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Arctic Graffiti

All towns, hamlets, cities and even rural areas have graffiti.  Some street art is beautiful and a real artistic statement.  My brother is a strong advocate of art all around us, go see some of his stuff at undergroundgallery.ca   , ean.kools.org  , eankools.blogspot.ca  He is also on instagram.. somewhere..

Unfortunately, there is also graffiti that is hurtful, rude, and crudely executed.  A couple of weeks ago, one such tag was put on the cultural shed at the school (Maani Ulujuk Iliniarvik – MUI) I work at here in Rankin Inlet Nunavut.  The school keeps land trip supplies and other odds and ends in there.  My walk to school leads me right past this little hut, and I hung my head when I saw F&%^# MUI crudely scrawled across the side of the shed.

Weeks went by, and every day, I faced the obscenity, and figured the administration knew about it.  So, I asked the other day of what could be done, but nothing much could.  Maintenance couldn’t roller paint over it, because it was too cold \ it would take a million years to actually get done, they’re very busy folks.

I suggested fight fire with fire… or pray paint with spray paint…  With the support of my principal, I decided to walk in my brother’s footsteps and create a graffiti mural of my own.    It’s my first attempt, and with cans of spray paint at $12 each, it may be my last… altered 2 altered 3 altered 4 altered 5 altered 1

Update

Some good news lately

  • my pay will soon be adjusted!
  • choir is going well, and growing
  • the rest of my stuff is going to be here soon, hopefully this week!

Unfortunately, I notice the days becoming much shorter, and the nights much longer. It’s almost alarming how quickly this is turning. My hope is that I don’t become a sleeper. Someone who sleeps in and goes to bed early. I have been invited to run/walk in the mornings, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I have been getting an enormous amount of planning done in the mornings, which I know I need to keep on top of. I continue to keep myself busy through practicing the guitar, my photographic eye keeps me on the lookout, and just cause I don’t have enough, I started learning how to knit. I’m not going to show a sample because it’s kind of embarrassing, but each row is getting better and less holey. With all of this to do, I’m still glad to be able to throw the t.v on and vegetate or play my garbage-picked xbox360. I will leave you with some pictures of frozen mud just to remind you that it’s frickin cold up here. Even though it’s cold it can still be nice, I haven’t gone crazy yet. At least not any crazier than I was before.

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A bit more of rankin, choir musings…

I thought I had avoided it, the first month teacher illness. After an evening and a day of resting, fluids and vitamins, I went for a walk.  It definately calmed me down and helped me regain my perspective.  Im ready to get back at it.  This week I have an informational choir meeting, which I hope to guage interest levels.  Ill need to rethink my approach actually.  Because none of them will be able to read music it will all have to be by rote. Ill try to pick out some strong ones to lead sectionals… Assuming I get more than three kids out.  Next step, repertoire! Here are some pics of my walk. I welcome rep suggestions in the comment section
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