My Zen Moment – Winter & Spring

Winter and spring come together on the vernal equinox to connect our world. I feel the gentle touch of spring even as winter continues to be in season. The snowdrop has arrived, the winter wind has softened, and the sun is moving toward the vernal equinox that will come one month from today at preciselyContinue reading “My Zen Moment – Winter & Spring”

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”

Sonnet 73 That Time of Year with William Shakespeare

This is the season of changing colours and winds of winter’s coming. It is a perfect time to read Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare, which uses natural metaphors of decline and decay to speak of aging and transitions. Autumn, fading sunset, twilight, and glowing fire remind us that love grows stronger, more profound as weContinue reading “Sonnet 73 That Time of Year with William Shakespeare”

Walking The Grand Boulevard

The autumn season has arrived, and the vibrant colours surround me as I walk the Grand Boulevard in North Vancouver, once known as “The Broadest City Avenue in America”.   The Grand Boulevard was featured as the North Shore’s Own Champs Elysées.   This story begins in 1908, when the North Vancouver Land and ImprovementContinue reading “Walking The Grand Boulevard”

Welcome May

Welcome May Tonight, I am welcoming the arrival of May, the month of gentle green leaves and vibrant spring flowers, warm afternoons and cool evenings. The month of May is thought to have its origins in the Roman goddess Maia, the embodiment of growth. Whenever I look back into mythology, I am amazed by howContinue reading “Welcome May”

Celebrating the Colour Purple

Purple has been with us since ancient days. According to a legend handed down through the centuries, purple was discovered by Heracles, or rather his dog. It all began when Heracles, with his dog and his companion nymph, Tyrus, decided to take an afternoon walk along the coastline of the Levant. It was a beautifulContinue reading “Celebrating the Colour Purple”