…of ‘wildfire persistence’, ‘alarming frequency’ & ‘drive-ins’….

….”No end in sight for BC wildfires”…”Americans crossing into Canada carrying guns with ‘alarming frequency'”…”Even in their twilight, drive-ins offer more than just a movie”…

Concerning for so many, the BC wildfires continue throughout British Columbia one month after the province declared a state of emergency.  Smoke persists in permeating the skies in the the metro Vancouver area.

Apparently, “the duration of the disaster is weather-dependent and without rain, crews are doing their best to contain and direct the fire away from communities.”

Let there be respite!

Seemingly, these summer months, it’s proving a trying challenge for border guards to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can’t bring firearms into our country while on vacation.

Interestingly enough, “many don’t realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country. Many of the tourists are 60 and older, and from the South.”

Education the best weapon!

Stay safe folks!

When’s the last time you went to a drive-in movie?

Perhaps for many, it’s a never experienced phenomenon!

Apparently, “the drive-in movie industry is still alive and well in many parts of Canada.”

One enthusiastic operator expounds  “We have modern playgrounds, immaculate facilities, and great concession offerings. We welcome dogs, we play the national anthem before the movies begin. It’s an entire experience people are after.” 

Bravo to “Everything old can be new again, especially if a community values it.”

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings–treasure your community & all that it offers!

Have a fine summer day!











…’tween Christmas & New Year’s eve…


It’s that time of year when the carols of hope, peace, joy, & love have been sung for another Advent/Christmas season.

The songs of waiting & expectation soared in crescendo about joy for our world.

The gatherings of families and friends echoed love & community from shore to shore to shore around our globe.

The ‘blank page’ that’s 2017 is ready for what shall be!

The next chapter

Endings &  beginnings


Cheers to a ‘catch your breath’ couple of days!….






…of ‘laughter’ ‘tears’ & ‘fears’…


…”So what if you never get married?”…”Adele: ‘I don’t let body image issues rule my life'”…”We must get men to talk”…”Free Big Macs for life: only if you’re a billionaire”…”South Africa: Why students have turned on their parents’ generation”…”The sight of a reporter expressing emotion is a sign of the times”…

All in a day’s headlines & one more—“Where is the fastest growing city in the world?”…

Apparently, pictured above, is the planet’s “fastest growing metropolis in the world–Batam, Indonesia.”

Cheers to a Wednesday where community, compassion, & considerate can be the song for everyone!





“Canada’s first Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Wants to Give Guests A Unique Experience from the Moment They Check In”…

That’s Vancouver’s Pender Street, Sqwachays (pronounced Skwatch-eyes) Lodge, 18 suites each uniquely designed by a team of aboriginal artists & designers and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society.

The hotel’s official opening was yesterday and it will “see profits support indigenous artists who live in 24 other suites in the building. The artists are given studio space at the lodge, where they produce carvings and other artwork sold in the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery on the main floor.”

Restaurant features are planned to soon include such delicacies as wild smoked salmon dip with bannock chips, candied salmon, and mushroom duck salad.

Kudos & cheers to concept & community!–may they both flourish!

One’s Offering

I may not have seen the Buffalo roam.
I may not have seen the Eagle fly.
But deep inside my soul the Great
One planted a seed to grow.
Oh how I wish I had been able to roam like the Buffalo and fly like the Eagle so
So I may too, touch the mountain tops that reach for the sky.
Just as I see all people here today.
All of different Shades and Creeds
Not one Person, but all People have added color to my eyes so that I too may See.
So glorious is every day, that we all have another day to Breathe.
Cheri Jubinville

Fine Friday & October weekend sings—earth, sky, water, wind—breathe!

…of fruit & the loom…& a good apple!…


“Building a Better Apple: Move over McIntosh, the new SweeTango is the future of the fruit”…”How I Overcame My Fear of Spiders”…

Apparently the ‘SweeTango’ is “a truly better apple that gives people a truly memorable experience!—explosively crisp with a real apple taste!”

Cheers to the “crunchy taste of progress!”….the mantra of those behind its development.

My ‘spys’ tell me the ‘gala’ still continues for lovers of ‘GrannySmith’ & ‘McIntosh’ as nostalgia sings there’s room for multi core-values!



Terrified by creepy-crawlies?…Overcoming your fear?…I’ll just leave it to–see details on the web! 🙂

…oh what a tangled web they weave!…

As we springboard from a ‘thanksgiving’ long weekend & thoughts of the blessings in our lives, we realize too, that there are always going to be some uncertainties that loom in the days ahead.

Life’s just like that…

At the same time we can focus, I think, on some of the ‘fabric’ of our lives that weaves a strong sense of community together, buoying each one of us in our day to day living.

For family, for colleagues, for friends, for common interest groups, for nurturing our nation…

For community!

