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..of statistics…

October 20th!

Apparently it’s World Statistics Day as designated by the United Nations.

What sorts of statistics do you most often pay attention to?

We certainly see many types in our various work fields and in day to day living.

Supposedly & frequently they’re intended to provide answers but often times, I’ve found they can provoke an equal number of questions!

Why must this be?!?!…..

Whatever’s on your Thursday agenda that needs some analysis or discernment, may it all add up to some ‘eureka’ moments!

WONDER FULL day all!


…of menopause, umbrellas, & recipes….

October 18th is World Menopause Day!

A mid-life time for women that can have its challenges.

Not sure if ‘celebrate’ would be quite the right word, but compassion, knowledge, awareness, and empathy might be some better ones towards those in our midst who may be experiencing symptoms which can be of wide varying & sometimes troubling degrees…..

May all women be well, in body, mind & spirit!

….”The Umbrella Shop closing doors, just as weather turns wet and stormy”….”Jamie Oliver’s recipe for a healthy world”….

SOMETHING ABOUT…..“after 82 years in business in Vancouver, a liquidation sale has up to 250 umbrellas being sold per hour as discounts drive sales”….

Apparently the owners have decided to close for health reasons and their website reads nicely—“our designs and love will live on in the rainy streets around the world, but it started with you, Vancouver. … Thank you for giving us the honour of sheltering you from storms, no matter how temporary.”

Cheers to stay dry! 

SOMETHING ABOUT….“cook, not re-heat & with every supper, have salad!”

Yes, yes, moms have said through eternity—-“eat your vegetables dear!”

Cheers to a decisively wonderful Wednesday that sings—which salad?– it’s a toss up!

Healthy day! Healthy world!





…of ‘top crop’, delight & leaves…

…”Crop the top: Vancouver convention centre set for its annual mowing”…”Former Governor-General to become executive adviser at Deloitte Canada”…”Pandan leaves are the latest ‘new avocado’ “….

That’s right, you read that correctly, the six acres of living-roof at Vancouver’s now well known and beloved convention centre is ready for a team of six who “will mow the grass on the roof using a single lawnmower, a single blade trimmer and a trio of line trimmers.”

Interestingly enough, “more than 400,000 plants and grasses, from 25 species native to the region, grow on the roof. Four beehives on the roof produced 45 pounds of wildflower honey this year and during the drier summer months, the roof is irrigated using water originally used in the building’s washrooms but recycled by the building’s treatment plant.”

SOMETHING ABOUT….David Johnston doesn’t this just sing—Deloitte delight!

Pandan leaves,  apparently something that has been used in Asian cooking for centuries and are now the ‘new vanilla’.  Giving a slightly vanilla flavour to various dishes.

Some say avocados were the first craze in a newer sudden popularity for a long time and now or soon it will be pandan-monium!!!

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday autumn day that quips—take your leave! , delight in it! , you’re top of the crop!




….of recession, wifi & anaesthesia….

Taste of early autumn. Stanley Park.

….”The Great Recession is about to overtake the Great Depression”…”All wifi networks are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers”….

SOMETHING ABOUT….“the world is not recovering from the worst downturn in 70 years like it did from the ‘Dirty Thirties'”...

Apparently, “having too little demand is now as much a problem as having too much demand.”  Economies plagued by mediocre or no growth, now seem to be the ‘norm’…..

SOMETHING ABOUT this startling headline saying “the potential weaknesses would not compromise connections to secure websites, such as banking services or online shopping”, somewhat less alarming.

Something to just be aware of, I guess!

For those who aren’t ‘asleep at the switch’, unbeknownst to me, October 16th is World Anaesthesia Day! …. “it commemorates the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia on October 16, 1846 and that ranks as one of the most significant events in the history of Medicine and took place at the Harvard School of Medicine. The discovery made it possible for patients to obtain the benefits of surgical treatment without the pain associated with an operation.”

Cheers to an always paying attention, attentive, observant, vigilant  kinda day that sings—AWAKE!!!


….of Friday the 13th….


Giraffe is very tall—
but has a voice so small
you never hear him
bark or roar,
sneeze or snore,
screech or howl,
grunt or growl,
or ever say a word at all.

Perhaps because his head’s so high,
his sounds get lost up in the sky. – Elaine Magliaro

Cheers to a TGIF kinda day that quips–fine & freaky & sings–fantastic!

Great weekend all!

