Saturday, April 30, 2016

lohba vlog 23

Whatever happens could be viewed as an opportunity.

Friday, April 29, 2016

suddenly things seem so clear

Lohbado dreamed someone gave him a cherry-flavoured spritzer and began talking about Anaxamander's apeiron, an infinite substance. After a few sips of the refreshing beverage, Lohbado contemplated how he had arisen from causes and conditions, exited for a while, then would dissolve back into the infinite cosmos. It created a strange and funny feeling. Everything in his life that seemed like such a big deal was not so important. The main thing was to be friendly, kind and reasonable.

Lohbado woke up and had a cup of coffee. For a few minutes, clouds of drowsiness dissolved and things seemed clear. What does that mean? He had many silly thoughts. A voice told him not to take the thoughts so seriously. Relax. Enjoy a cup of coffee. Go for a walk.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

radiation cream

Sheer power of radiation stopped Lohbado in his tracks and caused him to have a look at himself. Lohbado examined Lohbado and concluded radiation cream might be an effective way to rid the body of worms picked up while crossing the Plains. Radiation cream was not an approved substance. Esmerelda made it in a back room of her house where Lohbado stayed for a few days. She offered him a sample.

Esmerelda showed Lohbado to her lab, where it became evident it was worth a try. She applied the cream to his back, chest, legs, arms, neck and face. It immediately provided relief. Heaviness lifted from his chest. He heaved a huge sigh and felt deeply relaxed. He wasn't sure if it was the magic effect of her warm skillful hands or the herbal properties of the cream that released deep waves of healing relaxation from deep within his body.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lohbado eating worms

digital painting by Lohbado
Years ago, while crossing the Plains of Radiation, an infestation of worms got out of control. Nobody was immune from worms. One could see the telltale signs of where worms had latched on and sucked blood, little swellings or scars on the skin. One day, when food was scarce, he collected worms from the room he rented for a few days and ate them. Lohbado ate the worms that were eating him.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

fetish book

digital painting by Lohbado
Fetish objects serve a variety of functions. At the tabernacle, images and objects assist a person in processing the turmoil of everyday life. Humans are social animals who often experience conflict, irritation and friction while together. It's an odd combination. People are drawn together, then get on each other's nerves. It's a push pull situation. Come to me. Now please go away. Talk to me. Ok, you're talking too much. Sometimes it's helpful to spend time at the Moronovian Tabernacle to sort things out.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

lohba vlog 22

Each video is a dream fragment of the ongoing sequence of Lohbado making a journey from birth to death. This episode was made on a rainy Friday. At any given moment, thoughts, memories and sounds flowed through Lohbado's mind.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

lohba selfie

Lohbado took a photo of his window reflection, reflection in a window, reflection on reflection, a moment, part of a sequence. Who are you, what are you and where are you going? Lohbado often paused in wonderment about the sheer strangeness of existence.

Friday, April 22, 2016

floating in things on a rainy day

Lohba bike

Lohbado looked around at the mess in his apartment. All his life he surrounded himself with things. He welcomed things. He liked things, lots of things. They soothed his nerves. It felt like floating in amniotic fluid. The accumulation of things provided fertile ground for imagination and creativity. Lohbado once tried the start neat and tidy approach. It didn't work. So he accepted the approach of drifting through a river of interesting artifacts, stimulating objects, unusual discoveries, stories, memories, histories, concepts, geometric arrangements in juxtaposition to the natural look.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

the Big Bong Theory Montreal 4 20

bong event Montreal
Lohbado went out bike riding and arrived by chance at the big bong event at the very moment when everyone lit up... or at least, the official lighting up... Lohbado forgot to check his watch. It was maybe 4:30 or 5 pm. Clouds of perfumed smoke filled the park. People were relaxed and in good spirits. Click read more to see more photos:

Lohbado dream

digital painting by Lohbado
Lohbado dreamed he was buried in a grassy meadow on the Plains of Radiation. He fell into a deep sleep in a buried coffin. In the dream, a herd of buffalo thundered across the plain and over his resting place. A tall thin man in black and wearing a broad brimmed black hat removed the dirt from the coffin and pounded on the coffin lid for a few minutes before opening it to release Lohbado. When Lohbado rose from the grave, he found himself in the middle of a group of tall thin men and women in black banging on bongo drums, while another group of men and women did a skeleton dance.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

lohba vlog 21

Lohbado means the one who drools through his beard. While crossing the Plains of Radiation, exposure caused his mouth to overflow. Enough drool poured from his mouth to water a garden. Lohbado rode through the graveyard up to the top of Mount Royal and down again.

