…of ‘winter culture’ & physicians…

….”Canucks to open pre-season in China against Kings”…”National Doctors’ Day in the USA”…

Say what??!! Apparently, Vancouver’s Canucks will open the NHL season pre-season with two exhibition games in Shanghai & Beijing, China, September 21st & 23rd, against the Los Angeles Kings.

SOMETHING ABOUT….“a real push to create a winter culture and a hockey culture leading up to the Winter Olympic games in Beijing in 2022.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“commonly celebrated in healthcare organizations to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. Events are typically a lunch for doctors to present tokens of recognition. Historically, a card or red carnation may be sent to physicians and their spouses, along with a flower being placed on the graves of deceased physicians.”

My doctor is nice; every time I see him, I’m ashamed of what I think of doctors in general. ~Mignon McLaughlin,The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Observation, Reason, Human Understanding, Courage; these make the physician. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. ~Voltaire

To me the ideal doctor would be a man or woman endowed with profound knowledge of life and of the soul, intuitively divining any suffering or disorder of whatever kind, and restoring peace by his/her mere presence. ~adapt.Henri Amiel

Whatever’s the ‘stick-handling’ required of your thrilling & thriving Thursday, may it be a prescription for a healthy dose of amusement, success & delight!


….of ‘Article 50’ & ‘Chapter 11’….

It’s just another one of those days where it will be up to history to judge whether the pathway illuminated by triggering ‘Article 50’ to leave the EU by the UK is the blunder of the decade or a forage into new ways of being and prosperity….

And so it goes…

As for ‘Chapter 11‘, let’s hope, rather, ‘the best can be yet to come’ and there will be little doom & gloom and reorganization and restructuring that will have dire consequences for too many.

Kinda sorta interesting to note that on this date in 1982, Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II gave Royal Assent to the Canada Act, 1982, to patriate Canada’s constitution. The Royal Proclamation was signed by Her Majesty in a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in April of 1982.

Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest

Cheers to a wonder full Wednesday that sings—fare thee well !!!




….of ‘sapiosexual’….

Every once in awhile one can see a word that appears out of nowhere that is completely unfamiliar.

Today that word is ‘sapiosexual’.  Is that a new word to you too or am I just having another ‘earth to Peter’ moment?…..

Sapiosexual ...as a noun, a person that finds intelligence sexually attractive or arousing; as an adjective, finding intelligence (of a person) sexually attractive or arousing

Common sense is not so common.  ~Voltaire

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.  ~Dolly Parton

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.  ~George Scialabra

The course of every intellectual, if one pursues one’s journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.  ~adapt. Aldous Huxley

Cheers to a brilliant Tuesday that smiles—stirred !!!


…of ‘International Whisk(e)y Day’ & ‘World Theatre Day’…

It’s International Whisk(e)y Day!

“On this date let every whisk(e)y lover annually raise a dram – whereever in the world he or she may be – to honour the many unsung heroes of the past and present, who have been crafting the King o’Drinks for centuries and will hopefully continue to do so till the end of time. Not only is this day about enjoying, sharing and celebrating whisk(e)y but also doing some good for charity. Each year whisk(e)y fans donate money to charities of their choice, most commonly of all for Parkinson’s Disease.”

Will you enjoy a wee dram?!?!….

It’s also World Theatre Day!

“Since 1962 World Theatre Day has been celebrated by  theatre professionals, theatre organizations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March. This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people andto the ndividual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.”

“Sainte” to a day that sings—all the world’s a stage!



….of rain, cod fishery & herons…


Friday & the weekend in Vancouver sings—rain! rain! rain!

Last day of British Columbia schools’ Spring break!

…”The cod are coming back to Newfoundland—and they’re eating the shrimp that had taken over”…”The Herons of Stanley Park return”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“the return of the once mighty northern cod is bringing economic and social upheaval to the Maritimes.”

SOMETHING ABOUT“a nesting season recommences as it’s done since 2001.”

Living water, cod fishery, herons proclivity—-Cheers2 a Fine Friday & weekend that sings—LIFE!!!!

Joie-de-vivre kinda weekend!



