…of a ‘star spangled banner’ kinda day!…

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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. – Woody Guthrie

Cheers to an America that goes forward in song, singing— liberty & justice for all!

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…of endings & beginnings…

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I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. ~Gilda Radner

So often in life a new chapter awaits. You ride off into the sunset and discover it’s the sunrise. ~Robert Brault

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.  ~Flavia Weedn

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.  ~James K. Feibleman

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.  ~Agatha Christie

Cheers to a thrilling thriving Thursday that sings—‘to be alive is a grand thing’!

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…of ‘unique’, ‘loonie’ & laughter…

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…”Vancouver: A city on the edge of the continent, and itself”…”Canadian dollar on its hottest streak since the currency first floated in 1970″…

SOMETHING ABOUT.”a city where the population will grow, not shrink; where the young will not abandon it; where people are flocking here, not fleeing it.”

Now at a crossroads and must decide what kind of city it wants to be, they say.

“It threatens to become like a hundred other North American cities — another Toronto, another Dallas — but, as its geography has been compelled to do in the past, it can go its own way and forge something unique”.

Despair the former.  Believe in the latter, they say.

Cheers to a unique Vancouver!

SOMETHING ABOUT….“The loonie has rallied 3 per cent this year, part of a broad-based surge against the U.S. currency, which has wilted amid a revaluation of growth prospects under a Trump administration.”

Tell someone there are 300 billion stars in the universe and they’ll believe you. Tell them a bench has wet paint on it and they’ll have to touch it to be sure. ~Murphy’s Law

How is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? ~François VI de la Rochefoucault

How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire? ~Christy Whitehead

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb

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Cheers to a cherished Wednesday that sings—full of chuckles!

 

 

 

….of ‘change’, ‘break’, & ‘carry on’…

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…”Warning: Europe is entering a permanent state of emergency”…”May set to announce Britain’s plans for a clean break from the EU”…

 

SOMETHING ABOUT“governments across the continent are assuming sweeping powers over all their citizens in response to terrorism. This endangers our way of life”….

“If we are to avoid creating societies in which liberty becomes the exception and fear the rule, we must not allow fear to change us.”

Good food-for-thought in these challenging times!

SOMETHING ABOUT…”not seeking to remain half-in, half-out.”

It remains to be seen how a ‘clean break’ and the how where when why of it can be clear!

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

What a strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known are better than the things we have known. ~Samuel Johnson

There is great power in letting go, and there is great freedom in moving on. ~Author Unknown

The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to a Terrific Tuesday that SINGS!!!

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…of ‘Made in Canada’, shopping malls, & ‘flag waving’…

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…”Even the U.S. wants ‘Made in Canada’ label on its tech devices”…” ‘Better design & atmosphere ‘: why Canadian shopping malls are thriving while American ones struggle”…

SOMETHING ABOUT“NAFTA (NorthAmericaFreeTradeAgreement) compliant and between  trusted brands, government incentives and the quality advantage, there’s a lot to love about the Made in Canada label.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“higher per square foot sales & smaller Canadian floor plates”…

I like to see one proud of the place in which one lives.  I like to see a man/woman live so that his/her place will be proud of him/her.  ~adapt. Abraham Lincoln

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing.  But why should love stop at the border?  ~Pablo Casals

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance.  It is also owed to justice and to humanity.  Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.  ~James Bryce

I have no sense of nationalism, only a cosmic consciousness of belonging to the human family.  ~Rosika Schwimmer

Cheers to a Marvellous Monday that sings—allegiance to the country flag where you call home!

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….of ‘Friday the 13th’ & ‘super-delicious’…

 

“paraskavedekatriaphobia” they say, is fear of Friday the 13th!

Remember though, the famous words of Franklin D. Roosevelt….the only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

Interestingly enough, in this new year 2017, there will be another Friday the 13th in October!

A bit of trivia! …..the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California was unveiled on Friday the 13th, 1923 to advertise a housing development and has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions.

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Despite all the propensities for things supernatural, illusory, or prophetic, “it’s another great day in the neighbourhood!”

Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. The belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile, can be blackened by fear and superstition. Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Bertrand Russell

Cheers to a ‘fearless Friday’ of good eats & wisdom that sings–SUPER-DELICIOUS!!!

