….of August….

 

“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
–  Elizabeth Maua Taylor

“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.”
–  Henry David Thoreau

“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
    Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
    Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
–  Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown 

“August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.”
–  Joseph Wood Krutch

Cheers to a fine August Tuesday!

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…of August & summertime…

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“What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.”
– Andrew Marvell, Thoughts in a Garden

“And hate the bright stillness of the noon
without wind, without motion.
the only other living thing
a hawk, hungry for prey, suspended
in the blinding, sunlit blue.

And yet how gentle it seems to someone
raised in a landscape short of rain—
the skyline of a hill broken by no more
trees than one can count, the grass,
the empty sky, the wish for water.”
– Dana Gioia, California Hills in August

“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
– Elizabeth Maua Taylor

“O Spirit of the Summertime!
Bring back the roses to the dells;
The swallow from her distant clime,
The honey-bee from drowsy cells.

Bring back the friendship of the sun;
The gilded evenings, calm and late,
When merry children homeward run,
And peeping stars bid lovers wait.

Bring back the singing; and the scent
Of meadowlands at dewy prime;—
Oh, bring again my heart’s content,
Thou Spirit of the Summertime!”
– William Allingham

Cheers to a fine August Wednesday that sings—SUMMERTIME !!!

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…’in September’…

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As the sun sets on August and rises on new routines–cheers to a sensational September!

Shockingly, some residents in Vancouver’s downtown core were without power for 39 hours yesterday and Saturday. Others in outlying suburbs, apparently still remain disconnected.

May ‘power to the people’ be our mantra for all !

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Stand tall !!!

…of ‘An August Midnight’…

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An August Midnight – Thomas Hardy

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A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
On this scene enter–winged, horned, and spined –
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While ‘mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands.

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Thus meet we five, in this still place,
At this point of time, at this point in space.
My guests parade my new-penned ink,
Or bang at the lamp-glass, whirl, and sink.
“God’s humblest, they!” I muse.
Yet why?
They know Earth-secrets that know not I.

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Cheers to a fine August Tuesday!

…of ‘civic holiday’…

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Yes indeed…it’s Civic Holiday in Canada!!!

Known most widely as ‘Civic’ it’s also dubbed British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan Day, Natal Day in Nova Scotia, & Terry Fox Day in Manitoba!
Since 1974, Albertans call it Heritage Day.

Now, in some provinces, it’s a statutory holiday & in others, it’s not, but we won’t go there, so as not to complicate the idea of ‘stat day’ or not, we can all be civil with one another on a first Monday in August!

By the way, moving into new territory, our neighbours to the North in the Yukon, choose to celebrate instead on the third Monday of August with Discovery Day, commemorating the 1896 discovery of gold in the area and the start of the Klondike Gold Rush

Your hair may be brushed, but your mind’s untidy.
You’ve had about seven hours of sleep since Friday.
No wonder you feel that lost sensation.
You’re sunk from a riot of relaxation.
~Ogden Nash, about weekends

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through. ~Anthony Burgess

There is little chance that meteorologists can solve the mysteries of weather until they gain an understanding of the mutual attraction of rain and weekends. ~Arnot Sheppard

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Cheers to a fine Monday !!!

…of food trucks, windows, & fireworks…

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…”Keep on Food Trucking: BC’s food trucks struggling to make ends meet”…”Microsoft launches Windows 10, but does anybody care?”…

It seems Vancouver’s food truck industry ain’t the ‘golden ticket‘ to success many, on the surface, thought it would be. Extra costs, location issues, need for commissary kitchens, all sighted as reasons that a catering business on the side to festival & other events over and above the day-to-day location will be the make or break….

Average profit $ 31,300/year in the $50 million dollar industry. 80% turnover rates. Challenging stats!…

How times change! Seems the fanfare over Windows operating system new releases has all but disappeared!
In this year of elections, one could quip ….” & just what is your platform?!”…

Vancouver’s annual summer fireworks festival, the ‘Honda celebration of Light’ kicks off night #2 tonight!
Citizens & tourists alike will be mesmerized by Brazilian flare with their show called ‘Group Vison’!

Will there be fireworks in your Wednesday night?!?!?!….

As it will soon be out with July & in with August, cheers to a fine day that sings—-bewitched, bothered & be-dazzled !!!

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…of fair…

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August mid-month means in Toronto & Vancouver, the CNE & PNE, the summer tradition Canadian and Pacific National Exhibitions are about to get underway!

A sign that summer is well on the way to back-to-school and bringing to mind a thought for a fine Friday that sings—-Fair is fair!!

In Toronto?!, are you going?!—no, no it’s not in Scarborough!

Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you.

Now the fair goddess, Fortune,
Fall deep in love with thee, and her great charms
Misguide thy opposers’ swords!

Fair, kind, and true, have often lived alone.

