….of snow, wine, & Christmas tree…

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…”Monday’s snow a test for run for storm expected Thursday: officials”…”A carefully chosen wine is the perfect holiday gift”…” ‘It’s not beautiful’: Montreal’s Charlie Brown Christmas tree the target of jokes and ridicule”…

It was nothing unusual yesterday as the first snowfall of the season caused chaos around Metro Vancouver.  Snarled traffic, delayed transit, cancelled classes. Just another snowy wintry day in the neighbourhood!….

SOMETHING ABOUT….“the right bottle for the right person is the trick and it goes without saying that you should and need not spend more than you can afford.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“Montreal has fallen short in its effort to claim the title for North America’s tallest Christmas tree, but it remains a strong contender for the continent’s ugliest tree.” “What we delivered is a natural Quebec tree, as a Quebec tree should be. People have in mind that a Christmas tree should be perfect, but that’s not the reality.” said the organizers of this year’s tree placement.

 

Cheers to a Terrific Tuesday that sings—’tis the season!!!

Feeling snowed under or ready to whine quips—consult your branch manager!

Stand tall !!!

 

…of fake & chirpy…

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….”FAKE NEWS: an insidious trend that’s fast becoming a global problem”…

It seems discussions about online news after the recent USA election are raising a key issue that fake online reports are distorting politics around the world.

One must admit, much that we read online can seem at first glance unbelievable in our mixed up world but surely we all can agree that ‘just the facts please’ should be the mantra for ‘healthier’ societies in the age of all things digital and social media.

Now here’s a Friday chuckle from the twitterverse!

” #FridayFeeling That moment you realize there are only 3 Fridays left until Christmas! “

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Whatever’s on your agenda for a Fine Festive Friday & weekend, cheers to ’tis the season that sings—feeling ‘chirpy’ !!

Tweet. Tweet.

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…of hope & prosperity…

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….”Bank of England sees global financial risks after Trump victory”…”Trudeau’s blunders are dulling his shine”…”A whale of a fight: Inuit seek to protect their food source”…”Canadian energy stocks ride high on pipeline”…

So read the headlines today, giving a glimpse of uncertainties and through it all, as is fitting for the festive season, offering  glimmers of hope for better days ahead!

What is Hope? a star that gleaming
O’er the future’s troubled sky,
Struggles, tremulously beaming,
To reveal what there may lie.
~R.A.P., “Hope,” in Southern Literary Messenger, December 1840

The oil of hope makes life’s machinery run smoothly. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

Let hope be your pulse
Faith in every heartbeat
Joy with every breath…
~Terri Guillemets

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. ~Francis Bacon

It is an ironic fact that while half the world’s population is dying as a result of diseases of poverty (largely starvation and infection) the other half is succumbing to diseases of affluence.  ~Malcolm Carruthers

A human is insensible to the relish of prosperity ’til he has tasted adversity. ~adapt. Sa’di

Cheers to a thrilling thriving Thursday that sings—SENSATIONAL!!!

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…of stairs, ’tis the season, & St. Andrew…

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…”Life’s important questions: When confronted with an elevator is it still better to take the stairs?”…”‘Tis the season: how to survive work Christmas parties”…”St. Andrew’s day celebrates the Patron Saint of Scotland”…

Just a question to ponder in our day to day quests to rise to the top in life both figuratively and literally.  Some might quip the tension between the need for simply staying active and on the move vs. regimen type workouts with all sorts of gym equipment, escalates!

“In theory–the office party is a great chance to let your hair down, get to know your colleagues better and enjoy a drink on your employer’s dime and for many employees, the idea of spending an evening partying with the same people they make chitchat with at the office teapoint is a terrifying prospect.” 

So say the pundits, offering a self-help live web-chat today to discuss office etiquette, techniques for networking when it doesn’t come naturally, and how to stay productive when you’ve been overindulging.

And Scotland today celebrates their Patron Saint known as St. Andrew.

Cheers to a skirl & a whirl & a lilt in your kilt kinda day that sings—gie me a wee dram now eh!