Monday, April 18, 2016

portraits april 17, 2016

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

cemetery angels

in Cote des Neiges cemetery Montreal
Lohbado sat in the back yard and read Kant's section of antimonies from Critique of Pure Reason. It's another of the many exercises in contemplating the nature of existence. Reason still hasn't solved the riddle of the universe... why is existence happening, when from a practical point of view it would make more sense for existence to not be happening, since existence involves so much pain. The chronic pain of existence is offset with brief flickers of happiness, but it's mostly a dull grind of survival, physical and emotional pain. There appears to be no choice but to keep going. So then one wonders what life is all about. Reason is unable to answer the riddle other than to say: fire is hot, water is wet... Things happen. Do the best you can. After pointing out how the riddle of the universe is unanswerable and describing the paradox involved in metaphysical searching, Kant's next book was Critique of Practical Reason, in which he discusses how people could live in a more harmonious fashion. He applied reason to practical matters, as part of his aspiration for a world of friendliness and good will.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

angel on Mount Royal

Lohbado rode his bike up through the Cote des Neiges cemetery to the belvedere on Mount Royal where he had a vision of a stone angel overlooking the city.

Friday, April 15, 2016

lohba vlog 20

A short contemplation about the nature of self and the world. On one level, self is an index of one's existence. It includes date of birth, address, drivers license, height, weight, eye color. One another level, self is a sense of being me. Self is also a unifying factor of one's thoughts, memories, perceptions and experience. It's a glue that holds the psyche together to create the sense of being an individual.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Christina near Lachine Canal

This could be it... the last of the cold weather, the beginning of warmer weather. One could maybe put away the winter coat and wear a spring jacket and go for a walk along the Lachine Canal. One could stop to admire the dogs playing in the area where dogs are allowed off the leash. The canal is filled with water again. It's exciting to contemplate the start of a warm season.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

lohba vlog 19

contemplation of death

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

happy birthday

Kenneth was born April 13... happy birthday... the party was on Saturday. He's an excellent story teller and has a great sense of humour.

Monday, April 11, 2016

lohba vlog 18: a creative attitude

Before beginning a creative session, it's helpful to cultivate an attitude of infinite possibility, playfulness, imagination and intelligence. The first step is to give oneself permission to have fun.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


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happy birthday

Saturday, April 9, 2016

shoplifters from rags to riches

Maggy provides examples of a poor shoplifter and a well-dressed shoplifter at a store in Montreal, where she worked for several years. Shoplifters cost stores a lot of money, plus create difficulties for customers who arrive to find an item out of stock because thieves stole it.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Lohbado dream vision

Lohbado dreamed that the contents of his abdomen rolled into a ball of dough. His torso opened.
The dough ball bounced out on to the ground and rolled across the Plains of Radiation. As Lohbado slowly walked towards the ball, the ball kept rolling away. He woke up groggy. Maybe that's how it is to get old, the body feels increasingly tired. It takes a greater effort to do less. The whole system slows down. It's conducive to meditation, reflection and napping.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

story telling

Lohbado visited Maggie who is a great story teller. The art of story telling involves the ability to bring situations to life. What might at a glance seem quite ordinary could become lively and amusing when an articulate person singles out details in a lively sequence and creates or evokes a world.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

lohba vlog 17

A very old question, still as strange as ever: what happens when you die...

Monday, April 4, 2016

sewing supplies

Rue Saint Laurent, Montreal

Sunday, April 3, 2016

religious experience

stray cat
balcony chalice

The cat appeared like a representative of another world, to guide a person through darkness, confusion and dreams. Pick up the chalice. Climb through the window and follow the cat.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Graff printmakers presentations

Four printmakers presented their work last month at Atelier Graff in Montreal, after completing a residency program. The program welcomes local artists, as well as those from other places to make use of the print making facilities at the studio located on Rachel near Parc la Fontaine. They presented a fascinating variety of images, reflecting different worlds, for example, growing up in Mayo, Yukon, living in Calgary, or being born in Winnipeg, or Montreal... more photos below

Friday, April 1, 2016

24 hours to empty out the apartment

a very strong gentleman took the fridge and stove
everything's gotta go