…of ‘ish’…

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…”Actually, men have always wanted more children than women have”…”A realistic look at monogamy: affairs and ‘monogamishness'”…”Salzburg, minus the von Trapps”…

All in a day’s headlines—don’t they just sing the sound of music!?!…

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If you’ve ever been to Salzburg, you’ll likely know that it’s the 4th largest city in Austria & was home to the filming of the 1965 classic movie about the von Trapp family.

Visiting European cities—is that in your songbook of favourite things?!…

As for kids & monogamy & ‘ish’….these can be ticklish topics that one thinks maybe it’s best to not go there!…

There once was a tale quite outlandish of a gal stylish & squeamish in Squamish,
Demeanor girlish & temper nightmarish,
Seems her burger lacked garnish & relish.

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Cheers to a terrific Tuesday of accomplish & flourish !!!

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…of rise & fall…

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…”No place for Future Shop as shopping’s future shifts”…”Vancouver needs a refresher in umbrella etiquette”…

It seems like online shopping is seeing the demise of another Canadian retailer in the electronics industry. Sadly, along with it 500 full-time & 1,000 part-time jobs…

Vancouver umbrella etiquette is at an all time low, they say, with commentators suggesting that our own umbrella handling needs to be s source of personal pride for each one of us!

Is yours black with a black handle?!…

Now how might one tie those two topics together?….hmmmm….

Cheers to a fine Monday of life’s up & downs!!!…..that’s the way the ball bounces!

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…of wine & theatrics…

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…”BC grocers ready to pop the cork”…

Liquor industry regulation changes in BC gearing up for Apr 1 continue to stir up angst and uncertainty about fairness and what will be the fall out.

It seems long time family businesses, a mainstay in the industry, will be disadvantaged by a licence classification known as ‘VQA stores’ & conglomerates with deep pockets for specialty licence auctions, leaving private wine & liquor stores in jeopardy…

Here’s hoping somehow, fairness can prevail!

Initiated by the International Theatre Institute in 1961, today, March 27th is World Theatre Day!

Cheers to all things theatre!—Vancouver has so much to offer! See a show!…

Fine final Friday of March muses—-all the world’s a stage!! May yours be smiling BRAVO!!!

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..of snow, ‘from forest to sea’ & we…

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“Walls of snow: Photographer captures incredible images of PEI’s worst winter in memory”…”Earthquake off Vancouver Island too weak to be felt or cause damage”…”Riveting Emily Carr exhibition recently in London heads to Toronto”…

Cheers to “a road flanked by snowbanks reaching into a star-filled midnight sky.”

Cheers to not shaken, just stirred!…

Cheers to “From the Forest to the Sea” that can be seen at the AGO (ArtGallery of Ontario) from Apr 11 – Jul 12

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Did you know that today is Purple Day in Canada??

A day to raise awareness about epilepsy, started in 2008 by Nova Scotia’s Cassidy Megan, motivated by her own struggles with the disease.

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Cheers to health & healing, research & new discoveries!…

The I in illness is isolation, and the crucial letters in wellness are we. ~Author unknown, as quoted in Mimi Guarneri, The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing

Cheers to a ‘we‘ kinda day that sings—life!….we‘re in this together!….be swift to love & make haste to be kind!

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…of transport…

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Bet you maybe never knew it (nor did I), but today is ‘historic start of the new year “Lady Day” in England, Wales & Ireland until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Alas, the year 1751 began on March 25th and the year 1752 began on January 1.

Alors, “The logic of using Lady Day as the start of the year is that it roughly coincides with Equinox (when the length of day and night is equal); many ancient cultures still use this time as the start of the new year, for example, the Iranian new year. In some traditions it also reckons years A.D. from the moment of the Annunciation, which is considered to take place at the moment of the conception of Jesus at the Annunciation rather than at the moment of his birth at Christmas”

A wee bit of lore for a March Wednesday!…

The largest consumer show in western Canada, the Vancouver International Auto Show has rolled into Vancouver’s convention centre for the next four days. The “New Car Dealers’ Association of BC” welcomes all to the latest in technology & style!

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Cheers to fancy that!…

Whatever the calendar you’re operating with today, may your wickedly wonderful Wednesday have you transported to all agenda items with aplomb & great ease!

Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. ~Mac McCleary

A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries

It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road. ~Author Unknown

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do. ~Jason Love

I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. ~Author Unknown

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…of ‘it seems’…

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…”Canadians slow to switch to online purchase & delivery”…”UK inflation hits zero for first time on record”…”Why are fewer people becoming Canadians?”…

It seems Canadians general proximity to the USA border is to blame for comparatively low levels of online shopping than in other countries.

It seems “falling food & petrol prices” has the UK inflation measure at its lowest since records began in 1989.

It seems “new rules & fees appear to be raising barriers to becoming Canadian, with rates dropping from 79% to 26% between 2000 & 2008 newcomers.” Apparently, this is turning canada into a country “where an increasing percentage of immigrants are likely to remain non-citizens while maintaining permanent resident status.”

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday of ‘it seems so’ & if all else fails, be grateful in the ‘hem & ha’ of your day for security in all things ‘seams sew”.

Tell a joke!—have a friend/colleague in stitches!…

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Did you hear the one about the seamstress that was sew happy?!…

They were so annoyed with sewing they decided to take up cross stitch!

May the fabric of your day allow for a fine yarn!

