…the modern gentleman & start your engines…

startAccording to the UK’s Country Life magazine, the “modern gentleman” would never own a cat or use twitter.

Holding doors open and saying please and thank you is no longer enough apparently…in addition, the modern gentleman would “never buy fuscia-coloured trousers nor plant gladioli”…

Curiously enough the “modern gentleman” also curtails his drinking before being disorderly and only makes love ‘on his elbows.’….never dispenses unsolicited advice, nor wears brown shoes at night. The use of Facebook is permitted however the drinking of Malibus or writing with a Biro is frowned upon…not to mention, a penchant for pre-tied bow ties…

And finally….the “modern gentleman” understands that “courtesy costs nothing and knows rudeness is exorbitant and never forgotten….

Cheers to lest we forget…

I’ve never quite understood the fascination with auto racing. The noise….the merry go round in it….and the danger….
Perhaps not very modern of me to say so…

How often do we set goals for ourselves and all too easily find ourselves distracted or falling off track?

The pressures of day to day living and demands on our time can often derail some of our best laid plans.

When I think modern or contemporary it also makes me think youthful, full of vigor and enthusiasm. 20/30 somethings, definitely your time to shine!!!—hopes, dreams, all things are possible beyond thoughts of impossible!!…

Man or woman…..be gentle on yourself & at the same time—go for it!

Finish what you start!…

Smile when the checkered flag waves—well done!

And in the ongoing spirit of accomplishments, always be ready to seize the day with round 2 !!

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers

And as Dorothy Brown (in the old movie, Thoroughly Modern Millie) said to Millie: “You’re a modern!”

“Yes, thoroughly!”

Cheers to a thoroughly modern marvellous magnificent day!…

…one on one & in the pack…

tattooAfter a whirlwind of a long weekend—Holy Week-Easter, Passover & Vaisakhi celebrations, the opportunity “to look into the world of tattooing and tattoo culture and meet the diverse personalities that drive the tattoo industry” takes place at Vancouver’s convention centre later this week!

Before the end of the month, a gathering of Pharmasave pharmacy and drug store retailers from across Canada will meet there too, for their national conference and buying show!

Cheers to ink and artwork & prescriptions for wellness! All shall be well!…

I’ve never thought of getting a tattoo, have you?!…Grandad used to quip the story of a a navy buddy friend that told his soon to be wife–”Lulumay there’s one thing I need to get off my chest before we get married……(“I (heart) Betty “)

The union of Lulumay & Harold was blessed with 60+ years together!…

Speaking about longtime running,—the annual Vancouver Sun Run takes place once again this coming Sunday! Many have been training for the big day!

The sea of t-shirts heading down Georgia Street towards Stanley Park is a yearly sight to behold!

Cheers to the Chariots of Fire!

On some levels, we all long for perfection, search for meaning and struggle for acceptance. That’s all part of life and relationships, isn’t it?!…

Whatever’s on your terrific Tuesday roster, cheers to one on one or in the pack….make it a good run!…

There will be days when I don’t know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.

…Easter Monday…

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Spring! How beautiful is the
Spring! How wonderful is the
Spring! How majestic is the
Spring! How fantastic is the
Spring! How tantalizing is the
Spring! How glorious is the
Spring! How melodious is the
Spring! How joyful is the
Spring! How breathtaking is the
Spring! How uplifting the
Spring! How happy is the
Spring! How magnificent is the
Spring! How colorful is the
Spring! How tasteful is the
Spring! How memorable was the
Spring! How flavorful is the
Spring! How aromic is the
Spring! How sweet is
Spring! How beautiful is the
Spring!

Alex Fischer

Cheers to a fine Spring Monday & all things new!…

…Good Friday…

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“In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree,
In cocoons a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free,
In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a Spring that waits to be,
There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody,
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me,
From the past will come the future,
What it holds a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.”

May the promises of Easter bring peace, hope, joy in all things new!

…kindness…

kindness A recent presentation at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners conference held in Vancouver shared this food for thought quotation about a habit of being!

How much more wonderful could our wonderful world be if all of us took the stance that we can never be too kind!