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings—“neck of the woods,” “stomping ground”, and smiles–“you’re a good apple!”


…of community, belonging—YES!


“Seven BC Jobs That Redefine What Hard Work Really Is”…”Wildfires dying down in BC thanks to cool weather & rainfall”…”Loneliness: a silent plague that is hurting young people the most”…

Talk about “workforce” & energy and I think anyone who takes their job seriously, will say that no matter what the job, every one has its challenges.
Stress, professional joys, growth & rewards and at the same time recurring disappointments in a variety of ways but all hopefully outweighed, for the most part, by a sense of enjoyment in what one’s gainfully doing and growing as a person in collegiality with others….

Apparently, difficulty and hard work redefined can be seen most predominantly with its accompanying mental, physical, and emotional challenges in the labours of paramedics, deep sea divers, tree fallers, pest controllers, trauma nurses, camp cooks, and diamond drillers in our fine province of British Columbia!…

No doubt you can think of a few other occupations where you find yourself too!….

Cheers to “dyb dyb dyb dob dob dob”—do your best! do our best!
(a cheer to Akela in Canada’s Cub Scouting movement)

May you always think your job grand & may it always have you howling! …. : )

It’s good news to hear that some of those displaced from their homes by wildfires raging around British Columbia have been able to return, although still cautioned to be ready to
evacuate again, if necessary.

Cheers to cooler weather and rainfall continuing to quell the flames and assist the many firefighters deployed to contain some very serious fire risks!…

Interesting to note that a recent research study reveals loneliness is in fact a greater concern among young people than the elderly.

“Social media and the internet can be both a boon and a problem”, say the researchers, “beneficial when they allow contact with distant loved ones, but not when they replace face-to-face contact”.

Cheers to well-being & interactions and feelings–isolation-free!…

Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ~Henry David Thoreau, 1854

We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together…. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude. ~Helen Hayes

The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. ~Marya Mannes

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. ~Jack Kerouac

We visit others as a matter of social obligation. How long has it been since we have visited with ourselves? ~Morris Adler

Everyone’s alone — or so it seems to me.
They make noises, and think they are talking to each other;
They make faces, and think they understand each other.
And I’m sure they don’t. Is that a delusion?
T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.”
JOHN STEINBECK, “In Awe of Words”

Confronted by too much emptiness … the brain invents. Loneliness creates company as thirst creates water. How many sailors have been wrecked in pursuit of islands that were merely a shimmering?
MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

May there be community & collegiality in your day!

You do belong!


…of us & them = we…

At Dunsmuir/Hornby–“Excuse me Sir, are you from here? “How do we get to the heritage area-Gastown & could you tell us why there seem to be SO MANY ‘homeless’ & ‘street’ people around here?!”

So were the words of a quartet of inquiring minds having three days visiting Vancouver from the Philadelphia area before boarding a cruiseship to Alaska…

Telling them the way, was no problem.

Responding to the why…

Let’s just say, at first taken abit aback by the question….thinking, after learning where they were from, perhaps the issue must certainly be more profound there than here….
and finally responding with, “well just beyond the Gastown area where you are heading is the Skid Road capital of Canada, what’s called the Downtown Eastside where poverty, substance abuse & alcoholism, and street problems are at their worst in our country.”

A totally inadequate answer that did nothing to respond to the why of it.

Sadly, it’s a growing problem that’s been here for decades. A startling one to me too, back when first relocating to our city in 1980!

Community & initiative are two words that come to mind.

What could be different if we all tried to act in ways of compassion that truly go contrary to some of our common upbringing?!

By that I mean, things like from a young age being taught–don’t talk to strangers;

Facts of life that have us thinking with an “us and them” mentality;

Somehow failing to recognize the realities of circumstances, that firstly scream trauma, mental illnesses, despair, & isolation that are catalysts to spiralling poverty and its accompaniments.

With some elements of denial or feelings that the problems are so big, I think as individuals, we too often dismissively think we can’t do much about any of it.

Cheers to another “us and them” day that could can and should become “WE”!!

A community–wide- far & near, together- ONE, with abundance and prosperity, joys & peace for ALL.

In it, as June rolls into July, a new month, a new start–How might WE each take some initiative?!…

…open with care…

A fun muse of a question in today’s media poses,— who asked the first rhetorical question?!…

It seems we live a lifetime full of questions, so it will be interesting to see just what some of the answers to that one might be!…

Have you ever had times in your own life where in those –I’m not-a-mind-reader moments or anxiety ridden intances of waiting-for-a-response/reply you just want to scream “Answer me!”??….

Sometimes it’s just about common courtesy.

Sometimes it’s maybe we didn’t ask the best question in the first place.

