…..of ‘hmmm’, heat, & fog…

…”Liquor policy review: Vancouver council allows grocery stores to sell booze”….”Hottest day of the year forecast for Britain this weekend”…

…..hmmm…..time will tell, some of the implications of all this!….

It seems on top of the ‘political heat’ that’s facing the nation, Britain will also experience its hottest forecast weather for the year with temperatures to soar into the 30s C in the south and south east.   Pollen levels expected to sing—nothing to sneeze at too! Temperatures expected to remain high throughout next week!

Vancouver early morning sunshine can sometimes be overshadowed by fog that seems to roll in out of nowhere!

The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary. ~Alfred Kreymborg

Though outwardly a gloomy shroud,
The inner half of every cloud
Is bright and shining:
I therefore turn my clouds about
And always wear them inside out
To show the lining.
~Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. ~Buddha

Cheers to a Fine Friday & weekend that sings—SHINE!!!

 

 

…of ‘shine’…

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As the ‘google doodles’ remind us, today is not only Earth Day around the world, but in Canada, also a day to specifically and intentionally look at further reconciliation with indigenous peoples across our country and ‘glorious & free’ land.

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…”No sketching signs betray everything museums are made for”…”Zero-wasters: the millennials that can fit a year’s worth of trash in a jar”…

SOMETHING ABOUT “No visit should be complete without tripping over a skinny-jeaned student clutching a sketchbook. This draconian diktat denies visitors their art education.”

SOMETHING ABOUT “They treasure taking a sleek, modern approach to reducing waste in their efforts to save the planet – but they face their fair share of criticism, too.”

Share a smile!

Give a handshake or a pat on the shoulder!

Say hello!

Stop, pause, help by holding open a door!

Give a hug, wipe away a tear!

Shine!

Simply.

Shine!

Cheers to a brilliant Friday & weekend!

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…of ‘shine on’ !!!…

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…”No beef allowed: Schools that have banned meat”…”Thousands risking health by shunning flu shot”…”Readers’ assignment: Share your photos of lighthouses around the world”…

There you have it!

A glimpse of some of the day’s headlines from around the globe!

How might one tie them all together, one wonders?!…

Be it at the school cafeteria or a work ‘canteen’, amidst the comforts of HomeSweetHome or out-and-about wherever you may be, cheers to a thriving Thursday that smiles—‘giving it my best shot’ at being a beacon of brilliance for our world!

Shine on!

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…of ‘Northern Lights’, urban life, & ‘Les Miz’…

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…”Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights visible much further south in UK than usual”…”Urban life: Where is the world’s most stressful city?”…”Les Quizerables: How much do you know about the revolutionary musical?”…

Shanghai? Cairo? Mumbai?…

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Apparently Miami ranks up there as #7 in the United States, with flooding a common inconvenience.

It’s 30 years ago today that Les Miserables (Les Miz) had its official LondonUK opening!

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If “all the world’s a stage”, whether you’re in an urban setting or at peace in the countryside, may today’s spotlight shine—Thursday: brilliant!!!

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…of bureaucrats, bungling & bravo…

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As bureaucrats continue to quibble over ‘authority, jurisdiction, balanced representation, reserve funds & borrowing limits’ the fact remains that “one of Canada’s gems–Vancouver’s Granville Island, a “social and cultural hub that fosters artisans, artists, local businesses and foodies in repurposed buildings” that hint of unique bygone days, has continued to delight locals and tourists for 35 years and counting.

Cheers to Vancouver’s Mayor & others who are spearheading a strong voice to Ottawa that locals must continue to participate in the Island’s management!

Interesting to note the various dictionary definitions of bureaucrat:

-“an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment”
-“an official who adheres to bureaucracy especially rigidly”
-“someone in a position of power who is more concerned with procedure or policy than people’s needs”
-“generally those seen as lacklusters who at the same time want efficiency and are usually associated with big things and wads of paperwork”

So there you have it! Is it just me, or is it more about how and by whom decision making gets done that could use a major overhaul?!?!…

Sadly, our local Fraser Health Authority bureaucrats charged with healthcare decision making in the Vancouver region, can boast a proud moment in having their hospitals named some of the “worst in Canada” for patient safety and quality of care.

Budgets, collective agreements, staffing education, congested working conditions, overtime hours, recurring super-bugs and hospital infections, ALL seem to lead the forefront of discussions—–is it just me or in all that are ‘patients’ somewhere way way down the list??!!…

Cheers to let’s somehow bigger picture–recalibrate!!!