…of popcorn, infotainment, & fitness trackers…

….”Forget butter with your popcorn: How about a steak st the movie theatre?”…”Apple, Google, increasingly part of your car’s infotainment system”…”In Hong Kong pets also wear fitness trackers”….

A few headlines of the day that some might quip shriek—are you kidding me?!?!

Where’s the beef? Infotainment!–what about all eyes on the road? Walkies—pick up the pace!

It’s World Meteorological Day!

1. The words “meteor” and “meteorological” come from a Greek word meaning “raised” or “lofty”.

2. We have used both words since the 16th century for lumps of rock hitting us from the sky or the science relating to the atmosphere.

3. The hottest natural temperature recorded on Earth was 59C in Libya in 1922.

4. The fastest wind speed ever recorded was 301mph in Oklahoma City, USA in 1999.

5. Thales of Miletus, a Greek philosopher over 200 years before Aristotle, thought that weather was caused by the movement of stars and planets.

6. The first treatise on meteorology was written by Aristotle in 340BC.

7. The first daily weather forecast in the UK was begun by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy in 1861.

8. According to Darwin, the sailors on HMS Beagle believed that strong winds were caused by someone on shore keeping a cat shut up.

9. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has three more snow references than The Winter’s Tale.

10. “It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather,” (Samuel Johnson). -TheExpress.UK

Thrilling Thriving Thursday sings—-Cheers to a phenomenal day!



…of ‘fast food’, exodus, & ‘just in case’…

…”Fast food week: the 30 best burgers you can order in Canada”…”Goldman Sachs to move hundreds of staff out of London due to Brexit”…”How the phone case became the most important part of your wardrobe”…

Something about A & W’s teen burger coming in 1st, only to be followed by Burger King’s Whopper, and the Five Guys bacon and cheeseburger!

Would you like fries with that??

It seems the exodus of employees out of London has already begun with all the uncertainties around ‘a deal’ to be negotiated with the EU.  A defensive posture has Goldman Sachs taking extra office space in Frankfurt & Paris as part of their contingency plans.  One can bet many other companies and institutions will undertake similar planning!

Today the media’s asking which is closest to you?…..your wallet, keys or phone?….

Seems for most, it’s their phone and hence this year’s accessory isn’t the handbag but the phone case!

Indeed indeed indeed, I agree with one pundit that if this is the case, “it seals a trend that speaks volumes about our selfie-obsessed times.”

In all the ins and outs of our fast paced world, cheers to a wild & wacky Wednesday that sings—‘got it covered’!!!

Case in point smiles—been there, done that!


…of spring!…




Sound the flute!
Now it’s mute!
Bird’s delight,
Day and night,
In the dale,
Lark in sky,–
Merrily merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year. -William Blake

Cheers to a terrific spring Tuesday!




…of ‘springtime’ & sparrows…

Walk softly in springtime, to hear the grass sing!

its whispering carols,

To see the new flowers bright colours display, to tell all the children of glad Easter day.

Sing gently in springtime, and join with the birds,

who warble their music, a song without words,

that floats through the air and that reaches the sky,

a message of love!

Rave gladly in springtime when earth seems to glow with new life and colour in all things that grow;

for all nature’s children are happy to say,

rejoice!. -adapt. F. Reesor

It’s World Sparrow Day!

Cheers to a fine Monday that SINGS!!!

…..& a wee old classic gospel song!….


…of St. Patrick’s Day…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


There was a young fellow of Crete

Who was so exceedingly neat.

When he got out of bed,

He stood on his head

To make sure of not soiling his feet.


The bottle of scent Willie sent

Was quite displeasing to Millicent.

Her thanks were so cold

That they quarreled, I’m told,

‘Bout that silly scent Willie sent Millicent.”


At times I’m so mad that I’m hopping.

My angriness sets my veins popping.

I yell and I curse,

With swearwords diverse,

But my wife does much worse: she goes shopping”


There was a young lady named Harris,

Whom nothing could ever embarrass,

Till the bath salts one day

In the tub where she lay

Turned out to be plaster of Paris