Sometimes it’s about biting-the-bullet and not being afraid to ask despite our hesitancies and anxieties.

As much as we pride ourselves on being independent thinkers, there are times when collegiality or companionship or being part of a larger community can be a stroke of luck in helping us find justification or observations, explanations and direction toward what some answers or resolve for the future might be.

Open minds, open hearts, open doors…



Cheers to a conclusively wonderful Monday!

…of corner stores, design & community…

According to a recent study, the corner store is disappearing from neighbourhoods and in Vancouver it’s a fact that 82% of them are apparently in non-residential areas. A startling statistic is that the median annual property taxes for such stores according to city records is $23,000.  “A lot of bread and milk to cover rent and taxes.”

The study concludes that there’s a correlation between affordable housing and corner stores in a neighbourhood.  “An equilibrium, a balancing in a dynamic neighbourhood….”

Cheers to green grocers…may things balance out so they shout “we’re in your corner!…..”

As the Interior Design Show West gets underway at the Vancouver Convention Centre there’s an interesting tale in today’s news about Vancouver’s Bocci lighting designers and their participation in London UK’s similar design show where they have showcased their products illuminating the entrance to the Victoria  and Albert Museum, the hub to London’s week long event.

Cheers to all designers…..may success be beyond their creativity and imagination!…..

Home sweet home, a phrase that we can all identify with!….

A huge part of that is not only the physical abode,  design features and all, but also—-the community!

We are all one
and share the same soul

Our hearts are unlocked
like our doors used to be

In appreciation
of a moment or person
magic happens

Compassion is not passing by
compassion is moving forward
with passion
with a heart softened
remembering that we can
slow down at anytime
to touch, feel, connect
and truly know
each other
just by moving forward
with heart softened

share it
you can spare it

A hug
will heal a lot

Blind, absolute tolerance
a brand new start
no blame
from a brand new view
no games
let the colors bleed
or stay fast
but let them mean
not to the whole
only the owner

After that
we’ll all dance

Joy of a child
shows bravery
of the world

Don’t just walk
in someone’s shoes
walk in their feet…
blisters and all
Stumbling, tripping, rambling
through life until I found
something that mattered
It wasn’t something
that I could touch, taste or smell
but it was more solid somehow
What a community can give-
intangible, but more real
than anything I’d ever known
and the benefits, better
than being alone
isolation didn’t appeal anymore

When wondering
what should be done
to another
don’t just shoot from the hip
and do what you’d have them do
but simply ASK
what they want from you

Can I care for those
who share my space and world?
Of course, I can
We can all be a chorus of compassion.
Sing people, SING!

Feeling compassion
for the sagging ashen flesh
of the late-night-please
send-fifteen cents-kitten eyed girl
and the roll of flesh of the EBT card
fried-chicken-white bread-pall mall stench man
struggling against millions
of years of evolution

Compassion is caring and sharing
It doesn’t matter who you are
or where you come from
It’s about each contributing
what he or she can bring
so that we can all be one

Community: come on,
let’s get some unity
“Be excellent to each other
and party on Dude!!!”

Compassion for the broken people,
the pariahs of the community
can be rewarding

Our charter of compassion
may be no Magna Carta
but Jack Kerouac
wasn’t no Siddhartha

My heart hums…
hearing… listening…
to butterfly wings
flap away the confusion
of being a caterpillar…
embracing life and living
with respect
for all creation

You are unique

truly caring and understanding
everyone in every form

Help me to respect
value, and treat all
as I would wish to be treated

sharing, experiencing

Sharing heartfelt heartbeats
while embracing poetic song
finger snaps encouraging community

Intense, full finding a way
to release the truth
a sigh of feeling complete

Community like a great sycamore
is deeply connected
individually we soar at tips of branches
each dancing to own rhythm
yet harmonically as one
At any height we sing
with fear knowing
we are held securely by others
and while we bend with each storm
we will not break
for together our back is strong
and our feet are firmly planted

When you feel like
the worst has come to pass
remember all the sorrows of others
then tell yourself…
wait and hope
A place where you check your ego
at the door and walk in

A unique consideration and compassionate
understanding of one and the relationship
to group that allows Creation’s light
to shine on that, one, and all

Resist greed
denounce hate speech
stand up to ignorance
share your love
fight injustice   —-from the Springfield Community Civility Project (Slpringfield, Missouri)

Cheers to a belonging kinda Friday & weekend!….




A little piece of trivia—-months that start on a Sunday, will always have a Friday the 13th!…

Happy 2nd of September Labour Day, a Canadian holiday preamble to an upcoming frightful Friday in–as they like to say in Britain, just less than a fortnight’s time.

Some simple thoughts to ponder for our world…..


Let there be light, let there be understanding….

Cheers to talk & sing together, one song–love, for the community that’s our world!…..