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…of banknotes, ‘success’, & canapes…

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…”Five Canadian women shortlisted for new banknotes”…”Three keys to success: teamwork, flexibility & creativity”….”Salut: How to build the quintessential canape for holiday entertaining”…

SOMETHING ABOUT...”from engineering to the Olympics, from journalism and poetry to civil rights, the achievements of women in Canadian society will soon be reflected on Canadian currency.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, internalizing flexibility & fluid thinking to keep from getting stuck & opening the door to greater possibilities and in doing all these things, finding creativity flourish by new ways of thinking.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“things that are lighter, with interesting flavours and textures, from base to body to topping and to garnish!”

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Cheers to a Fine Festive Terrific Tuesday that sings—cashing in on a triumphant & appetizing kinda day!

Clever currency!

 

…of ‘cool Vancouver’, ‘smart’ cars, & technology…

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…”Cool Vancouver: Sorry Toronto: Vancouver is Canada’s coolest city–and it’s exporting its fashion, food and architecture all over the world”…”With more code than a Boeing jet, today’s cars are so smart they’re making us dumb”…”We let technology into our lives. Now it is starting to control us”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….stand up and take note–Vancouver is on the world map!

SOMETHING ABOUT…being driven to distraction with texting and facebook and gps etc etc. shrieks beware and take care…

SOMETHING ABOUT“internet giants are accessing vast amounts of personal data and using it to shape our behaviour.”

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~Arthur C. Clarke

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Technology: “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” ~Max Frisch, c.1960s

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain. ~J.K. Rowling

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like humans, but that humans will begin to think like computers. ~adapt. Sydney J. Harris

Cheers to a wise & wonderful ‘hi tech’ kinda day that sings—know! & how!

…of ‘ADVENTure’…

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‘To everything there is a season’ smiles—

After a ‘pregnant pause‘ beyond a USA Thanksgiving & today’s ’round-the-world ‘Black Friday‘ consumerism sales, come Sunday, we’ll be right into another ADVENT I ‘adventure’ that resounds once again  of hope! peace! love! & joy! for our world.

This Advent moon shines cold and clear,
  These Advent nights are long;
Our lamps have burned year after year,
  And still their flame is strong.
“Watchman, what of the night?” we cry,
  Heart-sick with hope deferred:
“No speaking signs are in the sky,”
  Is still the watchman’s word.

The Porter watches at the gate,
  The servants watch within;
The watch is long betimes and late,
  The prize is slow to win.
“Watchman, what of the night?” but still
  His answer sounds the same:
“No daybreak tops the utmost hill,
  Nor pale our lamps of flame.”

One to another hear them speak,
  The patient virgins wise:
“Surely He is not far to seek,”–
  “All night we watch and rise.”
“The days are evil looking back,
  The coming days are dim;
Yet count we not His promise slack,
  But watch and wait for Him.”

One with another, soul with soul,
  They kindle fire from fire:
“Friends watch us who have touched the goal.”
  “They urge us, come up higher.”
“With them shall rest our waysore feet,
  With them is built our home,
With Christ.” “They sweet, but He most sweet,
  Sweeter than honeycomb.”

There no more parting, no more pain,
  The distant ones brought near,
The lost so long are found again,
  Long lost but longer dear:
Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard,
  Nor heart conceived that rest,
With them our good things long deferred,
  With Jesus Christ our Best.

We weep because the night is long,
  We laugh, for day shall rise,
We sing a slow contented song
  And knock at Paradise.
Weeping we hold Him fast Who wept
  For us,–we hold Him fast;
And will not let Him go except
  He bless us first or last.

Weeping we hold Him fast to-night;
  We will not let Him go
Till daybreak smite our wearied sight,
  And summer smite the snow:
Then figs shall bud, and dove with dove
  Shall coo the livelong day;
Then He shall say, “Arise, My love,
  My fair one, come away.”

-Christina Rosetti

Cheers to a Fine Friday & weekend that will be your introit to an astounding ADVENTure!!!

Blessings all!

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…of ‘merican Thanksgiving…

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Cheers to all journeying to ‘home’ to be with family & friends for a Thanksgiving Day and weekend full of life’s blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends

.For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Holy One in heaven, we thank Thee!
~adapt. Ralph Waldo Emerson