions?
That was the previous generation

Baby Boomers are not all so lucky
You will not be so lucky
Unless you are a civil servant …
Unless you are a politician …
An Indian chief per …

NO ! It cannot be true …

Let’s calm down … Take a deep breath

Slowly … Start again

The big pensions?
That was the previous generation
You will not be so lucky
Unless you are a civil servant …
Unless you are a politician …
An Indian chief per

You are repeating yourself

What was that about $100,000.00 a year?

Who gets paid $100,000.00?

… now that hardly seems fair when a senior gets $560 a month in old age pension.

Yes … You know OAP … Or would that be OAS for Old Age Security no matter … It is still little more than $560 per month


If you are
Getting old
If you are a Baby Boomer
Especially if you
Are a parent
Who has stayed at home
To raise a family.
Think the Government of Canada
Is there for you?
Think Service Canada
Is about to help?

And yes I did hear the story

The one about the Indian chief
Raking in $100,000.00 a year.
Cannot be true …
What sane government would do that?
Offer a retiring senior 560 odd dollars a month
While paying some Indian Chief over $9,000
During that same month
No no no it really cannot be
Wouldn’t that be a sure way to fire up a revolution?

Hmmm … Yes the song … I well remember it …
… From younger years …
Better times … something like …
“I don’t want to start a revolution
I just want to Change the world … ”
Well … After all …
They never really had to worry about money …

Did they?