Saturday, March 21, 2020

Written by Colleen Tsoukalas

From Nelson, B.C., Rachel Greenaway situates her RCMP Crime team in North Vancouver, a rainy West Coast city, surrounded by dark, dense forests and featuring, this time, the scenic Seymour River, calm and  and inviting on a hot day, but potentially deadly for some standing on the cliffs, garnering up the courage to jump, or being pushed or falling into those deep, rocky pools. There is this river, life enhancing or life threatening and then the 'river' of lies that start with half truths and spread quickly and widely, affecting individuals: a baby, kids, parents, step parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, a counsellor, a janitor, a girlfriend, a cop and the crime team. There is murder, kidnapping, suspect Valentine's cards and letters, over the knee suede boots, flashy bracelets, toy stuffies, stolen booze, pristine riverside mansions, hidden cabins, graves, black Cadillacs and relationships, always those complex, humans again. Sergeant Mike Bosco, calm, in charge and team building, yet continuing to search for evidence that Constable Cal Dion, is guilty of murder, and asking that Dion's partner, David Leith, not only work with Dion to solve other murders and find a missing child, but also use that partnership to confirm or deny that Dion has a criminal history. There are the romantic relationships, ones that are "sturdy trellises" versus others that are more tenuous. There is the increasingly developing role of the strong female lead: Constable J.D. Temple, too, struggling with team dynamics on her own terms. The novel ends in death, the death of cop, Ken Poole. J.D. is looking at the scene and thinking about the evidence. Did Ken know anything about the rumored murder of which Dion is suspected? If he has been silenced, then is Poole's death, suicide or murder? The final line, "Open and shut, it seemed. Maybe." leads nicely into more for book six, in the B.C. BLUES CRIME series. Great writing makes you think and feel. I feel that I really miss this dynamic group, now that I have finished the book. I look forward to meeting them, again, like old friends. I think that although we hear a lot about crime, that it is very difficult to write about how and why they might be committed, and about those who commit them and those who, in R.M. Greenaway's books, solve them, or most of them.....

 Greenaway, R.M.
 Dundurn, Toronto
 2020


Photo source

Photo of the Seymour River in its quietest space by Luke the Photographer

Friday, March 6, 2020

This was another vibrant, dynamic AFAM (African Fashion and Arts Movement) celebrating African Culture, Design and Performance. AFAM was founded in 2018 by Yao Zeus Mohammed and I have written about it previously, here and in 2018, here.

This time, AFAM was held at The Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier, in North Vancouver. It was emceed by the fabulous Dayo Alabi. These photos are Dianna Drahanchuk's view of the evening. There are many more photos on the Clothes Line Finds Facebook page. Enjoy and keep an eye out for AFAM 2021. Guaranteed there will be dancing on the runway!






















On February 29, 2020, Dianna Drahanchuk and I saw twelve runway collections by local Eco Fashion Designers who, along with a huge production team of Hair and Make-Up Artists, Models, Musicians, and many more, demonstrated such an array of creative talent and, in addition, raised money for Victoria Women's Transition House.

We were invited to an excellent Model Photography session and met many of the Designers, here.
Dianna and I would like to commend everyone involved with Fashion Splash because we were so impressed with the team spirit, commitment to crediting everyone, through the excellent Brochure and Social Media and particularly for a very efficient registration and ticketing process. These are key in establishing a successful event, ensuring growth and building community support. We look forward to seeing more ECO Fashion, for next season, for sure. Thanks to Joseph Gonyeau, Producer, for the initial invitation.


Joseph Gonyeau with Dianna Drahanchuk (wearing blue sea themed necklace by 
Carolyn Bruce Designs)




Me (Colleen Tsoukalas) wearing sea themed necklace by Carolyn Bruce Designs


Dianna Drahanchuk wearing Carolyn Bruce Designs Necklace








Tina Kristina Helene and Eddy Warren, Music for Fashion Splash

Twisted Fern Designs, Crocheted Silver


Jenny Ambrose - The Makehouse


Tina Taylor of Tayloremade by Baubles and Bijou


Tina Taylor of Tayloremade by Baubles and Bijou



Ola Dubois


Ola Dubois


Ola Dubois


Migration


Migration


Touche Revival by Hiba Perez


Touche Revival by Hiba Perez


Aninan


Connally McDougall


 Connally McDougall


Kai and Klo


Kai and Klo, Designer Oyuna


Tracy Yerrell - Bat Fish Studio


Tracy Yerrell - Bat Fish Studio



Teresa Lindsay


Teresa Lindsay


Teresa Lindsay


Trista Smith


Trista Smith


Trista Smith


Trista Smith


Trista Smith


Trista Smith


Trista Smith
 
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