The news headlines of the day scream of so much hurt and suffering in our world and the crosses humanity bears…

As Maundy Thursday & Passover observances around the world lead into “Good Friday”, a time for observed reflection & a statutory holiday for many, let’s all simply find roots & wings to our own life story to:

…seek justice
…love kindness
…walk humbly

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. ~Author Unknown

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine she sees all day. ~adapt.quote in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. ~Frank Tyger

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Unknown

A kind word is like a Spring day. ~Russian Proverb

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~19th century rhyme used in primary schools

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches all we see!

…seeds…

poppypuppyGrey is the “shade of the decade” and “embodies the spirit of the post-boom era.”

So say the interior design experts and fashionistas of our day!…

Be it shop floors, apartment walls, or fine fashion, cheers to “functional & flattering” & “grey brings other more adventurous colours to life!”…

Will there be grey poupon in your today?

Be it mustard, grapes or pumpkin, ’tis the season of seeds that sings Springtime!

Grey skies and the short dark days of winter are bursting into sunshine and longer brighter days and germinating seeds! (unless you were in Toronto yesterday-snow!)

I think it was Robert Louis Stevenson who once said “don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”
Sage food for thought in the season of growth, new life & insights anew!

Someone once said “a seed is the kernel of what you are, and also the promise of what you can become!”
My first thought is yes yes, we can all see a fine example of that in Col. Harland Sanders & his KFC bucket!…

Perhaps you remember too, a childhood ditty that goes something like “thanks be for the things I need, the sun, the rain and the apple seed”…

A grandmother and lover of gardening once told me she thought our thoughts can be like seeds and she often wondered in her thinking, if she was planting weeds or flowers…

I remember thinking at the time, there was flower wisdom in that thought!

So much of life’s flourishing can be dependent on our attitudes and mindset.

Do we need to be more conscious about weeding out some of our judgmental condemning ways, our sometimes–the cup is half-empty thinking, and shake ourselves from the seeming scarcities and disonnances in a day?

Could our Springtime 2014 be quite different if we conscientiously live each day in a mindset of blossoming peace, abundance and love and in togetherness, try to sing more in harmony among the communities we so cherish?

Me thinks a young puppy can be a great visual to highlight some of these thoughts!

…and they call puppy…

Poppy

Cheers to a poppy seed muffin with your tea/coffee today! : )

…wind…

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Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.
Rosetti

Over and over I say to the south wind: come,
waken in me and warm me!
I have walked too long with a death’s chill in the air,
mourned over trees too long with branches bare.
Ice has a falsity for all its brightness
and so has need of your warm reprimand.
A curse be on the snow that lapsed from whiteness,
and all bleak days that paralyze my land.

I am saying all day to Love who wakens love:
rise in the south and come!
Hurry me into springtime; hustle the winter
out of my sight; make dumb
the north wind’s loud impertinence. Then plunge me
into my leafing and my blossoming,
and give me pasture, sweet and sudden pasture.
Where could the Shepherd bring
his flocks to graze? Where could they rest at noonday?
0 south wind, listen to the woe I sing!
One whom I love is asking for the summer from me,
who still am distances from spring.

(Jessica Powers, 1954;1984)

Cheers to a “may the wind be always at your back” kinda day!…

…of thrive & flourish…

spring3spring2spring1” ‘Over the hill’ officially begins at age 24, BC study finds”…”Universities have become factories for reinforcing opinions & prejudice”…”Are swears becoming so common they aren’t even profanity anymore?”…”Pope ignores prepared Palm Sunday homily, speaks off-the-cuff before posing for selfies”…

All in a day’s headlines!…

Apparently, “our ability to perceive, analyze and respond begins to abruptly decline around the age of 24″ according to an SFU study. If we find ourselves maintaining our skills “we should give ourselves a pat on the back” as in actuality we are “adapting throughout our lives to our changing abilities and are showing growth and development.”

Cheers to “if at first we don’t perceive–adapt, analyze & respond!!!”…

Speaking about resourcefulness, Western Canada’s largest HR & Management Conference gets underway at Vancouver’s convention centre tomorrow.