…of international students, Brexit deadlocks, & pasta…

…”Most international students leaving Canada after graduation”…”BREXIT talks at ‘disturbing deadlock’ over divorce bill says EU negotiator”….”Spice up your pasta dishes with simple ingredients”…

SOMETHING ABOUT….“coming to Canada to study with 62% having the intention of seeking permanent residency, but only 25% actually staying due to uncertainties around immigration programs, work permits, and constantly changing policies.”

A confusing bunch of issues and situations which seem to shriek missed opportunities for many and for our country…..

One can’t help but wonder if all the energy and money that is going into Brexit exit negotiatons was being used to build up and enhance together something that had been in the making for more than four decades rather than dismantling it, how better off both Britain and the EU community could be!……hmmmm…(echoes of forgive them for they know not what they do?….)

SOMETHING ABOUT….chicken & cauliflower mac and cheese or spaghetti & cabbage salad“….

Or how about cherry tomato and zucchini spaghetti?!?!

Whatever’s up for your Thursday decision making, may it sing—grounded in learning, well thought out, & tastefully executed!


…of coffee cups, retail & ‘Old Michaelmas’…

…..”Coffee shops not doing enough to combat huge increase in disposable cups”…”Following ‘the Eaton’s death spiral’ Sears Canada to end 65 years of retail history”…

SOMETHING ABOUT...”just 1% of the 2.5 billion disposable cups thrown away each year in the UK are recycled.”

That’s a lot of cups! Not sure North America does much better with the issue….

What is it about Canadian department stores nowadays that they struggle to survive? Once a staple for one stop shopping, it seems the big box stores, online shopping, & the designer craze have been taking there toll on Canadian retail.

Hudson’s Bay & Holt Renfrew remain with, American ownership of the former and the Canadian Weston family controlling, what in Vancouver at least, seems to be increasingly an upscale store targeted primarily for Asian consumers as a one stop shop for ‘designer brands’.

And so it goes….

If you ever walked the length of Vancouver’s Robson Street lately, it’s a bit startling the number of empty storefronts which seems to indicate all is indeed not well for the Canadian retail sector.  Big challenges ahead!

October 11th! It’s ‘Old Michaelmas Day’!.  Did you know it? I sure didn’t.

Apparently, “Old Michaelmas Day falls on 11 October. It is said that the Devil fell out of Heaven on this date, and fell into a blackberry bush, cursing the fruit as he fell. According to an old legend, blackberries should not be picked after this date   In Yorkshire, it is said that the devil had spat on them. According to Morrell (1977), this old legend is well known in all parts of the UK, even as far north as the Orkney Islands. In Cornwall, a similar legend prevails, however, the saying goes that the devil urinated on them.”

So there, you have it!

Blackberries anyone?…..blackberry pie?….blackberry tea?…

Cheers to a virtuous and saintly kinda wonder full Wednesday that has all in your path singing—you’re an angel!








…of World Porridge Day, World Mental Health Day & Finnish Literature Day…

October 10th!, a fine autumn day that among other things, hopes to  celebrate porridge, honour the literature of Finland and promote mental health and well-being worldwide!

Will you indulge in oatmeal, cream of wheat or Red River cereal?!?!,,,,

Will that riveting, never-ending story quip–fine! Finnish?!!!….

Will a focus on well being for all & self sing–do unto others as you’d have them do unto you?!…

Cheers to a Terrfic Tuesday!

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music.
~A. Cornelius Celsus



…of Thanksgiving Monday leftovers: turkey-on-a-bun, pot pie, & soup…

Thanksgiving Monday leftovers: turkey-on-a-bun.

Turkey pot pie.

Turkey soup.


It’s a Canadian holiday Monday and a Columbus Day holiday in the USA, a day to hopefully relax and recharge for the week and autumn/winter months ahead!

I didn’t know it, but Columbus Day has been celebrated in the USA since 1937, honouring Christopher Columbus and his ‘discovery’ of America in 1492.

It’s a phenomenon on both sides of the 49th parallel, that our history books or history lore shamefully ignore that throughout colonization or imperialism or all the words we could use to describe it, Indigenous people were here and were disrespected beyond acceptable.

                Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
                Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
            Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
                  Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
                  Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
          Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
              Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
              Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
              Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
          Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
      Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
                                                An Ute Prayer


Cheers to a contemplative, reflective kinda Monday with good eats,  that sings—yearning and learning!

A better world for all!