I’m Kim, a writer, author, designer, artist, yoga and meditation instructor, trained as an architect, living near Montréal, Canada.

MY NEW BOOK:
The Modern House Bus is now available for pre-order (published by The Countryman Press).
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  • August 9, 2018

New Book: The Modern House Bus

I’ve got a new book out. I’ve been writing about small space design for several years now, documenting and showcasing wonderful space-saving ideas and charting the general evolution of tiny houses and the mortgage-free housing movement. One of the most interesting developments in the tiny house movement thus far are vehicle conversions — people converting vans, …

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  • May 10, 2017

#4. The universe is an oracle

“The universe is an oracle, an instantaneous feedback loop that is a living revelation of itself, and it is speaking symbolically, just like a dream. Literally.” — Paul Levy Another thought as to why we need to pay close attention to the details, the insignificant-looking ones, the ones that require our full presence of mind …

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  • April 12, 2017

Deep Listening: Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros was an American composer and an early pioneer in the development of post-war electronic music. I don’t know about you, but listening to this album above (a collaboration with Stuart Dempster and Panaiotis) sends chills down my spine and calls to something deep within. In developing a new musical theory of “sonic awareness”, …

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  • January 9, 2017

#2. Smallest things

Originally trained as a doctor, early 20th century spiritual teacher Swami Sivananda taught a number of disciples who then went on to continue the lineage of teachings, founding well-known modern yoga schools around the world, such as Integral Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and the Bihar School of Yoga. Written below is one of Sivananda’s pamphlets about yogic …

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  • January 8, 2017

Memes (and quotes): A year of them

Sometimes the process of change rolls molasses-slow, and one needs an infusion of inspiration to keep the soul tuned in. So in the grand old tradition of setting resolutions for the coming year, this storyteller is going to try things from another angle: posting one hand-picked, graphically re-interpreted inspirational quote or meme every day week (or …

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  • March 12, 2016

Hanuman Chalisa By Heart (sung by Nina Rao)

I will admit this: I’m rather partial to monkeys. I suppose it is because I am born in the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac. One of the most famous Chinese legends is that of the Monkey King, one of the main characters of the Chinese story Journey to the West. The Hindus have …

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  • January 25, 2016

“The Infinite Proceeds From The Infinite”

The beginning of yet another year, yet another present moment in this holographic emanation of time. How we come back again and again to the infinite Here Now. What is revealed…? From Wikipedia: Ancient and medieval Indian scholars have referred to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad as a foundation to discuss psychological theories, the nature of psyche, and how …

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  • December 15, 2015

In Memory of John Trudell (1946 – 2015)

Indigenous activist, poet and writer John Trudell passed away last week on December 8, 2015. His voice will be missed around the world. I previously wrote about his courageous activism, encouraging us to act in non-cooperation with a capitalist system that is slowly killing the planet — and our humanity. Once again, in my daily …

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  • November 27, 2015

The Emptiness of Data as a New Religion

The Internet has overtaken many of our lives in ways that were impossible to imagine a mere two decades ago. Many of us have some kind of online “presence,” be it through a social media file, or as data recorded through our Google searches. There is so much data out there that we now have …

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  • November 4, 2015

Cymatics & Mantra: Tapping into Matter with Sound Vibrations

The ancients of India believed that all existence arises from sound vibrations. There is a lot of fascinating literature on this, and the bija mantra (seed sound) of AUM is a well-known one. It may seem like some esoteric tidbit, but there is science underlying this ages-old tenet. A relatively new field in modern science, …

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  • October 1, 2015

The Privatization of Consciousness

Most of us don’t think much about advertising. Granted, we find most ads annoying, but on a certain level, they get under our skin and seem to colonize our awareness in the strangest of ways, unbidden and unwelcome. like that jingle we can’t get out of our heads. I became most aware of this after spending …

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  • October 1, 2015

The Architecture of Consciousness

Our built environment is a kind of manifestation of our consciousness, our awareness of our place in the world, and a statement of our relationship with others, the world at large, and our selves. The ancients understood this, hence the mystic forms of the Egyptians, Mayans, Druids, as well as other old civilizations like India, where …

