…of modular, knowledge, & pumpkins…


…”Vancouver looks at modular housing industry to boost slim rental stock”…”Gigantic $3 million stained glass window charts history of knowledge”…”

Interesting to note that in the quest for more social housing stock as the cold days of winter approach, the City of Vancouver is looking at the construction of a modular home project on city lands at Terminal Avenue and Main Street.  “Every part of the home — including the foundation — can be transported from site to site. That is key, because staff are testing the idea of hosting modular homes for short stretches of time on unused land awaiting redevelopment.”

Interesting to note that a bunch of stained glass panels depicting the history of knowledge are currently on display in London, UK’s Glazier’s Hall before being installed at Utah Valley University in the USA as part of 75th anniversary celebrations.

Pumpkin Head

We bought a pumpkin big and round
that lived the summer through
without an eye to look at things …
and now it looks through two.

It used to be all dark inside
when growing on the vine,
but now it has a toothy smile
and face that’s full of shine. – Aileen Fisher

Whatever life’s little annoyances for you might be for this final Wednesday of October, remember always what the one jack-o-lantern said to the other jack-o-lantern—– “Cut it out!”





…of loonies, runways & shepherd’s pie…




….”Loonie worth 10% more under Clinton presidency:study”…”Donald Trump banks on short spurts of self-control between rants”…”Britain gives green light for new $22 billion runway at Heathrow”…”Think ahead with mini-shepherd’s pies”…

And so the headlines continue as the US Election winds down or up to a decisive divisive conclusion. What think ye about the future of the US of A, eh?!….

Speaking about transporting one to another ‘realm’, it’s interesting to note that the UK has given the green light to a new runway at Heathrow, much to the chagrin of powers that be that were hoping for Gatwick expansions.  Incredible to read this is a decision that’s been 25 years in the making & that it’s the “first new runway around London in 70 years”, apparently poised to ” to boost global trade links following the vote to leave the European Union.”

As terrific as autumn Tuesdays can often be, amidst the chill and the dampness of rains & winds, there’s nothing that quite sings ‘comfort food’ like shepherd’s pie!

Cheers to a fine day of comfort & delight!




…of microbiology, stethoscopes & this ‘n’ that…




As the ‘Father of Microbiology’,  Anton von Leeuwenhoek, gets some google recognition with today’s google doodle, one could quip—-“What did the male bacteria say to the female bacteria?  Who needs biology when we have chemistry!”


…”On the 200th anniversary of its invention, the stethoscope may be on its last lub-dub”…”BREXIT: Scotland, Wales & Ireland to get ‘direct line’ on strategy”…”Leading doctors list dozens of procedures that have no benefit”…”Vancouver eyes dikes, even a sea gate to handle rising ocean levels”…

SOMETHING ABOUT…being “squeezed out by upstart, miniaturized, palm-sized ultrasound devices that allow doctors to instantly visualize the heart’s structure and function.”

So go a bunch of the other day’s headlines that seem to indicate that communication, knowledge sharing, follow up and action are key if all that is to be, is to be efficient and effective!

Cheers to a fine Monday that never skips a beat!







…of ‘an apple a day’…


We’ve all heard it before: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!”….

Apparently, researchers of the origins of such phrases have concluded that this phrase comes from Wales circa 1860 and “the original wording of the saying was ‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread’.”

So in an annual celebration of apples & orchards celebrated in the UK since 1990, today, the famed and resplendent Covent Garden will feature “obscure apple varieties for sale, apple carving, apple peeling contests and a singing club.”

It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable. ~Edward Bunyard

Apple-tree, apple-tree, crowned with delight,
Give me your fruit for a pie if you will;—
Crusty I’ll make it, and juicy and light!—
Give me your treasure to mate with my skill!
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, “September,” A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina’s Best Recipes, 1917

An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach. ~George du Maurier

At lunch time in the cafeteria there was a pile of apples on a tray, and the teacher put a note: take only one, remember, God is watching. A little bit further down the line there was a pile of cookies, and a child had put a note on it: take as many as you want, God is watching the apples.

Cheers to Fine Friday & weekend that sings—turnover!  juice!  crumble!  pie! 

May smiles & song be YOUR ‘correlation’ !!






