…of headlines & good…

…”Auschwitz is  a place to pay respects, not take selfies”…”A broken America needs more Hillary Clinton, not less”….”How the USA went haywire?–it’s in the country’s genes”…”EU will ‘move on’ from Brexit”…”Twitter founder says Trump presidency is product of short attention spans”…”This small business makes fake food that looks good enough to eat”…

All in a day’s headlines that read my oh my, what a world….

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou

I hate humankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. ~adapt. Joseph Baretti, quoted by James Boswell, 1766

Believe not in anything simply because you have heard it. Believe not in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Believe not in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Believe not in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Believe not in traditions only because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. ~adapt. Buddha

Cheers to a truly good day!







….of wisdom & a sensational summer week…



…”BREXIT: UK economy must endure ‘short sharp shock’ after vote”…”Does it matter what the new Prime Minister wears?”…”After the Nice attack: If he’s a nobody, who do we blame?”…

All in the day’s headlines as the new Uk Prime Minister Theresa May will make her first foreign trip as Prime Minister this week to Berlin on Wednesday and Brussels & Paris, thereafter.

Cheers to a wise and wonderful Monday & a sensational summer week!


…of ‘headlines’…


…”British astronaut blasts off in six month space mission”…”Number of female billionaires increases sevenfold in 20 years”…”The Donald: scuffles, threats and support for a candidate riding high”…

All in a mid-month December Tuesday’s headlines…

Indeed, as our world turns, there’s always some sort of spin!…

“Why turkey farmers in Canada are going organic, though it means higher costs and greater risk”

“Hamilton tv station lays off 129 full-time employees, cuts back on local news”

“The best and worst moments in the Star Wars saga” & “The unknown Canadian behind some of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits”

“How a demure Montreal lab worker created the world’s best and uniquely Canadian whisky”

It was while making newspaper deliveries, trying to miss the bushes and hit the porch, that I first learned the importance of accuracy in journalism. ~Charles Osgood

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: “President Can’t Swim.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. ~Ben Hecht

In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled. ~Paul Eldridge

Harmony seldom makes a headline. ~Silas Bent

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that likely won’t make the headlines but can certainly sing a pre- happy holidays hymn of harmony!



kindness A recent presentation at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners conference held in Vancouver shared this food for thought quotation about a habit of being!

How much more wonderful could our wonderful world be if all of us took the stance that we can never be too kind!

The news headlines of the day scream of so much hurt and suffering in our world and the crosses humanity bears…

As Maundy Thursday & Passover observances around the world lead into “Good Friday”, a time for observed reflection & a statutory holiday for many, let’s all simply find roots & wings to our own life story to:

…seek justice
…love kindness
…walk humbly

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. ~Author Unknown

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine she sees all day. ~adapt.quote in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. ~Frank Tyger

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Unknown

A kind word is like a Spring day. ~Russian Proverb

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~19th century rhyme used in primary schools

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches all we see!


Sadly on this date in 1963, just days after the Kennedy assasination, the worst Canadian air industry disaster until the more recent Air India incident in 1985, happened.  TCA’s (now Air Canada) newest aircraft, in service two months, crashed enroute between Montreal & Toronto killing all on board and with such devastation to the aircraft that a cause could never be determined….

An odd cornucopia of headlines in the life section of one of today’s newspapers!……”My 12 year old son’s not ready for menopause”….”Would You Create a Social Media Account for Your Baby?”…”It’s been three weeks” she says: Should I keep waiting to have sex with my new guy?”…My Dating Line Up: Mr. Too Soon, Mr. Cheap, Mr. Weird”…”Five easy appetizers for entertaining”…

Cheers to…entertaining!!!…

A UK newspaper article asks “Has anyone got a better name for mincemeat?”….no meat, no suet, just fruit, spices & cider….

Interesting question to ponder over tea & a tart…

“The Power of Pendants”…apparently “pendant lighting has taken the design world by storm.  Placement, particularly over kitchen islands, adds function and style.”

Cheers to a Friday and out-with-November-in-with-December weekend that’s decisive, conclusive, definitive & may noone/nothing leave you hanging!….

Up, up & no sway!


…”one today”…

“Apple Fest”, “Writers’ Fest”, “Oktoberfest”…cheers to the fest of times that sees Vancouver celebrating apples, the written word, & German heritage & traditions!…

“Throne Speech leaves dissatisfaction and lacks convicton, like a Botox treatment gone bad”…

“Pot (marijuan) vending machines to start rolling into Canada after firm partners with US company”…

“Study finds Oreo cookies as addictive as cocaine”….

“Hillary Clinton gets a parking ticket while accepting UK award” while “Hallowe’en costumes cancelled at Ontario school”…

“US Federal Employees Instructed to Return to Work Thursday”…

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,
each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper—
bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives—
to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming,
or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain
the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
breathing color into stained glass windows,
life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
onto the steps of our museums and park benches
as mothers watch children slide into the day.

One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane
so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains
mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it
through the day’s gorgeous din of honking cabs,
buses launching down avenues, the symphony
of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,
the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,
or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open
for each other all day, saying: hello, shalom,
buon giorno, howdy, namaste, or buenos días
in the language my mother taught me—in every language
spoken into one wind carrying our lives
without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed
their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked
their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:
weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report
for the boss on time, stitching another wound
or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,
or the last floor on the Freedom Tower
jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
who couldn’t give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together. – Richard Blanco




A good question in one of the mainstream media newspapers today is “what makes a headline a headline?”….

Rather than trying to answer it, I will say that many of this morning’s headlines could certainly leave one with a very discouraging outlook on life….

On a lighter note, one article asks how did we ever manage before smartphones and outlines 10 apps we didin’t know we needed:……

RunPee: gives you a list of opportune times to run and pee (or grab a snack) during a movie. “Never miss a  pivotal scene or one-line zinger again”

..the other 9 are equally ridiculous…..

Apparently fans of hit shows “Are you being served?” and “Downton Abbey” could be mesmerized soon by a new BBC series “Paradise” -seduction in the city they say, that will remind us of how revolutinary grand department stores were in the 70’s……

In Canada, it seems, it’s been Eaton’s, Woodward’s, Simpson’s & Sears and the grand fizzle…..might there be some sort of revival?!….

Headlines….smartphone apps…department stores….

What will be the feature item in your pre-Canadian thanksgiving Thursday??…

Cheers to the highlight of your day!

Thanks be.



Six to eight hours of sleep per night is important for minimized risks to your health according to a recent study.  If that’s not the case for you nowadays I guess the message is to not lose sleep over it but eat healthy, live wise, and attempt to manage stress levels as best you can.  All easier said than done but seems not so bad after a good night’s sleep!

Another study of 1,000 people in the U.S.  reveals that people who eat chocolate a few times a week or more generally weigh less than those who rarely indulge.  Antidoxidants in chocolate that benefit lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as decrease body weight!   Guess that means things will be “lookin’ Purdy” for Vancouverites and their Easter weekend chocolate indulgences!  Easter Bunnies and a good egg!

A read or listen to the business news is a study in itself! ….slow paced pension reform, budgets put the squeeze on business, wage gains, job losses, “life miserable for years to come”, “tough times for 20 somethings”, more taxis for Vancouver, even “being a mean mom will create good kids!”

Cheers for a studious day!   “Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.”–Benjamin Franklin