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  • July 29, 2015

All Aboard a Sinking Ship

Changing course in the middle of a slowly unfolding disaster is no small feat. Our society is a great system of systems, all of which work against the self-realization of the individual toward freedom, true community and happiness. Even worse, it commodifies everything. Everything. Not just the air, water, land and animals, but is this mindset …

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  • March 26, 2015

“Donimo” by Cocteau Twins

I first heard about Cocteau Twins via Chinese singer Faye Wong. Ethereal and otherworldly, a kind of rhapsodic glossolalia from the higher dimensions. Of course, in reality, there is another story behind the music. Betrayal, broken promises and denial, via The Guardian: [Lead singer Elizabeth] Fraser’s decision to pull out of the reformation was made …

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  • March 1, 2015

Art & architecture stores memories of the past

Art and architecture are repositories of memory, the stories we tell ourselves as a culture. I came across a mention of French art historian Henri Focillon, and the impact of his thinking on art history. Most people may think of art history as a flowing continuity, where one style “progresses” into another. But Focillon envisioned history …

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  • December 21, 2014

The Globalization of Addiction

Addiction is a hotly debated issue; is it a brain disease as some contend, or is it a collection of compulsive behaviours that arises from a psychological process, a forging of maladaptations to deal with emotional or psychological trauma. Others, like Canadian psychology professor Bruce K. Alexander, posit that the rise in addictions of all kinds …

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  • October 13, 2014

The woman who lived in a giant tree for two years

Our inculturation as “moderns” sometimes leads us to view unconventional people in a misguided light. Portrayed as a tree-hugging radical, Julia “Butterfly” Hill is a well-known environmental activist and writer, best-known for her two-year long “tree-sit” occupation of a 200-foot tall ancient redwood tree in Humboldt County, California, to save it from being cut down by loggers. …

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  • August 19, 2014

Mathemusician’s doodles demystifies the agony of numbers

Mathematics is a beautiful language that helps us describe nature and her inexorable laws. For the layman (or laywoman in my case) this means a garbled bunch of indecipherable symbols, Greekery and equations, but it need not be the case if you would like to comprehend some concepts intuitively. One person that I’ve come across …

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  • July 11, 2014

Living alone in the taiga for 70 years

Stories of survival are irresistibly captivating. They speak to the strength, courage and resilience of the human spirit, and is something that inspires us to wonder, what would we do in a similar situation. The story of Agafia Lykov is one such tale. (After a long Canadian winter, I was especially drawn to her story.) Born …

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  • April 19, 2014

Radiant City

Radiant City by Jim Brown& by Gary Burns, National Film Board of Canada Shining a light on the inherently dysfunctional structures of North American suburbia, this National Film Board of Canada docudrama Radiant City is named after French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s utopian and unrealized Ville Radieuse concept, which envisioned a new, modern way of living and …

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  • April 15, 2014

iambic – Touch the Sky

Insanely lovely track. iambic is an electronic music act based in London, UK which was created by Guy Andrews in 2004. The music is based around the ambient genre but fuses elements of many other styles together including Jazz, Soundscape, IDM, Post-Rock and Break Beat to create a new and evocative sound. Since the release …

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  • March 28, 2014

“I Am Not a Leader”: Russell Means

Plenty of food for thought, written by American Indian Movement (AIM) activist and controversial figure Russell Means in a 1980 cover story for Mother Jones: Distilled to its basic terms, European faith—including the new faith in science—equals a belief that man is God. Europe has always sought a Messiah, whether that be the man Jesus Christ …

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  • March 26, 2014

Bed Peace: Yoko Ono & John Lennon’s “bed-in” for peace

Several playthroughs of “Here Comes the Sun” in anticipation of spring got me down this Beatles road again. Yesterday marked the day that John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s honeymoon began in 1969, a week after their marriage in Gibraltar, near Spain (Lennon’s “Ballad of John and Yoko” gives a pretty concise rundown). Instead of indulging …

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