…of heat, ‘dyb dyb dyb dob dob dob’ & school’s out!…

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…”Vancouver: The Heat is On & It’s Going to Last”…”Greece orders banks closed on Monday for a week to avert financial collapse”…”Summertime: class dismissed”…

Yesterday the heat was on for marathoners while over 30 records for high temperatures were shattered around British Columbia.

Even Whistler saw the mercury soar to 35.6C shattering a 1950’s 33.2C!!

Some thunderstorms and scattered showers expected today but by later afternoon they say it will be back to clear sky & a continuing dance for the air conditioners!

Something about limiting ATM withdrawals to 60 euros per customer and closing all bank branches in Greece sounds like a horrendous move in the middle of tourist season and a precarious economy at best. One can only imagine what a fall out would mean!…

Here’s hoping for fiscal responsibility & that those fiscally responsible will find solutions with common goals and prosperity for all.

Much easier said than done, but definitely needing a “dyb dyb dyb, dob, dob, dob” spirit!

They always say that the ‘official start to summer’ is really when school is out & parents tied to kids’ schedules can book their vacation time off and hit the road or the skies for getaways hither and yon!

For many that circumstance began on Friday as campgrounds and airports, cottage country & cabin destinations saw traffic en route escalate.

Fine summer Monday & all that jazz!

Cheers to song in your day!

Summertime & the livin’ is easy,
Fish are jumpin’ & the cotton is high,
Oh your Daddy’s rich & your Ma is good lookin’,
So hush little baby tell don’t you cry.

One of these mornin’s, you gonna rise of singin’
Yes you spread your wings & you take to the sky,
But til that mornin’, there’s nothin’ can own you,
Yes, with daddy and mammy standin’ by.

Feelin’ indecisive??!!!—fetch your favourite flip flops!!!

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…of keeping your cool, road trips & refreshment…

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…’The heat is on BC: so keep it cool!”…”Ready for your road trip?”…”Top Things for your ‘to do’ list on a hot sticky summer day”…

Frosty beverages, they say. Sunglasses and sunscreen, check. Temperatures soaring in the 30’s and 40’s C around the province!

June temperature records likely to be broken. Hydrate & holy hydrangeas!!!

‘Tis the season of ‘on the road again’ for many.
Low stress travel miles shout-check those tires’ pressure & your oil, tweak the a/c, & pack up that vehicle logically for smiles all the way as the ‘kids’ sing—‘are we there yet?!’

Fine Friday & weekend!

‘In the heat of the moment’ may you find refreshment & know always that a ‘zest for life’ bares all things!!

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Don’t be cheeky!!—be cool!!

…of June 25th…

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June 25th!!!

Arbor Day in the Philippines, Independence Day in Mozambique, National Cat Fish Day in the United States, Statehood Day in Croatia, Slovenia, & Virginia, Teachers’ Day in Guatemala, and World Vitiligo Day

So there you have it!

Quite an array of considerations for your daily enlightenment & awareness!

It seems so often we can get caught up in the day to day stresses and demands within the small geographical area that we call ‘home’.

It’s a big big world out there, sure with lots that’s not so good but at the same time thankfully much to be celebrated and joys to live!

Cheers to song in your day!! Carpe diem! Seize the day!

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…of eCommerce, sticky wings & summer agendas…

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…”More and more shoppers are online, so where are the retailers?”…”How to take your chicken wings a step further”…”Heat Wave Expected to turn the province into A/C B.C. this weekend”…

As Vancouverites anticipate the fall opening of a long awaited US retailer’s Nordstrom department store & our suburb Richmond near the airport gears up for the opening of a new high end mall marketplace, it seems some retailers continue to try to make their mark and find their markets with bricks and mortar rather than investing in technology.

It will be interesting to see in this climate of store openings & closings across the land, how eCommerce will fair in the world of sell sell sell.

There’s nothing quite like summer time & patios, or sports bar soccer or people watching
that sings ‘winging it’ !!

That’s right, chicken wings—deep fried & crunchy or grilled on the barbecue and nice and juicy. A ‘foodie’ in today’s media suggests taking them to the next level by poaching and baking and “matching the cooking methods with different sauces.”

Cheers to “sticky wings with Korean barbecue sauce!”

Fun to read that this weekend will be a sizzler for visitors and residents alike in beautiful British Columbia! Saturday and Sunday forecasts suggest many temperature records will be broken around the province.

All hands on deck for sunscreen and hydration!

Cheers to find a pool and be cool!

There are just a few final days left in the school year and this week I’ve heard from several Moms and Dads with school age kids that their ‘parent panic’ is setting in!

Something about the organizing & keeping the kids busy & juggling work and vacation times and alleviating boredom.

Summertime—breezy & easy, I say. Easier said than done perhaps.

What will be your autumn mantra about your Summer of 2015?!!

Do you remember what you did last summer?…

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday & a sensational summer agenda!

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…of well-suited…

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…”The half-year of living dangerously: Canada’s economy so far”…”What are the most trusted brands in Canada?”…”Bay Street style: Toronto’s men in suits are finally able to show some flair”…

All in day’s headlines kinda sorta maybe shout ‘if you say so!‘…

Less conservative than New York they say, but more so than London or Paris, it’s all about accessories–from eye glasses to tie widths & the skinny on suit cuts and colour boldness. Apparently, ‘millenials’ & social media are a big influence too!

Vancouverites could delight yesterday with the annual beloved Chor Leoni‘s Bard on the Beach summer show dubbed this year, ‘Manley Canadian’ as songs of our nation were delivered with their customary aplomb!! From Hagood Hardy & Music Box Dancer overtures to ‘If I Had a Million Dollars’ ‘Snowbird’ & much much more in between, the finale, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ was a fine finale to their 2014/2015 season!