Enough for another sunny summer Thursday morning one might say. Some positivity needed, for balance!

Did you know….

Vancouver is the 3rd largest city in Canada? (behind Toronto & Montreal)

Vancouver has the 4th largest cruiseship terminal in the world?

Vancouver has 3 professional sports teams – the Canucks (hockey), the Lions (football) and the Whitecaps (soccer)?

You can ski, bike, rollerblade, cycle, golf, sail, kayak – all on the same day?

The Vancouver Aquarium ranks in the top 5 around the world?

To all this we can shout——BRAVO!!!

Cheers to a red-tape/powers-that-be-LITE kinda day!!!

Shine!!!

…of road trips, Canadiana & summer…

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“Roadside satisfied: Six cross-Canada food stops worth pulling over for”…”After moving here, I think Americans would be happier if they were Canadians”…”Throwback summer: Tell your kids to get lost until dinner”…

Fun to note that Steveston’s Pajo’s Fish & Chips, on the outskirts of Vancouver, makes the list of cross-Canada food stops worth stopping for!

Indeed, “the floating shack on the wharf” is a favourite of locals and tourists alike!

If you get as far as the westcoast of Vancouver Island, Westside Grill & TacoFino in Tofino, BC made the list too!

Cheers to on the road again!–cod, salmon, halibut & “killer slaw!”….

A terrific tale of an American who first came to Canada in his 20’s, initially “surprised by the lack of flannel shirts & log cabins, the depiction of Canadian life “by line drawings on the side of maple syrup jugs.”

“Soon after I arrived”, he writes, “a couple from South Africa befriended me. A Japanese author became a mentor in my studies. This wasn’t new: I had met immigrants before, but on Canadian soil, the beauty of their background had more permission to shine. The difference was subtle but real. My world expanded rapidly.”My view of Canada started to recalibrate. In time, I realized that Canada is forever aware of “the other.” As a country with two official languages, there’s always a second opinion, a perennial need to co-operate across cultural lines to move forward. Until that moment, I didn’t grasp that humility, empathy and co-operation are the virtues that actually matter on the world stage. I’ve found Canada’s capacity for honest observation a helpful corrective. After a dozen years north of the border, I’m listening more and speaking less. I’m more aware of “the other”. I’m speechless with gratitude that my two-year-old daughter had access to free eye surgeries that saved her vision. I’m moved by the generosity Canadians express in the face of global catastrophes. I’m grateful for Canada’s savvy bankers who kept us from sub-prime follies. I love that Canadian restaurants put homemade doughnuts on dessert specials. I think Americans would be happier if they were Canadians.”

Cheers to shine & all things Canadian!!!…

A columnist expounds “See the door? Show it to your kids. Remind them there’s a whole world out there. A park is probably close by, or a ravine, or maybe a convenience store where they can go buy candy and just sit there on a skateboard getting a sugar high.”

I think he has a point on some levels. A bit scary for parents of young kids today but remember many of us spent all day running around as a kid in summers and it was indeed good for us! We DID discover things about ourselves and the world that we wouldn’t have if we were always shuttled from one activity to the next.

Cheers to can there be s happy medium in it???!!!….yes yes and just be sure they’re home in time for dinner!…

Summer!

…votives…

On the eve of British Columbia’s provincial election tomorrow, the weather has changed, the rain has returned, and there is much speculation about what will be the election result….

Time to get out the votives perhaps….

Someday many years from now
We’ll sit beside the candles glow
Exchanging tales about our past
And laughing as the memories flow
And when that distant day arrives
I know it will be understood
That friendship is the key to live
And we were friends and it was good.-Eileen Hehl

Cheers to a glowing day where all you do shines bright!

…gleam…glow…glitter…

The campaign against pink toys for girls enjoys rosy outlook. 

Snakes four times more dangerous than ladders. 

Dollar stores thrive during holiday season.

Just a few of the headlines this Wednesday before Christmas 2011.

On this eve of the winter solstice in Vancouver,  the good news that is Christmas for Christians and Hanukkah for the Jewish tradition has a common theme of light.

Holiday spirit….could we say it is light?  Lightness in our being?  Permeating, embracing, soothing, revitalizing, healing.  I like to think this light shines through all people and all things.  If we think of it that way, then there is real hope in all things!  We just need to latch onto the good in our lives and every day take baby steps to better.

So much for waxing philisophical on a dark December morning.

Whatever ladders you’re climbing may the climb be sure & steady and may there be  rosy in your outlook! 

Shine!