…of drama, ‘Von Trumps’, & the sound of music…

…”British Columbia’s political drama has only just begun”…”Is this real life? Or is this a cabaret of the Von Trump family on tour?”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“the final election results have been tabulated, and the BC Liberal party has only the slimmest of a minority government with 43 seats. NDP 41, Greens 3. In the entire province the Liberals just got 1,566 votes more than the NDP. Where does all this leave Clark? Swimming in those shark-infested waters. All she can hope to do now is persuade Weaver & the Greens to dive into the water and save her, before the sharks start chomping.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“so, when – oh when – will they please burst into song? What will they sing?”


Cheers to a ‘dreams do come true’ kinda Thursday that SINGS!!!







….of alliances, ‘high up on a big hill’, & mountains…

Stanley Park—springtime!

….”NATO, G7 leaders to focus on terrorism this week”…”Sale will mean new future for 150-year old church high up on a big hill”…

Sadly, so much energy needs to be put to fighting the scourge that is ISIS, other organizations, and terrorism throughout our world.  Imagine if all that energy could be put towards loving kindness and economic prosperity for our world, positive, not negativity…..

May alliances be fruitful and have common sense.

SOMETHING ABOUT…”the asking price being $499k for the old St. Jame’s, with sensational stained glass windows, wooden pews, and a wonderful built-in pipe organ, and its grassy perch overlooking a post office-turned-fashion museum and a heritage-heavy town core.”

Vancouver’s just had an overnight of significant winds causing power outages in various neighbourhoods and cooling down temperatures from the mid-20C’s that we’ve recently been enjoying.  Sunny skies today but a cool 16C high predicted.  Back to summer-like temperatures again tomorrow!

Cheers2 a wonderful Wednesday that SINGS!!!!




….of fireworks, mindfulness, & jean jackets…

….”Thanks to Canada150, the fireworks business is booming”…”Mental health & mindfulness–needs a wake up call”…”Jean jackets experiencing a surge in popularity”…

SOMETHING ABOUT“boosted by the ripple effects of $500 million in federal funding for celebrations across the land.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“imagine what 7 billion people could accomplish if we all loved and respected each other.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….“denim being worn in more creative ways…reinventing a classic!”

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world” -A. Ray

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings—PEACE !!!






…of Victoria Day, ‘dine & dangle’, & circus ‘curtains’….

In Canada, it’s Victoria Day Monday, a holiday!  Will you make it a “we are so (not) amused” kinda day?!!!!….

…”Dinner in the Sky, dining experience moves to North Vancouver, seeks to expand”…”Curtain falls on ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ as Ringling/Barnum & Bailey circus closes after 146 years”…

Say what????!!!….yes, that’s right, dine & dangle, is in the works for a Canada Day launch apparently!….”The unique dining experience takes adrenaline-seeking foodies and a dining table 150 feet up into the air using a 200-foot crane for a sky-high meal prepared by top local chefs. The concept originated in Belgium in 2007 and 10,000 such events have since been hosted in 50 countries around the world.”

Yesterday saw the last standing ovation for the famed Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey circus, at their final show just east of New York City.  “An emotional 2 1/2 hours for those who worked on the circus. Many of Ringling’s employees are second, third and even fourth-generation circus performers.”

Cheers to holiday marvelous Monday moments of aMUSEment!!!



….of long weekends, presidential travel, lunch & time…

Canadians gear up for a May long weekend with Monday being Victoria Day!

…”Trump embarks on first big foreign trip amid turmoil in U.S.”….”Almost 40% of Canadians eat lunch at their desk, study finds”…

So go some of today’s headlines!

Whatever’s up for your Fine Friday & weekend, remember—-it’s the time of your life!

May it SING!!!!



…of supermarkets, ‘swan songs’ & one…


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…”FOOD: Rethinking the supermarket: Grocers look to adapt an old model for new consumers”…”Otis swans around on his own”… SOMETHING ABOUT….“Originally developed around the 1950s housewife, the traditional grocery store has gone largely unaltered even as customer demographics and tastes … Continue reading

…of mechanisms, online reservations & tulips…

The antikythera mechanism…..now that’s a new one to me!…

As the google doodle today expounds, “the Antikythera mechanism is the world’s first analogical computer, used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets, predict lunar and solar eclipses and even signal the next Olympic Games.The 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator could also add, multiply, divide and subtract. It was also able to align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the zodiac.”

….”Restaurants turning to digital booking still need a little human interaction”…”Tulip festival celebrates 65 years”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“although online reservations are a mandatory thing for today’s restaurateurs, flesh and blood hosts can still aid in orchestrating a beautiful dining experience.”

Our nation’s capital, Ottawa, is blooming bigger than ever for Canada’s 150th birthday!

Cheers to a finesse filled Wednesday that sings—‘without reservation’ what a fine day!



….of ‘boom’ & voice….

….”BC home listings fall to a 20-year low, real estate association says”…

The real estate boom continues as the lack of supply is keeping prices high. Multiple offers continue to be the norm and the market seems to be “rebounding from the modest correction after BC applied a 15% tax on foreign buyers last year.”

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  ~Chinese Proverb

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.  ~Marilyn Penland

So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life is a song.  Love is the music.  ~Author Unknown

Cheers to a tuneful Tuesday that sings—fine melody, such harmony!


,,,of ‘old & new’, music & overscheduled…

A few shots of ‘old & new’ that sing–BC‘s the place to be!

….”Trump’s first foreign trip: President relying on charisma to bridge old divides”…”Fewer Ontario students get music classes due to lack of funds, staff, report says”…”The ‘overscheduled’ child: is being busy really so bad?”…

SOMETHING ABOUT“The White House is seeking to recast the US president as a world statesman, but critics say his confidence in his own persuasive powers is simply delusional.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“only 41% of elementary schools have music teachers, rural students least likely to learn band or choir.”

A sad statistic indeed.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“Tennis, soccer, track. Piano and band. Throw in girl guides, cubs, scouts, gymnastics. Maybe even ‘Sunday school’.

What about just going outside to play? Staying off the laptop or tablet? “It’s important to let kids be a little bored and see what comes out of that boredom”, say educators who are part of a Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.”

Cheers to an anything-but-mundane unhurried kinda Monday that smiles—pace yourself!