Sunday Evening Reflection: Celebrating Robert Burns

January 25, 2020, the world celebrated Robert Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, the great Scottish poet and lyricist.  He has been given the honoured titles of National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet. Whenever I join in the chorus of Auld Lang Syne, I feel a debt of gratitude to Robert Burns,…

Sunday Evening Reflection – Canada in Winter

Canadian winters are legendary.  Think Snowmageddon St. John’s Newfoundland this past weekend and Edmonton, Alberta’s coldest morning of this century: Wednesday morning (January 15, 2020) when the temperature set a record  of – 37.8 degrees Celsius.  I grew up in Northern Manitoba where the average temperature in January is considered “severely cold.”  So, when Vancouver…

Celebrating Hat Day on A Snow Day

“Some hats can only be worn if you’re willing to be jaunty, to set them at an angle and to walk beneath them with a spring in your stride as if you’re only a step away from dancing. They demand a lot of you.” Neil Gaiman January 15th is National Hat Day, an unofficial holiday…

Sunday Evening Reflection: Klapa Music in Croatia

The Vancouver winter storm was to be over in an afternoon.  And yet, here I am in the late evening looking out my window onto a street full of snow, with more coming overnight.  It is a lovely sight, especially from my warm perch with a cup of tea close by. Tomorrow, everyone (including me)…

All Aboard

It’s January which means resolution time. And of course, my exercise program is firmly in place, set to begin tomorrow, or the next day or the next.  You know how it is when the winter sets in and the tea, cozy chair and stack of books are in desperate need of our immediate attention. But…

Sunday Reflection: Walking the Red Willow Trail

“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” Wendell Berry, Remembering I live in Vancouver.  It has been my home for many years, and it is highly likely that I will grow old in a city that has always been kind to me. And yet, St. Albert, Alberta, the…