…of frightful & answers…


As today goes out with October and tomorrow in with November, the google doodle reminds us that it’s Hallowe’en!!

Is it your custom to wear a costume?….frightful!!

My recollections of the day are that the bank tellers (CSR’s) seem to have a penchant for it!…trick or treat, tell all! “Participaction” their managers enthuse, lest one be considered suffering from withdrawal syndrome…

“The lure of ghost tourism: Growing number of Canadians drawn to haunted hotels & eerie graveyard tours”…”

Apparently, “ghost tours — often performed by guides in spooky period dress — are now a feature of virtually every major Canadian city, from Quebec City to Calgary to Saskatoon.

Cheers to ghostly–ghastly!…

…”Are TopShop mannequins too skinny?”…”Does running aid the creative process?”…”What is the point of philosophy?”…

Just a few of today’s headlines’ questions to ponder!…

Whatever the questions & answers of your day, remember:

All should strive
to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why.

~James Thurber

To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution. ~Jo Coudert

There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line.
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine.

~Indigo Girls, “Closer to Fine”

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change. ~Richard Bach

Cheers to a fine final Friday of October & a 1st rate November weekend!!!

Sunday reminder: time change (fall back!)


…of sense of place…time & space…


“BC park a finalist for National Geographic Travel Award”…”Ten of the Best Clocks in Pictures”…

A noteworthy headline tells of a national park at the edge of the Haida Gwaii archipelago is in the running for a National Geographic travel award.

Gwaii Haanas is up for a World Legacy award in a category called Sense of Place.

Anyone who’s been there will agree with the park’s superintendent who says “temperate rainforests, abundant sea life and cultural treasures such as totem poles offer a glimpse of the Haida way of life and make the park unique.”

According to organizers, the awards seek to “recognize protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.”

Cheers to “Sense of Place”….time & space…

As North America returns to standard time this weekend, what better time to highlight some unique clocks!…


Cree Proverb

Realize that we as human beings have been put on this earth for only a short time and that we must use this time to gain wisdom, knowledge, respect and the understanding for all human beings since we are all relatives.

Whatever’s on your plate for a fine final October 2014 Thursday, wherever you are, may you have a keen sense of place, take your time, and give yourself some space!

…of emotions, even-steven & cranberries…


“CBC is our nation’s neurosis-and that’s a good thing”…”Scrumptuous images of BC’s cranberry harvest”…”We crave balance in the chaos of our lives. But is it overrated?”…

A pundit, says it this way:

“Hockey is our national game and the CBC is our national neurosis. Oh yes, it is. It has its supporters and denigrators. But what it causes conforms to the definition of neurosis – symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, obsessive behaviour and hypochondria. The hypochondria? Well, that’s when legions of people believe the country and the culture will collapse if the CBC is diminished any further.”

He sums it up saying it’s all about emotion! “The fierce neurotic grip that CBC has on the country”…

So much so that in our daily routines, (me included) the morning ritual is turn the radio on to CBC & hear the affirmation “Canada lives here.”

Cheers to embraces for our nation!…

There’s nothing quite like the drama of the autumn sky captured by BC photographer John Lehmann, annually at Richmond’s Maybog cranberry farm:


Cheers to the harvest that will enhance many a feast!


For thousands of years it’s been said that “balance has been an ideal to pursue and the irony in it is that, the harder we struggle for it, the more shaky the wire beneath us becomes, and the farther away the ground seems.”

Work-life balance, they say.

The juggling act–a competition.

“Busyness is the new social-norm that people feel they must conform to or risk being outcasts.”

Some call it “role overload”.

Another suggests, perhaps we’re most alive when we are off-balance. “Swept off our feet”, “bowled over”…

Great food for thought!

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday–discombobulating, out of whack –NOT!!

Smooth sailing!

Yacht sea.

…of wise & wonderful…



“Toronto gets a new mayor: election win 11 years in the making”…”Prostate screening test more harm than good, task force says”…”Why Canada needs to update its RRIF rules”…

There you have it!

A few of the days headlines that seem to hint of that all familiar phrase, “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”

Such is life.

The quest for getting it right…get it right the first time…learn by our mistakes…move on…get over it…put it in the past…& so on.

It’s been said that “everyone is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day & that wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.”

So each day we try to energetically & enthusiastically do the best that we can.

The good news is we aren’t alone in it and can find inspiration and support all around us.

Mothers, teach your children this. Teach your children that Wisdom is everywhere. In pieces. Some of the Wisdom is in the trees, some of the Wisdom is with the animals. Some of the Wisdom is with the planets and the stars and the moons and the sun. Some of the Wisdom flows with the waters. Some of the Wisdom was with our ancestors. Some of the Wisdom is in our minds. All of the Wisdom is from Creation. ~Esther Davis-Thompson, MotherLove (adapt.)

Cheers to a wise & wonderful Tuesday!

…of energy & enthusiasm…


“Heavy rains & gusty winds headed for Vancouver”…”Is the BC legislature haunted?–alot of people sure think so”…

“A typical fall storm, but with quite a bit of moisture”, they are saying…

Cheers to stay dry!…

“The spookiest spot of all” in BC’s most haunted city, Victoria. No not because of scary politicians but seemingly all about ghosts. Tales of architect Rattenbury & of Emily Carr…

Hallowed halls of mysteriousness….