…decisions decisions decisions & devotion…


…”Trump refuses to admit to accepting election result”…”Donald Trump’s crazy, calculated debate gamble”…”From Clinton, a more aggressive and impassioned debate performance”…”Surprising amount of policy in final face-off”…”Debate highlighted the madness of Trump’s ideas”…

So go the headlines about last night’s final tv debate showdown in the USA election!

...”Vancouver Canucks fans jump in to finish national anthems after singer’s mic cuts out”…


Cheers to the fans that finished the Star Spangled Banner & then broke into a collective patriotic rendition of O Canada as the microphone technical difficulties for popular singer Jim Byrne’s microphone!

Whatever’s on the agenda for your October 20th, International Spirit Day, World Osteoporosis Day, & World Statistics Day, may it all add up to a decidedly resolute day of intestinal fortitude that sings—carrying on with zippy zappy zesty enthusiasm!

Decidedly devoted day!





…of ‘Queen & country, eh!’…




…”Not heard the one about the Queen: why don’t comedians criticize the monarchy?”…”MEMO TO TRUMP: Losing is part of the price of being in the game”…”Butternut squash and crisp apples come together for decidedly Canadian autumn salad”…

SOMETHING ABOUT“if it’s the job of standups to hold institutions to account – laugh by laugh – so why aren’t more of them laying bare the anachronistic daftness of the royal family?”

Cheers to ‘ever so’ cheeky!…..‘The Queen is not amused!’

SOMETHING ABOUT“being a loser offers a deep moral lesson: All games matter, but not everything that matters is a game”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“pan-fried butternut squash, crisp Granny Smith apples, & toasted hazelnuts garnished with some mint leaves”

Cheers to a decidedly flavourful Wednesday that sings–SENSATIONAL, eh!!!

…of predictions, bosses, & hotel chains…


…”How well did the pop culture of the past predict things?”….”What to do if you have a difficult boss?”…”Fashion designer to open hotel chain”…

All in a day’s headlines that provoke some thought about George Orwell’s 1984, or the movie Back to the Future or say, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Cheers to the driver-less car, lest there yet be flying cars!

What makes for a difficult boss, one wonders?……irrational, insecure, over demanding, perhaps?….

The article expounds on ‘keeping records, being calm and direct, staying professional, speaking to your HR or legal team, going with their decisions even if you disagree, & keeping your options open……

Communication is the key, so speak up!, be collegial! Stand up for what you believe to be right!  With good two way communication, regardless or in-spite of egos, ‘difficult’ can become manageable & with great internal communications and mutual respect,—good managing.

One could quip, fashion designer opening hotel chain, will it be fashionable?!?!…

Cheers to 2018 openings in the gambling mecca of Macau China by fashion house icon Karl Lagerfeld, now age 83.

May your October Tuesday sing—TERRFIC!!!







…of ‘To Autumn’…


To AutumnJohn Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;

Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,

Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across a brook;

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,

Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,

And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;

Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn

Among the river sallows, borne aloft

Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;

And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft

The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


Cheers to a fine autumn Monday!




….of ‘tower’ , ‘hurrah’, & ‘masses’…


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…”Opening of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver delayed until 2017″…”Vancouver home price surge likely the ‘final hurrah’: Royal LePage”…”15 couples ready for Vancouver’s largest-ever mass wedding”… Construction delays seem to be the main reason by all reports, however … Continue reading

….of ‘wealth’, commonwealth & health…


….”Rich lists: World’s billionaires lose $ 347 million CDN each as global economy struggles”….”Commonweath: What is it?”…”Health accords must address growing mental health crisis worldwide”…

UBS & PwC report that although the world’s billionaire population has risen 41% in the last year, the total wealth of the ‘billionaire group’ has fallen as worldwide economic growth is stalling.  Apparently, China has the fastest growth rate for new billionaires (3 per day) while Europe’s billionaires are “the most resilient“….

Interesting to note that those known as “Commonwealth” countries include 53 nations, “that are mostly territories of the former British Empire”.  Apparently the Queen is monarch of only 16 “of those member nations, known as Commonwealth realms, while 32 members are republics and five are monarchies with a different monarch”….

We live in a stressful world & it seems mental health issues pose increasingly more challenges for policing, health care, & general governance among a growing number of nations.

Cheers to wise & pragmatic decisions, where money alone to supposedly solve problems is too often NOT the answer.

Whatever’s on your Thursday agenda may the commentary sing—thinking, thrilling, thriving!!!….

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? ~Winnie the Pooh