…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…

wind

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!

Star

…of salut, hippity-hop & fine finnish…

belugasAlors, the demand for French immersion public school programs in the Lower Mainland has increased 43% since 2003 and the consequent requirements for French teachers is being met with those who can, won’t relocate here. Cost of housing, a major factor.

Take note young folks: needs & demands in French immersion sing salut to opportunity!….
As Vancouver’s beloved Aquarium is undergoing a $100 million facelift, a referendum could be in the cards this fall on whether whales and dolphins should continue to be kept in captivity. The aquarium says “the cetaceans inspire and inform the public and are treated very well.”

Regardless where that all goes it’s bound to make a splash in some headlines!….

I’ve never quite understood how candy and chocolate has become associated with Easter, but a media report today shouts “Easter candy is dandy. But Easter paired with booze? Now that’s something to put a spring in your step!”
Wine and chocolate can be a tricky pairing they say, but wine and fruity jelly beans, “that can work.”….Hollow chocolate eggs work best with a hippity-hot spicy cocktail avec beacoup de vodka….

Oh la la!….

In the spirit(s) of “99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall, there’d be 98 bottles of beer on the wall”…..that old, too familiar car/bus riding, camping song that never ends…..today, marks the 99th day of the year & this April 9, also the 9th anniversary of the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles & Camilla!

How time flies!….

Alors—how to bring today’s blog to an end??!!….

Ffffffinally— it’s the Day of the Finnish Language!!…..that’s right, in Finland! There’s much that’s being celebrated!!

Cheers to a day of “joo” “terve!” & “kiitos”…..yes! hello! thank you!….

From start to fine Finnish!….

…tweet tweet…

birdsketchspringsunbloomsHockey fans of Vancouver wake up with some disappointment today knowing that for the first time in six years their beloved Canucks have been eliminated from the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs after “an ugly loss” to the Anaheim Ducks.

Speculation abounds about coaching and management for next season!
Cheers to in the analysis of what went right & wrong—be a good sport!…

Today also marks the end of an era for Windows XP. No more updates. No more Microsoft support. Opening up new windows on the world some might say!…

It’s also, believe it or not, “International Draw A Bird Day”

Cheers to a Tuesday muse that sings tweet tweet!….

http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-a-Bird

…of net & net…

Cheers to World Health Day, Women’s Day (Mozambique), Genocide Memorial Day (Rwanda), Day of Maternity & Beauty (Armenia), & International Bird Migration Day (Costa Rica)!…

This year’s World Health Day theme is “vector borne diseases”, meaning those that result from mosquitoes, flies, ticks & bugs! Some might say there is a wealth of info about them on the net & much that is preventable with the use of various forms of net!

May awareness net prevention & costs of wellness = net benefits!

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
-Charlotte Bronte

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
-Jacques Yves Cousteau

When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.
-Mark Victor Hansen

Cheers to a 1st rate 1st Monday in April where you mind your netiquette and are the nettiest of networkers!

Bug free! Great catch! Nice volley!