Folks have a fine opportunity to see this fun show again next Monday the 29th at 3 & 8pm!

Sing! Sing! Sing! smiles—seize the moment!

Speaking of more things ‘Canadian’ & something called the ‘Gustavson Brand Trust Index’ & the ‘if you say so’ seems to indicate Canada’s much trusted brands include–Tim Horton’s, President’s Choice, Shoppers Drug Mart, Google, Canadian Tire, Kraft Foods, Campbell’s Soup, Heinz, Canada Post, and last but not least, Johnson & Johnson.

So take that all to heart as you fire up your Coleman stoves at a campground this summer!

It’s a weak year for the Canadian economy they say. Hard hits from oil shock and a slow US dollar have taken their toll on the first half of the year. Things look more promising for the 2nd half but recoveries take time and job markets and income growth are expected to remain subdued.

‘If you say so!’ & surely an election year & the Greek/Euro situation add further uncertainties to the mix.

Whatever may be the ‘pairings’ of your day, cheers to a terrific Tuesday & remember:

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…of summer sun…

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Summer Sun

from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

Cheers to a fine summer Monday!!!

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…of celebrations & summer…

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As British Columbia’s Lower Mainland gears up for Car Free Days, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Point Grey Fiesta Day Parade, the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival in Coquitlam, FIFA soccer, a yoga event at the Plaza of Nations, & National Aboriginal Day, apparently the weekend will be the biggest with ‘goings on’ since the Winter Olympics of 2010!

Cheers to life be celebrated: smiles—enjoy!!

Sunday’s seasonal solstice will officially kick off summer and we’ll begin to notice these current wonderful early sunrises slowly retreat as summertime marches on and dusk descends slightly earlier each day!

I don’t know about you, but I love summer!

I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~John Vance Cheney

It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out. ~Bill Watterson

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

Do what we can, summer will have its flies. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer… come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~Oriana Green, @NatureSpirits

Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world. ~Ada Louise Huxtable

Cheers to a fine Friday & summery weekend!!!

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…of shhhhhhh…..

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True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~William Penn

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment. ~Henry David Thoreau

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes. ~Richard Steele

We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm… As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all—and to me it is a sound—is utter, complete silence. ~André Kostelanetz

One who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. ~adapt. Elbert Hubbard

The truth is, I borrowed that phrase [“invisible strength”] from my mother, who used to say something like it to me whenever I was whining out loud. She’d say, “Fang pi bu-cho, cho pi bu-fang,” which is commonly uttered by Chinese parents, and which translates approximately to: “There’s more power in silence.” What my mother intended that I understand, however, was precisely this: “No one wants to hear you make a big stink over nothing, so shut up.” The strict linguist might want to note that the literal translation of that Chinese phrase runs along these noble lines: “Loud farts don’t smell, the really smelly ones are deadly silent.” ~Amy Tan, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, 2004, published by Penguin Group

We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence. ~Proverb

May you find some hush, calm & stillness in your Thursday & feel tranquility in the quietude.

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…of strings attached, ‘Grexit’ & chorizo…

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…”Learning the violin at 45 showed me the value of imperfection”…”UK starts planning for ‘serious’ risks of Grexit”…”A mid-week dinner of baked tomatoes & chorizo”…

Cheers to all strings attached smiles–something about gathering around the piano with an accompanying aging Mom & dear old Dad on his harmonica, sings—-BRAVO !!!

Yes that’s right, ‘Grexit’ is the new word for a possible exit of Greece from the Euro zone.

Something about a “convulsion in the Euro zone would have a detrimental effect for all.”

Something about “the point of the dish is partly the juices that collect in the roasting pan, a mixture of the liquid from the tomato and the spicy, paprika-scented fat from the chorizo. Don’t hold back from dipping the bread into it!”

Do you know anyone who likes to fiddle? Dance a jig perhaps? Or maybe lean more towards the classics in an orchestral type setting?

I know a Calgarian that would likely love to do all three, down by the ‘Bow’ river!!

We hear so much talk about climate change these days & up and coming climate summits and who’s in and who’s out.

Somehow the talk of economic climate seems to get swept under the carpet as the world reels from the true predicaments of our overburdened-with-debt economies and seemingly ‘artificial affluence.’

The US economy–no longer the ‘superpower’ that it once was…

China–where the stock market bubble is not just a matter of if it bursts but when

And on and on it goes…

So what are we to make of all this?

In the interests of a positive spin on the day, recognizing the importance of ‘accentuating the positive’ & ‘latching onto the affirmative’ I’ll just suggest saying an enthusiastic
YES to—-sing for your supper!!!

Karaoke anyone?

O solo mio!

Cheers to a ‘yikes’ sorta day! Keep smilin’

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…of ‘and then’…

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…”Stock markets slide as Greek default fears grow”…”Michelle Obama to meet Prince Harry on first day of UK visit”…”More evidence chocolate may be good for the heart, say researchers”…

Be it concern about an exit from the Euro zone or promoting girls’ education and better support for military families, in the midst of today’s headlines, a sweet morsel that reads “there’s more evidence that chocolate may good for the heart, say researchers.”

We live in troubling times, but if you ask older generations about it, they’ll so often say, yes indeed but the times have always been troubling

One of my late grandfathers used to like to sing that old war song favourite–“Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile smile…”

Indeed, we all have days like that where worry and angst overwhelm and we long for even just a temporary moment where our hearts can sing.

And then the sun shines!

And then friendship embraces!

And then colleagues collaborate!

And then a stranger makes haste to be kind!

Whatever you’re doing today or wherever your day takes you, may the ‘and then’ be more than you can ask or imagine & buoy your spirits!

Cheers to a fine Tuesday!

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