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,
And young affection gapes to be his heir;
That fair for which love groan’d for and would die,
With tender Juliet match’d, is now not fair.
-Wm. Shakespeare-Merchant of Venice

Seek Fairness and Love

Seek ever toward the fair
fairness in all you do
let life birth joy in you
gift you seek to ever share

Stand firm in opposition true
let honor be your great shield
moral principles never yield
wisdom that should stick like glue

Honor the rights of others
wisdom from fathers and mothers

-R. Lindley

Cheers to a ‘fare’ thee well fine Friday and weekend!!!

…Venn & now…

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Today’s google doodle honours the 180th birthdate anniversary of English ‘logician & philosopher’ John VENN, inventor of the ‘Venn diagram’ (Eulerian circles) depicting ‘set theory’–tales of probability, logic, statistics, & computer science!

That’s a vague recollection of academic days past, but what better segue to an intriguing fact about this month of AUGUST 2014!

Bet you didn’t know it, but we can give a ‘high 5’ NOW to this uniquely dog days month of summer this year!!!

It’s an August that contains 5 Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays!! YES, that’s right, check your calendars!—this phenomenon will not repeat itself for another 823 years!!!

In some of the THEN & NOW for today’s world, in London UK’s historic Westminster Abbey, they will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I on what was August 4th.

As the Abbey is darkened, in remembrance & reflection the four candles shown here will be extinguished.

As thoughts turn to some of that today, for our world, may hope peace & freedoms be our prayer.

If you’ve ever been to New York City or walked among the huge historic cathedrals & ancient edifices that have stood the test of time throughout our world, like me, I’m sure it can make you feel in the grand scheme of this world, so small & insignificant.

On a lighter note, a Prince of Peace, the Dalai Lama has a gentle reminder to us all!…

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Cheers to a fine first August Monday—BC Day!!!

…of wheeling & dealing, dance & good times!…

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Be it railway corridors or Granville Bridge North area lands, Vancouver is ripe for wheeling & dealing in the buy/sell of real estate—a ‘developing’ story for a more prosperous city in this year of a civic election.

Surprisingly, our city’s popular (all-be-it 40 yr old & requiring upgrading) Aquatic Centre lands are under consideration to be put up for sale & proposals are being entertained with developers for area lands to incorporate a new facility.

Interesting times! Wonderful city!

Cheers to consultation & community—spirited, open & transparent!

Vancouverites are shouting BRAVO! to news that two 15 yr old dancers with our dance community’s beloved Goh Ballet have won silver & gold in Vienna’s Wein Welt Wettbewerb Ballet Competition in Vienna, Austria.

This is the first time two Canadian dancers have won both prizes in the competition’s seven year history!

Cheers to 1st time participation in international competition that spins–dance dance wherever you may be!…

By all accounts, last night’s second night in this year’s Celebration of Light fireworks at English Bay was a dazzling spectacle put on by France!

Salut sings Ohayo! & Subarashii! to Saturday night’s finale spectacle to be choreographed by Japan!!!

As it’s ‘out with July’ today and tomorrow brings ‘in with August’ cheers to a month end magnifique!!!

May August have y’all smiling with new beginnings that dance ‘good times!!!

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.St. Augustine

…of common wealth, drones & scratch-NOT!…

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It’s Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games & TeamScotland wristbands are flying off the shelves at the Games Giftshop!
Go TeamScotland Go and of course, most certainly Go TeamCanada Go too!!!

How ironic it is, with thoughts of “common wealth” in this ‘host’ year, Scotland will vote in less than two months time whether to become independent—a change from what we’ve all known for so long as the United Kingdom.

Cheers to common wealth & staying kingdom united!!!…episcopal rc presbyterian anglican etc etc too! : )

If you’ve ever been to Edinburgh, perhaps like me, you’ll want to believe rather than Scots being certain of their vote for change, there are still many on the fringe!…

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….as the familiar drone of the bagpipes fills the Scottish air, across the pond to Vancouver & the first Celebration of Light fireworks is set for Saturday!

In our world of sometimes seemingly incessant whining & complaining, drone on in a different context is apparently becoming a safety/hazard issue.
Huh, you say?….
A new one to me for sure!—the fact that camera equipped “unmanned aerial vehicles-drones” are becoming so cheap and popular, they present risks to fireworks organizers and potential dangers to viewing crowds.

Cheers to safety first before camera ready!…take flight drones-NOT!!!

Can you believe it’s already the final Friday of July??!!…..how summertime seems to fly!!!

Hummingbirds—mosquitoes—bees—buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Mosquito is out,
it’s the end of the day;
she’s humming and hunting
her evening away.
Who knows why such hunger
arrives on such wings
at sundown? I guess
it’s the nature of things.”
– N. M. Boedecker, Midsummer Night Itch

“What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.”
– Andrew Marvell, Thoughts in a Garden

“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
Elizabeth Maua Taylor

“In summer, the song sings itself.”
– William Carlos Williams

Cheers to a grand July summer Friday & weekend!!!

Scratch-NOT sings—yes Mom!!!