…of you!…

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“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…

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“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!

…breathe!…

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“Canada’s first Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Wants to Give Guests A Unique Experience from the Moment They Check In”…

That’s Vancouver’s Pender Street, Sqwachays (pronounced Skwatch-eyes) Lodge, 18 suites each uniquely designed by a team of aboriginal artists & designers and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society.

The hotel’s official opening was yesterday and it will “see profits support indigenous artists who live in 24 other suites in the building. The artists are given studio space at the lodge, where they produce carvings and other artwork sold in the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery on the main floor.”

Restaurant features are planned to soon include such delicacies as wild smoked salmon dip with bannock chips, candied salmon, and mushroom duck salad.

Kudos & cheers to concept & community!–may they both flourish!

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I may not have seen the Buffalo roam.
I may not have seen the Eagle fly.
But deep inside my soul the Great
One planted a seed to grow.
Oh how I wish I had been able to roam like the Buffalo and fly like the Eagle so
High
So I may too, touch the mountain tops that reach for the sky.
Just as I see all people here today.
All of different Shades and Creeds
Not one Person, but all People have added color to my eyes so that I too may See.
So glorious is every day, that we all have another day to Breathe.
Cheri Jubinville

Fine Friday & October weekend sings—earth, sky, water, wind—breathe!

…of ‘how to’ & ‘wonder-full’ delight…

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“How to Bake the Perfect Flourless Chocolate Cake”…”How to Keep Your Brain Healthy”…

Yes, yes, that’s right. the “chocolate nemesis cake is gluten-free & good-to-go!…creamy, yet fluffy…chocolate, eggs, sugar, butter or cream & voila!…

Apparently cutting-edge neuroscience has some practical tips about “how to pass exams, remember names, & find where the hell you left your car in a crowded car park.”

“Use it or lose it” suggests that there’s no downside to sudoku, crosswords, reading, & walks and talks.” Keep the blood flowing with exercise & eating healthy will reduce neurotoxins.

Wonder if that all fits with how Grandma always used to say “eat your sardines”!?!!…

We certainly live in a society full of ‘how to’s’…

How much of that has changed through the centuries?, I wonder.

Before the proliferation of guide books & instruction manuals, were folks more on a voyage of personal discovery rather than following someone else’s recipes for this n’ that?

Is a mentality of follow the leader, limiting?…

Lead and they shall follow….should that be our way?…

No answers for today…

Cheers to a “how now brown cow” kinda Thursday.

May your vowel sounds be perfectly rounded & the “what’s next?” on your agenda give you nothing but ‘wonder-full’ delight!!!

Have your cake & eat it too!…

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…of perspective…

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…”Stocks plunge as cracks begin to show in Canada’s energy sector”…”Listen up parents: Gen Y’s financial problems will cost you”…”Hockey Night in Canada: How CBC lost it all”…

All in a day’s headlines that flash—caution! concern! calamity!

Something about deteriorating conditions and their debilitating effect on demand for Canada’s energy and other resources…

Something about parents working extra hours, dipping into their retirement savings and remortgaging their homes to help out adult children. “The ‘poor young people’ narrative has no traction, it seems. Maybe switching to ‘poor parents’ will change that,” some say…

Something about a cash-strapped broadcaster losing a “Canadian institution it held for 62 years because it could not hope to match the money Rogers threw at the NHL. The only revenue the CBC will get now is from renting its studios, some offices and providing staff to the conquerors”…

And so it goes…our world of woes…

Perspective! Perspective! Perspective!

Amid tribulations & adversity, we need to accentuate the positive of our many blessings too!

There is much in life that is full of wonder & brings joys & happiness!

What will grab your attention with awe & wonder today?…

Will a simple gesture be a blessing to you on a rainy Wednesday?…

When all is said & done, cheers to gratitude with the setting of the sun!…

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. ~Charles Simic

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. ~Bill Vaughan

Is the glass half empty, half full, or twice as large as it needs to be? ~Author Unknown

The bat hanging upside down laughs at the topsy-turvy world. ~Japanese Proverb

…of fruit & the loom…& a good apple!…

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“Building a Better Apple: Move over McIntosh, the new SweeTango is the future of the fruit”…”How I Overcame My Fear of Spiders”…

Apparently the ‘SweeTango’ is “a truly better apple that gives people a truly memorable experience!—explosively crisp with a real apple taste!”

