…of ‘Black Friday’,’waiting’, & begin it now!…


‘Tis the Season of ‘shopping’ & “Come Thou Long Expected…..”

That’s right, friends in NewYorkCity yesterday were telling me that at 8pm after finishing their Thanksgiving feasting, some invitees were heading out early to line up for Black Friday deals!!

Is there any ‘good deal’ you want so badly that you’d line up overnight to just
get a chance at a prime purchase of a coveted item?!…

No thank you would be my swift reaction!

‘To each his own’ the still small voice of ‘keep an open mind’ whispers on…

So here we are with the Advent Season once again upon us!

How swiftly the year seems to have flown by!

World events have too often been shocking & troubling!

Cynics among us can so easily, in our desensitized state, roll our eyes & think what’s next?!…

“whatever”, “oh well”, “not in my backyard”

As the Christian season of Advent begins this coming Sunday with Advent I, I’d like to gently suggest to all, no matter what faith tradition or beliefs or factors set your compass, to give some thought to how one can be more loving, see hope growing, find joy blooming, & feel peace illuminating our world.

Begin it now!

Cheers to a fine Friday & FestiveSeason that sings–ADVENTure in peace hope joy & love!


…of java & caffeine & ‘Merka’ Thanksgiving…


…”Is coffee harmful or helpful to your health? It may depend on the person”…

Apparently, it’s been discovered that genetics cause food & drink to affect us differently. Genetic dispositions, a reason why one’s body processes caffeine either quickly or slowly.

Slow ‘metabolizer’ or not, it seems common sense can play a big part in the harmful or helpful equation. “Some people can sleep after a cup of coffee; others are up all night long. There are people who feel nervous, suffer insomnia and even have tremor after one cup, attesting to a direct effect of caffeine on the brain.”

Cheers to everything in moderation! A bit surprising to me, that studies considered 3-5 cups per day as ‘moderate range consumption’. How much coffee do you drink on a typical day?….
Anything more than 3 seems beyond moderate to moi….

A new slang expression to me, discovered earlier this week–‘Merka’….apparently pronounced ‘Mrrh-kuh’ & meaning ‘Merica’ as in US of A, United States of America,….God Bless America!

Friends and relatives to the south of the 49th parallel traditionally choose today, the last Thursday of November to celebrate early pilgrims and the harvest and the abundance that is their land and nation!

Blessings to all on this Thanksgiving day!

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

If there’s turkey on your menu may you sing—‘gobble gobble’ & perhaps ‘bye bye american pie!’….Fine day y’all !!…



…of ‘November’…


I cannot but remember
When the year grows old—
How she disliked the cold!

She used to watch the swallows
Go down across the sky,
And turn from the window
With a little sharp sigh.

And often when the brown leaves
Were brittle on the ground,
And the wind in the chimney
Made a melancholy sound,

She had a look about her
That I wish I could forget—
The look of a scared thing
Sitting in a net!

Oh, beautiful at nightfall
The soft spitting snow!
And beautiful the bare boughs
Rubbing to and fro!

But the roaring of the fire,
And the warmth of fur,
And the boiling of the kettle
Were beautiful to her!

I cannot but remember
When the year grows old —
October — November —
How she disliked the cold!

-Edna St. Vincent Millay


Cheers to a heartwarming day!!!

…of ‘bridges’, ‘hopes’, & ‘dreams’…


We build too many walls and not enough bridges” once said Sir Isaac Newton.

Others have said:

I like to see myself as a bridge builder, that is me building bridges between people, between races, between cultures, between politics, trying to find common ground.

I demolish my bridges behind me – then there is no choice but forward.

Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.

One is struck in the study of saints, angels and gods by a pattern that seems quaint and harmless. Yet, it is so common that I know there must be a deeper meaning. There always seem to be guardians and spirits of doors, bridges, exits and entranceways.

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us.

I am convinced that music, like philanthropy, bridges hope.

Tuneful Tuesdays sing—HOPE!

Cheers to a happenin’ kinda day!!!

…’of morning’…


The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible. ~Jean Kerr, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, 1957

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning — and the younger generation doesn’t think much of it either. ~John J. Welsh

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux

There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock. ~Author Unknown

The Dawn is a wild, fair woman,
With sunrise in her hair;
Look where she stands, with pleading hands,
To lure me there.
~Robert Loveman, c.1901

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious. ~William Feather

I don’t think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups. ~Rita Rudner

Cheers to a fine morning & marvellous Monday!

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….of ‘rain’…


…”How to use an umbrella without being a public safety menace”…

Indeed it’s been said that “when it rains, especially in cities, many people carrying umbrellas become walking eye poking hazards.”
“A modicum of effort and awareness of one’s own surroundings” will keep everyone safe, according to a journalist who felt compelled “to write seemingly ridiculous articles giving instructions for the use of common handheld tools designed to make our lives more comfortable.”