Meanwhile the Canadian Cardiovascular Conference continues in Vancouver. One topic–obesity & hypertension.

Whatever’s up for your Monday….

Whether or not anything haunts you….

Cheers to a weighty day of accomplishments that has you pulsating with energy & enthusiasm!!

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish I was a glow worm,
A glow worm’s never glum.
‘Cos how can you be grumpy
When the sun shines out your bum!
~Author Unknown

Glow worm. Credit John Tyler/Galaxy

…all on an Autumn Friday…

Best New Restaurants

“Jalapeno Mac ‘N Cheese crowned Canada’s favourite new flavour chip: contest”…”Wolf in the Fog restaurant in Tofino, BC named Canada’s best by enRoute magazine”…

When it comes to potato chips, it seems that “the variety of foods on the same plate at a summer barbecue are inspiration. When potato chips end up next to macaroni salad and adding some jalapeno to give it a kick.”

Apparently the Lay’s potato chip brand “Do Us A Flavour” contest, will see the the new flavoured chips released in November after a competition that received more than a million submissions…

Visitors & residents alike, of Tofino, BC, delight in being on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and can now add fine award winning designing to that as the “Wolf in the Fog” restaurant that opened in June, known for its locally sourced ingredients driven menu, has been voted Canada’s best by an Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine poll. “We get all our fish from a dock that’s one block away and this time of year we get lots of foragers coming in with wild mushrooms.”

Cheers to “fish, forage, feast!” and kudos also go out to Vancouver’s “The Farmer’s Apprentice” restaurant that made No. 2 on the list!…

This weekend’s off to a great start with Vancouver’s “Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon” & “Cunningham Seawall 10k” taking place on Sunday together with a two-day health & fitness expo at Canada Place, today.

Have a great run y’all!…

TGIF sings when it comes down to the crunch, cheers to–on track for a fine flavourful Friday & weekend!!!

…of quiet…


for our nation & our world…

Come and find the quiet centre
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.

Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
Infinite Spirit speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.

In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming,
there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming
there is always room to spare.

adapt. S. Murray

…of delectable…


“Is It Worth Hitting Canada’s Ski Resorts in the Off Season?”…”Everything You Need to Know About the First Ever Restaurants for Change”…

Whistler in the ‘off-season’, a bit of a misnomer, if you ask me. There’s much to delight
year round with hiking, cycling, ziplining, trail explorations & many spring, summer, fall festivals of food & wine, & gatherings of folks from around the world for conferences and enlightenment.

Cheers to Whistler, Banff, Blue Mountain, Mt. Tremblant -’tis always the season and each have their unique character beyond the ski slopes!

I didn’t know it but apparently today, coast to coast in Canada, many participating restaurants will be donating dinner service proceeds to fund something called “Community Food Centres Canada.”

Vancouverites take note, it’s Vij’s & Hawksworth that are participating; Calgary- NOtaBLE-The Restaurant & Rouge; & Bar Buca, Buca, Buca Osteria & Bar, Edulis, Jacob’s & Company Steakhouse, Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco, The Drake One Fifty, The Saint Tavern and THR+Co in Toronto.

Cheers to “bringing people together around good food can create healthier, fairer and more connected communities.”

Vegetables are a must on any diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis

No person in the world has more courage than the person who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock adapt.

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~G.K. Chesterton

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

Cole’s Law: Thinly sliced cabbage. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that dishes up delectable!!

…of you!…


“Earth on pace for hottest year ever recorded”…”Apple sells record number of iPhones”…”Parenting in the age of iEverything”…

Just a few of the iCame iSaw iConquered headlines of our time!…

iKnow ain’t it the truth!!!…

From a young age we all learn about the “I, I, I” or “me, me, me” of life and that it’s not always all about us as individuals in isolation but more importantly, as part of community, be that of family & friends, colleagues & confidantes, acquaintances & people we know of but have not really come to know well.

Relationships, they say. Life is about relationships.

It never ceases to amaze me the number of people that cross life’s path that one meets and greets or listens to in some official capacity, that you just can’t help but think take note, pay attention, this is someone I admire.

Able, adventurous, amazing. brave, clever, imaginative, keen, “a natural”, mindful, motivated, outgoing, warm-hearted & well-intentioned.

To ALL we share life’s journey with, characteristically these are likely things about YOU!!!

Hey you!!!—-cheers to a terrific Tuesday!!

…of weighty, LOL, & earth…


“Weight and see: Are you getting what you pay for at the grocery store?”…”The hot style trend that will make you LOL”…”

Something about “the ‘tare’–the weight of packaging, such as bags and containers, for loose products that retailers are required by law to subtract from the gross weight.”

…sounds & seems complicated!–a heavy issue!…

Something about ‘normcore & LOLcore’–“decidedly goofy, defined by outlandish colour combos, quirky embellishments and a dose of fun fur.”

…cheers to zany they say!…o….k….if you say so…

As a wet Vancouver weekend rolls into Monday, the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition continues at Vancouver’s convention centre.

…cheers & welcome to geoscience professionals here “to get engaged, educated, inspired & enjoy each moment!”

Earth Teach Me…

Earth teach me stillness

as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth Teach me caring

as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

as the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation

as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration

as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep in the rain.

Ute, North American-John Yellow Lark

Fine Monday of taught & thought!