Archive | March, 2017

Words To Live By

30 Mar

Blog Post #341

There is a lot of advice, quotes and articles about finding happiness — but I think finding joy is simple.

As simple as a smile,  a laugh or an act of kindness. Below are a few words and phrases that help me experience a little more happiness every day.

Dancing

Dance. Laugh. Sing. Breathe. Dream. Practice Kindness. Smile. Learn. Play. Read. Love. Be Generous.

Hope. Feel. Listen. Eat. Walk. Cherish. Be Mindful. Express Gratitude.

Do you have any words, sayings or quotations that help you feel joyous?

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Haiku Spring

28 Mar

Blog Post #339

The snow has melted
trees stand stark against the sky
spring rain falls softly

Puddle Jumping

Our long, cold winter is over and even though spring has brought more rain than sunshine, we’re happy because the snow has disappeared, the air is warmer and we can feel the promise of summer. Yesterday, on my way to work, I noticed that the trees and shrubs were beginning to bud! I even spotted a few rhododendrons blooming, their vibrant red petals ablaze in the dull morning light.

And at last, the cherry trees are burgeoning with the fresh, delicate pinkness of a thousand flowers just in time for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017. This annual event includes many activities including the popular VCBF 2017 Haiku Invitational  which is now open for submissions. You have until June 1st, 2017 to enter — so grab your pencils and start writing!

5 Poses on Monday

27 Mar

Blog Post #338

Did you drag yourself out of bed this morning — dreading the day — already wishing it was Friday? Are you in serious need of a little motivation?

Triangle Pose

Try a short yoga sequence to help you have a better morning and a better week. You can do a google search for some poses that fit your level, your taste and your timeframe.

I like to do a gentle 10-minute sequence in the morning to ensure that I have a great day!

The five poses in this session start with Child’s Pose, then moves into Cat/Cow, followed by Downward Dog, Standing Forward Bend and ending with Triangle Pose.

This simple workout focuses on mindful breathing and gentle movement that helps you start your day with joy, energy and confidence.

Follow this link for instructions on these five easy morning poses.

Namaste

Greenery

26 Mar

Blog Post #337

Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery. A beautiful shade of green reminiscent of new growth, a feeling of crisp freshness. A favourite colour of mine.

I’ve assembled a few photos that I think encapsulate the emotions of this year’s colours. I hope these images invoke special memories and feelings for you. Please note that these are pictures that I have collected from free image sites and not photos that I have taken.

Enjoy!

Granny Smith Apples

 

Waterlily

 

Green shoes

 

Basil

 

Bird

 

Grass

 

Tulips

 

Limes

 

Thread

Six For Dinner — A Short Story

25 Mar

Blog Post #336

Another attempt at a six word story. It is more difficult than it sounds, but I’ll keep trying. Hint: This one is meant to be funny!

The smoke cleared — we ordered pizza.

Pizza

Tale as Old as Time

23 Mar

Blog Post #334

My daughters grew up with Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. It grew to be a family favourite, watched many times over for many years. It came as no surprise that they could barely contain themselves when the 2017 live action film came out. They went to see it the night it opened.

They loved it (although the eldest liked the original animated version better).

I went to see it this evening and I also loved it.

The movie followed the original closely with a few changes — changes that I think worked well. For instance, a little more of the Beast’s back story was told, adding a new level of understanding to his character. Belle’s father was an artist and not the wacky, loopy inventor as in the original. In fact, Belle was more the inventor — she constructed an ingenious washing machine so that she could read while doing laundry!

One other change that I appreciated, was the movie’s diversity – it was refreshing — subtle and an important step to normalizing different ethnicities in film. I also thought the controversy around LeFou’s “gayness” was a non-issue.

The costumes, make-up and special effects were outstanding — the movie was visually sumptuous. The music was lovely. The familiar songs were well done and I loved the new ones, especially the Beast’s solo.

Emma Watson’s portrayal of Belle was admirable — I had been a bit worried that all I would see was “Hermione”, but that wasn’t the case. Watson’s Belle is sweet, kind, independent and strong. And she can sing! I loved Dan Stevens as the Beast — his social awkwardness and his bristly demeanor were somehow endearing. The Beast, in this film version, was not as goofily adorable as the original, but his dark moodiness fit this movie and there were enough glimpses to his softer nature to warrant the audience’s sympathies. Luke Evans and Josh Gad were perfect in their respective roles of Gaston and his faithful sidekick, LeFou. Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Audra McDonald (Madame Garderobe), Stanley Tucci (Maestro Cadenza) and Kevin Kline (Belle’s father, Maurice) were all delightful and while their roles stayed close to the original, they each made the characters their own.

This “tale as old as time” is a lavish, beautiful and charming musical remake of Disney’s animated feature — sure to delight those who grew up with the animated Belle and those who will grow up with Emma Watson’s Belle.

I rate this movie: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Buddha Wisdom

22 Mar

Blog Post #333

Buddha

In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved,
how gently you lived, and
how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

~ Buddha

It’s World Poetry Day — So I Wrote A Haiku

21 Mar

Blog Post #332

It’s World Poetry Day — and everywhere I looked today I saw a poem. A few classics, some originals and several whimsical or humorous. Also, it’s Tuesday and that means — Haikuesday!

First, here is a haiku for World Poetry Day and below that is a poem about the English language. Enjoy!

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Raindrops gently fall
the breeze ripples the puddles
a crane flaps overhead

Crane

Why English is Hard to Learn

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

~ Anonymous

Monday Monday, So Good To Me

20 Mar

Blog Post #331

I love Monday!

Monday is…
A fresh start
The chance to set a new tone for the week
A great day to be alive

Crocus

Ok, Monday. Let’s do this!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

17 Mar

Blog Post #328

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Or… if you prefer English to Gaelic — St. Patrick’s Day blessing to you!

Irish sheep

May you always be blessed with…
walls for the wind
a roof for the rain
and tea by the fire
laughter to cheer you
those you love near you
and all that your heart may desire

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