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. ~Carl Reiner

The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. ~Patrick Young

Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain. This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you’d just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency. ~Susan Allen Toth, England For All Seasons

Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the whether,
Whether we like it or not
~Author Unknown

Cheers to a fine Friday & weekend and remember if or when ‘the-going-gets-tough’ there’s ALWAYS ‘sunshine’ after ‘rain’!


…of ‘carry on’…




…”Hollande promises France will remain a country of freedom”…”Trudeau’s reputation as ‘hottie’ unlikely to harm him”…”Weak loonie changes holiday plans of sun seekers”…”USA nervously watches Canada’s massive refugee plan”…

All in a day’s headlines at Canada’s ‘The Star‘ largest newspaper daily….

SOMETHING ABOUT fears of the Canadian border, a gateway for terror…

SOMETHING ABOUT Canadians not giving up their trips south but some are going for a shorter time or staying at all-inclusive resorts…

SOMETHING ABOUT “the image mavens in the Prime Minister’s Office must be over the moon these days. It seems people near and far simply can’t get enough of new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Just two weeks in office and globetrotting on his world debut, the country’s famously well-coiffed prime minister seems to be everywhere.
He is reportedly appearing in a forthcoming spread in Vogue magazine, a publication that has already hailed him as “Canada’s Feminist Prime Minister.”
He has prompted a #ThanksTrudeau hashtag in which people blame him, tongue in cheek, for everything from broken fingernails to ketchupless french fries.”

SOMETHING ABOUT promising France will remain a country of freedom and has a duty to welcome refugees. “Life should resume fully,” said Hollande. “What would France be without its museums, without its terraces, its concerts, its sports competitions? France should remain as it is. Our duty is to carry on our lives.”

Cheers to a Thursday that sings–THRIVE & an unending chorus that crescendos–CARRY ON!!!

‘LOVE’ for our world. Carry on!


…of ‘laughter’ ‘tears’ & ‘fears’…


…”So what if you never get married?”…”Adele: ‘I don’t let body image issues rule my life'”…”We must get men to talk”…”Free Big Macs for life: only if you’re a billionaire”…”South Africa: Why students have turned on their parents’ generation”…”The sight of a reporter expressing emotion is a sign of the times”…

All in a day’s headlines & one more—“Where is the fastest growing city in the world?”…

Apparently, pictured above, is the planet’s “fastest growing metropolis in the world–Batam, Indonesia.”

Cheers to a Wednesday where community, compassion, & considerate can be the song for everyone!



…of ‘study’…


Hypothetically speaking smiles cheers to a wise & wonderful Tuesday!
How you go about it, is anybody’s educated guess….

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students. ~John Ciardi

Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates. ~Abbott Lawrence Lowell

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one’s mind a pleasant place in which to spend one’s leisure. ~Sydney J. Harris

Noone should escape our universities without knowing how little one knows. ~J. Robert Oppenheimer

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~George Santayana

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. ~Mary Wilson Little

Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. ~Bertolt Brecht


Tuesday salut sings–consider, inspect, research, review, compare, ruminate, scrutinize & muse!

…of ‘mug up’, ‘stack up’, & ‘stuffed up’…



…”Tim Hortons’ cost-cutting efforts could dispose of porcelain mugs”…” ‘Armchair woodchoppers ‘ make DiY timber guide surprise bestseller”…”Everything you need to know about colds (but were too stuffed up to ask)”…

If it ain’t Starbucks and their ‘seasonal cups’ that are in the news, then it’s gotta be Tim’s, where the ever-increasing politically-correct or cost-cutting measures meet the minds of management.

As sure as the rains in Vancouver folks, when it comes to coffee, let’s just, in-a-sustainable-stance sing–pour on!

A fun headline in the UK media expounds “A practical guide to chopping, stacking and burning wood the Norwegian way, detailing everything from the drying time of a birch tree felled in winter to the correct sharpening of a chainsaw, has caught the imagination of British readers and is setting bestseller lists on fire.”

Apparently the ‘common cold’ accounts for 27 million days off work a year in the UK alone, not to mention, the multi-millions it must be for around the world!

The fact of the matter seems to be “colds aren’t dangerous to most people, but they can be very unpleasant even though they last only a few days. Unfortunately, you can’t do much about them.”

So as the festive season rapidly approaches amidst the angst of turmoil in our world….on this mid-month November Monday, take a few deep breaths, savor the flavour of your tea & coffee, and dare I suggest each of us giving some thought to what we might do for not only others, near and far, but for ourselves too, that will find us singing—TODAY is stacking up to be a fine day!