...beginning with my heart attack!

"I know I'll never look at mayonnaise in the same way!"

My heart attack taught me that we need to appreciate the precious time we have while we still have it. It also taught me that, in the end, the only thing that really matters is love. Therefore, all of our waking minutes ought to be devoted to opening whatever keeps our hearts blocked.

MY HEART ATTACK 

(13 mins 44 secs)

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...visiting Auschwitz

"Who plays rock 'n roll on the way to a concentration camp?"

Of all my grandparents, I look most like my father's father. He was born in Warsaw and emigrated to Montreal in 1906. Had he stayed in Poland, he would most likely have been killed by the Nazi regime...and I wouldn't be here now, nor would my son. How many family trees were clipped short by the Holocaust! 

We must be mindful of such atrocities still happening today while not forgetting the ones of yesterday. It is for all those who didn't have my grandfather's fortune that moved me to make this little movie.

HALF-DAY TRIP FROM KRAKOW  

(4 mins 46 secs) 

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...speaking about evil

Sutras are part of a moral code in Eastern religions. They teach universal truths—like the truth about "evil". Western psychologists and Buddhists alike would agree that the only evil we are responsible for—and the only evil we can truly change—is not the evil of others, but our own. 

As an artist, I discovered that drawing diamonds helps me when dealing with such negative emotions in myself...but it also helps as a kind of prayer when I see it in others. It inspired me to come up with my own sutra.

SEAL SUTRA 

(2 mins 20 secs)

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...O Leonard!

This is how Leonard Cohen says "Chee-ee-eese!"

My wife, Donna, and I met the great songwriter in 1971 when we were young backpackers in Europe before we tied the knot. He was sitting at a table with none other than Marianne outside a café in Hydra. 

It became Donna's most memorable experience meeting a celebrity...except for the time a couple of years earlier when she met another!

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1969 A MOMENT IN TIME 
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Not quite the same ring to it:

John


Paul


George


Ringo


and 


Sheldon

 

...and finally, THANK YOU RAIN GODS!


My favourite story to tell...with the most meaning for me:

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THE THRILL OF DONNA

(4 mins 5 secs)