Under the Cherry Blossoms

It was a fresh spring day 2020 when I read the sign on the garden gate that said “temporarily closed” due to COVID-19. The benches outside the garden had been taken away to encourage social distancing. It was the beginning of something that no one was able to define or categorize. We were heading into…

Canada Day – July 1, 2013

“Courage, my friends; ‘tis not too late to build a better world.” Tommy Douglas, Politician who was voted the Greatest Canadian Canadians joined together to honour Canada’s 146th birthday.   It is our national day to commemorate the July 1, 1867 date of Canada’s confederation. There was plenty of music, laughter, parades and fireworks.  We have…

Gone With The Wind

“Yes, I want money more than anything else in the world.” “Then you’ve made the only choice. But there’s a penalty attached, as there is to most things you want. It’s loneliness.” Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind   Today, on June 30, 1936, Gone with the Wind was released to the public with great fanfare.  …

The Classical Music Man

“Do whatever you do intensely.” Robert Henri Happy Birthday, Nelson Ackerman Eddy!   Born on June 29, 1901, Nelson Eddy would single-handedly introduce millions of young people to classical music, inspiring many to follow a musical career.  What is remarkable about Nelson was his superstar appeal to both the devoted opera traditionalist and the wildly enthusiastic…

Defining the Future

“Study the past if you would define the future.”  Confucius   Throughout the centuries, June 28th has given us historical moments that defined our present. “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” Alexander, the Great was born…

The Decline & Fall

“Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.”  Edward Gibbon There is a book that I have not had the courage to start.  It comes in three volumes and resides quite contentedly on one of my bookshelves behind two wooden elephants….