Cheers to “fresh ideas, innovative tools & new connections!”…

The seven days leading to Easter have begun! Holy week.

Traditions abound.
Rituals, prayers, church services, music.
Feasting, family gatherings, candy, games, hand painted eggs, chocolate, & the Easter bunny.

Whatever this week means for you & whatever your traditions, as we walk this week from Monday to Sunday, I think all of us can do so with much to be grateful for and looking forward in hope with many blessings for our future.

As the seasons, spring, summer, fall, winter come and go year after year, they bring with them beginnings and endings, joys and sorrows, certainties and uncertainties all bounded in companionship, family, one and other, in love.

Cheers to a week of hope and light!

Walk softly in Springtime and hear the grass sing!
…See the new flowers colours display,
Tell all the children of glad Easter day!

Sing gently in Springtime and join with the birds,
who warble their music, a song without words,
that floats through the air and that reaches the sky,
a message of love by & by…

Praise gladly in Springtime when earth seems to glow,
With new life and colour in all things that grow.

Cheers to ‘thanks be’ days ahead that sing thrive, flourish!…

…stand tall…

robertdavidson Great to hear from New Yorkers today about famed BC Haida Artist Robert Davidson’s current show opening April 12th at the NYC National Museum of the American Indian.

Cheers to “earth teach me” & “joy is a well made object, equalled only to the joy of making it”….

Not as bad as it could be news for Vancouver based CBC employees in that there will be just nine local jobs lost in the current cuts announced yesterday.
“We’re celebrating 30 years of progressive shrinkage. We (used to do) regional dramas, don’t do that. Network dramas, don’t do that. Current affairs, don’t do that. On and on it goes”, according to the CBC’s Vancouver archivist.

Does the size of national cuts spell opportunity for Canada’s media world??….
Cheers to “soul-destroying” for the moment springboarding to new beginnings, new ways, new media for the future!…”With glowing hearts, we’ll see thee rise!…..”

Cheers to all things Canadiana!!!…

“No matter where we spread our branches, our roots remain Canadian” – Unknown

Canadians have an abiding interest in surprising those Americans who have historically made little effort to learn about their neighbour to the North.
- Peter Jennings

There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.
- Sir Winston Churchill

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.
- Emily Carr

Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerful reality, expressed in a way that is not too state directed – something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure.
- Paul Kopas

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt and Spanish shoes, who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie… and then writes his Member of Parliament with a Japanese ballpoint pen on French paper, demanding that he do something about foreigners taking away our Canadian jobs.
- Anonymous

The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off it’s own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees.
- June Callwood

Great Friday!! Super weekend!!

Stand tall.

…of light & dim…

cbcToday will see Canada’s beloved CBC public broadcaster announcing plans for the future after losing significant revenues from the National Hockey League as well as federal government funding cuts.

All good wishes to those facing challenging times of cuts, revamps and new directions!…

A bright spot shines on the 1st annual Yum Cha! Dim Sum Festival that will take place in Toronto this Sunday with “feature interpretations on traditional Cantonese cuisine by high profile Canadian chefs.”

Closer to Vancouver and looking for dim sum adventures, one need only head to Richmond where you’ll find no shortage of specialties of the house! Indulge! Enjoy!

An oxymoron sounding cheer sings—Light up your tastebuds—dim sum!!….

How often have we heard that saying “there’s light at the end of the tunnel” when facing challenging times or situations?…..”When a door closes another one opens”…..”Opportunity knocks”…..

All of these phrases speak of new life…springtime! “In the bulb, there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free!”

The forces of nature can be a reminder to us all that after times of heavy clouds and rain, eventually there will always be sunshine!

Sometimes we need to look for it or see it in fresh, untried, unfamiliar ways!

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Opportunity is a bird that never perches. ~Claude McDonald

It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips

As you seek new opportunity, keep in mind that the sun does not usually reappear on the horizon where last seen. ~Robert Brault

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”
John Burroughs

Cheers to a seize the day kinda day!

Illuminating! Radiating! Twinkling!

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