Writer Joan Didion Shares Some Life Advice

Snow came to Vancouver for Christmas! On December 30, 2021, the sun came out and pathways in the snow welcomed us to embrace the winter chill. As I walked towards the Vancouver Seawall, I heard my cellphone notification, alerting me to an incoming e-mail from my sister, Sarah. Her message was short and confined toContinue reading “Writer Joan Didion Shares Some Life Advice”

Shimmer Time by Aliya Orr

“I hope the work inspires people to take a minute off their screens and to take in the world around them. The small details: subtle shifts of light, subtle shifts of colour. These small things that transform the world around us.” Artist Aliya Orr Shimmer Time,’ a 90-metre sculptural light artwork was unveiled at theContinue reading “Shimmer Time by Aliya Orr”

Celebrating Robert Burns

On January 25, 2022, the world will commemorate Robert Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, with a Burns Supper on the day of his birth. The great Scottish poet and lyricist has been honoured with titles of National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet. He penned in the language of the Scots, evenContinue reading “Celebrating Robert Burns”

Celebrating National Hat Day 2022

National Hat Day was celebrated on January 15, 2022. There was a time when no one left their homes without a hat. Over the decades hats have made a slow descent from their peak in the late 1920’s. The usual explanation for the decline is associated with the introduction of public transit and cars. TheseContinue reading “Celebrating National Hat Day 2022”

Sarah’s Gift

My sister, Sarah, and I receive the same “Poem-A-Day e-mail, which is a great way to start to a new day. On New Year’s Eve, I received a text from Sarah alerting me to a poem that had come to her inbox. The poem had arrived a few days before Sarah’s text. With our recentContinue reading “Sarah’s Gift”

#WarAndPeace2022 Readalong

2022 will be the year of Leo Tolstoy. You are invited guests! Liz Humphreys from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Elisabeth Van Der Meer from Porvoo, Finland will be my companions on this reading adventure. We invite one and all to participate. If you are unable to read War and Peace, you are most welcome to followContinue reading “#WarAndPeace2022 Readalong”