…of sport & time & direction…

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As the google doodle honours flatmap maker/cartographer & mathematician, Gerardus Mercator, we are reminded that it’s another new day of inifinite possibilities that can all add up to new directions!…

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…”Restaurants starting to cater to an older crowd that wants a hip vibe–with less noise”…”Rink rage witnessed by most Canadians who have attended youth hockey games: poll”…”What business can learn from the National Ballet of Canada”…

Something about ‘selective acoustics’ is the new rage in consultations to have your restaurant performing at its best for wining & dining & profitability!…

A recent poll reveals 59% of those attending kids hockey games have witnessed inappropriate behaviour directed against a referee & 49% have seen berating of the kids on the ice too.
Seems it’s a serious issue, not only on the hockey rink but all too many parents often seem on edge at the soccer fields also from my own observations over the years.

Folks we need to chill & remember it’s sport!….learning & skill yes, but first & foremost, let’s just enjoy the game!

From the ice rink to the dance floor, wisdom abounds. The simplest of turns can just say to the entrepreneur in everyone—in your ‘managing’–“not only seek out the best talent but also institute policies that maximize performance!”

So there you have it for a Thursday in March that beckons a weekend where the times
they are a changin’!!

Yes, that’s right–spring forward Saturday night by putting your clocks ahead one hour!

Cheers to a Thursday that smiles—what a wonderful game, this game of life!

Performance maximized & colleagues–the best of talent!

A nickel for your thoughts?!, what’s that?!….let’s just say–your daylight savings!

Carpe diem!…with smiles to the max!

It’s the time of your life!

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…of challenge…

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…”Metro Vancouver spring forecast is for warmer, drier than usual weather”…”Many Vancouver kindergarten parents scrambling for school space”…”Chinatown residents ask city for development permit moratorium”…

All in a day’s metro Vancouver headlines “where the average price of a home has cracked seven figures and has reached $ 1,026,000. CDN!!!

Apparently Vancouver’s February temperatures averaged 3.5 degrees Celsius higher than normal, and that trend is expected to continue again in April and May after a return to more seasonal temperatures for this month of March. Below normal precipitation and winter snow pack raises fire hazard concerns for the summer season…

Cheers to “while BC basks in the glow of spring, the rest of Canada may be stuck in a frigid embrace for a while longer.” (So sorry…) :-)

It seems many “specialty programs & neighbourhood schools have more students than spots.”…another challenge for the already well challenged Vancouver School Board….

Concerns for the changing face of Chinatown & new developments that threaten stable affordable housing for all and especially seniors, came to the forefront at City Hall yesterday. Sadly, for those concerned, seemingly their pleas fell on deaf ears as the Mayor indicated the city would carry on with new development plans…

So….

…whatever’s on your roster for a 1st rate 1st Wednesday of March
…as the sun rises on all you need to do…
…may you rise to the challenges for a fine day!!

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…of random Tuesday thoughts…

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Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it. ~Toni Morrison

Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. ~Elbert Hubbard

Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African Proverb

There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day. ~Alexander Woollcott

Nature gave people two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then one’s success or failure has been dependent on the one used most. ~George R. Kirkpatrick

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. ~Robert Frost

The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. ~Ramakrishna

Cheers to a ‘may the wind be always at your back’ kinda day!!!

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…of a March Monday morning…

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…”Freaky Frigid February: How last month set cold weather records”…”Live long & prosper!”…”Huge Canadian classic car collection heads to China”…

All on a March Monday morning!…a ‘Read Across America Day’ honouring Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

Then our mother came in
And she said to us two,
“Did you have any fun?
Tell me. What did you do?”

And Sally and I did not
know what to say.
Should we tell her
The things that went on
there that day?

Well… what would YOU do
If your mother asked you?

Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have
to know how.

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Cheers to a “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you” kinda day!!

…of out with February, in with March…

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Out with February, in with March smiles SPRINGTIME!!!

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

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey

Fine Final February Friday sings—-FINESSE!!! Great weekend all!

