Pathways

This past weekend, I picked up a 100% Natural Trail Mix, a coastal berry blend.   I loved the tag line – “real food for real people.”  I give the marketing team top marks for their branding message. I turned over the package to read the fine print (i.e. how many calories).  And that is where…

A Poet’s Inspiration

When I think of a poet’s capacity to synthesize complex concepts into a single sentence or a few words, I am curious about where their insight comes from. When you dig into the poet’s background there is always a source of inspiration. Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was awarded the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The…

When you arise

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius

Interest in the Future

Thomas Edison (1847-1931) held 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the most famous of all – electric light bulb.  Thirty years after his birth, another famous inventor, engineer and businessman came along – Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958).  He held 186 patents.  Although he does not have the…

Rainforest, Art & the End of the World

January 2012, I travelled back to Belize.  My last visit, over 30 years ago, was to British Honduras.  The name may have changed, but the beauty remains.  Our Mayan guide assured us that everyone had misunderstood the Apocalypse prophecy.  The world would not come to an end in December – they were planning a massive…

The Waterfall Building

“Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.” Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect It is known as the Waterfall Building – another architectural landmark designed by our Arthur Erickson. Every time I pass by, I stop for a few moments just to enjoy the sounds of water, before I move on…