Cheers to the “crunchy taste of progress!”….the mantra of those behind its development.

My ‘spys’ tell me the ‘gala’ still continues for lovers of ‘GrannySmith’ & ‘McIntosh’ as nostalgia sings there’s room for multi core-values!

Deeeelicious!

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Terrified by creepy-crawlies?…Overcoming your fear?…I’ll just leave it to–see details on the web! :)

…oh what a tangled web they weave!…

As we springboard from a ‘thanksgiving’ long weekend & thoughts of the blessings in our lives, we realize too, that there are always going to be some uncertainties that loom in the days ahead.

Life’s just like that…

At the same time we can focus, I think, on some of the ‘fabric’ of our lives that weaves a strong sense of community together, buoying each one of us in our day to day living.

For family, for colleagues, for friends, for common interest groups, for nurturing our nation…

For community!

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings—“neck of the woods,” “stomping ground”, and smiles–“you’re a good apple!”

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….of Emily & gratitude…

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Fun to note that London UK’s Dulwich Picture Gallery will mount an Emily Carr exhibition of works curated as –“From The Forest to the Sea” that will run Nov 1-March 8th.

“The exhibition will trace a dramatic trajectory from darkness to light, by one of Canada’s most beloved and esteemed artists, virtually unknown outside Canada.”

Much of the exhibition will come from Victoria’s Royal BC Museum and a one day symposium by Emily Carr scholars will take place Oct 31st, before the official opening.

Cheers to BC artworks among the Rembrandts & the Rubens!

#TGIF smiles the beginning of Canada’s Thanksgiving Long Weekend.

A chance for many to take pause in busy lives & together with family & friends give thanks for life’s abundance.

How often do we take for granted the little things that perhaps most deserve our gratitude?

Cheers to a grateful heart today, this weekend & always!!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. –Melody Beattie

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…of promises, fog & walkies…

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…”Promises promises promises–main Vancouver parties ramp up their civic election campaigns”…”Iconic Gastown Steamclock Taken Away For Repairs”…”Fog clouds keep lunar eclipse ‘blood moon’ hidden in Vancouver”…

That’s right, the tourist magnet that’s the Gastown steamclock has been temporarily taken away for repairs.

No crowds gathering to hear the Westminster chimes whistle for awhile and photos at the empty corner will be mostly selfies while it’s refurbished and made as good as new in hopefully a timely manner!

It seems ‘free’ beginner swimming lessons for kids and ‘free’ Sunday parking outside the downtown core are just some of the goodies proposed in the campaigning for power at City Hall where the main civic issue is turning out to be affordable housing in all its complexity.

Neighbourhoods and community–let’s keep Vancouver strong & vibrant in all its diversity!

The Vancouver Sun has dubbed the past few days as “Fog-tober” in our fair city!

Fantastic photos abound of “hauntingly beautiful” scenes around town!

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As Thursday’s the prelude to tomorrow’s start of our Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, remember the words of American writer Carl Sandberg:

“The fog comes/ on little cat feet./ It sits looking over/ harbor & city/ on silent haunches/ and then moves on.”

Cheers to a seize the day type of Thursday—

—whatever your hesitations—get on with it!!

And a Thursday chuckle—seems two best friends are readying to dress up as their Grandmas for Hallowe’en!!

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“Walkies!”

…of choices & right…

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“Parliament votes to join US-led combat mission in Iraq”…”Chinese envoy questions Canada’s position on Hong Kong”…”The long & short on the stunning drop in oil prices”…

A few of the headlines of the day that beg more questions than answers!

Seems to be commonly the way!

How often do we hear it?–“the right thing to do is not always easy” or “the easiest thing to do is not always the right thing.”

Those graced with leadership positions, wrestle with decisions about “right” every day, not unlike each and everyone blessed with the task of everyday living!

Sometimes it can be as clear as black or white and at other times muddied by many factors that make it a weighing of pros & cons to determine best for the moment and hopefully also in the long wrong.

It’s been said by some that when you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.

Others acknowledge that choices can be “the hinges of destiny”.

Much has been written over the centuries about “right” thinking & “right” speech & “right” action.

Of course we know that “right” for some, may not be “right” for others.

Don’t ask me to walk across a narrow balance beam in front of hundreds of attentive eyes—it’s just NOT right!!!!!

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday of thinking, speaking & action that sings right for you & in the wisdom of it may you find a comfortable equilibrium!

Steady now.

Poised.

Cool.