…of iris, ‘Mr/Madam Speaker’, & love….

Iris in Vancouver’s Stanley Park!

…”Expect the Speaker to be taking sides in the BC political fray”…”Terror in Britain: Love is not enough”….

SOMETHING ABOUT….”the rules of the house are clear that in the event of a tie, the speaker “shall give a casting vote” to break the deadlock. A sure way to politicize the office by forcing the speaker to regularly take sides in the partisan fray.”

And so it will go soon!

SOMETHING ABOUT….“run, hide, tell, like ‘duck & cover’ was taught to a previous generation of school children. ‘Love will conquer hate’. But is love enough?….Is something more required? Obviously yes, but just what might that be? A dilemma.”

“Listen to our cries for mercy, come to our relief,

My spirit grows faint within me, my heart within me is dismayed,

My spirit fails,

Preserve our lives, bring us out of trouble,

Lead us on level ground.”  a wee paraphrase prayer for our world

May it be so!






…of negative/positive, life & compassion…


As the google doodle today reminds us of the discoverer of blood groups/blood types, the “A,B,AB,O” of it is,—-regardless of where we find ourselves in ‘the groupings’ & despite the negativity in our world, we should all try to maintain attitudes that are positive!

The Goblet of Life

Filled is Life’s goblet to the brim;
And though my eyes with tears are dim,
I see its sparkling bubbles swim,
And chant a melancholy hymn
With solemn voice and slow.

No purple flowers,–no garlands green,
Conceal the goblet’s shade or sheen,
Nor maddening draughts of Hippocrene,
Like gleams of sunshine, flash between
Thick leaves of mistletoe.

This goblet, wrought with curious art,
Is filled with waters, that upstart,
When the deep fountains of the heart,
By strong convulsions rent apart,
Are running all to waste.

And as it mantling passes round,
With fennel is it wreathed and crowned,
Whose seed and foliage sun-imbrowned
Are in its waters steeped and drowned,
And give a bitter taste.

Above the lowly plants it towers,
The fennel, with its yellow flowers,
And in an earlier age than ours
Was gifted with the wondrous powers,
Lost vision to restore.

It gave new strength, and fearless mood;
And gladiators, fierce and rude,
Mingled it in their daily food;
And he who battled and subdued,
A wreath of fennel wore.

Then in Life’s goblet freely press,
The leaves that give it bitterness,
Nor prize the colored waters less,
For in thy darkness and distress
New light and strength they give!

And he who has not learned to know
How false its sparkling buhbles show,
How bitter are the drops of woe,
With which its brim may overflow,
He has not learned to live.

The prayer of Ajax was for light;
Through all that dark and desperate fight
The blackness of that noonday night
He asked but the return of sight,
To see his foeman’s face.

Let our unceasing, earnest prayer
Be, too, for light,–for strength to bear
Our portion of the weight of care,
That crushes into dumb despair
One half the human race.

O suffering, sad humanity!
O ye afflicted one; who lie
Steeped to the lips in misery,
Longing, and yet afraid to die,
Patient, though sorely tried !

I pledge you in this cup of grief,
Where floats the fennel’s bitter leaf !
The Battle of our Life is briet
The alarm,–the struggle,–the relief,
Then sleep we side by side.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings—COMPASSION !!!


…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!



…of ‘stop & go’, let go, & may it be so!…


As the google doodle today honours the first traffic light, what better topic than ‘STOP & GO’ ?!!!!

Our lives are full of stop & go!

Some might say, stop & go, & let go, from the get go…

Life’s just like that!

As cranky young toddlers, probably one of the first things we hear is “stop it!”

By the first day of school, it’s parents encouragingly…..”go!”

And so it goes with roots & wings we head out into the world to make our mark, to experience the chaos, to form part of the ‘new world order’.

And it continues on & on for generations now & to come!

Yes, our lives are full of signals.

Reading them. Being in tune with life. Compassionate.

Some say that’s using our intuition…

How are you at sensing the signals in your day?

Are you caught up in the treadmill of life’s routines & stresses & sometimes oblivious to them? Or is there not much that passes you by in the sensitivities of human interactions in all kinds of situations?

Most of us are probably somewhere in between.

“I had no idea!”

“I wish I’d known!”

“Keep me in the loop!”

We’ve all heard & said these things repeatedly in our lifetimes, I bet.

Somehow they all seem to indicate a reliance on others amidst opportunities for ourselves to do something a little differently in maneuvering the roadways of life.

….Waiting for the light to turn green….

Somewhere. Somehow. Sometime.

Letting go of our self-centered ways perhaps.

Easing up on our pre-conceived notions.

Accelerating or should that be excelling in new perceptive & spontaneous ways of kindness & compassion.

Cheers to a Wednesday and days ahead of may it be so!


…of bureaucracy, weather & out-of-control…


“Internal costs at Veterans Affairs jump while death, disability funding unspent”…”Mental health patients need a spectrum of services, officials say”…”No place for torture in society”…

Is it just me, or do headlines like these not somehow scream let’s nix some of our out-of-control bureaucracies & return to a more compassionate world where care for one another is paramount?!…

Is that really too idealistic? I like to think–NOT.

Vancouver’s sudden mild temperatures (13-15C) and abundance of rain and an anticipated “king tide” for today has seen the city works department place 30,000 sandbags along a low level road near Locarno Beach to deal with anticipated flooding in the low-lying area.

Wednesday will be a day that shouts–stay dry!

Days and weeks and situations can often make it seem like things are out of control.

I have a friend that says her day to day task in her workplace is to manage the chaos!…

Cheers to a wonderful mid-week Wednesday that sings—“all is calm, all is bright!”

If all else fails, take time for tea—delight!


…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!….