…of ‘Emmy’ & for starters…

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Well, today’s google doodle would be a perfect segue into the topic of abstract algebra & theoretical physics but I’ll spare us both any attempt to make much sense out of either, lest we get preoccupied with ‘groups & rings’, ‘ascending descending conditions’, or ‘elimination & variation’ theory!…

Cheers to “& the ‘Emmy’ goes to ‘Noether’!…

…”Should Vancouver ban watter bottles?”…”Five BC tech-powered teens off to world’s greatest science fair”…”Vancouver 2015 cruise ship seasoned opened by Hawaiian-bound vessel”…

All in a Monday’s headlines, one might say, smiles off to a good start!…

Cheers especially to “five students from B.C. and seven from Ontario who will compete on Team Canada at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from May 10 to 15 in Pittsburgh, Pa.”

Ever been out for a fine dining experience after a long day of decisions, decisions & the next question of the day becomes ‘what will it be for starters?!‘…..soup or salad, a toss up?!….oh those mussels sound good!…haven’t had carpaccio in a long time…..

…you get the idea!…

Life at its best is but batches after batches of decisions, choices, decisions one after the other in almost every direction we turn or on every level of our thought and consciousness.

“Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be?!……”

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, when you read you begin with ‘a b c’ when you sing you begin with ‘do re mi’…….”

“We’ve only just begun, to live, white lace & promises, a kiss for luck & we’re on our way!…..”

Me thinks I’m dating myself by excerpting lines of those oldie but ‘classic’ songs…..

Cheers to a fine Monday of decisionmaking that smiles ‘off-to-the-races’—-on your mark, set, GO!!!

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Off to a great start !!!

…of joy & Joy & joy…

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…”This is not a rare event: colourful detergent pods are harming children who mistake them for candy”…”Northern Lights set to renew their waltz over Canadian skies”…”What do you lose when you stop being bored?: Constant smartphone checking could be killing creativity”…

All in a days’ headlines!

Speaking of colourful & creative, one doesn’t have to look far to find both on a flowering Friday in Vancouver with blossoms everywhere and a google doodle reminder that Spring has sprung!…

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Colourful …joy!…

As for creative…….our city leaps high with it from many facets!

In music, art, dance, theatre & storytelling on film & ever increasing forms of media!

Vancouver’s Single Line Theatre Company’s keen & energetic team has just
released a pilot for a dramatic web-series, Hunt for Joy.

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Take a look here http://singlelinetheatre.com/ & you’ll meet Joy & can find out how you can support & encourage fine theatre/film talent in our city!

Cheers to intrigue! mindful! entertaining! & scenes around our city that will envelope you in an embrace with humanity & emotions…

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TGIF seems to always smile joy for those with a Monday-Friday work week!

In the midst of March break for many….Friday traffic is lighter…..folks are away basking in sunshine or hitting not-so-local ski slopes…..chasing some of their favourite things & here’s hoping…..celebrating much of life’s goodness!

Cheers to a brilliant Friday & weekend that sings— joy Joy joy !!

Joy is a flower that blooms when you do. ~Author Unknown

Joy never feasts so high as when the first course is of misery. ~John Suckling

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~Mother Teresa

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. ~Chinese Proverb

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…of porches, ‘bothy’ & bewildered…

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One of many things uniquely Vancouver in summer, is a one block stretch of our ‘Robsonstrasse’ that becomes a pedestrian mall public art exhibit of sorts.

In a competition dubbed ‘RobsonRedux’, Porch Parade, is the winning design for the season of tourists & fireworks & summer frolic in our city!

Folks will be able to linger and relax on various porches—“an architectural element that connects people and buildings to the city.”

Cheers to summers sensational & a few scenes from seasons past!:

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…”That delay at YVR? Blame the fire ants”…”Learning to live mindfully with objects that ‘spark joy’!”…

Oddly enough, apparently from airport to the Arbutus corridor, an invasive species of fire ants are causing problems.

Say what?!..indeed it seems that birds are attracted to them on the runways and their feeding on them has resulted in the necessity of runway closures from time to time while they’re removed.

Bothy….”an old Scottish term for a small shelter or cabin – something off-grid, in today’s parlance.”

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Cheers to the bothy!!–“an ideal sort of place we’d all withdraw to if we could just tear ourselves away from the modern world for a time of mindfulness!” ‘Spark joy!’

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. ~Charles Simic

People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped. ~Author Unknown

I went to a cafe that advertised breakfast anytime, so I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. ~Steven Wright

Have a thrilling Thursday y’all !

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…of observations…

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…”Beat it New York: Vancouver the best place to live in North America according to Mercer ‘Quality of Living’ranking”…”Bets that the loonie will fall have spiked to a year high-and the reasons why are grim”…”The psychology of mass surveillance: is it changing our behaviour?”…

Cheers to Vancouver #1 in North America and apparently #5 in the world!

Something about the continued crash in oil prices, record consumer debt and inflated housing prices screams unsustainable & caveat emptor!

An interesting question that maybe smiles—-watch out!…smile, your on not so candid camera!…

Cheers to a Wednesday of fine observations!…..

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

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. ~Author Unknown

If you wonder where your child left her roller skates, try walking around the house in the dark. ~Leopold Fechtner

When the plane you are on is late, the plane you want to transfer to is on time. ~Author Unknown

I find I always have to write something on a steamed mirror. ~Elaine Dundy

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