Lorraine Lowe

When I first met Lorraine in 2018, we were both new hires at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown. We bonded over a burgeoning love of BTS, and the rest, as they say, is borahae.

Anyone who gets to know Lorraine quickly learns that she is a force to be reckoned with — her warmth and frank humour are rivalled only by her dedication and problem-solving savvy. …

Recently, I listened to a song. It tied a thread to a bundle of knotted veins beneath my skin and tugged with gentle insistence until they melted into blue and grey.

My friend also listened to this song. “What is it that appeals to you?”

I thought about it.

“It’s like falling in love with a person. Why do you love a person? You can say it’s because they’re beautiful or because they are kind, but many people are beautiful and kind. I do not hear a love song in a million and one voices. My ears, nor my eyes…

Disclaimer: For the purposes of this piece, I am completely oversimplifying the character of Heathcliff. Please don’t @ me or revoke by BA.

As soon as the clock struck midnight on December 1, the holiday movie roll-out commenced. Generally, I try to avoid this cheesy cringe-fest, but there a few that I am able to sit through without rolling my eyes out of their sockets. One of these is the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas (that was 18 years ago? Christ.) …

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park in Vancouver’s Chinatown

The river otter found its way into Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden one weekend in mid-November. I found out when I checked Twitter the following Monday and saw a video of the otter and a few reactionary tweets. I still remember my own reaction: “There was an otter in the Garden?!” A few hours later, a media outlet picked up the story. Then another. And another. And another…

Over the course of nearly two weeks, the otter caused utter chaos. Day after day, it ate into the Garden’s cherished koi population; evaded traps set…

Azulejos fronting the famous Pasteis de Belem bakery mirror the delicious custard tarts crafted inside.

We have a fascination with the ancient. We spend hours in museums marveling at artifacts from a bygone civilization. People pay a fortune for antique furniture, will buy an old cigarette case for no reason other than that it is from another time. Trends become passé, then years later, retro and vintage.

Maybe it’s foolish to be so attached to the past; but then again, how can we become attached to a future that isn’t even here yet? In old objects, we find connection; a means of time travel, filling us with beautiful longing and intimacy with the world.



I write so I can fall asleep at night. On social @dcjours.

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