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….of ‘folly’, personal interaction & song…

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….”Trump’s trainwreck press conference ushers in a shambolic presidency”…”Restaurants aim to fill customers craving for conversation”…”Our live go on in endless song”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“no self-discipline and no strategy to deal with media…..let the follies begin.”

Yikes! (god bliss america…some might jest) Ugh!

SOMETHING ABOUT….“fast-casual restaurants where old-school skills like eye contact and conversation make customers feel welcome.People need a reason to get up from the desk or the couch for a meal, and the promise of some personal interaction may be just the thing to lure them.”

Cheers to tasty fine food too!

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

Those who wish to sing always find a song.  ~Proverb

Cheers to a ‘life is a song, love is the music’ kinda day!

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…of ‘yes we can’, ‘kagami biraki’, & anew!…

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…”I leave this stage more optimistic about this country than when I started: Obama makes  final speech as President”…”January 11: Kagami biraki in Japan”…

SOMETHING ABOUT.” ‘Yes we did’ & ‘yes we can’ “….

The state of American democracy is in question and a certain malaise about it had produced the election result, he seemed to say, sounding an alert and an invitation to all Americans to become engaged politically for the future.

God Bless America!

SOMETHING ABOUT…“a traditional Japanese ceremony that falls on January 11th, referring to the opening of ‘kagami mochi’, a cask of sake, to celebrate good luck with all things anew for the New Year.”

Life is change. ~Heraclitus of Ephesus

Change is inevitable — except from a vending machine. ~Robert C. Gallagher

Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to an innovative Wednesday that sings—fine metamorphosis!

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…..of ‘majority rule’…

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An interesting item of note is that in the Bahamas, today is a public holiday known as ‘Majority Rule Day’.

One might ask, what’s that about?…. “Majority Rule Day became a public holiday in 2014. It commemorates The Bahamas gaining majority rule for the first time on January 10, 1967, symbolizing the promise of equality, a level playing field, and fair play for all Bahamians. Along with the emancipation from slavery in 1836, and gaining Independence from Great Britain in 1973, the achievement of Majority Rule is considered one of the most important events in the history of the country.”

There is a destiny that makes us brothers/sisters:
      None goes one’s way alone:
      All that we send into the lives of others
      Comes back into our own.
I care not what are one’s temples or one’s creeds,
      One thing holds firm and fast —
      That into his fateful heap of days and deeds
      The soul of human is cast.
~adapt. Edwin Markham, “A Creed,” 1901

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.  ~James Baldwin

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.  ~Alexander the Great

The crest and crowning of all good,
Life’s final star, is Sister/Brotherhood.
~adapt. Edwin Markham

In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.  ~Booker T. Washington

Where beats a heart within a human breast,
There be Thou present, and Thy power adored!
And oh! since all are doom’d one common race
To run, and one eternal goal to reach,
May Thy prime attribute each bosom warm
With tender sympathy and truth; may man
Be link’d to man in fellowship of soul,
Till one vast chain of Love embrace the world!
~Robert Montgomery, “A Universal Prayer,” A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.  ~Kenyan Proverb

Cheers to a Terrific Tuesday of consensus & concurrence that sings–ACCORDingly!

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…of ‘travel chaos’, java & tea, & cassoulet…

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…”Manic Monday for commuters in London UK tube strike: all lines hit and most central London stations closed”…”Research suggests office workers can pay $120. on tea and coffee every year”…”USA: National Cassoulet Day”…

It seems massive travel disruptions are the order of the day in central London as the ‘tube strike’ has many walking & driving causing massive gridlock. Trains continue to run into the city however some of them are set to go on strike tomorrow, adding to the chaos.

Wonder how that stat jives with Starbucks figures as it seems a bit light to me in view of the many I know who have their daily & sometimes more than once daily java fix or time for tea.

Pour on!

Yes, yes it’s National Cassoulet Day in the USA!  “Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole originating in the south of France, containing meat (typically pork, sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton), pork skin (couennes) and white beans (haricots blancs).”

Comfort food!

Cheers to a marvellous Monday that sings—in the stop & go of your day, make time for tea/java & comfort food!