A painter, who lived in Great Britain,
Interrupted two girls with their knittin’
He said, with a sigh,
“That park bench–well I
Just painted it, right where you’re sittin’

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…of hmmm & thirst…

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…”In many Canadian cities unsold condos are stacking up”…”South Korea legalizes adultery”…”Call for ban on selling addictive energy drinks to children”…”Three quarters of supermarket chickens carry food poisoning bug”…

All in a day’s headlines can have one thinking…..hmmmm…

Apparently, those cities are Winnipeg, Montreal & Moncton, not Vancouver or Toronto…

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015 is under full swing or should that be swig, at the Convention Centre with this year’s theme celebrating in particular wines from down under, Australia.

Salut to all participants for ‘the glass is half full’ kinda days now & thru the weekend!

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Thirsty Thursday cheers!!

…of metamorphosis…

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One doesn’t need to read many headlines or have the television news on very long before they start thinking how could things be different in our world?

What path are we going down?
Are we in the midst of a great ‘train wreck’?
Has it always been this way or is it just that life’s negatives get put in front of us from all directions?

I sometimes cringe at the stuff our news anchors need to read off the teleprompter, one story after the next without much to feel good about.

We read it, see it, hear it and in our own rudimentary ways, with a swift ‘alrighty then’ carry on with our day and our own immediate stresses and obligations and commitments.

Springtime!

It’s certainly evident in a big way in Vancouver at this moment. A great metamorphosis of nature all around us, blossoming, new growth, & blooms.

As the hours of daylight lengthen & sunny skies prevail, what might be something you can do to transform any negativity in your midst into positive and new light and life?

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that sings—shifting gears, switching it up, transformation–sensational!!

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….of manners…

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“The technology that keeps us constantly connected is changing the way we think about etiquette”…”

…instant reply expectations, constant interruptions, less face to face eye contact, all part of the mix, they say…

If you were born after 1980, many former social graces are long but forgotten or are of the “olden days”…

And so it goes…

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Good manners: The noise you don’t make when you’re eating soup. ~Bennett Cerf

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting. ~French Proverb

Many who would not take the last cookie would take the last lifeboat. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Good manners can replace morals. It may be years before anyone knows if what you are doing is right. But if what you are doing is nice, it will be immediately evident. ~P.J. O’Rourke

Terrific Tuesday with all manner of things!

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…seems…

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…”Has the glory of the Oscars come to an end?”…”With cheap oil can automakers afford to go green?”…”Will the launch of the Apple Watch spark the next app goldrush?”…

A few of life’s media queries for a final Monday in February…

Seems the show has become “a bit of a tiresome old bird” according to some of the pundits…

Seems there’s little incentive for building fuel-efficient cars…

Seems a bunch of app developers are ready to pounce…

And so it seems!…

Cheers to a marvelous Monday that has you in stitches but holding it together at all the ‘seems’ !!!

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. – William Plomer

Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in awhile there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life. – Ralph Ransom

Yearning for the seemingly impossible is the path to human progress. – Bryant H. McGill

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…of focus! focus! focus!…

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…”Lunar New Year events continue throughout the weekend: Celebrate your inner yang”…”Doctor’s Rx for Winter: Take two islands and call me in the morning”…”Who Should Win & Who Will Win at Sunday’s 2015 Oscars”…

Goat, sheep or ram—weekend events include Sunday’s Chinatown Annual New Year Parade, “Celebration Central” at Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre, & LunarFest at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.

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As British Columbia revels in early spring like weather, other parts of the country are in the midst of full on winter freeze & snow & cold. Might a weekend getaway be their prescription for dealing with the cold?!…

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Oh yes, it’s Academy Awards weekend again. Sunday the day of speeches & fashion & monologues & pundit verbiage.

It’s usually under an hour before I think to myself, enough already & the channel surfing begins.

Will the program get your attention? Will there be appys & libations & secret ballot voting with friends/family in your household?

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Whatever your lineup for a fine February Friday and weekend might be, cheers to warmth & comforts, familiar & new, and your undivided attention!!

Focus! Focus! Focus! shouts—good times!!!

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